2014 Hawkesbury Cup Nominations Released

April 29th, 2014

A talented field of 16 has been nominated for an appearance in this weekend’s featured Group 3 Hawkesbury Cup (1600m), highlighted by several noted performers over the current season of racing.

Mouro has been nominated for an appearance in the 2014 Hawkesbury Cup

Mouro has been nominated for an appearance in the 2014 Hawkesbury Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Having started his career under the care of leading Victorian trainer Danny O’Brien, Keep Cool will be aiming to return to form for trainer Joseph Pride in the 2014 Hawkesbury Cup.

Securing eight wins and fourteen places from 42 race starts to date, Keep Cool has now gone more than a year without securing a victory, but has contested some notable results.

Despite finishing well off the pace in eleventh in Silver Thomas Hanley Handicap (1600m) first-up on March 29th, Pride is confident in the chances of Keep Cool this weekend after overcoming poor field position and running on for second in a well-contested Warwick Farm barrier trial on Monday morning.

Also included in nominations for the 2014 Hawkesbury Cup is exciting locally-trained stallion Mouro.

Securing seven wins and five places from only 16 starts for trainer Tony McEvoy, Mouro arguably headlines nominations for the Hawkesbury Cup and will be particularly difficult to beat if allocated a favourable gate at Wednesday’s barrier draw.

Claiming the Group 3 TAB Rewards Stakes (1400m) ahead of a particularly talented field at Flemington first-up on March 1st, the Grand Slam entire was unlucky when blocked for a run and seventh in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) on March 22nd.

While unable to handle the heavy going of a soaked Randwick track in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on day 1 of The Championships last time out, Mouro’s big race experience and class makes him arguable favourite to return to the winner’s circle in the Hawkesbury Cup this weekend.

Producing an incredible turn of foot to break from the main pack and finish eighth in the Doncaster Mile last time out, Malavio is the stable star of trainer Steve Englebrecht and is a great chance at Hawkesbury on Saturday.

Contesting an impressive record of nine victories and four places from 30 race starts to date, Malavio has been one of the more consistent runners over the 2014 autumn carnival; finishing third in the Ajax Stakes and fourth in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) prior to his strong turn of foot in the Doncaster Mile.

Likely to return to the spelling paddock following his run in the Hawkesbury Cup, Englebrecht is confident in the chances of Malavio this weekend.

The in-form Team Hawkes stable has dominated regional events in 2014, and will be offered a good chance of continuing the trend this weekend after nominating Leebaz for an appearance in the 2014 Hawkesbury Cup.

Securing five wins and two places from just eight competitive starts so far, Leebaz nearly caused the day’s biggest boil-over on April 5th, when weaving his way through the field to finish second by a short nose to Weary in the Doncaster Prelude last time out.

A final field and barrier draw for the 2014 Hawkesbury Cup is due to be released on Wednesday morning.

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2014 Hawkesbury Cup Nominations

# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 COURT CONNECTION Kurt Goldman 86
2 FLYING BAY Guy Walter 85
3 FULL OF SPIRIT Peter G Moody 100
4 HARMONIC Tony McEvoy 79
5 IGGI POP (NZ) John Sargent 83
6 KEEP COOL (NZ) Joseph Pride 90
7 KURTLEY Leon Davies 79
8 LANCELOT Max Crockett 81
9 LASER FLASH David Payne 80
10 LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 97
11 MALAVIO Steve Englebrecht 101
12 MOURO (USA) Tony McEvoy 107
13 ROWIE Paul Messara 82
14 STAR WARS (NZ) Scott Aspery 62
15 THE GREAT SNOWMAN (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 88
16 WISTFUL Peter Snowden 90