Protectionist tops 2015 Sydney Cup Nominations

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Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist tops the nominations for the 2015 Group 1 $1.6m Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick on April 11.

2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist tops the nominations for the 2015 Sydney Cup. Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist tops the nominations for the 2015 Sydney Cup. Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

The European import was transferred to the Kris Lees stable after German trainer Andreas Wohler prepared the five year old to beat Red Cadeaux in the 2014 Group 1 $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

Protectionist is one of four stayers Lees has nominated for the Sydney Cup with a total of ninety-one horses entered for the two mile staying feature on the second day of ‘The Championships’.

Lees says that last start Doomben winner Artibai is a promising stayer but restricted class galloper Ay No Digas will have to keep improving if he is to make into the final while European import Doukhan is yet to have a start in Australia.

Protectionist was also nominated for the Group 1 $4m Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on the same as the Sydney Cup and Lees is still to lock in an Autumn Carnival program but the Monsun stallion showed that he is ready to kick off his campaign with an impressive barrier trial win at Newcastle on February 2.

“He didn’t have long off and we kept him in light work the whole way through,” Lees told Sky Racing.

“He is probably 15 kilos heavier than what he raced in the Melbourne Cup and he was out the back in the trial and made good ground from the 600 to the 150 and Hughie gave him an easy time from there.

“He won the trial and it was a nice enough trial and he had a really good blow after it.”

Three times Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux is set to return to Australia to compete at ‘The Championships’ and the top English stayer has also been nominated for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Last year’s Melbourne Cup third placegetter Who Shot Thebarman is one of ten stayers from the Chris Waller stable and heads his team of Bagman, Beaten Up, Danjeu, Gosh, Grand Marshall, Junoob, Opinion, Our Voodoo Prince and Permit.

Gai Waterhouse has only nominated four with Projectile, Queenstown, Sesentum and Greatwood her only chances for the stable to defend the trophy after winning the 2014 Sydney Cup with Irish import The Offer.

Au Revoir could be another European import capable of winning the Sydney Cup with the Peter Moody trained stayer taking out the Group 2 $350,000 Deadly Design Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown towards the end of the 2014 Melbourne Spring Carnival.

Moody has also nominated Koroibete, Rodway, Sir John Hawkwood, Vatuvei, Wish Come True and Zimbali.

Group 3 Auckland Cup winner Delago’s Secret from the stables of New Zealand trainer Roger James has been nominated from the Sydney Cup along with his stablemate The Tidy Express.

Trainer Henry Dwyer has nominated last season’s Queensland Derby winner Sontagg while John O’Shea has nominated five for Godolphin, Hartnell, Havana Cooler, It’s Somewhat, Lassitude and Rupac Amaru.

Trainer Tony McEvoy will have two strong chances with Big Memory and Le Roi two of his five Sydney Cup nominations, with Last Wish, Lucky Lucky Lucky and Pelicano also entered.

Final acceptances and barrier draw for the Sydney Cup will be on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

2015 Group 1 Sydney Cup Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Trainer Benchmark
1 22145x525x AKZAR (IRE) Darren Weir N/A
2 6x52x3121x ARTIBAI (GB) Kris Lees N/A
3 4111x ASTRONOMOS (GB) David Vandyke 71
4 x426x4381x AU REVOIR (IRE) Peter G Moody N/A
5 571511211x AVERAU Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison N/A
6 x1x3114x0x AY NO DIGAS (GER) Kris Lees 69
7 4311335x7x BAGMAN Chris Waller 104
8 1x BAJOUR (NZ) Chris Mcnab N/A
9 9021x42x8x BEATEN UP (GB) Chris Waller 110
10 10x281023x BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy N/A
11 x28471267x BLIZZARD (NZ) Jeff McVean & Emma-Lee Browne N/A
12 4515x9768x BOOGIE SHOES (GB) John Sargent N/A
13 867x63248x BRING BACK Mark Ashby N/A
14 118x09115x BRING SOMETHING Ken Keys N/A
15 21x700295x CANNY BALLAD Joseph Pride 92
16 09x68x785x CARRICK (NZ) Kurt Goldman 81
17 1x67x0615x COUNT OF LIMONADE (IRE) Mick Price N/A
18 7x512x DANJEU (IRE) Chris Waller 69
19 941x16541x DELAGO’S SECRET Roger James N/A
20 515215565x DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride 102
21 49x405143x DISCLAIMER (GB) Peter & Paul Snowden 97
22 3587x0004x DOMINANT (IRE) John Moore N/A
23 01x210321x DON DOREMO (NZ) Robbie Laing N/A
24 136x31x31x DOUKHAN (IRE) Kris Lees N/A
25 1135x4442x EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent N/A
26 26341x853x FELIX BAY Kevin Moses 69
27 114x494x2x GAMBLIN’ GURU Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas N/A
28 781082954x GHOST PROTOCOL (IRE) Paul Perry 80
29 334x54x66x GOSH (IRE) Chris Waller 91
30 1131124x7x GOTTA TAKE CARE Darren Weir N/A
31 x723211x8x GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller N/A
32 111x40429x GRAPHIC (NZ) Michael Moroney N/A
33 x22x310x7x GREATWOOD (GB) Gai Waterhouse 97
34 x427x6095x GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott N/A
35 13x521167x HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea N/A
36 1x2x HAVANA COOLER (IRE) John O’Shea N/A
37 4321x3x HIGH SEAS Bjorn Baker N/A
38 x718547x2x HIMALAYA DREAM (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes N/A
39 9x5373350x IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea N/A
40 43x861D70x JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 108
41 1x6037300x KARATA Nigel Blackiston N/A
42 4211x6650x KIRRAMOSA (NZ) John Sargent N/A
43 000x95813x KOROIBETE Peter G Moody 82
44 x820x8830x LASER HAWK Joseph Pride 105
45 26x3211x LASSITUDE John O’Shea 73
46 13424x561x LAST WISH (NZ) Tony McEvoy 71
47 3196x5321x LE ROI (GER) Tony McEvoy N/A
48 145x867x6x LESS IS MORE (FR) David Vandyke N/A
49 470x51362x LIKE A CAROUSEL Ken Keys N/A
50 371132431x LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY Tony McEvoy N/A
51 073625353x MARTINVAST (IRE) Archie Alexander N/A
52 35031x134x MARY LOU Anthony Cummings 73
53 521712121x MAYGROVE Murray Baker N/A
54 4x4213x MIDAS (NZ) Bart & James Cummings 65
55 57x7253x MY DANCING DUEL (NZ) Robbie Laing N/A
56 x90x06x07x ONLY A PLEASURE (IRE) Archie Alexander N/A
57 62x050160x OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller 104
58 11x9380x9x OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB) Chris Waller N/A
59 71621x846x PELICANO Tony McEvoy 100
60 375750x12x PERFECT START (NZ) Wayne Hillis N/A
61 549x35742x PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller 97
62 841531012x POP ’N’ SCOTCH Liam Birchley N/A
63 0x6116x07x PROJECTILE Gai Waterhouse 79
64 31x221141x PROTECTIONIST (GER) Kris Lees N/A
65 123x35150x QUEENSTOWN Gai Waterhouse 101
66 30x5177x0x RAWNAQ David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
67 4x60x4726x RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop N/A
68 x630021x0x RENEW (IRE) Archie Alexander N/A
69 241x47226x RISING ROMANCE (NZ) Donna Logan 108
70 23113x644x ROCK DIVA (NZ) Tony Pike N/A
71 7x7192142x RODWAY Peter G Moody N/A
72 51x20x260x ROYAL DIAMOND (IRE) John Sadler N/A
73 1x78x2170x SABOR A TRIUNFO (CHI) Peter & Paul Snowden 92
74 14532x086x SCRATCHY BOTTOM Michael Kent N/A
75 x2x25x5x4x SESENTUM (GB) Gai Waterhouse 65
76 13x3x SHE’S INSATIABLE (NZ) Terrill Charles N/A
77 21x0077x3x SHOW THE WORLD (NZ) Murray Baker N/A
78 68x610127x SINGING FLAME Kevin Moses 89
79 7x9x676x0x SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) Peter G Moody N/A
80 x31211x18x SONNTAG Henry Dwyer N/A
81 251217x80x SPACE Michael Moroney N/A
82 254134084x SURPASS (NZ) Michael Moroney 85
83 504212237x TAMPERE Shaun Dwyer N/A
84 3x32x12x1x THE TIDY EXPRESS (NZ) Roger James N/A
85 x86320x44x TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson 94
86 26x0900x0x TUPAC AMARU John O’Shea N/A
87 7987x9523x VATUVEI Peter G Moody 90
88 19x071103x WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller N/A
89 712x43054x WISH COME TRUE (IRE) Peter G Moody N/A
90 3x6123x31x ZADON Robbie Griffiths N/A
91 x253210x1x ZIMBALI (FR) Peter G Moody N/A

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.


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