2016 Parramatta Cup Nominations Released

February 16th, 2016

Sixteen runners have been included in nominations for Saturday’s 2016 Parramatta Cup (1900m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse; highlighted by the pending appearance of some of the Autumn Carnival’s most exciting staying prospects.

Allergic is one of two runners for Godolphin in 2016 Parramatta Cup nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Allergic is one of two runners for Godolphin in 2016 Parramatta Cup nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

New Zealand-based trainer Donna Logan has a big opinion of Hasselhoof and has included the gelding in 2016 Parramatta Cup nominations.

A standout in his homeland, Hasselhoof immediately stamped himself as one to watch upon debuting to racing last year; winning each of his first four starts before returning to the paddock.

Resuming in December for success in the Dunstan Feeds BM85 (1400m), the son of Tavistock made a successful transition to black type racing when taking = out the Group 2 Rich Hill Mile (1600m) on New Year’s Day.

Having made his Australian debut for fourth amongst talented company in the Gardenia Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on February 6th, Hasselhoof has reportedly taken plenty of benefit from the run and is primed for a big performance in the Parramatta Cup.

Leading trainer Chris Waller is set to dominate the final field of the Parramatta Cup after nominating four runners for the race, including Beyond Thankful and Libran.

Posting eight wins and nine minors through his thirty-seven career starts so far, Beyond Thankful finished fourth in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) on August 29th; progressing to wins in each of the Listed Wyong Cup (2080m) and Group 3 Newcastle Cup (2300m) but failed to fire when 12th in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m).

Resuming this time for fifth in the Gardenia Handicap, the Whipper gelding is sure to have taken condition from the run.

Beginning his career in his native Ireland, Libran will contest just his third start in Australia in the 2016 Parramatta Cup and first at black type level.

Placing sixth in the Swisse Wellness BM90 (1800m) on November 5th, the Lawman gelding returned this time for third in the Gardenia Handicap.

Godolphin is also set to launch a multi-pronged attack on the 2016 Parramatta Cup after trainer John O’Shea included Arab Dawn and Allergic in nominations.

Arab Dawn has been set for an appearance in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) on Day 2 of The Championships and will contest his second-up race in the 2016 Parramatta Cup.

Allergic has been a strong and consistent performer for Godolphin over summer and will be hard to beat in the 2016 Parramatta Cup.

Capping a strong autumn campaign third in the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m), the Street Cry gelding placed second in the Byron Moore Handicap (2000m) at Flemington on January 1st; progressing to sixth in the Piping Lane Handicap (2000m) before taking out each of the Ascend Sales Trophies BM85 (2000m) and Frank Wilding 70th Birthday BM93 (2000m) most recently.

The 2016 Parramatta Cup field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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2016 Parramatta Cup Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 82114110×5 BEYOND THANKFUL (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 1 60.5kg 106
2 56x21817x9 RULING DYNASTY H 4 James Cummings 2 56kg 97
3 337x8x900x CAFE SOCIETY (FR) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 3= 55.5kg 96
4 11x11x114 HASSELHOOF (NZ) G 4 Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs 3= 55.5kg 96
5 42x31703x8 ARAB DAWN (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 5 55kg 95
6 51128×9115 LOOPHOLE (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 6 54kg 93
7 x347x637x4 HIPPOPUS (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 7 54kg 90
8 1174x1x6x3 LIBRAN (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 8 54kg 89
9 113×782611 ALLERGIC G 4 John O’Shea 9 54kg 87
10 17x60x7x13 ALPHA BEAT G 5 Anthony Cummings 10= 54kg 86
11 143467×122 MARENOSTRO (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 10= 54kg 86
12 792x00x533 SLOW PACE (USA) G 8 Kris Lees 10= 54kg 86
13 0x85375334 LANDLOCKED (NZ) G 9 Joe Cleary 13 54kg 85
14 1452431322 KELLYVILLE FLYER M 6 Jason Attard 14 54kg 78
15 17647×2617 PIAMIMI M 6 Greg Bennett 15 54kg 76
16 5×07019169 CHESTNUT ROAD G 6 David Pfieffer 16 54kg 73