NEXT Wednesday’s Group Three Jayco Bendigo Cup (2400m) has the potential to have a strong international flavour.
HARD TO BEAT: The John O’Shea-trained Magic Hurricane winning The Metropolitan at Randwick last start. Picture: FAIRFAX
The powerful Lloyd Williams racing team has a host of its foreign-bred gallopers entered for the Cup, leading English trainer Roger Charlton looks set to run his promising stayer Master Zephyr, The Metropolitan winner Magic Hurricane and third placegetter Havana Cooler started their careers in the UK and could be Bendigo-bound, while German galloper Araldo Junior, a brilliant winner of the Benalla Cup last start, is nominated to run at the Nursery Of Champions.
The Cup attracted 34 nominations in total, headed by five from team Williams – Annus Mirabilis, Assign, Chance To Dance, Divan and Wexford Town.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained The Offer is the highest rated horse in the nominations with a rating of 107, just ahead of the John O’Shea-trained Magic Hurricane.
2013 VRC Oaks winner Kirramosa, JRA Cup winner Escado, Leebaz from the Hawkes stable, Cranbourne Cup placegetters Kareeming and Index Linked and 2013 Bendigo Cup winner Sertorius are some of the other higher-profile entrants.
The Darren Weir-trained Taiyoo, Danny O’Brien-trained Bondeiger and Mike Moroney-trained Big Memory are in the Bendigo Cup nominations, but are more likely to run in Saturday’s Moonee Valley Cup (2500m).
It’s a similar story for Escado, The United States, the David Hayes-trained Bold Sniper and Ken Keys’ stayer Like A Carousel.
The Rod Symons-trained Savannah Moon is the sole Bendigo-trained horse in the nominations.
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