Birthday Cup nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 Birthday Cup. The Birthday Cup will be run on Saturday 20th February at Morphettville racecourse.


Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 BLACK CHEVALIER G 4 David & Coral Feek
2 BOLD ZAMOUR (NZ) G 7 John A O’Connor
3 CAPODECINA G 5 Gordon Richards
4 CLARIFY M 5 Barry Brook
5 GAMBLIN’ GURU G 5 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
6 GO DREAMING G 6 Grant Kluske
7 GRAVITATIONAL G 5 Phillip Stokes
8 HIOCTDANE G 6 Richard Jolly
9 HOYLAKE (NZ) G 5 Lloyd Kennewell
10 JIM’S JOURNEY G 4 Peter F Blanch
11 KUSHADASI G 5 Richard Jolly
13 LUCKZAT (NZ) M 7 Wayne Walters
14 PARADANZA M 6 Tony Noonan
15 RIVER’S LANE G 9 Ryan Balfour
16 SATURDAY SORCERER G 6 Andrew Dillon
17 TIDY PROPHET M 5 Will Clarken
18 USTINOV’S FURY G 6 Shane Oxlade
19 WHAT’S IN A NAME G 6 Jim Smith
20 ZERPRISE JOURNEY M 4 Mick Huxtable


New Zealand colt Xtravagant is back in contention for the Australian Guineas following his Group One win in the Waikato Sprint.

The favourite for next month’s Guineas until his defeat in the Levin Classic on a soft track, Xtravagant had drifted to $11.

But his eight-length demolition of his older rivals in Saturday’s 1400m-race at Te Rapa has caused a market readjustment and he is now $6 behind $5 favourites Mahuta and Palentino.

Connections made the decision to stick to the fence on Saturday, a move that gave Xtravagant the opportunity to kick away from his rivals as their jockeys steered wide.

“We made a plan before the race,” co-trainer Stephen Autridge told

“There was a strip along the fence that was perfect and the horse showed his class.

“We saved the ground and now it’s the Australian Guineas – bring it on.”

Jockey Matt Cameron said he was thrilled the colt had returned to his best.

“It’s so exciting to see this horse back,” he said.

“We knew what we had. His turn of foot is blistering and he could race over 1000 metres at Flemington and do the same thing.

“He’s amazing for New Zealand racing.”

Xtravagant, who is raced by Te Akau Racing, has now won five of his eight starts including last year’s NZ 2000 Guineas at his only run over the 1600 metres of the Australian Guineas at Flemington.

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