Darley Classic nominations – 2015

View the nominations for the 2015 Darley Classic. The Darley Classic will be run on Saturday 7th November at Flemington racecourse.

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Race 3 – Darley Classic (1200 METRES)
Of $1,000,000.1st $600,000, 2nd $180,000, 3rd $90,000, 4th $45,000, 5th $25,000, 6th $20,000, 7th $20,000, 8th $20,000 GROUP 1
Standard Weight for Age, Maidens at time of entry are ineligible, Apprentices cannot claim.

Field Limit: 16 + 4 EM


Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 AFLEET ESPRIT M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
2 ALPHA MISS M 4 Robert Smerdon
3 ANGELIC LIGHT M 6 Robbie Griffiths
4 BALL OF MUSCLE G 5 Joseph Pride
5 BASSETT (NZ) G 3 Peter G Moody
7 BOBAN G 6 Chris Waller
8 BOUNDING M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden
9 BRING ME THE MAID M 4 Peter G Moody
10 BROOK ROAD M 5 Kris Lees
11 BUFFERING G 8 Robert Heathcote
12 BULL POINT H 5 Tony McEvoy
13 CATKINS M 6 Chris Waller
14 CHAUTAUQUA G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
15 CHURCHILL DANCER G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
16 COUNTERATTACK C 3 Chris Waller
17 CRAFTINESS G 5 Joseph Pride
18 DELECTATION G 4 Chris Waller
19 DISPOSITION G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman
20 EXOSPHERE C 3 John O’Shea
21 FLAMBERGE G 6 Peter G Moody
22 FURNACES C 3 John O’Shea
23 GENERALIFE G 6 John O’Shea
24 GIRL GUIDE M 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
25 GREGERS M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
26 GRIANTE M 5 David Brideoake
27 HARDLINE (NZ) C 3 Liam Birchley
28 JAPONISME G 3 Chris Waller
29 KERMADEC (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller
30 KINGLIKE C 3 Peter G Moody
31 KNOYDART G 6 John O’Shea
32 KURO (NZ) H 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman
33 LANKAN RUPEE G 6 Mick Price
34 LUMOSTY M 4 Robert Smerdon
35 MAWAHIBB C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
36 MISS PROMISCUITY M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
37 MOGADOR C 3 John O’Shea
38 MOMENT OF CHANGE G 7 Peter G Moody
39 OTTOMAN F 3 John O’Shea
41 PRESS STATEMENT C 3 Chris Waller
42 PUZZLING WONDER H 4 Anthony Cummings
43 REBEL DANE H 6 Gary Portelli
44 RICH ENUFF H 4 Ken Keys
45 ROCK ROYALTY G 7 Liam Birchley
46 ROCK STURDY H 5 Joseph Pride
47 SARAJEVO G 4 John O’Shea
48 SEBRING SUN C 3 Gary Portelli
49 SHIRAZ G 6 Tony McEvoy
50 SOOBOOG C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
51 SPIETH (NZ) C 3 Bryce Heys
52 SRIKANDI M 5 Ciaron Maher
53 STERLING CITY G 7 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
54 SUPER ONE C 3 Michael Freedman
55 TAWTEEN M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
56 TERRAVISTA G 6 Joseph Pride
57 TIGER TEES (NZ) G 8 Joseph Pride
58 ULMANN H 4 Peter G Moody
59 UNDER THE LOUVRE H 5 Robert Smerdon
60 WAWAIL M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
61 WE’RE GONNA ROCK G 9 Tony Romeo
62 WINX M 4 Chris Waller


English trainer Ed Dunlop rates the Melbourne Cup field as the strongest he has come up against.

Dunlop’s crowd favourite and three-time runner-up Red Cadeaux is back for the fifth year in a row and has been joined by stablemate Trip To Paris, a five-year-old on his first journey outside England.

Dunlop was impressed with Trip To Paris’s second to Mongolian Khan in the Caulfield Cup and believe he has a chance on Tuesday.

“There are a lot of very good horses in this race,” Dunlop said on Sunday.

“I think is the best Melbourne Cup I’ve competed in. There are a lot of horses I think can win, locals and the internationals.”

Dunlop won’t predict that 2015 will be the year Red Cadeaux finally goes one better in the Cup nor will he say if it will be the horse’s final race.

“I don’t know. I’ve said this is it about four times, so we’ll wait and see what happens on Tuesday.”

The popular British stayer is now 10, although Dunlop is quick to point out that he is nine by English calculations: “It sounds better.”

No horse older than eight has won the Cup.

Red Cadeaux has made the long trip out to Australia six times. Earlier this year he came to Sydney where he ran second to Criterion in the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

“He seems to become a different horse around here,” he said.

Should Red Cadeaux run second for the fourth time, Dunlop said he would still be very proud.

“If he runs in the top four it would be an astonishing result for a horse of his age to come to this country six times,” he said.

Jockey Tommy Berry is confident Trip To Paris can deliver him and Dunlop a first Melbourne Cup win, which is exactly what the gelding’s enthusiastic owners in the La Grange Partnership also hope.

Trip To Paris is now the star among the horses owned by Andy Gemmell, who joined the syndicate in September after the horse won the Ascot Gold Cup over 4023m in June.

Owning a Melbourne Cup runner has been a big dream for the blind 63-year-old.

“Ed rang me up and knew that I was desperate to get involved in the Melbourne Cup and asked me if I’d be prepared to be involved,” Gemmell told AAP.

“It didn’t take much thinking about it.”

Gemmell, attending his eighth Melbourne Cup, believes Trip To Paris can do the job.

“He’s a stayer that has a great turn of foot and over two miles, 2400m, it’s really useful. I think he’ll bring it to play on Tuesday.

“I think he’s a bit special. I’d love to emulate the great Red Cadeaux, his stablemate.”

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