Just seven runners have been nominated for a tilt at the 2014 Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) in Brisbane this weekend; highlighted by several notable contenders over staying events in 2014 so far.
Arguably hitting career best form over his current preparation, trainer Darren Weir has nominated Akzar for an appearance in the 2014 Eagle Farm Cup.
Claiming a total of eight wins and 12 minor places from a total of 36 competitive race starts to date, Akzar quickly built to the task over his current campaign; claiming three impressive victories over minor events before finishing second in both the Community Race Day Handicap (2000m) and Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m).
Returning to the winner’s circle with a blistering six-length victory in the featured Warrnambool Cup (2350m) on May 1st, the Selkirk gelding was unlucky to finish fourth when blocked for a run in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in Brisbane last time out.
Also included in nominations for the 2014 Eagle Farm Cup is talented kiwi raider Historian.
While unable to handle the late pace of the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1615m) at Doomben last weekend, Historian has returned to racing in peak condition this time in and has been a standout performer in events in his native New Zealand.
Poking a nose clear to win the Group 3 Spring Sprint (1400m) first-up in October, the Choisir gelding has continued to build in form and class; finishing fifth amongst classy competition in the Group 3 Technology Stakes (1600m) before scoring a huge victory in the Group 1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) on Boxing Day.
Unlucky to have also finished second to standout performer Silent Achiever in the Group 1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m), trainer Gary Alton is confident Historian will be far better for his first-up appearance across the ditch last weekend, and is expecting a far-more polished performance in the Eagle Farm Cup.
A reasonably consistent performer over five competitive starts this time in, trainer Peter Moody has nominated Floria for an appearance in the 2014 Eagle Farm Cup.
Unlucky to finish second in the Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes (1400m) first-up on March 1st, the Savabeel mare was blocked for a run in both the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) and Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m), but returned to peak condition when running a close second to Tango’s Daughter in the Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m) on April 26th.
Blocked for a run once more in the Doomben Cup last time out, Moody is confident a step-up in distance and step back in class is precisely what is needed for Floria to break through for a maiden race win this preparation.
Unlucky to finish second in each of her last three race starts, Wistful has claimed a total of four wins and five places from just 15 competitive starts to date and is offered a great opportunity to go one better in the Eagle Farm Cup this weekend.
Arguably facing her biggest test to date amongst this weekend’s classy field, trainer John O’Shea is confident likely jockey Kerrin McEvoy will get the best from his sole Eagle Farm Cup contender.
Trainer Chris Waller has elected to nominate exciting Irish import Moriarty in the 2014 Eagle Farm Cup, and is poised to be joined by Ciaron Maher-trained Mr. O’Ceirin and Perfect Start.
A final field and barrier draw for the 2014 Eagle Farm Cup is due to be released on Wednesday morning.
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2014 Eagle Farm Cup Nominations
|1||AKZAR (IRE)||Darren Weir|
|2||FLORIA (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|3||HISTORIAN (NZ)||Gary Alton|
|4||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller|
|5||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher|
|6||PERFECT START (NZ)||Wayne Hillis|