The winner of the Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap 2020

Bivouac headlines the nominations for the Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap (Credit: Racing Photos)

Star studded line up to tackle Flemington Group 1 features

Nominations closed today for the Victoria Racing Club’s (VRC) upcoming Group 1 feature races at Flemington Racecourse, the $1 million Kennedy Australian Guineas (1600m) on Australian Guineas Day, and the $1.5 million TAB Australian Cup (2000m) and $1.25 million Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on Super Saturday.

The Kennedy Australian Guineas on Saturday 27 February has received 122 nominations, eclipsing the number of horses nominated last year. Big name entries include Caulfield Guineas and Golden Rose winner Ole Kirk and his talented stablemate North Pacific, Kennedy Oaks winner Personal and her progressive stablemates Aysar and Crosshaven plus Group 1 winner Tagaloa. 

The TAB Australian Cup on March 6 is one of Australia’s oldest feature races having first been run in 1863. The 2021 TAB Australian Cup has received 61 nominations highlighted by Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet, Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes winner Arcadia Queen and her stablemate, All Star mile winner Regal Power and last year’s TAB Australian Cup winner Fifty Stars. 

Super Saturday offers a Group 1 double header with the time-honoured Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap. Last year saw an outstanding trio of sprinters in Bivouac, Loving Gaby and Gytrash provide the trifecta. 

Fifty six nominations have been taken this year including defending champion and sizzling Darley Sprint Classic winner Bivouac, rejuvenated sprinter Hey Doc, and Chris Waller’s straight-track specialists Nature Strip and September Run. 

VRC Chief Executive Officer Steve Rosich said the Club was thrilled with the nominations for all three Group 1 races. 

“The number of nominations for the Kennedy Australian Guineas, TAB Australian Cup and Seppelt Newmarket Handicap are strong and the quality is outstanding,” Mr Rosich said. 

“We expect all three Group 1 races to feature proven horses plus the rising stars of our sport and it will be an interesting battle to see what horses add their name to the honour roll for three of our most prestigious races.

“This February and March the program at Flemington will feature spectacular, world-class racing plus premium food, wine and entertainment and I encourage racegoers to book their tickets when it goes on sale on Thursday 28 January.”

The full list of nominations for the Kennedy Australian Guineas can be found here while nominations for the TAB Australian Cup and Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap nominations here.