Last year’s TAB Australian Cup winner Fifty Stars is nominated to defend his title (Image: Racing Photos)

Last year’s TAB Australian Cup winner Fifty Stars is nominated to defend his title (Image: Racing Photos)

Flemington Racing Spectacular features shaping up

First declarations were taken today for three feature races of the Flemington Racing Spectacular, with the Group 1 Kennedy Australian Guineas receiving 28, ten more than last year, the Group 1 Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap receiving 35 and the Group 1 TAB Australian Cup receiving 35, both also an increase on last year.

Headlining this year’s Kennedy Australian Guineas is dual Group 1 winner Ole Kirk. Runner up behind Ole Kirk in the Caulfield Guineas was Aysar who remains in the hunt for that elusive Group 1 while C.S. Hayes Stakes winner Tagaloa is also among the first declarations.

The standout filly in the first declarations is Zou Dancer for Leon and Troy Corstens, a dominant winner of the TAB Vanity at Flemington on Saturday.

Racing fans will be pleased to see Chris Waller’s flying filly September Run among the first declarations for the Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap after her outstanding return when second in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning. Other names to appear in the first declarations for the prestigious sprint include September Run’s stablemate Nature Strip, Masked Crusader for Team Hawkes and Sirius Suspect who keeps the dream alive for Flemington trainer Saab Hassan.

This year’s TAB Australian Cup is promising to be a fascinating running. Headlining the weight-for-age race is last year’s winner Fifty Stars and other past winners Harlem and Humidor. Other first declarations include Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet, Caulfield Cup winner Verry Elleegant and three-year-old Young Werther.

Add into the mix 2019 AAMI Victoria Derby winner Warning and West Australian galloper Regal Power.

Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Executive General Manager Racing Leigh Jordon said the Flemington Racing Spectacular had already kicked off with a brilliant Black Caviar Lighting and there was plenty more in store.

“We saw a world-class field of sprinters in the Black Caviar Lightning and today’s first declarations only build more excitement towards the rest of the FlemingtonRacing Spectacular,” Mr Jordon said.

“Numbers are up across all three races compared to the first declarations last year, which is a good sign that each of the Group 1 feature races is on the radar of trainers and jockeys across Australia.

“The Kennedy Australian Guineas often stamps the leading three-year-old miler in Australia while the time-honoured TAB Australian Cup and Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap are some of our oldest races backed by approximately 150 years of history.

First declarations for the Kennedy Australian Guineas can be found here.

First declarations for the Seppelt Newmarket Handicap and TAB Australian Cup can be found here.