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A total of 72 horses have been nominated for the 150th running of the Group 1 AJC Australian Derby (2400m).

Caulfield Guineas winner Anacheeva, a half brother to 2006 AJC Derby winner Headturner, headlines the nominations.

Other Group 1 winners nominated include VRC Oaks winner Brazilian Pulse, Kingston Town Classic winner Playing God, TJ Smith Stakes winner Pressday and Australian Guineas winner Shamrocker.

Makybe Diva’s first foal Rockstardom is among nominations, as is her three quarter brother Shadowofexcellence.

Sunline’s half sister Daline is also nominated.

Other notable entries are UCI Stakes winner Eclair Surprise, Fernhill Handicap winner Kudakulari, Moonee Valley Fillies Classic winner Lights of Heaven and Caulfield Guineas placegetter Masquerader.

As always, there is a strong New Zealand contingent entered for the race.

While last Saturday’s NZ Derby winner Jimmy Choux is entered for the AJC Derby, he is more likely to go to the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).

Other Kiwis nominated include On The Level, who ran third in the NZ Derby, Sierra Nevada, who finished fifth, and He’s Remarkable, who ran ninth.

The lightly raced Rimsky, who didn’t race in the New Zealand Derby, is the other Kiwi entrant.

The AJC Australian Derby will be run at Randwick on April 9.

Here are the nominations:

1 ABSOLUTELYAWESOME (NZ) Michael Moroney 70
2 ALMODOVAR (NZ) Peter G Moody
3 ANACHEEVA Peter G Moody
4 APRES Clinton McDonald
5 BLACKIE (NZ) Michael Kent
6 BRAZILIAN PULSE (NZ) Michael Moroney 104
7 CHICO BONITO Jason Coyle 62
8 CORAL REEF David Hayes
9 COUNT YOUR FINGERS John P Thompson
10 DALINE Guy Walter
11 DIAMOND JIM David Payne 68
12 DOMESKY Michael Kent
13 DON’T PUT IT THERE (NZ) Jim & Greg Lee
14 DUCARIUS Paul Perry
15 ECLAIR SURPRISE Peter G Moody
16 EDELSTONE Guy Walter
17 ELUSIVE KING Peter G Moody
18 EMERITUS (NZ) Anthony Cummings
19 GILDED SPUR Anthony Cummings
20 GOLDSTONE Bart Cummings 74
21 HE’S REMARKABLE (NZ) Roger James
22 HIGH DENSITY Joe Cleary
23 I THINK I DO Bart Cummings
24 JETER John P Thompson
25 JETHRO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
26 JIMMY CHOUX (NZ) John Bary
27 KIM DIVINE Bart Cummings
28 KING GLADIATOR Chris Waller 63
29 KUDAKULARI (NZ) Bart Cummings 80
30 LIGHT BRIGADE Gai Waterhouse 68
31 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody
32 MASQUERADER David Payne 94
33 MAULES CREEK John P Thompson 71
34 MEAISIN (NZ) Danny O’Brien
35 MISSING IN ACTION (NZ) Michael Moroney
36 MOONSTONES (NZ) Anthony Cummings
37 MR CONSOLIDATOR Leon Corstens
38 MUIRFIELD (NZ) Michael Moroney
39 MUKARRAR David Hayes
40 MUST HAVE (NZ) Fran Houlahan & Brian Johnston
41 NEEDS FURTHER Gai Waterhouse 67
42 NONINO Nick Olive
43 OFORAWESOME (NZ) Michael Kent
44 ON THE LEVEL (NZ) Murray & Bjorn Baker
45 PLAYING GOD Neville Parnham
46 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne 92
47 PRECIOUS LORRAINE David Hayes
48 PRESSDAY Chris Waller 99
49 QUARTERBAR Michael Moroney
50 QUEEN’S FASHION David Hayes
51 RAFFLES KNIGHT Stephen Mckee
52 REDWIN Leon Corstens
53 RETRIEVE Peter Snowden 99
54 RIMSKY (NZ) Bruce Wallace
55 ROCKSTARDOM Danny O’Brien
56 ROYAL EQUERRY Bill Prain
57 SCOTTU Joanna Methven
58 SEA LORD David Payne 78
59 SECOND DRAW John P Thompson
60 SHADOWOFEXCELLENCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 67
61 SHADOWS IN THE SUN Anthony Cummings 80
62 SHAMROCKER (NZ) Danny O’Brien
63 SHOOTOFF (NZ) Graeme Rogerson 69
64 SIERRA NEVADA (NZ) Richard Otto
65 SLATER Chris Waller
66 SPACE STATION Bede Murray 53
67 STRAIGHT ALBERT Michael Dobie 59
68 STRAIGHT ARROW (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
69 STRATOCRACY Michael Moroney
70 TAKE THE OATH Joseph Pride 67
71 TOOLBAG John P Thompson
72 VADER Anthony Cummings
 
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