Nonconformist Secures Caulfield Cup Start

Tara Madgwick - Saturday September 18

Progressive stayer Nonconformist has booked his spot in the Caulfield Cup next month after scoring a brave win in the Group III MRC Foundation Cup (2000m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Nonconformist wins G3 Foundation Cup - image Pat Scala / Racing Photos.

The Grahame Begg trained son of dual Derby hero Rebel Raider is one of those horses that always manages to win a nice race each season taking the Group II MVRC Alister Clarke Stakes at three and the Group III MRC Coongy Cup last spring.

Fourth in the Group II MVRC Feehan Stakes at his second run back from a spell, Nonconformist was cherry ripe for today’s assignment and well ridden by Jordan Childs to score a short head win over blue blood Galileo import Delphi.


"It was a great ride, he executed it very well and I'm very pleased for Jordan (Childs)," Begg said.

"The horse races really well here and we're delighted."

Bred and retained to race by the Henwood family, Nonconformist has the overall record of five wins and six placings from 17 starts with prizemoney in excess of $654,000.

He is one of only two foals from Good Thinking, who died in 2019. She was a three time winner by Hold That Tiger (USA) from a female family going back to the good New Zealand producer Dancing Maid, whose descendants include Group I winners Jennifer Eccles and Sacred Kingdom.

Nonconformist is the best of four stakes-winners by Rebel Raider, who died in 2019.



Race Result - Mrc Foundation Cup Gr3 2000m

Caulfield Track: Good(4) Time: 2:01.80
T: G M Begg J: Jordan Childs 55.5
5g Rebel Raider (AUS) x Good Thinking (AUS) (Hold That Tiger (USA))
T: A & S Freedman J: John Allen 57
5h Galileo (IRE) x Bye Bye Birdie (IRE) (Oasis Dream (GB))
Tralee Rose
T: Symon Wilde J: Craig Williams 54
5m Tavistock (NZ) x Star Of Tralee (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $50,000
V:Cambridge Stud
B: Cameron Cooke Bloodstock
Mirage Dancer
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: C Newitt 57.5
8h Frankel (GB) x Heat Haze (GB) (Green Desert (USA))
Grand Promenade
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: H Coffey 55
6g Champs Elysees (GB) x Zacchera (GB) (Zamindar (USA))
Port Guillaume
T: Ben & J D Hayes J: J Mott 56
5g Le Havre (IRE) x Keira (FR) (Turtle Bowl (IRE))
Mosh Music
T: Archie Alexander J: Declan Bates 54
7m Moshe (AUS) x Dirt Music (AUS) (Jeune (GB))
T: P Stokes J: Ben Allen 56.5
8g Casamento (IRE) x Sheba Five (USA) (Five Star Day (USA))
Knights Order
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: M J Dee 57
7g So You Think (NZ) x Lamanka Lass (USA) (Woodman (USA))
No Effort
T: Gavin Bedggood J: Beau Mertens 54.5
7m Reward For Effort (AUS) x Hold The Lion (AUS) (Lion Cavern (USA))
Vow And Declare
T: D T O'Brien J: Damian Lane 59
6g Declaration Of War (USA) x Geblitzt (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
T: M D Moroney J: D W Stackhouse 56.5
6g Bullet Train (GB) x Diamantina Dior (AUS) (Oasis Dream (GB))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $32,500
V:Bowness Stud, Young
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock
Future Score
T: Matthew Cumani J: D Yendall 55.5
7g Cape Cross (IRE) x Theola (IRE) (Kalanisi (IRE))
Realm Of Flowers
T: A & S Freedman J: D Oliver 55
5m So You Think (NZ) x Astral Flower (GB) (Kalanisi (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $180,000
V:Arrowfield Stud, Scone
B: James Bester Bloodstock
Angel Of Truth
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: Jye McNeil 57.5
6g Animal Kingdom (USA) x Scarletini (AUS) (Bernardini (USA))
Miami Bound
T: D T O'Brien J: B Prebble 56
5m Reliable Man (GB) x Arapaho Miss (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $120,000
V:Westbury Stud
B: O'Brien Thoroughbreds
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