Chipping Norton Stakes Day 2011 – Liverpool City Stakes Nominations

The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival kicks it up a notch this Saturday March 5 with Chipping Norton Stakes Day featuring a crack line-up of Group races including the $125,000 Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m).

Triple Honour

The 2011 Liverpool City Stakes Nominations include the Chris Waller-trained Triple Honour

A bumper list of 23 runners have been nominated for the 2011 Liverpool City Cup with the Chris Waller-trained Triple Honour the top-rated entry.

Runner-up to Dreamscape in the 2010 Liverpool City Cup 12 months back, Honour’s List gelding Triple Honour is out to go one better this Saturday.

First-up for the season in the Liverpool City Cup, six-year-old Triple Honour last ran in the Group 2 C.B. Cox Stakes (2100m) at Ascot on December 18 finishing a close fourth beaten less than a length by Colour Correct.

Resuming over 1300m should suit well on Saturday although Triple Hnour must contend with a hefty 61kg weight allocation.

Other early favourites among the 2011 Liverpool City Cup Nominations include:

  • No Evidence Needed (John P Thompson) – Local Shamardal mare ran a gallant third to superstar More Joyous in the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) at Randwick first-up on February 12, a Group 1 placegetter running in a Group 3 at their home track looks a top chance
  • Pinwheel (Peter Snowden) – In-form Lonhro five-year-old won the Listed Canterbury Classic (100m) first-up this season before running second in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) last start at Randwick
  • Brilliant Light (Kerry Parker) – Last year’s Doncaster Mile third placegetter had a disappointing spring campaign, still has claims to re-find form here
  • Graceful Anna (David Pfieffer) – Impressive Canny Lad four-year-old was second to More Joyous in the Breeders Classic before being narrowly defeated on the line by Montana Flyer in the Group 3 Millie Fox (1300m) at Rosehill last Saturday

The capacity 18-horse Liverpool City Cup final field will be released on Wednesday March 2 and published here at Races.com.au.

The highlight event at Warwick Farm this Saturday is of course the $350,000 Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) that has attracted a scintillating list of early entries including reigning champion Theseo, 2010 Melbourne Cup runner-up Maluckyday, last start winner of the Apollo Stakes Melito and Peter Snowden’s classy Commands colt Skilled.

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2011 Liverpool City Cup Nominations & Weights

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight (kg) Hcp. Rating
1 TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ) Chris Waller 1 61 112
2 PINWHEEL Peter Snowden 2 57.5 105
3 NEWS ALERT Con Karakatsanis =3 57 104
4 BRILLIANT LIGHT Kerry Parker 5 56.5 103
5 NO EVIDENCE NEEDED John P Thompson =3 55 104
6 AHDASHIM (NZ) Gerald Ryan =7 55 100
7 GRACEFUL ANNA David Pfieffer 6 54 102
8 ALTERED BOY Chris Waller =9 53.5 97
9 EGO’S DARE Gerald Ryan =9 53.5 97
10 MENTALITY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes =9 53.5 97
11 AVIENUS Mark Webb =7 53 100
12 TRIPLE ELEGANCE Chris Waller 12 53 96
13 INFORMALITY John O’Shea 13 53 94
14 HAPPY HIPPY John P Thompson =14 53 93
15 KEEPIN’ THE DREAM (NZ) Jim & Greg Lee =14 53 93
16 MADIBAGOLD David Payne =14 53 93
17 PURRPURRLENA Grahame Begg =14 53 93
18 SMALL MINDS John P Thompson 18 53 91
19 PURENESS Gai Waterhouse 19 53 87
20 SHADOWS IN THE SUN Anthony Cummings 20 53 80
21 QUICK PEEK Anthony Cummings 21 53 75
22 TOM’S ROCKET Reg Rowley 22 53 68
23 HEMONY Noel Mayfield-Smith 23 53 63

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