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).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|
|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|
|12||TRIPLE ELEGANCE||Chris Waller||12||53||96|
|14||HAPPY HIPPY||John P Thompson||=14||53||93|
|15||KEEPIN’ THE DREAM (NZ)||Jim & Greg Lee||=14||53||93|
|18||SMALL MINDS||John P Thompson||18||53||91|
|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|
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