Nominations for the highly-spruiked 2011 Perth Cup at Ascot Racecourse on New Year’s Eve have been released with 41 stayers making up the list of early entries for the year’s final Group 2 showdown.
There has already been a Perth Cup 2011 held on New Year’s Day, but a rescheduled Festival of Perth Racing event calendar saw the classic moved to December 31 from January 1, meaning the 2012 Perth Cup won’t be held until New Year’s Eve next year.
All of the expected hopefuls have been paid up for at nomination stage for the $400,000 Group 2 Golden River Developments Perth Cup (2400m), including the three horses that ran the trifecta in the Listed JRA Trophy (2200m) last Saturday.
Winner Veracious, from the stables of Trevor Andrews, earned a Perth Cup ballot exemption for their bob-of-the-head win over John Thompson’s Sydney-trained stayer Saint Encosta.
The pair will face off again first in the $225,000 Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m) on December 17 ahead of the Perth Cup, as will JRA Trophy third placegetter and Tattersall’s cup winner New Spice , and the Adam Durrant-trained Double Barrel who was less than a length away fourth in the JRA Trophy.
While the top three placegetters from the last running of the Perth Cup have not been nominated for another shot, the fourth placed Western Jewel has.
One of seven entries for trainer Grant Williams and owner-breeder Bob Peters, five-year-old Jeune mare Western Jewel beat home Guest Wing in the ATA last December before being beaten three lengths by them next start when fourth in the Perth Cup.
Having shown promise again running fourth to New Spice in the Tattersall’s Cup on November 19, Western Jewel was disappointing in the JRA Trophy when barrier 14 of 15 saw her finish ninth, still only one and three quarter lengths of the winner.
Williams is also represented in the Perth Cup nominations by his four Group 1 Kingston Town Classic runners from last weekend with eye-catching runner-up Ranger, Battle Emblem (fourth), Tranquility (sixth) and Lords Ransom (seventh).
Ranger failed in the first 2011 Perth Cup at the start of the year when beaten eight lengths by the winner finishing 11th, and is no certain starter again on New Year’s Eve with Peters to wait for the Perth Cup weights to be allocated.
“I’m not sure whether Ranger would go to the (Perth) Cup with his high rating,” he said.
Peters went on to name Kingston Town fourth placegetter Battle Emblem, the veteran improving leaps and bounds on their 13th in the Railway Stakes one run earlier, as the best of the Kingston runners.
“Battle Emblem was a big run,” he said.
“He was a head away from third in a Group 1 at weight-for-age and he’s coming along nice.”
Meanwhile, trainer of New Year’s Day Perth Cup winner Guest Wing, Shane Edwards, has one entry this time in Al Maher gelding Dancin On The Wind, last seen running second to fellow Perth Cup entry Senhor Da Gama in a 2200 metre handicap at Ascot on November 26.
Perth Cup weights are due for release on Tuesday December 13, which is also when late entries close.
The official 2011 Perth Cup final field of acceptance will then be released on Tuesday December 27.
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2011 Perth Cup Nominations
Ascot – 31/12/2011
|2||LORDS RANSOM||Grant Williams||105|
|3||BATTLE EMBLEM||Grant Williams||99|
|4||GOD HAS SPOKEN||Neville Parnham||99|
|5||KINCAPLE (NZ)||Mark B. Reed||99|
|6||MEGA STEEL||Bruce McClune||98|
|8||NEW SPICE||Elva Van Merwyk||94|
|11||BIG TED||Ivan Haggerty||91|
|12||DOUBLE BARREL||Adam Durrant||90|
|13||GUM NUT GURU||Justin Warwick||90|
|14||SAINT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson||90|
|15||WESTERN JEWEL||Grant Williams||89|
|18||MANILA I SCREAM||Adam Durrant||87|
|19||SENHOR DA GAMA||Simon A. Miller||81|
|20||VOLCANIC CAUSEWAY||Sonya Price||81|
|21||MISS TIPSY TOPSY||Stan Bates||80|
|22||SMART TWISTER||Neville Parnham||80|
|23||VISCOUNT CAMERON||Angela Smith||80|
|24||TEST THE ANGELS||Jeremy Easthope||78|
|25||PINTADA PRINCE||Warren Radford||77|
|26||MOONLIGHT BAY||Grant Williams||74|
|27||COME FLIRT WITH ME||Deborah Murphy||73|
|28||DANCIN ON THE WIND||Shane Edwards||72|
|29||GRAND APPROACH||Frankie Maynard||71|
|30||BIG JOSH||Daniel Morton||70|
|32||CARA CARABINI||Ben Perace||67|
|33||FOREVER SPECIAL||Grant Williams||65|
|36||AMBERS KINGDOM||Sharon Miller||61|
|40||LOPOV (NZ)||Simon A. Miller||–|
|41||SUPREMACY (NZ)||Steven Pinfold||–|