Three Late 2011 Perth Cup Nominations

Following the original release of nominations for the Perth Cup 2011, set to take place at Ascot Racecourse on New Year’s Eve, three late entries have been added to the list of hopefuls bringing the total number of entires to 44.

Saint Encosta

Saint Encosta will likely be the sole eastern state-trained horse in the 2011 Perth Cup field on New Year's Eve

Premier Victorian horseman Peter Moody paid the nomination fee for his Group 2 placed four-year-old Elusive King in the $400,000 Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m), but his racing manager Jeff O’Connor admitted they were an unlikely acceptor.

“He’ll run at Flemington on the 17th of December but he’s just in the noms for the Cup,” O’Connor said.

The other two late entries are both locals, with the Lou Luciani-trained Campobello and Donna Baillie’s Fighting Falcon mare Malaika who finished one and a half lengths away seventh to fellow Perth Cup-bound Veracious in the Listed JRA Trophy (2200m) at Ascot last Saturday.

With Elusive King more likely to stay on in Melbourne and skip a trip to WA, JRA Trophy runner-up Saint Encosta becomes the sole eastern state-trained representative in the 2011 Perth Cup field.

The Patinack Farm-owned five-year-old has had two runs in Perth already this summer.

Their first-up 12th when beaten seven lengths by winner New Spice in the listed Tattersall’s Cup (2100m) was improved upon hugely next start when the son of Encosta De Lago came within a nose of Veracious in the JRA Trophy.

“If the run had come a bit earlier he would have won,” Robyn Hartney, Patinack Farm’s racing manager, said.

A winner of just two of their 27 starts to date, including the Group 3 Randwick City Stakes (2120m) at Warwick Farm this March, Saint Encosta has failed to live up to their potential and connections are hoping that they can turn it around in the Perth Cup.

“The Perth Cup has been the race we have set him for all along,” Hartney said.

Saint Encosta sits at around $21 in the Perth Cup odds, markets led by last-start Kingston Town Classic runner-up Ranger ($4.20).

Stablemates, the fellow Grant Williams-trained Tranquility ($5.50), Lords Ransom ($6.50) who won the 2010 Perth Cup and Battle Emblem ($8.50) follow in the betting with the only other runner at single figures being Kincaple at $8 who will be ridden by Melbourne hoop Dwayne Dunn.

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Updated 2011 Perth Cup Nominations

Ascot – 31/12/2011

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 RANGER Grant Williams 110
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
7 WHIPSAW Dean White 95
8 NEW SPICE Elva Van Merwyk 94
9 TRANQUILITY Grant Williams 92
10 VERACIOUS Trevor Andrews 92
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
16 RINGMEISTER Lindsey Smith 88
17 INSURGENCY Garry Delane 87
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 MALAIKA Donna Baillie 73
29 CAMPOBELLO Lou & Dion Luciani 72
30 DANCIN ON THE WIND Shane Edwards 72
31 GRAND APPROACH Frankie Maynard 71
32 BIG JOSH Daniel Morton 70
33 LORVE Matt Daqui 70
34 CARA CARABINI Ben Perace 67
35 FOREVER SPECIAL Grant Williams 65
36 LADYSEA Tony Noonan 64
37 GALILETTO Daniel Morton 62
38 AMBERS KINGDOM Sharon Miller 61
39 EMAHO Sharon Taylor 61
40 AITCHISON Norm Pascoe
41 AMBERLYN Graeme Hammarquist
42 ELUSIVE KING Peter Moody
43 LOPOV (NZ) Simon A. Miller
44 SUPREMACY (NZ) Steven Pinfold