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.
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
|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|
|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|
|34||CARA CARABINI||Ben Perace||67|
|35||FOREVER SPECIAL||Grant Williams||65|
|38||AMBERS KINGDOM||Sharon Miller||61|
|42||ELUSIVE KING||Peter Moody||–|
|43||LOPOV (NZ)||Simon A. Miller||–|
|44||SUPREMACY (NZ)||Steven Pinfold||–|