The BMW Stakes 2012 Nominations Released

The Australian Turf Club (ATC) today released the 2012 The BMW nominations, the lucrative Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival feature to run as one of five Group 1 races on the Golden Slipper Day program this Easter Saturday, April 7.

Americain

Former Melbourne Cup winner and early 2012 Australian Cup favourite Americain is among the 2012 The BMW nominations

Won last year by the ill-fated stayer Cedarberg this year’s edition of the $2.25 million The BMW (2400m), formerly The BMW Stakes, has attracted 80 early entries.

It is a star-studded list of nominees heading towards The BMW this autumn with a plethora of Group 1 winners among the entries including two former Melbourne Cup winners with Efficient (2007) and Americain (2010).

The French-trained Americain, who is currently under the preparation the Melbourne-based David Hayes as they embark on an autumn campaign down under, was the eye-catching Melbourne Cup runner last year as well when coming from near last at the final turn to finish fourth.

Americain is likely to open at the top of the 2012 The BMW odds when futures betting is released at Luxbet, the champ already the clear $4.20 favourite to win the $1 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 10.

Other Melbourne Cup top 10 from last spring among The BMW 2012 nominations include Anthony Freedman’s third-placed German import Lucas Cranach, the now Peter Moody-trained Manighar (5th) and Lexus Stakes winner Niwot (8th).

Last year’s The BMW runner-up Mourayan has been nominated again, the Lloyd Williams-owned import last seen finishing third behind fellow BMW nominees Americain and Manighar in the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown on November 12.

Mourayan is one of five The BMW entries for Williams and his No. 1 trainer Robert Hickmott this year along with the aforementioned Efficient, Green Moon, Midas Touch and Tanby.

The depth of the entries boasts horses from all ends of the age spectrum including exciting three-year-olds such as the Peter Snowden-trained Galah, as well as the Victoria Derby first four of Sangster (winner), Induna (2nd), Sabrage (3rd) and Zabeelionaire (4th) from the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Other notable Group 1 winners from last season looking to add to their elite level records with a The BMW win in 2012 then include Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker, Caulfield Cup hero Southern Speed, Gai Waterhouse’s Caulfield Stakes champ Descarado and Playing God.

Last seen winning their second straight Kingston Town Classic at home at Ascot in December, Playing God is one of two Perth raiders entered for The BMW by trainer Neville Parnham along with God Has Spoken.

Playing God resumes at Caulfield this Saturday in the $400,000 Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) where they will take on undefeated turf queen Black Caviar as she shoots for win No. 18.

As well as a plentitude of interstate entries, a number of Kiwi visitors have also been nominated for The BMW this year including Sangster (Victoria Derby winner mentioned above) and Graeme Rogerson’s Queensland Oaks winner Scarlett Lady who resumed with a first-up win in New Zealand over the weekend.

Late The BMW entries must be made by Monday April 2 and will attract a late entry fee of $60,000.

The last race between now and then offering a BMW ballot exemption to the winner is the $400,000 Group 1 Ranvent Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on March 24.

Final acceptances are then taken on Tuesday April 3, the 2012 The BMW field to be published right here at Races.com.au.

Our preferred online bookmaker Luxbet are due to release their futures The BMW odds shortly, so sign-up with them today to get in on the action and enjoy a $400 bonus bet on the house simply by depositing between $25 and $400 and quoting the codeword BONUSBET.

2012 The BMW Nominations

Rosehill – 07/04/2012

# Horse Trainer
1 ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent
2 AGENT BAUER Gwenda Markwell
3 AKINOSHIRABE (JPN) John P Thompson
4 ALMODOVAR (NZ) Peter G Moody
5 AMERICAIN (USA) David Hayes
6 BUCCELLATI (GB) Michael Moroney
7 BUDAI (GER) David Hayes
8 CHEVIOT BEACH Nigel Blackiston
9 DESCARADO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
10 DIGITAL FORTRESS (NZ) Guy Walter
11 DOCTOR DOOM Guy Walter
12 DOCTOR FREMANTLE (GB) Lauren Brennan
13 DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE) Michael Moroney
14 EFFICIENT (NZ) Robert Hickmott
15 FIUMICINO (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
16 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller
17 GALAH Peter Snowden
18 GALIZANI John P Thompson
19 GATHERING John P Thompson
20 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney
21 GOD HAS SPOKEN Neville Parnham
22 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott
23 HARRY TRIMBOLE (NZ) Michael Kent
24 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller
25 HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
26 I THINK I DO Bart Cummings
27 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings
28 INDUNA Peter Snowden
29 ISOPACH John P Thompson
30 KING DIAMOND Peter G Moody
31 KINNERSLEY Gai Waterhouse
32 LARGO LAD David Hayes
33 LARISTAN (FR) David Hayes
34 LASER HAWK Gai Waterhouse
35 LUCAS CRANACH (GER) Anthony Freedman
36 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody
37 MANIGHAR (FR) Peter G Moody
38 MAULES CREEK John P Thompson
39 MERCHANDISE (GB) Chris Waller
40 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott
41 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott
42 MY BENTLEY (NZ) Michael Kent
43 NEXTANIX Kerry Parker
44 NIAGARA Gai Waterhouse
45 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
46 OFORAWESOME (NZ) Michael Kent
47 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse
48 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse
49 O’REILLY’S PRIZE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
50 PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller
51 PINKER PINKER Greg Eurell
52 PLAYING GOD Neville Parnham
53 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings
54 REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) David Hayes
55 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ) Anthony Cummings
56 RIGHT OF REFUSAL Nigel Blackiston
57 ROTHERA Peter G Moody
58 SABRAGE Michael Moroney
59 SANGSTER (NZ) Trent Busuttin
60 SCARLETT LADY (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson
61 SEA GALLEON Colin & Cindy Alderson
62 SEGURO (NZ) Brian Jenkins
63 SHAMARDASHING John P Thompson
64 SHOOT OUT Chris Waller
65 SHOUT OUT LOUD Peter G Moody
66 SOLID BILLING Craig Ritchie
67 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
68 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Chris Waller
69 STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings
70 TANBY Robert Hickmott
71 TENNO (NZ) Michael Kent
72 THE GREAT SNOWMAN (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
73 TRUSTING John P Thompson
74 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
75 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes
76 VIVID VIXEN (NZ) Mick Price
77 WALL STREET (NZ) Michael Moroney
78 YOU THINK SO (NZ) Michael Kent
79 ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ) Leon Corstens
80 ZAVITE (NZ) Anthony Cummings