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.
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.
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2012 The BMW Nominations
Rosehill – 07/04/2012
|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|
|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|
|29||ISOPACH||John P Thompson|
|30||KING DIAMOND||Peter G Moody|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|