Neville Sellwood Stakes Nominations – 2012 Golden Slipper Day

One of the lower-key races on Rosehill’s bumper Golden Slipper Day this Saturday will be the 2012 Neville Sellwood Stakes, nominations for which were taken on Monday.

Zavite & Descarado

Zavite (Inside) is the 59kg topweight of the 2012 Neville Sellwood Stakes nominations

This year’s edition of the $125,000 Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m), formerly known as the Queen’s Cup, has attracted 20 early entries the highest-rated of which is Anthony Cummings’ 59kg topweight Zavite.

Upset winner of last year’s Ranvet Stakes as a $101 roughie, the veteran Zabeel nine-year-old has failed to do anything of note since and was last seen beating home just one other runner when defending their Ranvet Stakes title at Rosehill on March 24.

Following Zavite in the Neville Sellwood Stakes weights and ballot is then the David Hayes-trained Extra Zero who comes off a win in the Listed Albury Gold Cup (2000m) from March 23.

There are five other last-start winners among the Neville Sellwood Stakes nominations including Craig Carmody’s Sky High Stakes champ Single who will be out for their fourth on the trot if accepted, the Gai Waterhouse-trained duo of Western Symbol and Charing Cross, and the Peter Nestor-trained country cups champ Izababe.

Zariz six-year-old from Dubbo Izababe claimed a good win in the Wellington Cup (1700m) last time out when carrying a hefty 62kg, adding to their Moree, Coonabarabran, Dubbo and Bengalla Cup wins, the horse to relish coming back to 54kg on Saturday.

Twelve months ago Chris Waller prepared the Neville Sellwood Stakes winner Syreon, who is now prepared by Matthew Williams, as well as runner-up Beijing Boy.

This year Waller will attempt back-to-back wins having nominated last year’s second placed Beijing Boy, Red Ransom six-year-old Snow Alert and Sky High Stakes fourth placed Brayroan.

Other notable 2012 Neville Sellwood Stakes entries include Ron Quinton’s in-form Starcraft mare Crafty Irna coming off a good second to Fibrillation in the Group 3 Epona Stakes (1900m) at the track last Saturday, and the Neville Parnham-trained WA Raider God Has Spoken.

The Golden Slipper Day race fields will be released on Wednesday, aside from the day’s two marquee events the Golden Slipper and The BMW which are out shortly.

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2012 Neville Sellwood Stakes Nominations

Rosehill Gardens – 07/04/2012

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 ZAVITE (NZ) Anthony Cummings 1 59kg 107
2 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes 2 56kg 101
3 GOD HAS SPOKEN Neville Parnham 4= 54.5kg 98
4 SNOW ALERT Chris Waller 4= 54.5kg 98
5 AL DHAFRA Guy Walter 11 54kg 91
6 BEIJING BOY (NZ) Chris Waller 10 54kg 93
7 BID SPOTTER Graeme Rogerson 9 54kg 95
8 BRAYROAN (NZ) Chris Waller 17= 54kg 84
9 BRIGHTEST Guy Walter 20 54kg 78
10 CHARING CROSS Gai Waterhouse 19 54kg 81
11 CRAFTY IRNA Ron Quinton 3 54kg 99
12 DEALER PRINCIPAL Anthony Cummings 17= 54kg 84
13 IZABABE Peter Nestor 14 54kg 89
14 MAULES CREEK John P Thompson 6 54kg 97
15 MIRJULISA LASS Gregory Hickman 7= 54kg 96
16 SINGLE Craig Carmody 7= 54kg 96
17 SOUTHERN SKYE Paul Perry 15 54kg 87
18 WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 16 54kg 86
19 WORLD WIDE Bede Murray 12= 54kg 90
20 ZARA DANCER (NZ) Jim & Greg Lee 12= 54kg 90