Last Saturday’s Doncaster Mile champion More Joyous has been named as one of the 12 official Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2012 nominations for Sydney Cup Day this Saturday, the race one of a quartet of elite level features running at the Royal Randwick meeting.
In-form Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse confirmed she would back her glamour mare More Joyous up in the $500,000 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) after the now seven-time Group 1 conqueror’s Doncaster Mile success over the weekend.
Waterhouse has added further intrigue into this year’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes by nominating her former The Metropolitan winner Herculian Prince, the six-year-old last seen running second to their stablemate Western Symbol in the Listed JRA Plate (2000m) on Doncaster Day.
While More Joyous is sure to start at the top of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes odds at bookmaker.com.au despite it being her first ever seven-day backup, she is going to face some stiff competition from some very talented imports.
The second best fancy in this field is going to be Peter Moody’s flying European Manighar out for their fourth consecutive Group 1 triumph following their success in the Australian Cup, Ranvet Stakes and most recently The BMW.
The BMW runner-up, 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain, will also be there on Sydney Cup Day looking to turn the tables on Manighar in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Americain’s current trainer David Hayes has confirmed his stable star will be ridden by Craig Williams on Saturday for the first time, connections sacking the services of French jockey Gerald Mosse after his unimpressive The BMW ride.
“It is going to be a really fantastic race, a highlight,” Hayes said.
“They are all on trial for the Cox Plate, the mare (More Joyous) is a champion, Manighar is racing in brilliant form.
Part-owner Gerry Ryan agreed it was a super edition of the classic and said with Williams in the saddle there would be no excuses.
“There will be no more excuses with the horse this week,” he said.
“We go into battle and may the best horse win.”
If the imports steal the show it will be for the second year in a row as the Michael Moroney-trained My Kingdom Of Fife broke their Group 1 duck in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes 12 months ago in just their second ever start down under.
The other big name entries nominated for the Queen Elizabeth this year include last year’s Cox Plate runner-up Jimmy Choux and third placed Rekindled Alliance, former AJC Oaks winner Absolutely, Epsom Handicap champ Secret Admirer, Chris Waller’s multiple Group 1 performer Rangirangdoo, and Sincero coming off a Doncaster fourth.
It is a weight-for-age line-up worthy of a Cox Plate, but New Zealand horseman John Bary isn’t worried about the competition saying his horse Jimmy Choux was right on track.
‘”Why would I be worried about them?” he said.
“Jimmy has been targeted at this race and the Doomben Cup, and is very well.
“He resumed the other day in the Easter Handicap here (running seventh) under 61 kilos and did a very good job.”
Americain’s trainer Hayes agrees that Jimmy Choux is one of the main dangers in the race.
“There is a number of others, too, Jimmy Choux is New Zealand’s best racehorse,” Hayes said.
Nominations for many of the Sydney Cup Day features including the Queen Elizabeth Stakes have been extended until 11am on Tuesday.
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2012 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Nominations
Royal Randwick – 28/04/2012
|2||AMERICAIN (USA)||David Hayes||118|
|3||HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||–|
|4||JIMMY CHOUX (NZ)||John Bary||–|
|5||MANIGHAR (FR)||Peter G Moody||118|
|6||MIRJULISA LASS||Gregory Hickman||96|
|7||MORE JOYOUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||–|
|8||RANGIRANGDOO (NZ)||Chris Waller||–|
|9||REKINDLED INTEREST||Jim Conlan||114|
|10||SECRET ADMIRER||Grahame Begg||–|