Today Racing Queensland released the early nominations for seven of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival’s Group 1 features including those for the Doomben Cup 2012.
Set to run at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday May 19, the $500,000 Group 1 Kirks Doomben Cup (2000m) has this year attracted 45 nominees.
Among the entries is defending Doomben Cup winner Scenic Shot, Dan Morton’s rising 10-year-old the oldest of the hopefuls.
Showing they weren’t ready for the paddock just yet the evergreen veteran was last seen running a good third behind Ginga Dude and Triple Honour in the Listed Member’s Quality Handicap (1600m) at Eagle Farm on April 21.
Both Graeme Boyd’s Kiwi galloper Ginga Dude and the local Rob Heathcote-trained Triple Honour also feature in this year’s Doomben Cup nominations.
Three of the biggest name Doomben Cup entries will face off at Randwick’s Sydney Cup Day on Saturday with flying import Manighar, 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain and Cox Plate runner-up Jimmy Choux all racing in the $500,000 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
The now Peter Moody-trained Manighar has won their past three starts at elite level with victories in the Australian Cup, Ranvet Stakes and The BMW.
Moody confirmed he hadn’t ruled the Doomben Cup out for Manighar so long as they came through the Queen Elizabeth well.
Another Doomben Cup hopeful racing this Saturday in Sydney is 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient who is the 58kg topweight in the $500,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m).
It is shaping up as another star-studded Doomben Cup field with plenty of other Group 1 winners in the mix including form AJC Oaks winner Absolutely, Gai Waterhouse’s The Metropolitan champ Herculian Prince, veteran galloper Rangirangdoo, and Epsom Handicap champ Secret Admirer.
Also on the Doomben Cup path is the Allan Sharrock-trained Kiwi mare Shez Sinsational who will be out for the Auckland Cup – Doomben Cup double.
After taking out the Auckland Cup over the two miles on May 7, which was her third Group 1 triumph, the Ekraar four-year-old came off a 45 day spell to win over 1400-metres last Saturday as she begins preparations to travel down under.
“She’s something special all right, Sharrock said after the easy win at Tauranga.
“It was just like a trial for her; just imagine what she’s going to do when she gets a distance to suit.
“Not many can come back from two miles and win their next race at 1400.
“We’re having a lot of fun with her.”
Connections have until 11:00am (QLD time) on Friday for late nominations into the Doomben Cup.
First acceptances will be taken on Wednesday May 9 followed by the final acceptances revealing the Doomben Cup final field on May 16.
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2012 Doomben Cup Nominations
Doomben – 19/05/2012
|3||AGENT BAUER||Gwenda Markwell|
|4||AMERICAIN (USA)||David Hayes|
|5||BOOMING (NZ)||Jeff Lynds|
|7||COUNT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson|
|10||EFFICIENT (NZ)||Robert Hickmott|
|11||EXTRA ZERO||David Hayes|
|13||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller|
|14||GALIZANI||John P Thompson|
|15||GATHERING||John P Thompson|
|16||GINGA DUDE (NZ)||Graeme Boyd|
|17||HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|18||HUEGILL||Peter G Moody|
|19||IGGI POP (NZ)||John O’Shea|
|21||ISOPACH||John P Thompson|
|22||JIMMY CHOUX (NZ)||John Bary|
|23||LARISTAN (FR)||David Hayes|
|24||LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|25||MANIGHAR (FR)||Peter G Moody|
|26||MAWINGO (GER)||Anthony Freedman|
|27||MISS KEEPSAKE (NZ)||Joseph Pride|
|28||MOURASANA (GB)||Michael Moroney|
|29||MR LIGHT BLUE||Barry Baldwin|
|31||RANGIRANGDOO (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|32||SAINT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson|
|33||SCENIC SHOT||Daniel Morton|
|34||SECRET ADMIRER||Grahame Begg|
|35||SHAMARDASHING||John P Thompson|
|36||SHEZ SINSATIONAL (NZ)||Allan Sharrock|
|37||SHUFFLE THE CASH||Bryan Guy|
|39||THE VERMINATOR||Chris Waller|
|40||TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ)||Robert Heathcote|
|41||TYCOON’S HEART||David Kelly|
|42||VIKING HERO||Michael Moroney|
|43||WALL STREET (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|44||WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|45||ZA MAGIC||Brian Smith|