Murwillumbah trainer Matthew Dunn is looking...
Some of the most talented two-year-olds in the country will be on show in Brisbane this winter in the 2012 TJ Smith Plate which will take place at Eagle Farm Racecourse on June 9.
Nominations for the $500,000 juvenile event have been released with 109 horses entered to contest the Group 1 feature.
One local hope included in nominations is Better Than Ready who impressed when winning by more than a length on debut last Saturday.
The More Than Ready colt opened with bookmakers at above $20.00 but by race close was an outright favourite following a betting plunge.
Trained by Kelly Schweida, the highly promisng horse showed the mail was right and despite a slow start produced an outstanding turn of speed at the back end of the race to canter away for an easy victory.
One nominated juvenile who already has a decent result to his name is Gerald Ryan-trained colt Dances On Stars who won the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes at Randwick on April 14.
A son of Snitzel, Dances On Stars showed potential in his two previous starts before capitalising on a solid build up with a strong finish to beat a quality field of juveniles in his first attempt at Group level racing.
Guy Walter-trained colt Toydini is another nominated horse with fresh success to his name after winning Wednesday’s Anzac Day Handicap at Randwick-Kensington.
Leading Brisbane trainer Robert Heathcote has three horses nominated with Big Decision, Heza Jetsetter and Mobster and Heathcote is particularly excited about Heza Jetsetter who ran fourth to Better Than Ready last weekend.
“I know all the talk has been around Kelly Schweida’s Better Than Ready after he landed that big plunge,” Heathcote said.
“But I was delighted with the run from Heza Jetsetter and I’ve decided to back up with him on Saturday.”
The talented colt gets his chance to impress this weekend when running from the inside barrier in the second race at Eagle Farm.
Other horses included in nominations include John Thompson-trained pair Strength and Trophies who both featured in the Sydney Autumn Carnival and David Payne-trained colt Honorius who scored mid-field finishes in two Group level races in Sydney recently.
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TJ Smith Plate 2012 – Nominations
|6||ANYTIME BABY||David Payne|
|8||BAY FLYER||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|9||BEACH BABE||Matthew Dunn|
|11||BETTER THAN READY||Kelly Schweida|
|12||BIG DECISION||Robert Heathcote|
|13||BISHOPS CASTLE (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|14||BLOWIN’ YOUR MIND||Chris Waller|
|16||CHESTNUT ROAD||David Pfieffer|
|17||CHOICE BRO||John Sargent|
|18||CHOSEN MOMENT||Anthony Freedman|
|21||CONJUGAL RIGHTS||Tim Martin|
|22||COURTZ BOY||Helen Page|
|23||COYOTE MISS||Anthony Cummings|
|24||DANCES ON STARS (NZ)||Gerald Ryan|
|26||DESTRUCTION||John P Thompson|
|29||DYSFUNCTION||John P Thompson|
|30||EPIC CHOICE||Michael Moroney|
|31||FAMOUS GROUSE||John Wallace|
|32||FATHOM||John P Thompson|
|33||FLYING LAMBORGINI||Bryan Guy|
|34||FUSIL DE EVE||Jason McLachlan|
|37||HERE COMES THE SUN||Chris Waller|
|38||HEZA JETSETTER||Robert Heathcote|
|40||HOLEY GADOLEY||Pat Duff|
|42||HOSS AMOR||John O’Shea|
|43||HOT FEVER||Kevin Newby|
|46||JOLIE BAY||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|48||LIBERATED ROSE||Michael Moroney|
|50||LITTLE MISS RITZY||Anthony Cummings|
|53||MARBLE PRINCE||Michael Moroney|
|57||MISS REMY (NZ)||Liam Birchley|
|58||MOBSTER (NZ)||Robert Heathcote|
|59||MONSIEUR DARCEY||Anthony Cummings|
|60||MORE QUESTIONS||Todd Howlett|
|62||NEVER DESPAIR||Michael Nolan|
|63||NEW SPUR||John P Thompson|
|64||NINTH LEGION||Anthony Cummings|
|66||OCKHAM’S RAZOR (NZ)||Anthony Freedman|
|67||ON THE DECK||Troy Hall|
|69||PETWORTH HOUSE||Anthony Freedman|
|71||POSITIVE OUTLOOK||Anthony Cummings|
|72||PURE ROCK||Bart Cummings|
|73||REFLECTANCE||John P Thompson|
|76||REKINDLED GLORY||David Payne|
|77||ROULETTE PRINCE||Scott Aspery|
|79||ROYAL JESTER||Liam Birchley|
|80||SACRED STAR||Chris Waller|
|82||SANTA FE SUN||Gerald Ryan|
|83||SATURN ROCK||Shaune Ritchie|
|84||SCAPOLO (NZ)||Kevin Myers|
|87||SHIPPING FORECAST||Tony Gollan|
|88||SILKEN ENDURANCE||Maryann Thexton|
|90||SOOKIE||John P Thompson|
|91||SPECIFIC CHOICE||Chris Waller|
|92||STAR OF CHOISIR||David Hayes|
|93||STAY SCHTUM||Tim Martin|
|94||STRENGTH||John P Thompson|
|97||TINSLEY GREEN||Bart Cummings|
|98||TOP RADA||Ray McCall|
|100||TROPHIES||John P Thompson|
|101||TWISTED EMOTIONS (NZ)||John O’Shea|
|102||UNDER THE LEANER||Tony Vasil|
|103||UTILISM||John P Thompson|
|105||WHAT A GAL||Liam Birchley|
|106||WILL BE AMAZED||John P Thompson|
|107||WOLFSBURG||John P Thompson|
|108||WRITE CHEEK||Liam Birchley|
|109||YOUR SONG||Anthony Cummings|
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