Angel Of Mercy Heads 2012 Gold Coast Bracelet Nominations

Gerald Ryan’s stakes winning filly Angel Of Mercy is set to back up from her black type victory on Sydney Cup Day with a run in the Gold Coast Bracelet 2012 in Queensland this Saturday.

Angel Of Mercy

Sydney Cup Day winner Angel Of Mercy could back up in the 2012 Gold Coast Bracelet this Saturday

The smart daughter of Hussonet scored an upset win in the Listed James HB Carr Stakes (1400m) at Randwick last Saturday with Craig Williams aboard, her Rosehill-based trainer Ryan now seriously considering running her again this weekend in the $125,000 Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m).

“She may back-up in the Gold Coast Bracelet over 1800-metres next Saturday,” Ryan said earlier in the week.

A total of 32 three-year-old fillies were nominated for this year’s edition of the Gold Coast Bracelet, the race won 12 months ago by the Peter Snowden-trained Divorces.

The Gold Coast Bracelet is the first official Queensland Winter Racing Carnival lead-up for fillies heading towards a run in the prestigious $400,000 Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 2.

Sandwiched in between the Bracelet and the Oaks is also the $175,000 Group 3 The Roses (2020m) at Doomben on May 19.

Last year’s Gold Coast Bracelet winner Divorces went on to run third behind Scarlett Lady in The Roses and fourth again behind Scarlet Lady in the Oaks.

If accepted Saturday will be Angel Of Mercy’s first look at the 1800-metres, and it is the Queensland Oaks 2012 that Ryan has his eye on for her.

“I’ve been training her to run a mile, a mile-and-a-quarter and I’d like to have a crack at the Queensland Oaks,” he said.

The other big name Gold Coast Bracelet nominee is then Shaune Ritchie’s Group 1 New Zealand Oaks winner Artistic.

The daughter of Darci Brahma won the Listed Sunline Vase (2100m) two back before holding on in a tight finish when stepping up to the 2400m in the NZ Oaks.

John Sargent’s New Zealand Oaks third placegetter Quintessential also features in the Gold Coast Bracelet early entries for 2012.

The other top-rated Gold Coast Bracelet nominations include then the John Thompson-trained Pretty Pins who has won four of her eight starts to date including a summer feature over 2020m on a Slow track at Doomben last December, Matthew Dunn’s Princess Stakes winner over the Eagle Farm mile last time out Hidden Jewel, and Tracey Bartley’s Wyong visitor Meghalaya coming off a good third in the Listed National Jockey Celebration QLD Day Handicap (1350m).

The 2012 H Harvey Prestige Gold Coast Bracelet final field and barrier draw will be released on Wednesday and published right here at Races.com.au along with a detailed race and betting preview.

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2012 Gold Coast Bracelet Nominations

Gold Coast – 05/05/2012

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 ABLACKAHAWKA John Yeates 27= 56.5kg 62
2 AMALGAMATE Tony Noonan 24 56.5kg 63
3 AMETSIS Russell Cameron 21 56.5kg 65
4 ANAGOLD Bryan Guy 20 56.5kg 67
5 ANGEL OF MERCY Gerald Ryan 5 56.5kg 89
6 ANGELUS Peter Snowden 10 56.5kg 72
7 ARTISTIC (NZ) Shaune Ritchie 2 56.5kg 95
8 BEVICO GIRL Robert Heathcote 7 56.5kg 69
9 CRAZY MAMMA Bryan Guy 3 56.5kg 78
10 DOZING STAMPEDE Roger Milne 31 56.5kg
11 ELIZA BLUES (NZ) Chris Waller 15 56.5kg 71.5
12 ELLIE LA VIE Kelso Wood 30 56.5kg 59
13 ENDLESS SHADOW Robert Heathcote 22 56.5kg 70
14 GRAB THE LOOT Darryl Gollan 27= 56.5kg 61
15 HIDDEN JEWEL Matthew Dunn 4 56.5kg 82
16 HULA LUA (NZ) Michael Kent 29 56.5kg 63
17 JOHANNA’S OWN Tony Noonan 32 56.5kg
18 LAVISH LIFESTYLE John Wallace 26 56.5kg 59
19 MEGHALAYA Tracey Bartley 9 56.5kg 74
20 MYAMIRA Rodney Northam 17 56.5kg 69
21 PLAYTIME Todd Austin 1 56.5kg 80
22 PRECIOUS MANDY Maryann Thexton 23 56.5kg 66
23 PRETTY PINS (NZ) John P Thompson 6 56.5kg 86
24 PURFECTRESS Noel J Doyle 16 56.5kg 69
25 QUINTESSENTIAL (NZ) John Sargent 8 56.5kg 89
26 ROCKACHEVA Alan Scorse 18 56.5kg 68
27 ROCKSAN Toby Edmonds 12 56.5kg 71
28 SCORPIO QUEEN Chris Waller 11 56.5kg 73
29 SECRET GARDEN Paul Nolan (Jnr) 19 56.5kg 71
30 TUSKEGEE HAWK Len Treloar 25 56.5kg 68
31 TYCOON’S HEART David Kelly 13 56.5kg 72
32 URBAN ROCKER Chris Waller 14 56.5kg 68