Waterhouse Pair Head Rowley Mile 2012 Nominations

Leading Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse has two of of the top nominations for the Listed $150,000 2012 Rowley Mile which will take place at Hawkesbury this weekend as part of an exciting race card that also includes the Hawkesbury Guineas.

Both Fast Clip and Western Symbol head into the race with form on the board with the latter particularly impressive of late.

The five-year-old gelding has produced three consecutive victories with the most recent coming in the JRA Plate at Randwick on April 21 which took his record to an impressive six wins from 14 starts.

Fast Clip was not given a chance in the prestigious Doncaster Mile but ran gallantly to finish fifth and only 1.3 lengths behind superstar More Joyous after winning the previous week in the Doncaster Prelude.

The four-year-old will have to carry 59kg to win the Rowley Mile, just one kilogram less than British topweight Foreteller.

Trained by Chris Waller, the import won the David Jones Cup last spring but has been less than impressive in his two starts in 2012.

Lohnro mare Raspberries may be coming off an eighth-place finish in the Doncaster Prelude but she has experienced some success this year, winning the PFD Food Services Stakes and finishing third in the Sunline Stakes.

Star Of Octagonal will make his return after last being seen finishing second to Niagara in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes in late March.

From five starts in 2012, the son of Octagonal has recorded one victory but placed on all four other occasions.

The gelding will carry 55kg along with Kevin Moses-trained seven-year-old Mr Unforgettable who will be making a return to Listed level racing for the first time since last June.

Other horses included in Rowley Mile nominations are New Zealand gelding Zara Dancer and Paul Messara-trained Mirrasalo.

Check back on Wednesday for the final field which will be published on Races.com.au as soon as it is released.

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Rowley Mile 2012 – Nominations

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller 1 60kg 106
2 FAST CLIP Gai Waterhouse 2 59kg 104
3 WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 4 57kg 100
4 RASPBERRIES Peter Snowden 3 56kg 102
5 MR UNFORGETTABLE Kevin Moses 5= 55kg 96
6 STAR OF OCTAGONAL Todd Howlett 5= 55kg 96
7 WAZN (IRE) Chris Waller 7 54.5kg 95
8 AL’S GOLD Mick Hood 14 54kg 78
9 ALMA’S FURY Paul Murray 8 54kg 93
10 ALTERED BOY Chris Waller 9 54kg 90
11 LIGHTINTHENITE John O’Shea 10 54kg 89
12 MIRRASALO Paul Messara 11= 54kg 88
13 OUR BARNEY Guy Walter 15= 54kg 72
14 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson 13 54kg 84
15 ZARA DANCER (NZ) Jim & Greg Lee 11= 54kg 88
16 ZEDLION Jason Coyle 15= 54kg 72