One of the final Sydney autumn black types will run at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday with a smart field expected for the 2012 Lord Mayor’s Cup.
There were 13 nominations taken for the $100,000 Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup (2000m) this year including Ron Quinton’s nice mare Crafty Irna who has her autumn swansong on Saturday.
Not having won a race since the 2011 Adrian Knox Stakes over 12 months ago, Starcraft four-year-old Crafty Irna has been in decent form this season.
She comes off a close fifth when beaten only three quarters of a length by Skyerush in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 28 which was her fourth run for the year.
“I considered her a fraction unlucky in a couple of those runs over the carnival,” Quinton said.
“She hasn’t got a great turn of foot and that lack of tactical speed went against her a few times.
“She was beaten a combined margin of just over seven lengths in those four starts which shows how honest she is.”
For the Lord Mayor’s Cup Glyn Schofield will replace Hugh Bowman.
Saturday sees Crafty Irna run for the last time this season, Quinton looking to win the race he couldn’t during his time as a jockey and in doing so cap off a sensational autumn highlighted by his win in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic with Ofcourseican.
“It would be lovely if she could finish off with a win before she goes for a holiday,” he said.
“By sending her for a spell now it gives her every chance to have a long and productive spring.”
Quinton named the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m), a race she finished 10th in behind The Verminator last year, at Randwick in early October as one of the major Sydney Spring Racing Carnival goals for Crafty Irna when she comes back.
“The Metropolitan is the race she’ll be set for,” he said.
“She raced in the Metropolitan last year but physically she’s improved a lot; she’s a lot stronger.”
Emancipation Stakes winner Skyerush is also nominated for the Lord Mayor’s Cup on Saturday, Guy Walter’s Super Jet mare stepping up to the 2000-metres for the first time since her third to Vintedge in last year’s Group 2 Matriarch Stakes at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day.
While Skyerush is the sole last start winner nominated for the Lord Mayor’s Cup this Saturday other hopefuls coming off some good form include Gai Waterhouse’s former 2010 The Metropolitan champ Herculian Prince, reigning The Metropolitan winner The Verminator, and the Peter Moody-trained Dane Shadow four-year-old Turnitup.
Other notable hopes included in the Lord Mayor’s Cup nominations 2012 are Waterhouse’s other hopeful Kinnersley, the Paul Perry-trained Southern Skye, and Chris Waller’s Australia Day Cup winner Wazn coming off a first-up fourth in the Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury last Saturday.
Along with The Verminator and Wazn Waller has also nominated for Kiwi import Firebolt who won the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1615m) at Doomben this time last year when prepared by Roger James.
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2012 Lord Mayor’s Cup Nominations
Rosehill – 12/05/2012
|2||CRAFTY IRNA||Ron Quinton||99|
|3||FIREBOLT (NZ)||Chris Waller||95|
|4||HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||105|
|6||LARRY’S NEVER LATE (NZ)||Jim Conlan||100|
|7||MIRJULISA LASS||Gregory Hickman||92|
|9||SOUTHERN SKYE||Paul Perry||89|
|10||THE VERMINATOR||Chris Waller||105|
|11||TURNITUP||Peter G Moody||90|
|12||WAZN (IRE)||Chris Waller||95|
|13||ZAKYNTHOS IMPRINTZ||Gary Nickson||83|