Peter Snowden’s promising Lonhro three-year-old Mental will get their chance to retain their spot at the top of the Stradbroke Handicap futures odds when they run second-up in the Fred Best Classic 2012 on Doomben Cup Day in Brisbane this Saturday.
Mental ran away with their fourth win from seven starts first-up at Hawkesbury on May 5 with a big three length victory in a Benchmark 85.
It was enough for bookies around the country to install them as the pre-post favourite for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival’s marquee event, Mental paying $8 through bookmaker.com.au to take out the $1 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 9.
Saturday they will look to continue their good form in the $125,000 Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m), Mental one of 26 early nominations for the feature.
Snowden has also nominated for his in-form Ad Valorem colt Free Wheeling who comes off a huge four length win in the Listed Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m).
Hawkesbury Guineas third placegetter Bound To Blush is also set to back up in the Fred Best on Saturday.
Another good form race heading into event is the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) which ran on May 5.
While GC Guineas winner Florentina is not in the Fred Best Classic mix runner-up Punch On, third placegetter Double Impact and the Liam Birchley-trained Emmalene who ran fourth are.
Gold Coast Guineas fifth placegetter Morning Captain is another Fred Best hopeful, the Kelly Doughty-trained Gold Coast local had won their four previous starts before the Guineas including the Listed National Jockey Celebration QLD Day Handicap (1350m) at Doomben in April.
There should be plenty of talent in the 2012 Fred Best Classic when acceptances are taken later in the week with some of the other more notable entries including the John Sargent-trained New Zealand stablemates Dollario and Shanghai Bund.
Captain Rio gelding Dollario ran an eye-catching third in the Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas (1600m) last November before resuming in their Australian debut at Ipswich running second to Felony Flight over 1200m.
Bachelor Duke three-year-old Shanghai Bund also comes off an Ipswich second but over 1350m.
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2012 Fred Best Classic Nominations
Eagle Farm – 19/05/2012
|1||AMAH ROCK||Peter Morgan|
|2||BIGGLES||Noel J Doyle|
|3||BOUND TO BLUSH||John O’Shea|
|4||BOYS ON TOUR||John P Thompson|
|5||DAPH ’N’ ALF||Nathan J Schofield|
|6||DOLLARIO (NZ)||John Sargent|
|7||DOUBLE IMPACT||Jackie Crompton|
|8||EASY RUNNING||Desleigh Forster|
|11||FIVE O’CLOCK||Alan Bailey|
|12||FREE WHEELING||Peter Snowden|
|13||HIDDEN JEWEL||Matthew Dunn|
|15||LUCKY MORNA||Kelso Wood|
|17||MORNING CAPTAIN||Kelly Doughty|
|18||NOISY OCEAN||Bryan Guy|
|19||OUR SMOKIN’ ROCK||Anthony Freedman|
|20||PUNCH ON||Peter Balzen|
|21||SACRED PINS (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|22||SHANGHAI BUND (NZ)||John Sargent|
|23||SHOW A PRINCE||Liam Birchley|
|24||STATE OF WEALTH||Brian Smith|