Brisbane Could Follow 2012 Scone Cup for Lightinthenite

Promising gelding Lightinthenite could be headed to the Brisbane Winter Carnival following Friday’s Listed $180,000 2012 Scone Cup (1600m).

The John O’Shea-trained four-year-old has been particularly impressive as he has gradually raced at longer distances, boasting a record of five wins from nine starts.

His trainer believes he will only get better as the distances increase even more and has highlighted the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) as a potential stop for the talented son of Galilelo.

“I really think his best distance will be a mile-and-a-half [2400m],” O’Shea said.

This weekend’s Scone Cup will be just the second start of 2012 for Lightinthenite who beat Emancipation Stakes winner Skyerush first-up at Randwick.

In-form New Zealand jockey James McDonald, who regularly rides for O’Shea, will assume the ride on the gelding in what is one of the feature races over a bumper two days of racing at Scone this weekend.

Lightinthenite’s inexperience has seen him receive a favourable minimum weight allocation of 54kg, five kilograms less than top weight Fast Clip (59kg).

One in-form horse Lightinthenite will have to overcome is Todd Howlett-trained Star Of Octagonal (57.5kg) who is fresh off a win in the Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury earlier this month.

The son of Octagonal has been in ultra-consistent in 2012, winning twice and placing four times from six trips to the track.

A total of 24 horses have been nominated to fill the 16 available spots, with Miss Keepsake another of the top nominations.

The New Zealand five-year-old won the 2010 Group 1 Queensland Oaks and earlier this year finished runner-up to More Joyous in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes.

Also included in nominations are Peter Snowden-trained pair Raspberries and Divorces as well as Group 1 winner Gathering.

The final field will be announced later today and will be published on Races.com.au as soon as it is available.

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