A strong line-up of 11 quality gallopers will face off in the 2012 Lord Mayor’s Cup field at Doomben Racecourse this Saturday including five New Zealand bred horses.
Due to jump at 1:20pm as Doomben Race 3 on Saturday the $115,000 Carlton Mid Lord Mayor’s Cup (1600m) is shaping up as an intriguing showdown between the Aussies and the Kiwis.
Two of the New Zealand horses in the mix are still trained across the Tasman with the Graeme Boyd-trained Ginga Dude and John Sargent’s St Germaine drawn in barriers seven and one respectively.
Rising eight-year-old Istidaad gelding Ginga Dude showed they still have what it takes to win at Eagle Farm back on April 21 when they scored a good first-up victory in the Listed Members’ Quality Handicap over the mile.
Keeper mare St Germaine meanwhile was disappointing at the same meeting when resuming with a seventh to Risk Aversion in the Listed Juanmo Stakes (1200m), the five-year-old to appreciate stepping up to the mile on Saturday.
There are then three Kiwi imports in the race with the now Chris Waller-trained defending Lord Mayor’s Cup winner Firebolt drawn ideally in barrier four, Joe Pride’s Group 1 winning mare Miss Keepsake out wide in 10, and the in-form Rob Heathcote-trained Solzhenitsyn.
Stravinsky six-year-old Firebolt has been racing well over the past month or so and was last seen finishing a close third to Kinnersley in the Listed ATC Lord Mayor’s Cup (2000m) at Rosehill last Saturday.
The step back down to 1600m this weekend is an interesting move from Waller, but they did it last year and won this same race when under the preparation of Roger James.
Miss Keepsake races in Queensland for the first time since the winter of 2010 when she won the Queensland Oaks, Pride hoping the recent Queen of the Turf Stakes runner-up will have better luck in the run than she did last start when seventh to Skyerush in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1600m) on Sydney Cup Day.
Top local horseman Heathcote meanwhile will saddle up two livewire Lord Mayor’s Cup chances with BTC Cup Day winner Solzhenitsyn (barrier three) joined by Bianconi mare Fillydelphia who won the Listed Brisbane Handicap over this track and distance during the summer.
Also with dual acceptors is Sydney trainer Peter Snowden with Domesday mare Divorces (barrier six) coming off a close third in the Emancipation Stakes, and four-year-old Raspberries (barrier nine) who took out he Group 3 PFD Food Services Stakes (1400m) first-up at Flemington back in early March.
Rounding out the Lord Mayor’s Cup field and barriers are then the John Thompson-trained Gathering (barrier eight), Liam Birchley’s local veteran Pepperwood (barrier vide) and Luke Nolen’s mount Vesper in the ‘visitor’s draw’ 11.
The complete 2012 BTC Lord Mayor’s Cup field, barriers, jockeys are weights are listed below.
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2012 Lord Mayor’s Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw
Doomben Race 3 – 1:20pm – 19/05/2012
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||X976X07080||GATHERING||John P Thompson||Jeff Lloyd||8||59kg||103|
|2||8X613566X1||GINGA DUDE (NZ)||Graeme Boyd||Jason Taylor||7||59kg||107|
|3||050700X009||PEPPERWOOD||Liam Birchley||Larry Cassidy||5||59kg||92|
|4||10X3X70043||FIREBOLT (NZ)||Chris Waller||–||4||59kg||98|
|5||243126X46X||VESPER||Michael Jacobs||Luke Nolen||11||59kg||95|
|6||4111X8X321||SOLZHENITSYN (NZ)||Robert Heathcote||Michael Rodd||3||59kg||92|
|7||325045X127||MISS KEEPSAKE (NZ)||Joseph Pride||Christian Reith||10||57kg||102|
|8||X121132X48||FILLYDELPHIA||Robert Heathcote||Jim Byrne||2||57kg||100|
|9||12529X69X7||ST GERMAINE (NZ)||John Sargent||Damian Browne||1||57kg||91|