Strong Lord Mayor’s Cup Field 2012 Revealed

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.

Firebolt

Defending champ Firebolt is one of five New Zealand-bred gallopers in the 2012 Lord Mayor's Cup field this Saturday

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
10 24134X3X33 DIVORCES Peter Snowden 6 57kg 99
11 91104X1388 RASPBERRIES Peter Snowden 9 57kg 101