This Saturday Doomben Racecourse will come to life for Doomben 10,000 Day, one of the key support races on the program being the Premier’s Cup 2012.
Nominations for all the Doomben 10,000 Day races were taken by Racing Queensland on Monday with a bumper 24 early entries being nominated for the $125,000 Group 3 The Channel Seven Premier’s Cup (2200m).
A crucial lead-up race for gallopers heading towards one of the other Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival staying features, the $300,000 Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Handicap Day June 9, the Premier’s Cup is always a hotly contested affair.
Last year’s Premier Cup winner was the Bryan Guy-trained Shuffle The Cash who will be back to defend their title in 2012.
The now seven-year-old Dash For Cash grey hasn’t won a race since their Premier’s Cup success 12 months ago.
Leading up to last year’s victory Shuffle The Cash ran seventh in the Group 3 QLD Chairman’s Handicap (2020m) which is the exact same race and finishing position they come via this year as well.
Chairman’s Handicap winner Hume from the local stables of Brian Smith is also nominated for the Premier’s Cup on Saturday as are Gerald Ryan’s Sydney-based runner-up Ironstein and Bruce Hill’s third placegetter Warrior Within from the Gold Coast.
Other local Queensland hopes in the mix include Ben Ahrens‘ Beaudesert galloper Spechenka and the Kelly Purdy-trained Galileo gelding Rundle who ran fourth and fifth respectively in the Chairman’s.
There is an abundance of other interstate raiders nominated for the Premier’s Cup this year including two from the Chris Waller stables in Sydney with 2011 The Metropolitan winner The Verminator and Wazn who comes off a good second to Kinnersley in the listed Lord Mayor’s Cup (2000m) at Rosehill.
Cranbourne trainer Michael Kent is also dually represented in The Premier’s Cup nominations with his former AJC Oaks winner Absolutely and Ballarat Cup champ Domesky.
Some of the more highly rated hopefuls featuring in the entries are then John Thompson’s Shamardashing looking for their third on the trot but who needs it wet to be at their best, and the Michael Moroney-trained Viking Hero.
The 2012 Premier’s Cup final field is due out on Wednesday with Races.com.au to publish the full list of acceptances and barriers.
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2012 Premier’s Cup Nominations
Doomben – 26/05/2012
|2||COUNT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson||90|
|3||DANCE WITH HER||David Brideoake & David Feek||–|
|5||FANTASTIC BLUE||Paul N Nolan||90|
|6||FRUEHLING (IRE)||Anthony Freedman||77|
|7||HUME (NZ)||Brian Smith||97|
|9||LARRY’S NEVER LATE (NZ)||Jim Conlan||–|
|11||MOURASANA (GB)||Michael Moroney||79.5|
|12||MR LIGHT BLUE||Barry Baldwin||–|
|13||PRECIOUS MANDY||Maryann Thexton||–|
|16||SHAMARDASHING||John P Thompson||94|
|17||SHUFFLE THE CASH||Bryan Guy||93|
|19||STREETS AWAY (NZ)||Alan Bailey||88|
|20||THE VERMINATOR||Chris Waller||–|
|21||VIKING HERO||Michael Moroney||91|
|22||WARRIOR WITHIN||Bruce W Hill||92|
|23||WAZN (IRE)||Chris Waller||–|
|24||ZA MAGIC||Brian Smith||88|