Quality 2012 Premier’s Cup Final Field Revealed

A quality field of gallopers has been accepted for the Premier’s Cup 2012 at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday, many of which are gearing up for the Brisbane Cup at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Handicap Day next month.


Ironstein is the 58kg topweight of the 2012 Premier's Cup this Saturday

Due to jump as Doomben Race 6 at 3:20pm on Saturday the $125,000 Group 3 Channel Seven Premier’s Cup (2200m) has drawn a full field of 16 confirmed starters plus two emergencies.

Topweight of the field is the Gerald Ryan-trained Ironstein with 58kg who will be ridden by apprentice hoop Josh Adams from the inside alley.

The Zabeel six-year-old comes off a second to Hume in the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2000m) at Doomben from May 12, Saturday their first run in Queensland since their Group 3 Tatt’s Cup (2200m) win at Eagle Farm last June.

Chairman’s Handicap winner Hume has also been accepted to back up in the Premier’s Cup this weekend, Brian Smith’s local Brisbane galloper coming up with the extreme outside barrier.

A rising nine-year-old Zabeel Hume will be out for their eight career win from 33 starts on Saturday.

Along with Hume there are two other last-start winners in the Premier’s Cup field for 2012 with John Thompson’s five-year-old Shamardal gelding Shamardashing and the in-form Dance With Her.

Due to jump from barrier 15, into 13 with emergencies out, Shamardashing will be ridden by Chris Munce as they seek their third Queensland win on the trot.

Two back they won over 2050m at Doomben before their last start victory over 2200m at the Gold Coast, both wins on Heavy rated tracks.

There is heavy rainfall forecast for Brisbane later in the week and if the heaven’s open up the odds on Shamardashing to win the Premier’s Cup are likely to come in.

The David Brideoake & David Feek co-trained Dance With Her meanwhile has come up with barrier two for Saturday, Steven Arnold to ride the five-year-old Al Maher mare as she seeks her third stakes win on the trot.

Winner of the Listed Warrnambool Cup (2350m) on a Heavy (8) track on May 3, Dance With Her was last seen running away to take out the Listed Centaurea Stakes (2005m) at Morphettville on May 12 when ridden by Dwayne Dunn on 59kg.

Reuniting with her Warrnambool Cup winning hoop Arnold for the Premier’s Cup, she is also likely to appreciate getting back down to 56kg on Saturday.

Also coming off good recent for are the likes of Warrnambool Cup runner-up Domesky, the Chris Waller-trained Wazn who ran second to Kinnersley in the Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup (2000m) at Rosehill a fortnight ago, and Bruce Hill’s Chairman’s Handicap third placegetter Warrior Within.

Other notable hopes include Michael Kent’s former AJC Oaks winner Absolutely who will appreciate the sting out of the ground should it be wet, and defending Premier’s Cup winner Shuffle The Cash.

See below for the full 2012 Premier’s Cup final field, barrier draw, weights and jockeys.

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2012 Premier’s Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Doomben Race 6 – 3:20pm – 26/05/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 55451X0082 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan Josh Adams (a) 1 58kg 102
2 1X5660X509 ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent Brad Rawiller 9 57kg 104
3 1X77X0X438 LARRY’S NEVER LATE (NZ) Jim Conlan Dwayne Dunn 3 57kg 100
4 250X116011 DANCE WITH HER David Brideoake & David Feek Steven Arnold 2 56kg 102
5 5070904X01 HUME (NZ) Brian Smith Scott Galloway 18 55.5kg 97
6 X912621X42 WAZN (IRE) Chris Waller 13 55kg 96
7 14X8835311 SHAMARDASHING John P Thompson Chris Munce 15 54kg 94
8 070X359607 SHUFFLE THE CASH Bryan Guy Luke Nolen 16 54kg 93
9 09770X0004 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens Ryan Wiggins 17 54kg 93
10 910X063593 WARRIOR WITHIN Bruce W Hill Larry Cassidy 4 54kg 92
11 0X65224325 VIKING HERO Michael Moroney Kerrin McEvoy 6 54kg 91
12 846433X886 COUNT ENCOSTA John P Thompson Jim Cassidy 7 54kg 90
13 115X08X008 FANTASTIC BLUE Paul N Nolan Glen Colless 14 54kg 90
14 3231171000 MR LIGHT BLUE Barry Baldwin Jim Byrne 8 54kg 89
15 3609132217 ZA MAGIC Brian Smith Eddie Wilkinson 12 54kg 88
16 4192761PX5 MOURASANA (GB) Michael Moroney Kerrin McEvoy 10 54kg 79.5
17e 1236116820 MARKED Robert Heathcote Jim Byrne 11 54kg 77.5
18e 322X112 FRUEHLING (IRE) Anthony Freedman Daniel Moor 5 54kg 77