Exciting three-year-old Mental heads a 20-horse nominations list for the 2012 Daybreak Lover Plate (1600m) which will take place at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
The Lonhro gelding is also nominated for the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap but currently sits at 24th on the order of entry and would require a number of withdrawals to gain a start.
Trained by Peter Snowden, Mental was considered among the favourites to take out the Stradbroke but needed to win Saturday’s Queensland Guineas in order to gain qualification.
The Darley product struggled in wet conditions to run fifth in the Queensland Guineas but prior to that recorded back-to-back victories including the Group 3 Fred Best Classic.
Also nominated are Robert Heathcote-trained pair Volkhere and Trump who have both experienced their share of success this year.
Lightly-raced gelding Volkhere has two wins and two placings from four career starts including a last-start win over Kelbenjar in the Ambassador Travel Handicap at Doomben.
Trump struggled last start when 12th in the Queensland Guineas but earlier this year finished second in a Listed event at Doomben before winning the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic ahead of Goldslick and Brambles.
New Zealand gelding Dollario arrived in Australia on the back of a third-place effort in November’s Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas and has performed solidly in lower level events since touching down on Australian soil.
The son of Captain Rio finished second first-up at Ipswich and backed it up with a third-place finish at the Gold Coast on May 19.
Dollario is one of four New Zealand-bred horses included in nominations with the others being Adamantium, Shanghai Bund and Uppland.
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Daybreak Lover Plate 2012 – Nominations
|1||ADAMANTIUM (NZ)||Danny O’Brien|
|4||BIGGLES||Noel J Doyle|
|5||DAPH ’N’ ALF||Nathan J Schofield|
|6||DOLLARIO (NZ)||John Sargent|
|7||DOUBLE IMPACT||Jackie Crompton|
|9||GOTTA BE LUCKY||Peter Strong|
|10||HARDMAN HARRY||Ron Macrae|
|12||NOISY OCEAN||Bryan Guy|
|13||OUR SMOKIN’ ROCK||Anthony Freedman|
|16||SHANGHAI BUND (NZ)||John Sargent|
|18||UPPLAND (NZ)||Kenny Rae|
|19||VENTURE ON||Brian Smith|