Ipswich will host the feature meeting in Queensland this Saturday for Ipswich Cup Day and one of the highlights on the eight-race program is the 2012 Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m).
Thirty two horses have been nominated for the $100,000 Listed event but that number will be reduced to 16 when final acceptances are made tomorrow.
One of the top nominations is Peter Snowden-trained mare Mascareri who is fresh off a win in the Listed Silk Stocking at the Gold Coast last month.
The daughter of Commands has scored eight victories from 21 starts and collected more than $370,000 in prize money.
Joining Mascareri as one of the more successful runners included in nominations is fellow five-year-old mare Sophie’s Spirit.
The Max Hinton-trained horse impressed when runner-up in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes last month but will have to bounce back from her last-start eighth in the Dane Ripper Stakes.
Robert Heathcote-trained mare Funtantes is yet to place in the Queensland winter carnival but the five-year-old has been in solid form.
The daughter of Easy Rocking has recorded consecutive fourth-place finishes in the Group 3 Glenlogand Park Stakes and the Group 2 QTC Cup.
Three-time Group level winner Montana Flyer has not finished better than fifth in five starts this year but impressed in a barrier trial earlier this month.
The Grafton-based mare has just four wins from 35 starts but with three of this being in lucrative Group level events, she has collected over $500,000 in prize money.
Other horses nominated for the Gai Waterhouse Classic include last-start winner Kumali and Les Kelly-trained pair Beethog and Skating On Ice.
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Gai Waterhouse Classic 2012 – Nominations
|3||SOPHIE’S SPIRIT||Max Hinton||2=||58.5kg||96|
|4||MONTANA FLYER||Terry Commerford||4||58kg||95|
|5||DUAL CHAMBER||Rex Lipp||5||57.5kg||94|
|7||SKATING ON ICE||Les Kelly||7||56kg||91|
|10||ANDROMACHE (NZ)||Sam Pritchard-Gordon||13=||54kg||85|
|11||ARMS LENGTH||Kurt Goldman||22||54kg||75|
|12||BIANCA JEWEL||Steven O’dea||12||54kg||86|
|14||FELONY FLIGHT||Tony Sears||21||54kg||78|
|15||FINN CLASS||Barry Miller||27||54kg||67|
|16||FLEET RIANE||Brian Smith||23||54kg||72|
|17||GAI’S CHOICE||David Pfieffer||9=||54kg||87|
|18||HIDDEN KISSES||Robert Heathcote||9=||54kg||87|
|21||MISS BARWANG||Jason McLachlan||18=||54kg||81|
|24||OUR MISS MADISON||Leendert Van Der Sluys||32||54kg||49|
|25||OUR STAWELL GIFT||Leendert Van Der Sluys||29=||54kg||60|
|26||RAISE UP||Kelly Schweida||16=||54kg||82|
|27||SENSATIONAL LINE||Leendert Van Der Sluys||29=||54kg||60|
|28||SHE’S A ROCK STAR||Bryan Guy||18=||54kg||81|
|29||SWING AND SING||Leendert Van Der Sluys||31||54kg||54|
|30||VIPERA GOLD||Lynn Tipper||9=||54kg||87|
|31||VIVA LAS||Neville & Christopher Voigt||13=||54kg||85|