Gai Waterhouse Classic 2012 – Nominations

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).


Mascareri is one of the top horses nominated for the 2012 Gai Waterhouse Classic

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

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 MASCARERI Peter Snowden 1 59kg 97
2 FUNTANTES Robert Heathcote 2= 58.5kg 96
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
6 BALMONT Guy Walter 6 56.5kg 92
7 SKATING ON ICE Les Kelly 7 56kg 91
8 BEETHOG Les Kelly 8 55kg 89
9 AMETSIS Russell Cameron 25 54kg 69
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
13 DORCHESTER Helen Page 24 54kg 70
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
19 KUMALI John Dann 16= 54kg 82
20 MARCULOO Ben Ahrens 26 54kg 68
21 MISS BARWANG Jason McLachlan 18= 54kg 81
22 MOSSRIVER David Murphy 15 54kg 84
23 NERIANI John Sadler 20 54kg 80
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
32 ZAMBONI Peter Hulbert 28 54kg 66