Ginga Dude Heads 2012 Ipswich Cup Nominations

The Queensland Winter Carnival may be coming to a close but quality racing heads to Ipswich this weekend for an exciting day of action that is highlighted by the Listed $200,000 2012 Ipswich Cup (2150m).

Nineteen horses have been nominated for the feature event and headlining the list is New Zealand-bred gelding Ginga Dude who is fresh off a third-place effort in the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup.

Ginga Dude, trained by Graeme Boyd, has been in excellent form this preparation, winning the Members’ Quality Handicap first-up before recording consecutive placings at Group level.

The son of Istidaad has 14 wins from 51 career starts including three at Group level and has collected more than $420,000 in prize money.

Toowoomba gelding Fantastic Blue is another nominated horse to experience success at the Brisbane Winter Carnival, having taken out the Group 3 Premier’s Cup on May 26.

But the Paul Nolan-trained five-year-old will have to bounce back from his last-start effort when he finished 11th in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup.

Gai Waterhouse-trained gelding Kinnersley will make the trip north for the event after winning the Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup at Rosehill last month before recently impressing with a strong barrier trial.

The Al Maher five-year-old has recorded just 15 starts to date but has won on five occasions and collected more than $230,000 in prize money.

Shamardashing earlier this year recorded back-to-back victories at Doomven on the Gold Coast and then impressed when fourth in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup.

But the John Thompson-trained gelding will have to show a quick recovery to that kind of form to be a chance this weekend after struggling to finish nearly 10 lengths behind the leader when 12th in the Brisbane Cup.

Other horses nominated for the Ipswich Cup include Gold Coast-based gelding Lake George and last-start winner Ausworld.

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Ipswich Cup 2012 – Nominations

Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ALTONIO (NZ) Leon Davies 78
2 AUSWORLD Pat Duff 84
3 BELL ACADEMY Bradley Herne 79.5
4 COLLECTOR Robert Bradshaw 61
5 CROSSCANNONS (NZ) Louise White 74
6 FANTASTIC BLUE Paul N Nolan 96
7 GINGA DUDE (NZ) Graeme Boyd 106
9 KINNERSLEY Gai Waterhouse 96
10 LAKE GEORGE (NZ) John Morrisey 86
11 MR LIGHT BLUE Barry Baldwin 89
12 PLAYACTION David Peoples 85
13 RHETORIC Maryann Brosnan 73
14 SAM’S TOWN Robert Heathcote 76
15 SHAMARDASHING John P Thompson 93
16 SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ) Michael Moroney 91
17 SHUFFLE THE CASH Bryan Guy 92
18 UNCLE JAN Matt Kropp 71.5
19 WARRIOR WITHIN Bruce W Hill 92