Twenty six horses have been nominated for the Listed $150,000 2012 Winter Championship (1600m) which will take place at Flemington this Saturday.
Included in nominations is 2011 Caulfield and Melbourne Cup starter Saptapadi who joined Jim Conlan’s stables following the prestigious events last year.
To be competitive the former British stayer will have to improve on his first-up effort where he finished 15th in the Winter Championship Heat on June 9.
Winner on that day Chosen To Fly has also been nominated and will be chasing a third consecutive victory after winning a previous Winter Championship Heat on May 19.
New Zealand-bred gelding Lord Pyrus is another in-form horse nominated, having placed three times from three starts this preparation.
The six-year-old is a former Group level winner and boasts a solid record of five wins and 12 place-finishes from 27 starts.
Leading trainer Peter Moody has three nominated contenders with There’s Only One, Volando and Doubtful Jack.
Testa Rossa mare There’s Only One has been in tremendous form this winter, finishing second first-up before producing consecutive victories in the Winter Championshop Handicap at Sales and the Winter Championship Heat at Flemington on June 23.
Doubtful Jack, who competed against Black Caviar in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes, has not won since last October but most recently produced a promising effort when fourth to There’s Only One.
2011 winner Glaneuse has been nominated to defend his title but to do so will have to turn around some horrible recent form.
In his past two starts, the Michael O’Leary-trained gelding has finished in the back half of the field and has not won since he took out the event in 2011.
Other horses nominated include Peter White-trained Jungle Ruler and veteran gelding Its Prince.
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VRC Winter Championship – Nominations
|1||BANCA MO||David & Scott Brunton||82|
|3||CANNONBALL (USA)||Pat Carey||82|
|4||CHOSEN TO FLY||Colin & Cindy Alderson||96|
|5||DOUBTFUL JACK||Peter G Moody||94|
|6||FORTY THIRTY||Clinton McDonald||86|
|7||FUTURE SOLUTION||Kane Harris||84|
|9||GALILEO GOLD (NZ)||Doug Harrison||84|
|11||GOLD SAND||Lee & Shannon Hope||91|
|12||ITS PRINCE||Robbie Griffiths||92|
|13||JUNGLE RULER||Peter White||95|
|15||LORD PYRUS (NZ)||Judy Mawer||96|
|17||MENADOS (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston||78|
|19||SAPTAPADI (IRE)||Jim Conlan||92|
|23||THERE’S ONLY ONE||Peter G Moody||97|
|24||VOLANDO||Peter G Moody||80|
|25||WINNING GLORY (NZ)||David Payne||93|