Rockhampton gelding Writer heads a 24-horse list of nominations for Saturday’s $100,000 2012 Townsville Cup (2100m).
Trained by David Stafford, the rising seven-year-old scored the biggest victory of his career last month when taking out the $100,000 Rockhampton Cup in his home town.
A son of Hemingway, the successful country gelding backed up his victory with a solid fourth in the $50,000 Mackay Cup and will be out to add to his 14 career victories this weekend.
One of the top local hopes is veteran gelding I Got One who will be lining up for his 58th start on Saturday..
But despite being so heavily-raced, the rising eight-year-old has continued to taste success and most recently won the Magnetic Mile Handicap in Townsville.
Fellow Townsville-based gelding Cash Attack finished runner-up to I Got One last start and gets a chance to make amends for two disappointing efforts in the Rockhampton and Mackay Cups.
The John Erichsen-trained gelding finished towards the back half of the field in both events and is chasing his first victory since November last year.
A veteran of 41 starts, Cash Attack has won 10 times and placed on another nine occasions with the highlight victory coming in the 2010 Innisfail Cup.
Stuart Kendrick, trainer of Golden Slipper fourth place-getter Doubtfilly, will have one entrant with the in-form Flybefree.
The rising seven-year-old has been in sensational form of late, finishing a worst of third in his four most recent starts which includes a five-length victory in the Townsville Bulletin Winter Cup on June 30.
Rockhampton six-year-old Seafight also heads into the race in good form, winning the Jupiters Townsville Handicap by a dominant three lengths last Saturday.
Other horses nominated for the Townsville Cup include Olivia Cairns-trained pair Bear In There and Popnae and Brian Smith’s last-start winner Clangor.
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Townsville Cup 2012 – Nominations
|2||CASH ATTACK||John Erichsen||5||55.5kg||83|
|3||I GOT ONE||Terry Butts||1=||55.5kg||83|
|5||BARAMUL BULLET||Greg Wehlow||17=||54kg||75|
|6||BEAR IN THERE||Olivia Cairns||23||54kg||70|
|8||COMMON OBJECTIVE||Roy Chillemi||6||54kg||80.5|
|12||GOLD COAST GIRL||Matthew Tremble||7=||54kg||80|
|14||JUST A TOUCH||Jay Morris||9=||54kg||79.5|
|16||MOB RULE||Errol Sewell||17=||54kg||75|
|17||OLD MATES ACT||Darren Symons||7=||54kg||80|
|18||OUR BOY LUKAS (NZ)||John Manzelmann||9=||54kg||79.5|
|22||SIR PEPPERCORN||Jim Swift||19=||54kg||74.5|
|23||TIMECALL (NZ)||Stuart Kendrick||15||54kg||77|