The first round of nominations have been released for the Group 1 The Metropolitan, which is set to run at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday October 6, 2012.
A total of 97 horses have been nominated for the race, including Rangirangdoo.
The eight-year-old is set to make his return to spring racing, despite the many injuries that have hindered his racing career.
Rangirangdoo, who is also nominated for the Group 1 Epsom Handicapon the same day, will be aimed at longer distances this season.
Trainer Chris Waller feels that the Pentire gelding will be well suited to the 2012 The Metropolitan’s 2,400 metre distance.
“I think this spring might be the time to try him over the longer trip,” Waller said.
“He will be nominated for both the Epsom and the Metropolitan.”
Up until now, Rangirangdoo has not won over anything greater than a mile, however, the gelding finished second by a nose in the 2,000 metre Group 1 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill Gardens in March this year.
Rangirangdoo is incredibly lightly races for his age, having had just 28 race starts.
The dual Group 1 winning galloper has claimed ten victories so far during his career and has earned more than $2.13 million in prize money.
Waller has also nominated The Verminator for the 2012 The Metropolitan, who won last year’s edition of the race.
David Vandyke will also be represented by Lamasery, who is returning from a year-long hiatus due to injury.
Lamasery began his spring campaign in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes last start, where he finished a gallant fourth behind winner Pinwheel.
The six-year-old has won 10 of his 19 race starts and has earned more than $460,000 in prize money.
Maluckyday, Racing Heart and Polish Knight are also included in the 2012 The Metropolitan nominations.
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2012 The Metropolitan Nominations
|1||ABOVE (IRE)||Robert Hickmott|
|2||AD VICTORIAM||Neville & Christopher Voigt|
|3||ALIYANA TILDE||Kerry Parker|
|4||ALL OUT WAR (IRE)||Michael Moroney|
|5||ANUDJAWUN (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer|
|6||AULD BURNS (GB)||David Hayes|
|7||BRAVE THE WAY||Anthony Cummings|
|8||BUDAI (GER)||David Hayes|
|9||BUXTED (IRE)||Sam Pritchard-Gordon|
|10||CLASS IS CLASS (IRE)||Chris Waller|
|12||CRAFTY IRNA||Ron Quinton|
|13||CUBAN SUNDAY||Pat Carey|
|14||DANCE WITH HER||David Brideoake & David Feek|
|15||DIAMOND HUNTER (NZ)||Bart Cummings|
|16||DOWAGER QUEEN (NZ)||Lee Freedman & Graeme Rogerson|
|18||DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE)||Michael Moroney|
|19||EFFICIENT (NZ)||Robert Hickmott|
|20||EMERITUS (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|
|21||ERUPTIOUS (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|22||EXCLUDED (NZ)||Robert Hickmott|
|24||FICTIONAL ACCOUNT (IRE)||David Hayes|
|25||FIUMICINO (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|26||FRUEHLING (IRE)||Anthony Freedman|
|27||GARUD (IRE)||Michael Moroney|
|28||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse|
|29||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott|
|30||GUNS AT FIVE (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|31||HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|32||I’M JAKE (NZ)||David Brideoake & David Feek|
|33||INNOCENT LADY (NZ)||Robert Smerdon|
|34||JULIENAS (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse|
|35||KEITH’S LEGACY (NZ)||David Vandyke|
|36||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller|
|37||KING DIAMOND||Peter G Moody|
|39||LE ROI (GER)||Tony McEvoy|
|40||LEICA LARRIKIN||David Hayes|
|41||LESS IS MORE (FR)||David Vandyke|
|42||LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|43||MALUCKYDAY (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|44||MANY STARS (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|
|46||MARKSMANSHIP (IRE)||Robert Hickmott|
|47||MASTER OF DARKNESS||Guy Walter|
|48||MAULES CREEK||John P Thompson|
|49||MAYTHEHORSEBEMAGIC (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|50||MIDAS TOUCH (GB)||Robert Hickmott|
|51||MISS WITH ATTITUDE||Mick Price|
|52||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott|
|53||MUIRFIELD (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|54||MY CHICHARITA (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|56||NIWOT||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|57||NORDIC DUKE (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|58||O’REILLY’S PRIZE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|59||PEAL OF BELLS||Gwenda Markwell|
|60||PERMIT (GB)||Chris Waller|
|61||PLANET PURPLE||Kerry Parker|
|62||POLISH KNIGHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|63||PRAECIDO (NZ)||David Payne|
|65||RACING HEART||Robert Heathcote|
|66||RANGIRANGDOO (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|67||RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|68||REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|71||SAINT DESIR (GB)||Tony McEvoy|
|72||SAINT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson|
|73||SEA GALLEON||Colin & Cindy Alderson|
|74||SEVILLE (GER)||Robert Hickmott|
|75||SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|77||STOUT HEARTED (USA)||Chris Waller|
|78||STRAWBERRY BOY||Gai Waterhouse|
|79||SYSMO (FR)||Tony McEvoy|
|81||THE GREAT SNOWMAN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|82||THE VERMINATOR||Chris Waller|
|83||THUBIAAN (USA)||Chris Waller|
|84||THY (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|85||TOHUNGA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|86||TULLAMORE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|87||UNCHAIN MY HEART||David Hayes|
|88||UNDER THE SUN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|89||UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA)||Michael Kent|
|90||VAL CHAMP (ARG)||Anthony Freedman|
|91||WALL STREET (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|92||WATERFORD HILL||Leon Corstens|
|93||WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|94||YOU THINK SO (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|96||ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ)||Leon Corstens|
|97||ZAMERIT (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|