A quality 10-horse field has been announced to contest the Listed 2012 Premier’s Cup (1800m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Almost all the horses in the field will be aimed at Group 1 staying events throughout the spring including the in-form Stout Hearted.
One of three Chris Waller-trained horses in the Premier’s Cup field, the promising stayer is being aimed at the Metropolitan in October and will be chasing a third consecutive victory this weekend.
The two other Waller entrants in Saturday’s $100,000 event, The Verminator and Permit, already have plenty of stakes experience and will kick off their spring journeys on Saturday.
The Verminator took out last year’s Metropolitan while Permit won both the Listed Manion Cup and the Group 2 Chairman’s Quality at the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
Stepping out for the Gai Waterhouse stable is import Glencadam Gold who has been rated by the hall of fame trainer as a Caulfield Cup contender.
The former British stayer, once trained by Sir Henry Cecil, impressed in his first start on Australian soil earlier this month when winning at Canterbury.
Sydney Cup fourth placegetter Nextanix made an impressive spring start two weeks ago when second to Kontiki Park over 1400 metres at Rosehill and he will appreciate the step up in distance this weekend.
Trained by Kerry Parker at Kembla Grange, the son of Domesday has been nominated for botht he Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup as well as the Epsom Handicap and Metropolitan.
Other horses set to run in Saturday’s Premier’s Cup include former BMW winner Fiumicino and recent Sydney winner Brave The Way.
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Premier’s Cup 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||50x00438x9||FIUMICINO (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||2||59kg||103|
|2||2113311Px8||PERMIT (GB)||Chris Waller||TBA||5||59kg||103|
|3||100x0720x0||THE VERMINATOR||Chris Waller||TBA||3||59kg||103|
|4||409x2510x4||PRAECIDO (NZ)||David Payne||Glyn Schofield||4||54kg||93|
|5||54x43x1411||STOUT HEARTED (USA)||Chris Waller||TBA||7||54kg||90|
|6||80×0828114||BRAVE THE WAY||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||8||54kg||88|
|7||22x67734x2||NEXTANIX||Kerry Parker||Brenton Avdulla||9||54kg||88|
|8||8×06106432||GAZZA GURU||Stephen Farley||Christian Reith||6||54kg||87|
|9||6x311116x2||PEAL OF BELLS||Gwenda Markwell||Corey Brown||10||54kg||78|
|10||x23190x0x1||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||1||54kg||76|