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One of the spring’s early cup clashes is scheduled to run in New South Wales this Friday with the 2012 Wyong Gold Cup nominations now out.
A total of 14 gallopers have been entered for this year’s edition of the $150,000 Listed Wyong Gold Cup (2100m) including two from the stables of Chris Waller.
Waller will be vying for his third straight Wyong Cup success having prepared last year’s Wyong Cup winner The Verminator who continued on to win the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick two starts later during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, and 2010 champion Hawk Island.
This year Waller has his progressive five-year-old Kelinni and Dynaformer gelding Stout Hearted heading into the race.
Kelinni has won their last two races over 2200m at Warwick Farm in August earning them a shot at their first stakes race on Friday.
Former British galloper Stout Hearted meanwhile has been the picture of consistency for Waller since debuting for the stable back in March including their last start third to Glencadam Gold in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) at Rosehill last Saturday.
It won’t be easy pickings for Waller’s duo however with plenty of other talent among the Wyong Cup nominations for 2012.
Along with Kelinni there are no less than six other last-start winners entered for the black type showdown including the Rob Heathcote-trained Brisbane raider Racing Heart, and Peter Moody’s Victorian visitor Storm Burst both out for their third win on the trot.
Show A Heart six-year-old Racing Heart is a veteran of 40 starts including their good victory over 2106m at Eagle Farm last Saturday, and is also a specialist over the Wyong Cup distance.
Storm Burst meanwhile also looks good for the 2100m, the Danehill Dancer mare having won by five lengths over 2000m at Flemington two back before her similarly impressive three length romp over 2040m at Moonee Valley last time out on August 25
Other notable hopes include the Peter Snowden-trained Group 3 winner Yulalona, Gai Waterhouse’s European import Julienas who is being prepared for a Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival assault, and the Bruce Hill-trained perennial minor place-getter Warrior Within from the Gold Coast.
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2012 Wyong Gold Cup Nominations
Wyong – 07/09/2012
|2||FRENCH GIFT||Steve Hodge||76|
|3||GAZZA GURU||Stephen Farley||86|
|4||HONOURABLE AUSSIE||John P Thompson||73|
|5||JACK’S SONG||Bob Holloway||64|
|6||JULIENAS (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||88|
|7||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller||88|
|8||PEAL OF BELLS||Gwenda Markwell||78|
|9||RACING HEART||Robert Heathcote||94|
|10||STORM BURST||Peter G Moody||89|
|11||STOUT HEARTED (USA)||Chris Waller||91|
|12||THE PAYMASTER||Jan Cashin||72|
|13||WARRIOR WITHIN||Bruce W Hill||87|
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