While the major racing action this weekend will be taking place over west in Perth, Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse will also be host to some black type action with the 2012 Keith Noud Handicap.
Won 12 months ago by Listen Son, this year’s edition of the $100,000 Listed Keith Noud Handicap (1200m) drew 16 nominees including the defending champ.
Twelve months ago Tony Gollan’s Big Jesse gelding Listen Son won the Keith Noud second-up over the Robert Heathcote-trained Excellantes and this year the duo are back again.
Listen Son will resume racing on the weekend having last run a close third to Firebolt in the Listed Tatt’s RC Mile (1600m) on June 23.
They are allocated second top-weight of 58.5kg however which is three kilos more than they carried to victory in last year’s Keith Noud.
Falvelon five-year-old Excellantes meanwhile will carry 58kg on the weekend as they run fourth-up for the season, the gelding last seen running third in the Listed MSS Security Sprint (1200m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.
Heathcote has also nominated for his six-year-old mare Funtantes who comes off a good second over 1200m at Doomben and veteran seven-year-old Gundy Son in Saturday’s feature.
Keith Noud Handicap weights meanwhile are topped by Sunshine Coast galloper Phelan Ready on 59kg who has won just two of their 32 career starts, with Celtic Dancer the next most heavily weighted with the same as Listen Son, 58.5kg.
A known mudlark, Noel Doyle’s Choisir gelding Celtic Dancer is sure to start one of the top fancies the race if the predicted wet weather in Brisbane happens after they won both the Listed Prime Minister’s Cup (1300m) and the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) at the Gold Coast and Eagle Farm respectively on Heavy-rated tracks during the winter.
“It’s taken me quite a while to get the weight off him after his spell,” Doyle said.
“He did too well in the paddock and he came back in looking like a whale.
“This race will just about bring him to his top.
“They are predicting showers every day this week so if they get a slow to heavy track on Saturday that will bring him into the race.
“He eats the mud. A wet track will make up for him being one run short.”
Other notable hopefuls then include the Norm Hilton-trained South Crafton Cup winner Carry Me Blue, Deagon-based Steel Zip and the Gillian Heinrich-trained Audacious Spirit coming off a first-up win at the track and distance at the start of the month.
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2012 Keith Noud Handicap Nominations & Ballot
Eagle Farm – 24/11/2012
|1||PHELAN READY||Jason McLachlan||1||59kg||100|
|2||CELTIC DANCER||Noel J Doyle||2=||58.5kg||99|
|3||LISTEN SON||Tony Gollan||2=||58.5kg||99|
|5||CARRY ME BLUEY||Norm Hilton||6=||56.5kg||95|
|7||MYSTICAL GREY||Craig Stott||6=||56.5kg||95|
|8||STEEL ZIP||Pat Duff||6=||56.5kg||95|
|9||GUNDY SON||Robert Heathcote||9||55.5kg||93|
|10||AUDACIOUS SPIRIT||Gillian Heinrich||10||55kg||92|
|12||EASY RUNNING||Desleigh Forster||11=||54kg||88|