Strong Nominations for 2012 Christmas Handicap – Morphetville Boxing Day

The sun may be beating down across the country but that doens’t mean the racing stops and a strong 18-horse list of nominations has been announced for the Listed 2012 Christmas Handicap (1400m) which will take place at Morphetville on Boxing Day.

One of the top entrants is dual stakes winner Conservatorium who has secured six wins from 20 career outings.

The Gary Kennewell-trained gelding has been racing in Perth recently, having finished fifth in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes and third in the Group 3 Schahill Stakes.

Bringing terrific form into the race is Trevor Dansie’s four-year-old Hidden Value who has won his four most recent outings.

The son of Face Value is yet to race away from Morphetville but has been outstanding of late and secured a breakthrough stakes win on December 8 when claiming the Listed City Of Marion Stakes (1200m).

From 11 career starts he has tasted victory an impressive seven times and finished in the minor placings on two other occasions.

Phillip Stokes has entered Just Discreet who has been solid this preparation and was last seen running third in the City Of Marion Stakes.

Veteran gelding Verco Road is a dual stakes winner and despite being nine years old has shown he can still match it with the younger horses on the racetrack.

The Rubiton gelding has had five starts since September and while he hasn’t tasted victory this campaign, he has not finished worse than fourth and was a narrow runner-up in the John Pope Handicap on December 1.

Others nominated for the Christmas Handicap include Richard Jolly-trained mare Golden Penny, the lightly-raced Rziz and John Hyam’s last-start winner Petman.

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Christmas Handicap 2012 – Nominations

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 CONSERVATORIUM Gary Kennewell 1 59kg 97
2 BUDRIGUEZ David Jolly 2 57.5kg 94
3 HIDDEN VALUE Trevor Dansie 3 57kg 93
4 VERCO ROAD Dion Koch 4 57kg 93
5 BIG SLICK Dennis O’Leary 7 56kg 91
6 PETMAN John Hyam 6 56kg 91
7 RIZIZ Ken Sweeney 5 56kg 91
8 SCAREDYMAC Jarrod McLean 9 55kg 89
9 ADDICTION TO ROCK Mark Minervini 11 54.5kg 86
10 AMETSIS Russell Cameron 18 54.5kg 76
11 DEE BEE NINE Will Clarken 10 54.5kg 87
12 EXALTED BROTHER John W Cornell 13 54.5kg 81
13 FINAL COMMAND John Macmillan 15 54.5kg 79
14 GENEROUS BEAU David & Ryan Balfour 12 54.5kg 81
15 GOLD BUNDLE Paul Seater 17 54.5kg 78
16 GOLDEN PENNY Richard Jolly 8 54.5kg 90
17 JUST DISCREET Phillip Stokes 16 54.5kg 78
18 MISS DEBRA Paul Seater 14 54.5kg 80