Nominations for Saturday’s Listed 2013 Australia Day Cup (2400m) have a strong Gai Waterhouse presence with the top Sydney trainer entering four of her charges.
A total of 19 horses have been entered for the Warwick Farm feature and Waterhouse’s Reuben Percival is one of the top nominees.
The six-year-old, who placed at Group 1 level in the Metropolitan during the spring, made a strong start to his campaign when runner-up to Moriarty in the Gosford Cup on January 10.
Stablemate Tullamore will appreciate the step up in distance after finishing last over 1400m at Warwick Farm earlier this month.
Other Waterhouse-trained entrants include Gosford Cup third placegetter Travolta and lightly-raced gelding Power Broker.
Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller has nominated three gallopers, with imports Marden and Secessio joined by last-start runner-up Lucripetous.
Having his first start in his new state will be Carry Me Bluey whose trainer Norm Hilton recently relocated from Toowoomba to Newcastle.
The five-year-old gelding will be out to score back-to-back wins after flying home to win his last start at Eagle Farm in a BM90 handicap over 2100m.
Representing Gerald Ryan is veteran gelding Ironstein who will need to show a sharp form turnaround after finishing 10th first-up in the Gosford Cup.
The seven-year-old was a consistent performer during the spring, placing three times at Group level.
Another veteran in the field is former BMW winner Fiumicino who is coming off a seventh-place finish in the Gosford Cup.
The nine-year-old showed he is not done yet in December when winning the Listed ATC Cup at Warwick Farm.
Other nominations for the Australia Day Cup include Darley-owner galloper Yulalona, Melbourne gelding Macedonian and Anthony Cummings-trained gelding Shadows In The Sun.
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Australia Day Cup 2013 – Nominations
|1||AGENT BAUER||Gwenda Markwell||70|
|3||CARRY ME BLUEY||Norm Hilton||–|
|4||FIUMICINO (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||96|
|6||LUCRIPETOUS (NZ)||Chris Waller||77|
|7||MACEDONIAN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||–|
|8||MARDEN (IRE)||Chris Waller||–|
|9||POWER BROKER (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||67|
|10||REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||100|
|11||SAVAGE BLAZE (NZ)||Darren Smith||66|
|12||SECESSIO (GB)||Chris Waller||–|
|13||SHADOWS IN THE SUN||Anthony Cummings||–|
|15||TRAVOLTA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||84|
|16||TULLAMORE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||103|
|18||WINNING GLORY (NZ)||David Payne||91|