Classy 2013 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap Nominations Announced

A classy list of nominations featuring a number of Group 1 winners has been announced for Wednesday’s Group 3 2013 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap (1400m).

Laser Hawk forms part of the strong Newcastle Newmarket nominations. Photo: Steve Hart.

Among the top horses included in the 23-horse nominations list are Gai Waterhouse-trained pair Glencadam Gold and Laser Hawk.

Glencadam Gold, who had success at the track in last year’s Newcastle Cup, will have to show quick improvement on an injured foot that saw him finish last in Saturday’s Chipping Norton Stakes.

Last year’s Rosehill Guineas winner Laser Hawk is on the comeback trail from injury, having finished eighth in the Apollo Stakes last month in what was his first start since running third in the 2012 Australian Derby.

Heading the weights with 60.5kg is Chris Waller’s veteran gelding Danleigh who continues to defy his age.

The four-time Group 1 winner may be nine but is still showing plenty of zest for racing, finishing third in both the Group 2 Apollo Stakes and the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes at his past two starts.

Waller has also nominated Magic Millions Cup winner Triple Elegance and 2012 Randwick Guineas runner-up Said Com.

Leading Victorian trainer Peter Moody has entered a rare runner for Newcastle with Italian import Voila Ici set to kick off his autumn campaign.

The grey entire made a decent impact in his first Australian campaign in the autumn, running second in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes and fourth in the Turnbull Stakes.

All Legal will have to bounce back from a first-up failure in the Liverpool City Cup but was a Group 2 winner in December in the Villiers Stakes.

Continuing their road towards the Doncaster Mile is lightly-raced gelding Jacquinot Bay who has won six of seven starts.

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Newcastle Newmarket Handicap 2013 – Nominations

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 DANLEIGH Chris Waller 1 60.5kg 111
2 LASER HAWK Gai Waterhouse 2 59kg 108
3 GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 3= 58.5kg 107
4 VOILA ICI (IRE) Peter G Moody 3= 58.5kg 107
5 TRIPLE ELEGANCE Chris Waller 5 56.5kg 103
6 ALL LEGAL Kevin Moses 7 55.5kg 101
7 BELLO Peter Snowden 8= 54kg 98
8 BEREFT David Atkins 19 54kg 80
9 BERMUDA BLU Tracey Bartley 21= 54kg 71
10 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith 12 54kg 94
11 FILL THE PAGE Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones 14 54kg 92
12 JACQUINOT BAY Guy Walter 17 54kg 84
13 KEITH’S LEGACY (NZ) David Vandyke 18 54kg 83
14 KIRINATA Paul Perry 20 54kg 79
15 MAHISARA Paul Messara 11 54kg 96
16 MAULES CREEK John P Thompson 13 54kg 93
17 ONTHELOOKOUT Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones 15 54kg 90
18 RASPBERRIES Peter Snowden 6 54kg 102
19 SAID COM (NZ) Chris Waller 8= 54kg 98
20 SYSMO (FR) Tony McEvoy 23 54kg 70
21 UNDER THE SUN (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 16 54kg 86
22 YOUTHFUL JACK Ross Stitt 8= 54kg 98
23 YOUTHFUL KING Jeremy Sylvester 21= 54kg 71