Queensland Derby Hopefuls Included in 2013 Gunsynd Classic Nominations

A number of emerging gallopers will get the chance to press their claims for a 2013 Queensland Derby berth at Doomben this Saturday in the Group 3 2013 Gunsynd Classic (1600m).

Carmora is one of the top nominations for the Gunsynd Classic. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Last year’s Queensland Derby winner Brambles was third in the Gunsynd Classic and it is a common lead-up to the Winter Carnival’s major three-year-old event.

Included in nominations is Lindsay Gough’s in-form gelding It’s On The Pocket who has won his last four starts.

Unbeaten in his current preparation, It’s On The Pocket has progressed from a Sunshine Coast maiden winner to taking out the Listed Queensland Day Plate last start.

Second in that race was Carmora who was previously unbeaten in four starts and will get the chance to exact revenge this weekend.

Also in form is Less Ross-trained gelding Mishani Stealth who has won four of nine career starts and was a strong first-up winner at Eagle Farm on April 10.

Queensland’s leading trainer Robert Heathcote always has a strong presence in Queensland’s big races and has two of his charges entered for the Gunsynd Classic.

Bewhatyouwannabe is coming off a maiden victory on April 1 while Written Above All will be out to bounce back from a last-start 12th in the Queensland Day Plate.

Tony Gollan is considered to be one of Queensland’s best trainers and he also has two runners with Queensland Day Plate third Riddle Me This and Stratum gelding Trakstar.

Warwick Farm trainer Steve Englebrecht has entered Lucky Lucky Lucky while head Darley trainer Peter Snowden has nominated Proverb.

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Gunsynd Classic 2013 – Nominations

Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ADVENTURE KING Jan Aitkenhead
2 BEWHATYOUWANNABE Robert Heathcote 65
3 BREAK THE MOMENT Jan Aitkenhead
4 CARMORA Desleigh Forster 78
5 FRAGEZEICHEN Michael Jacobs 69
6 HI SON David Kelly 73
7 HUXTABLE Michael Nolan 68
8 IT’S ON THE POCKET Lindsay Gough 82
9 LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY Steve Englebrecht
11 NOOGOORA BURR David J Lawlor 73
12 PROVERB Peter Snowden
13 RIDDLE ME THIS Tony Gollan 71
14 SIR KNOX Robert R Wilson 68
15 TRAKSTAR Tony Gollan 68
16 WRITTEN ABOVE ALL Robert Heathcote 64