This Saturday the action of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will begin with AD Hollindale Stakes Day at the Gold Coast, one of the major support races on the card being the Prime Minister’s Cup 2013.
Won 12 months ago by local sprinter Celtic Dancer who went on to claim the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) the following month, this year’s edition of the $175,000 Listed Carlton Draught Prime Minister’s Cup (1300m) has attracted 31 nominations.
Noel Doyle’s defending champ is among the early entries, the now five-year-old Choisir gelding looking to break a lengthy drought not having won since last winter.
Last year’s third placegetter Phelan Ready is also in the mix, Jason McLachlan’s 2009 Golden Slipper winner a consistent placegetter out to win their first race since their juvenile season.
One of the top-rated Prime Minister’s Cup nominees meanwhile is the Noel Mayfield-Smith-trained Elusive City four-year-old Famous Seamus who won the Listed Hinkler Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm on April 20.
Also coming via the Hinkler Handicap are the likes of runner-up Utah Saints, third placed River Lad who earlier won the Gold Coast Stakes and the Listed Bribie Handicap in March, and veteran fourth placegetter Border Rebel from the Tamworth stables of Sue Grills.
Other highly rated hopefuls include the Kelso Wood-trained Belltone, last year’s Group 3 George Moore Stakes winner Startsmeup now with new trainers, Keith Noud Handicap winner Steel Zip who ran fourth in the Bribie Handicap first-up, last year’s Stradbroke Handicap third placegetter Happy Zero and Gerald Ryan’s fellow Sydney raider Hot Snitzel.
Four-year-old Snitzel gelding Hot Snitzel took their record to six wins from 19 starts on April 6 with a big two and a half length win in the Group 3 Sebring Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill, the horse having enjoyed a strong campaign in Queensland back in 2011.
They had four runs in the sunshine state that prep for two wins and two minor placings including a 6.5 length effort on Hollindale Day in the Ken Russell Memorial Classic, their three length victory in the Group 2 BTC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) and their second to Benfica in the Group 1 T.J. Smith (1600m).
See below for the full list of 2013 Prime Minister’s Cup nominations, the final field and barriers due for release on Wednesday.
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2013 Prime Minister’s Cup Nominations
Gold Coast Racecourse – 04/05/2013
|2||BIGGLES||Noel J Doyle||96|
|3||BORDER REBEL||Sue Grills||98|
|4||CELTIC DANCER||Noel J Doyle||95|
|5||DANCES ON STARS (NZ)||Gerald Ryan||84|
|6||DELAGO PILLI||Graham Pollock||77.5|
|7||DOUBLE IMPACT||Jackie Crompton||87.5|
|8||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith||102|
|9||FIRE UP FIFI||Robert Heathcote||97|
|10||GREEN BIRDIE (NZ)||Darlene Duryea||101|
|11||HAPPY ZERO||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||105|
|12||HOT SNITZEL||Gerald Ryan||107|
|13||KEEP IT MOIST||Jan Aitkenhead||77.5|
|14||KING SAUL||Kelly Schweida||97|
|16||LATIN NEWS||Bryan Dais||96|
|18||METALLURGICAL||John P Thompson||93|
|19||MORNING CAPTAIN||Kelly Doughty||98|
|20||MR ARMSTRONG||John P Thompson||87.5|
|21||PANE IN THE GLASS||John P Thompson||93|
|22||PHELAN READY||Jason McLachlan||102|
|23||RIVER LAD||Natalie Mccall||103|
|24||SHAMARDASHING||John P Thompson||95|
|25||SKATING ON ICE||Les Kelly||90|
|26||STARTSMEUP||John, Daniel & Christopher Meagher||102|
|27||STEEL ZIP||Pat Duff||100|
|29||UTAH SAINTS||Brent Stanley||98|
|30||WAR ENDS||Toby Edmonds||95|
|31||WILD AND PROUD||David Pfieffer||99|