2013 Queensland Derby Nominations Released

A big nominations list featuring some already proven talents and plenty of unknown gallopers has been released for the Group 1 2013 Queensland Derby (2400m).

Dear Demi is one of the top nominations for the Queensland Derby. Photo: Steve Hart.

Queensland’s number one three-year-old race will take place at Eagle Farm on June 8 and it has attracted 120 initial nominations.

Among the most high profile is Clarry Connners-trained filly Dear Demi who won the Crown Oaks during the spring and was runner-up behind Royal Descent in this year’s Australian Oaks.

There is generally a strong New Zealand presence at the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival and one of the top nominations for the $500,000 staying feature is Survived.

The John Bary-trained gelding has tasted defeat just twice from seven career starts and is unbeaten since beginning his most recent campaign in February.

The exciting Kiwi stayer is already proven over a staying trip, taking out the 2200m Gold Cup at Hastings at his most recent start.

Also already proven over plenty of ground is Hippopus who Gai Waterhouse elected to bypass the South Australian Derby with in order to focus on a winter carnival assault.

The High Chaparral colt was fifth in the Australian Derby before winning the Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) by 3 1/2 lengths.

New Zealand trainer Murray Baker made the headlines with star colt It’s A Dundeel at the Sydney carnival and he has entered Ambitious Champion and Usainity for the Queensland Derby.

Ambitious Champion has won his two most recent starts in New Zealand while Usainity won the Group 2 Frank Packer Plate on Australian debut at Randwick on Saturday.

One of the best local hopes is Eagle Farm-based Carmora who has won three of five starts since debuting in February.

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Queensland Derby 2013 – Nominations

Horse Trainer
1 ABOUT SQUARE (NZ) Michael Moroney
2 ADVENTURE KING Jan Aitkenhead
3 ALI VITAL (NZ) Michael Moroney
4 AMBITIOUS CHAMPION (NZ) Murray Baker
5 ANGEL’S DESTINY Bryan Dais
6 AROUSING SUSPICION Paul Rocke
7 AVA’S DELIGHT Darren Weir
8 AWESOME GOAL (NZ) Michael Moroney
9 BAZZABEEL (NZ) Peter G Moody
10 BERNASEKI Joanna Methven
11 BERNIE OF BABYLON Peter G Moody
12 BLACK JET Liam Birchley
13 BOBAN Chris Waller
14 BRANNICKERS (NZ) Kris Lees
15 BREAK THE MOMENT Jan Aitkenhead
16 BULLION EXPRESS Dean Binaisse
17 CARMORA Desleigh Forster
18 CELTIC PRINCE (NZ) Bjorn Baker
19 CENTAURAINE Darren Weir
20 CHAPKIN Colin & Cindy Alderson
21 CHEERS BROWE (NZ) John O’Shea
22 CONSIDERABLE John P Thompson
23 DARUNA David Payne
24 DE LA DILO David Payne
25 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners
26 DESERT RULER Robert Bradshaw
27 DOLPHUS Toby Edmonds
28 DR STRANGELOVE Matthew Dunn
29 DUET Bart Cummings
30 ELECTRIC FUSION Robert Smerdon
31 EMPEROR CASINO John P Thompson
32 EPIC CHOICE Michael Moroney
33 EXCELLENT AL Len Treloar
34 EXPRESS POWER Kris Lees
35 FANCY DRESS (NZ) John O’Shea
36 FANTASTIC BALLAD Guy Walter
37 FANTISHA Steven O’dea
38 FAUST (NZ) Danny Williams
39 FIESTY BELLE John P Thompson
40 FIFTH COLUMN Gerard Betros
41 GIDDYUP KIRKY Greg Eurell
42 GONDOKORO (NZ) Pat Carey
43 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller
44 HEATER John P Thompson
45 HEREAFTER Michael Kent
46 HI SON David Kelly
47 HIPPOPUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
48 HONORIUS David Payne
49 IF IT DON’T FIT (NZ) Michael Moroney
50 KENTAUR Shaun McCarthy
51 LA ZUMA Michael Moroney
52 LASER FLASH David Payne
53 LEE HO FOOK (NZ) Brian Smith
54 LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
55 LOCHTORIO Bruce W Hill
56 LONGPORT John P Thompson
57 LOUNGE Heath Conners
58 LOVES THE SHOW John Wheeler
59 LUCKY DAY KID Bryan Guy
60 LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY Steve Englebrecht
61 LUMIERE BLUE (NZ) John Wheeler
62 MAGNILOQUENT Peter G Moody
63 MASROORA Kris Lees
64 MCNULTY Michael Kent
65 MEDVEDEV Peter G Moody
66 MEILUCCA Peter Snowden
67 MOBSTER (NZ) Robert Heathcote
68 MURCIELAGA Michael Moroney
69 NEW SPUR John P Thompson
70 NISOS Paul Rocke
71 NOOGOORA BURR David J Lawlor
72 OFFENSE John P Thompson
73 PALMERSTON NORTH (NZ) Michael Moroney
74 PAPA GEE Roger Milne
75 PARAGGI (NZ) Shaun Dwyer
76 PASTORALE LASS (NZ) Michael Moroney
77 PAT’S BOY Jason McLachlan
78 PAYTEEVEE Bjorn Baker
79 PENTOMETER (NZ) Chris Waller
80 PHANTOM CALLER Peter Balzen
81 POET’S FORTUNE Anthony Cummings
82 POP STREET Anthony Cummings
83 PRESENT ARMS (NZ) Michael Moroney
84 PRINCE JESTER (NZ) Peter G Moody
85 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) Darren Weir
86 PRINCE OF SONG (NZ) John P Thompson
87 PRIORITY ROAD (NZ) Mick Price
88 PRIZE Marcus Wilson
89 RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ) Michael Moroney
90 RICHIE’S BICKIES Chris Waller
91 ROWIE Paul Messara
92 SAINT OR SINNER (NZ) Michael Moroney
93 SALISBURY Pat Carey
94 SANTIAGO Guy Walter
95 SAVE THE STAR Ben Ahrens
96 SENSING Paul Messara
97 SIR DENZEL (NZ) John O’Shea
98 SMILES FOR LAYLA (NZ) John P Thompson
99 SOAPY STAR Kris Lees
100 STAINER (NZ) John P Thompson
101 STEEP John P Thompson
102 STOLEN KISSES Maryann Thexton
103 STUBOY Bryan Guy
104 SUMMERBLISS Michael Kent
105 SUNSET MAGIC (NZ) Michael Moroney
106 SURVIVED (NZ) John Bary
107 TAMPERE Shaun Dwyer
108 THE GRINNER (NZ) Stephen Mckee
109 THE LAST SHOWER (NZ) Michael Moroney
110 THINK TO MYSELF Michael Moroney
111 TONOPAH (USA) Craig Ritchie
112 TRAKSTAR Tony Gollan
113 TRANSONIC John P Thompson
114 TUSCAN HILLS Paul Perry
115 USAINITY (NZ) Murray Baker
116 WALLOON REGION Michael Moroney
117 WATERFORD (NZ) Tony Pike
118 YANTAR (USA) Michael Moroney
119 ZAGAMI Jeffrey Caught
120 ZAZPARELLA Michael Moroney