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He may sadly have lost one of his hopefuls with Stout Hearted put down this week but Sydney’s premier horseman Chris Waller is still the dominant trainer with three entries in the 2013 Doomben Cup first acceptances taken today.
Due to run at Doomben Racecourse Saturday week, May 18, the $500,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) is the richest staying race of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival and originally attracted 40 nominations this year.
That figure was cut to just 17 today however with the taking of first declarations.
Of the remaining hopefuls it is Waller with the highest number, his contingent led by Ranvet Stakes winner Foreteller as he vies for his second Doomben Cup win following his 2010 victory with Metal Bender.
In the pre-first acceptance Doomben Cup Odds the Dansili six-year-old occupied the second line of betting at a quote of $3.70 following their eye-catching last-to-second finish behind Lights Of Heaven in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast last Saturday.
Waller’s two other Doomben Cup 2013 first acceptors are then veteran nine-year-old Danleigh who was last seen running sixth in the Hollindale beaten only 1.3 lengths and imported Beat Hollow gelding Beaten Up coming off a devastatingly close second to Mouro in the Listed Rowley Mile (1600m) at Hawkesbury.
The other trainer with multiple first acceptors is then Melbourne’s Peter Moody who prepares the early Doomben Cup betting favourite, Hollindale Stakes winner Lights Of Heaven out to hand her trainer with his second win in the classic adding to the one he secured in 2007 with Cinque Cento.
The former Group 1 winning Zabeel mare shoots for her third straight win in the Doomben Cup, a race she finished a close second to Mawingo in 12 months ago before completing the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup – Brisbane Cup double which she will vie for again this winter.
Moody’s other entry is then his multiple Group 1 winning import Manighar, last seen running seventh to Reliable Man in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 27, who has failed to recapture their ace form from last autumn.
The other early fancies in the 17 Doomben Cup first declarations then include David Vandkye’s Hollindale Stakes fourth placegetter Lamasery, the Gai Waterhouse-trained VRC St Leger winner Hippopus who is the only three-year-old left in contention, visiting Kiwi mare Pimms Time who has won her last two back home in New Zealand including the Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) on April 27, and Grahame Begg’s consistent Group 1 performer Secret Admirer.
Notable omissions from first declaration stage meanwhile include local Rob Heathcote-trained runner Solzhenitsyn who failed when seventh in the Hollindale last weekend leaving no Queensland-trained horses in the mix for the trophy, last winter’s Queensland Oaks winner Quintessential and Moody’s French import Lidari.
See below for the full list of 2013 Doomben Cup first declarations with updated markets to be released at bookmaker.com.au.
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2013 Doomben Cup First Declarations
Doomben Racecourse – 18/05/2013
|Ballot #||Horse||Trainer||Weight (kg)|
|1||MANIGHAR (FR)||Peter G Moody||59.0|
|5||GINGA DUDE (NZ)||Graeme Boyd||59.0|
|6||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||59.0|
|8||ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ)||Leon Corstens||59.0|
|9||STRIKE THE STARS (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||59.0|
|11||SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ)||Michael Moroney||59.0|
|15||BEATEN UP (GB)||Chris Waller||59.0|
|3||LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||57.0|
|4||SECRET ADMIRER||Grahame Begg||57.0|
|13||ZURELLA (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||57.0|
|16||LAKE SENTENTIA||Darren Weir||57.0|
|17||PIMMS TIME (NZ)||Guy Lowry||57.0|
|14||HIPPOPUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||56.5|
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