Solzhenitsyn Tops Nominations for 2013 Lord Mayor’s Cup

It wasn’t the first-choice race for Solzhenitsyn but the Robert Heathcote-trained gelding tops nominations for Saturday’s Group 1 2013 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1600m) at Doomben.

Solzhenitsyn heads Lord Mayor's Cup nominations. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Group 1 winner was originally being aimed at Saturday’s Doomben Cup (2000m) but a blunder saw Heathcote miss the deadlines for first acceptances.

But it may well be a blessing in disguise as many experts believe the six-year-old is a better sprinter-miler and his campaign is now focused on the $1.36 million Stradbroke Handicap.

There is no shortage of quality in the Lord Mayor’s Cup nominations and among those entered to take on Solzhenitsyn include Chris Waller-trained veterans Danleigh and Rangirangdoo.

Triple Group 1 winner Danleigh may be nine but continues to show he is still up to racing, finishing a solid sixth in the Hollindale Stakes at his last start.

Rangirangdoo is the final campaign of his career and was last seen running fifth in the All Aged Stakes.

One horse nominated in tremendous form is Patinack-owned gelding Transporter.

The son of Commands has won two of his past four starts and was just half a length behind Doomben Cup favourite Lights Of Heaven when third in the Hollindale Stakes.

Joining Solzhenitsyn from Robert Heathcote’s stable is Fire Up Fifi who is a consistent performer with nine wins and seven placings from 25 starts.

The grey mare is stepping up to her ideal distance after running home well for this in the Prime Minister’s Cup at the Gold Coast last Saturday week.

Other horses nominated for the Lord Mayor’s Cup include New Zealand mare Zennista and in-form local Epic who is chasing a fourth straight win.

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Lord Mayor’s Cup 2013 – Nominations

Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
2 BIGGLES Noel J Doyle 95
3 DANAGAZE Lawrie Mayfield-Smith 85
4 DANLEIGH Chris Waller 112
5 EPIC Kelly Schweida 87.5
6 FIRE UP FIFI Robert Heathcote 98
7 FIREBOLT (NZ) Chris Waller
8 FLORIA (NZ) Peter G Moody
9 FLYING HOME Barry Baldwin 72.5
10 HOUR OF PERIL John P Thompson 90
11 IBICENCO (GER) Peter G Moody
13 RANGIRANGDOO (NZ) Chris Waller
14 SHAMARDASHING John P Thompson 95
15 SOLZHENITSYN (NZ) Robert Heathcote 109
16 TRANSPORTER John P Thompson 99
17 VOILA ICI (IRE) Peter G Moody
18 WHAT HAPPENEDHENRY Kelly Schweida 85
19 WONDERFUL JESTER John P Thompson 69
20 ZENNISTA (NZ) Lisa Latta