2013 Gai Waterhouse Classic Nominations – Ipswich Cup Day

The action of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival continues this weekend with Ipswich Cup Day featuring three black type features one of which is the Gai Waterhouse Classic 2013.


Group 3 winner Whateverwhenever is one of the top-rated chances for Saturday's 2013 Gai Waterhouse Classic at Ipswich. Photo: Daniel Costello.

This year’s Ipswich Cup Day races attracted a total of 220 nominations across the program including 26 for the $100,000 Listed Sky Racing World Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) which is open to fillies and mares only.

Last year’s winning trainer David Pfieffer took out the feature with the aptly named Gai’s Choice and is back in 2013 seeking successive victories this time with Easy Rocking mare Cradle Me and the resuming Triple Six.

Among their top-rated rivals are the likes of the Liam Birchley-trained Group 3 winner Whateverwhenever, John O’Shea-trained Strategic mare Bound To Blush, Peter Snowden’s classy Commands five-year-old Classics, the out of form Peter Blazen-trained Punch On and Kris Lees’ last start Bright Shadow Handicap runner-up Sharnee Rose.

Other notable chances coming off some good recent form are Danbird mare Alcancia, last start Doomben winner Ametsis who is also nominated for the $175,000 Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at the same meeting, and Rob Heathcote’s Hidden Kisses out to improve on her 11th in the Glenglona Park Stakes last month.

The full 2013 Gai Waterhouse Classic nominations are detailed below with final acceptances closing tomorrow morning.

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2013 Gai Waterhouse Classic Nominations

Ipswich Racecourse – 15/06/2013

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 ALCANCIA Barry Lockwood 80
2 AMETSIS Russell Cameron 80
3 BOUND TO BLUSH John O’Shea 92
4 CALIENTE Bruce W Hill 79.5
5 CITY OF SONG Bjorn Baker 89
6 CLASSICS Peter Snowden 91
7 CRADLE ME David Pfieffer
9 DOUBTFILLY Stuart Kendrick 88
10 ERVBEFEL Raelene Feil 71.5
11 GAELSTORM Gilbert Baker
12 GLOVE Graham Pollock 66
13 HIDDEN KISSES Robert Heathcote 88
14 HOLD ME TIGHT Barry Baldwin 73
15 JACQUETTA Bryan Guy 71
16 LOHAN Bryan Guy 73
17 LOVE FOR RANSOM Greg Eurell 74
18 MY SHABELLA Bruce W Hill 79
20 PERON John P Thompson 85
21 PUNCH ON Peter Balzen 90
22 SHARNEE ROSE Kris Lees 91
24 TRIPLE SIX David Pfieffer
25 WHATEVERWHENEVER Liam Birchley 95
26 ZAMBONI Peter Hulbert 80