Despite indications from trainer Lisa Latta her New Zealand based mare Zennista would stay on in the sunshine state after their emphatic Caloundra Cup win over the weekend they have not been nominated for Saturday’s Queensland Cup 2013.
After the Zenno Rob Roy five-year-old improved on her Brisbane Cup third to win the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) in the mud last Saturday, Latta said they were considering a seven day back-up into the $150,000 Listed Queensland Cup (3200m).
It seems those plans have been shelved however with Zennista instead to be saved for the $150,000 Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) in Sydney on July 11.
There are 15 early entries for the Queensland Cup meanwhile with nominations extended until 9:00am (AEST) on Tuesday.
The top-rated hopeful for the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival staying classic is the Peter Moody-trained Ibicenco.
The imported Shirocco was previously prepared in Europe by Luca Cumani and were bought down under to target the spring cups last year.
They missed out on a start in the Melbourne Cup however but did enjoy a consolation two mile win in the Listed Sandown Cup (3200m).
This time in they’ve had three starts for new trainer Moody, the most recent of which was their fourth to Rialya in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) at Eagle Farm on June 22.
They return to the track this weekend for the Queensland Cup where the class of rivals is still very good despite nearing the end of the season.
Only one of the nominated Queensland Cup aspirants meanwhile comes via last weekend’s Caloundra Cup with the sixth placed Muirfield.
Michael Moroney’s Don Edurado five-year-old was seventh in the Ipswich Cup two back improving by one at the Sunshine Coast, Saturday’s race their first look at the two miles.
One of the other big name entries is then Gwenda Markwell’s Kembla Grange based Clangalang five-year-old Peal Of Bells.
The gelding has won successive races firstly at Warwick Farm in the wet and then over the two miles for the Stayers Cup at Randwick on June 8.
Their Stayers Cup success was especially impressive as they put seven lengths on their closest rival.
Whether they’re accepted for the Queensland Cup however will depend on today in Sydney.
Peal Of Bells is engaged to run in the $100,000 Winter Cup (2400m) after the Listed feature was postponed to today with Saturday’s Rosehill meet a washout.
Also representing Kembla Grange in the Queensland Cup nominations is the Kerry Parker-trained Planet Purple.
The in-form six-year-old has won their past two on the trot at Royal Randwick most recently over 2600m on a Heavy (10) track on June 22 – awesome form leading into the Queensland 3200m race.
Other notable hopes then include the Bruce Hill-trained Buffett coming off a win in the mud at the Gold Coast from the weekend, another known mudlark in the Sunshine Coast-based Clonmacnoise, recent Ipswich winning three-year-old Fifth Column and the nicely-bred Zabeel four-year-old Turner Bayou.
See below for the current Queensland Cup nominations 2013 with any updates to be published right here at Races.com.au.
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2013 Queensland Cup Nominations
Eagle Farm Racecourse – 06/07/2013
|1||BOREHOLE||David J Lawlor||71|
|2||BUFFETT (NZ)||Bruce W Hill||76|
|3||CLONMACNOISE (NZ)||Alan L Jones||–|
|4||DODGING EDDIE||Michael Nolan||79|
|5||FIFTH COLUMN||Gerard Betros||63|
|6||GOLD CAPE||John Wheeler||83|
|7||IBICENCO (GER)||Peter G Moody||102|
|8||MAJESTIC SOUND||David Scanes||68|
|9||MUIRFIELD (NZ)||Michael Moroney||85|
|10||PEAL OF BELLS||Gwenda Markwell||–|
|11||PLANET PURPLE||Kerry Parker||–|
|12||RUNDLE HEIGHTS||Kelly Purdy||57|
|13||SLICK LAGO||Tony Crane||57|
|14||TURNER BAYOU (NZ)||Patrick Payne||–|
|15||VERDANT (GB)||Robert Smerdon||91|