Defending Champion Included in 2013 Mackay Cup Nominations

Veteran gelding Prussian Secret is set to be given the chance to defend his title in the $50,000 2013 Mackay Cup (1800m) on Saturday.

The eight-year-old was a convincing winner last year and is one of 21 horses entered to contest the North Queensland town’s biggest race.

Prussian Secret will head to Mackay in solid form after running fourth in the Rockampton Cup last month. With none of the Rockampton placegetters nominated for Mackay, the Jared Whelow-trained galloper appears well placed to claim back-to-back titles.

Also returning for the second year in a row is local hope Our Boy Lukas who will be out to exact revenge after trailing Prussian Secret home for second in 2012.

The well-travelled eight-year-old, who has won races at venues across the country, won his last start at Mackay last month and is one of eight horses entered for local trainer John Manzelmann.

Others in Manzelmann’s contingent include one-time Brisbane winner More More More and in-form gelding Just The Tonic who has produced top four finishes at his past six trips to the races.

Also well regarded is Writer who was one of the most successful horses to race in North Queensland last year.

The Rockhampton-based galloper took out his hometown cup before finishing fourth in the Mackay Cup and winning the Townsville Cup.

But the David Stafford-trained gelding will have to show a form turnaround if he is to add the Mackay feature to his resume after labouring to finish seventh in his attempt a title defence in last month’s Rockhampton Cup.

Rockhampton Cup 2013 – Nominations

Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ARISTOCRATICO Mark Barnham 65
2 BARAMUL BULLET Greg Wehlow 75
3 CASH ATTACK Laurel Cullen 87
4 CHINRUB Ricky Vale 78
5 CRACK A SMILE John Manzelmann 67
6 DAMN GOOD IDEA Mark R Cochrane 70
7 DELAGO PILLI Graham Pollock 76.5
8 DENWOOD Darryl Hansen 76
9 DESPERATE WOMAN Kevin Hansen 72.5
10 JUST THE TONIC John Manzelmann 70
11 MIDNIGHT HUSTLER John Manzelmann 66
12 MISTY ROCKET John Manzelmann 68
13 MOHTASHEM (IRE) John Manzelmann 73
14 MORE MORE MORE John Manzelmann 77.5
15 NEVZLIN Christine Dore 80
16 OUR BOY LUKAS (NZ) John Manzelmann 77
17 OUR GOLD STASH Michael Whitehouse 68
18 PRUSSIAN SECRET Jared Wehlow 94
19 SARBI John Manzelmann 75.5
20 SPEEDSKATER David Stafford 64
21 WRITER David Stafford 88