Spring Hopes Head 2013 Premier’s Cup Nominations

A host of potential Spring Cup stars are nominated to run in Sydney’s Premier’s Cup 2013 at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday kicking off or continuing on with campaigns targeting the longer distance features of the season.

Bayrir

Bayrir (outside) is the top rated Premier's Cup 2013 nominee for Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

A chance for staying types to show off their potential for a trip to Melbourne for the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and possibly even the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) in November, this weekend’s $100,000 Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) has drawn a total of 18 nominations.

The top-rated entry comes from star Sydney trainer Chris Waller’s stables with his imported Medicean stallion Bayrir to race down under for just the second time.

The former French galloper debuted for Waller in Australian on August 3 when a close second to stablemate and subsequent Hawkesbury Gold Cup champ Coup Ay Tee in the Listed Winter Challenge (1500m).

A $26 chance in futures Caulfield Cup betting they will now look to improve on that going up to the 1800m on Saturday which they won over on debut in May last year.

Another Winter Challenge runner nominated for the Premier’s Cup is then John Thompson’s smart Pins mare Pretty Pins.

She was fourth at Rosehill two back before heading to Randwick over the mile seven days later to score a win in a Benchmark 85 when ridden by Hugh Bowman.

Pretty Pins is one of five last start winners in the Premier’s Cup entries.

Others include the Nowra-based mare Blurred Vision who won over this track and distance on August 17, Kelso Wood’s Brisbane raider Grey Assignment and the David Payne-trained Honorius.

Tipped for a big spring, Holy Roman Emperor stallion Honorius was a brave third behind Hawkspur in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

They resumed 10 weeks after that at Rosehill and won by a tidy three and a half lengths in a 1400m handicap.

Other notable Premier’s Cup nominees include the Bede Murray-trained Darci Be Good, last year’s Australian Derby runner-up Polish Knight, the former Gai Waterhouse-trained Samui Lad now with Kylie Gavenlock, Waterhouse’s imported stakes winner Michelangelo and the lightly-raced Prince Cheri.

Trainer David Vandyke has ambitious Caulfield Cup 2013 plans for Lando four-year-old Prince Cheri, a French import formerly with Mikel Delzangles, but knows with just the four starts to their name they need to start winning to earn a shot.

“We have him in the Caulfield Cup and we are looking to get him to next month’s Naturalism (Stakes to earn a ballot exemption) and this was a step on that path,” Vandkye told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Check out the full Premier’s Cup 2013 nominations below with the final field and barrier draw due for release on Wednesday so stay tuned.

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2013 Premier’s Cup Nominations

Rosehill Racecourse – 31/08/2013

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 BAYRIR (FR) Chris Waller 105
2 BLURRED VISION Robert Price 76
3 DARCI BE GOOD (NZ) Bede Murray 96
4 EURYALE Peter Snowden 84
5 GREY ASSIGNMENT Kelso Wood 94
6 HATHRAS (GB) Kris Lees 83
7 HONORIUS David Payne 95
8 I’M IMPOSING (GB) Chris Waller 90
9 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 95
10 LESS IS MORE (FR) David Vandyke 91
11 LOADED Grant Allard 91
12 LUNAYIR (FR) Chris Waller 93
13 MICHELANGELO (GB) Gai Waterhouse 97
14 POLISH KNIGHT (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 100
15 PRETTY PINS (NZ) John P Thompson 89
16 PRINCE CHERI (FR) David Vandyke 81
17 SAMUI LAD Kylie Gavenlock 83
18 WINNING GLORY (NZ) David Payne 92