Nominations are now out for the three majors running in Sydney’s two-day Newcastle Cup Carnival next week including those for Wednesday’s $150,000 Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1500m).
A handicap race often used by gallopers heading towards some of the bigger Sydney Spring Racing Carnival features including the $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick on October 5, the Cameron Handicap 2013 has drawn 24 nominations.
Held on the same day as the $150,000 Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) for three-year-olds many of which are eyeing a run in next month’s $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas over the same distance in Melbourne, there’s already plenty of interest in this year’s Cameron Handicap clash.
The top-rated and weighted hope for next week is Paul Murray’s Alma’s Fury with 59kg, the Refuse To Bend six-year-old having resumed with a sixth to Malavio in the Tramway last weekend.
The likely favourite should they accept meanwhile is the 58kg second top-weight, the Guy Walter-trained Toydini.
Progressive Bernardini four-year-old Toydini is currently the narrow $9.50 second favourite to win the Epsom next month paying $9.50 in futures markets led by Chris Waller’s Doncaster Mile winner Sacred Falls ($9).
They won back-to-back Group races in Sydney during the autumn including their smart four length win over Waller’s Queensland Derby champ Hawkspur in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m).
Toydini resumed on August 24 at Warwick Farm when fifth in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) and are also a nominee for Melbourne’s Cox Plate on October 26.
Walter has also nominated for Willy Jimmy in the Cameron Handicap.
Waller meanwhile has two entries with Redoute’s Choice six-year-old Altius and a half-brother to his Queen Elizabeth Stakes winning import Reliable Man, I’m Imposing, who runs at Rosehill this Saturday.
There are also a number of last start winners nominated for the Cameron Handicap this year, two of the most notable being Gai Waterhouse’s flying Spurtonic and the Joe Pride-trained That’s A Good Idea who sit 20th and 19th respectively on the ballot.
With a capacity field of only 16 starters, plus four emergencies, both are in danger of missing out on a run if there are no defectors above them in the order of entry.
Flying Spur four-year-old That’s A Good Idea has won their last two runs progressing from a four length Canterbury victory to beat a decent field at Randwick last Saturday in a Benchmark 85.
Spurtonic is another four-year-old son of Flying Spur and are undefeated this time in having won their last three on the trot, most recently by 2.5 lengths over 2000m at Randwick on September 7.
Waterhouse is also represented in the Cameron Handicap entries with another in-form galloper who is well done the ballot, Our Desert Warrior (22nd).
The Desert King gelding, tested at elite level when 10th to Fiveandahalfstar in the Victoria Derby last Melbourne Cup Carnival, is rising through the ranks this time in having won both their spring starts in Sydney.
Other notable Cameron Handicap 2013 nominations then include the Bjorn Baker-trained Ajax Stakes winner Havana Rey, Albury-based stakes winner Niblick, consistent Eagle Farm visitor Tokamak and the Peter Moody-trained High Esteem who won the Adelaide Guineas back in April.
Stay tuned to Races.com.au for all the latest on the Cameron Handicap with the final field and barriers due for release early next week.
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2013 Cameron Handicap Nominations
Broadmeadow Racecourse, Newcastle – 18/09/2013
|1||ALMA’S FURY||Paul Murray||1||59kg||104|
|3||HAVANA REY||Bjorn Baker||3||57.5kg||101|
|5||TAGUS||John P Thompson||4=||57kg||100|
|6||TRANSPORTER||John P Thompson||6||56kg||98|
|7||SCREAM MACHINE||Jason Coyle||7||54.5kg||95|
|10||EYE STRIKER||Ken Tynan||23||54kg||69|
|11||HIGH ESTEEM||Peter G Moody||14=||54kg||88|
|12||I’M IMPOSING (GB)||Chris Waller||12=||54kg||90|
|13||KOI FISH||Lesley Molony||24||54kg||49|
|14||MARONEY AVENUE||Allan Boyle||21||54kg||78|
|15||OUR DESERT WARRIOR||Gai Waterhouse||22||54kg||74|
|16||PIRATE BAY (GB)||Kris Lees||16=||54kg||86|
|19||SALON SOLDIER (GER)||Kris Lees||12=||54kg||90|
|22||THAT’S A GOOD IDEA||Joseph Pride||19||54kg||84|
|24||WILLY JIMMY||Guy Walter||8=||54kg||94|