The Darley stable has dominated in Sydney in the past month and has the opportunity to stretch that dominance interstate after Coins was included in the nominations for the Listed 2013 Just Now Handicap (1300m) that will be held at Doomben on Saturday.
Coins has been a consistent performer during her racing career but has struggled to turn strong performances into race wins; recording just two wins from 18 starts.
The Hard Spun mare has improved in each of her race starts this preparation, finishing sixth in the Black Pearl Handicap at Geelong (1200m), third behind White Sage in the Cellarbrations Scone Handicap (1350m) and second behind La Pieta in the Apex Tools Handicap, and trainer Peter Snowden senses an opportunity for the four-year-old to score her maiden win in a black type race.
Coins is set to face stiff competition in the Just Now Handicap; with the in-form Lady Echelon chasing her sixth win in her last eight starts.
Lady Echelon recorded three straight wins in Sunshine Coast this autumn and was stepped up in class to finish tenth in the Listed Daybreak Lover (1600m) and fourth in the Listed Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m).
The Top Echelon mare finished her campaign with a dominant four lengths victory in the Yellowglen Handicap (1600n) at Eagle Farm on July 20 and returned to the races with a narrow victory over Jacquetta and Doubtfilly in the Listed Travel Associates Classic (1200m) on November 30.
Also backing up from the Travel Associates Classic is Bryan Guy-trained mare Jacquetta who fought home bravely before being caught by Lady Echelon in the final stages of the Listed event.
The daughter of Encosta De Lago raced well right around Queensland during the autumn, winning races at the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Ipswich, and broke through for her maiden metropolitan victory with a win in the Magic Millions Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm on September 7.
Guy could have multiple runners in the Just Now Handicap with Nuptse also included in the nominations, while Les Kelly could also have two runners (Alltherightmoves and Scorpio Queen).
The full listed of Just Now Handicap Nominations can be found in the table below.
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2013 Just Now Handicap
|2||ANNA LIZZIE||Craig Tyrrell||81|
|3||CALIENTE||Bruce W Hill||75|
|4||CASINO CARD||Les Ross||81|
|5||CATHAY LADY||John Sargent||–|
|7||CRADLE ME||David Pfieffer||82|
|8||DIVINE CITY||Garnett Taylor||84|
|10||FLYING JET||Kelly Schweida||82|
|11||GOLD EPONA||Kris Lees||–|
|13||LADY BUTTERFLY||Trevor Whittington||70|
|14||LADY ECHELON||Natalie Mccall||87|
|15||MISS LEIBERT||Tony Gollan||75.5|
|16||NICKED AND COURT||Liam Birchley||68|
|19||PRETTY GULLY||Stuart Kendrick||76|
|21||SCORPIO QUEEN||Les Kelly||85|