Popular galloper Little Brown Horse will have the opportunity to record her maiden win at Listed level when she contests the 2014 Nudgee Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Little Brown Horse has raced consistently throughout her career, but has reached career best form as a five-year-old and has performed extremely well since returning from a stint in the spelling paddock on November 30.
The Waterford Road mare resumed with a win in the Dapco Handicap (1200m) at the Gold Coast on November 30 and made it two wins from as many starts this preparation in the Barrier Reef Pools Handicap (1200m) at Doomben on December 18.
Little Brown Horse was narrowly beaten by Miss Leibert in the Coca-Cola Amatil Handicap (1350m) at Doomben on December 28 and failed to fire in the Listed Goldmarket Handicap (1300m) at the Gold Coast on January 4 before returning to her best form with a dominant victory in the Gallopers Sports Club Handicap (1350m) at Doomben on January 18.
Another mare chasing their first win at Listed level is Tony Gollan-trained Miss Leibert, who produced one of the best performances of her career when she finished second behind the classy Driefontein in the Magic Millions Fillies And Mares Handicap (1300m) at the Gold Coast on January 11.
Miss Leibert made a slow start to her preparation, but returned to the winners stall in the Gallopers Sports Club Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on November 13 and made it two straight wins with a victory in the Ambassador Travel Handicap (1400m) at the same venue on November 23.
The Falvelon mare failed to fire when making her Listed debut in the Just Now Handicap (1350m) at Doomben on December 14, but produced a strong performance to beat Little Brown Horse in the Coca-Cola Amatil Handicap before her impressive performance at the Magic Millions Meeting.
21 horses were included in the 2014 Nudgee Handicap nominations and the final field, which will include 18 runners as well as five emergencies, will be released on Wednesday.
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2014 Nudgee Handicap Nominations
|1||ANTARCTIC DREAM||Bruce W Hill||67|
|2||AROUND THE WORLD||Jim Hanna||77.5|
|4||CAPROSSA||Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones||–|
|5||DARLIN’ JULES||Jan Aitkenhead||76.5|
|6||DIVINE CITY||Garnett Taylor||88|
|7||FINE BUBBLES||Kris Lees||–|
|8||HOLY DELUSIONS||Tim Martin||–|
|11||LITTLE BROWN HORSE||Kelly Doughty||87.5|
|12||MISS LEIBERT||Tony Gollan||80|
|15||PERFECTLY STUNNING (NZ)||Kris Lees||–|
|17||SEPT DE COEURS||Stuart Kendrick||68|
|18||SPLENDENT CHOICE||Trevor Thomas||65|
|20||TEAR IT UP||Tony Gollan||–|