Joe Pride’s Brisbane-bound galloper Destiny’s Kiss is one of the top early entries for Friday’s Scone Cup 2014.
A total of 27 hopefuls make up the nominations for the $200,000 Listed Emirates Park Scone Cup (1600m) this year, one of the early favourites being Power Of Destiny five-year-old Destiny’s Kiss.
A regular around the country cups’ circuit in New South Wales, including their third in the Gosford Cup over 2100m in January, Destiny’s Kiss was last seen carrying a hefty 59.5kg to victory in a Benchmark 95 over the Warwick Farm mile on ANZAC Day.
They get the same distance again on Friday with Pride hoping they run well and earn a trip to Queensland for a shot at the $300,000 Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 7.
“He runs in the Scone Cup and won’t have another run before the Brisbane Cup,” Pride told AAP this week.
“I’ve got no problem with him going from 1600 to 2400 metres. He is really versatile and is the sort of horse that can handle it.
“He is one of my favourites. He is a super little athlete.”
A host of other last start winners have also been nominated for the Scone Cup this week including the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Leebaz.
The top-rated nominee, Zabeel four-year-old Leebaz was last seen winning the Group 3 Hawkesbury Cup (1600m) on May 3.
Their Scone Cup entry is a surprise however with Team Hawkes confirming their run in Brisbane on Saturday as the favourite in the $500,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) ruling them out of the NSW run on Friday.
The Hawkes meanwhile have also nominated for Mecir at Scone, the in-form Lonhro five-year-old a very nice representative.
Winner of the Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap (1400m) in March, Mecir was last seen running fourth behind Sistine Demon in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) on April 19.
They are looking to improve on that run, when beaten six and a half lengths, when they step up to the mile for the first time here.
Their only run over further than 1400m to date was at Canterbury over 1550m on December 29 back in 2012 when third to Cathay Lady.
Another Hawkesbury Cup graduate in the mix for Scone meanwhile is runner-up Wistful.
John O’Shea’s four-year-old Tiger Hill mare has run top two in her past two runs over the mile, three quarters of a length separating her and Doomben Cup favourite Leebaz at Hawkesbury the weekend before last.
O’Shea’s other Scone Cup entry is fellow four-year-old mare Cameo, the daughter of Shamardal looking to improve on disappointing recent form including her 13th when beating home just one other runner in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Crown (1300m) last start.
Other chances coming off a win then include the Chris Waller-trained veteran Tromso, Cessnock galloper Collar after their third on the trot, Tamworth Cup winner Pitt Street and Guy Walter’s Lion Heart four-year-old Strong Boy coming off a Gooree Cup victory in the wet.
Also coming via the Gooree Cup from May 4 is the Cameron Crockett-trained Arena six-year-old runner-up Are You Sure who won two on the trot before that including the Wellington Cup (1700m) back in March.
Greg Bennett’s Kaypers and the Grant Allard-trained Loaded are two other in-form hopes who ran first and second respectively at Randwick over 1400m last time out.
Other notable hopes include the Gerald Ryan-trained Group 1 performing eight-year-old Ironstein, Waller’s O’Reilly gelding Said Com and The Great Snowman for Gai Waterhouse who ran a credible fourth in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup.
Check out the full Scone Cup 2014 nominations below.
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2014 Scone Cup Nominations
Scone Racecourse – 16/05/2014
|1||ARE YOU SURE||Cameron Crockett||78|
|3||COLLAR (NZ)||Jeremy Sylvester||87|
|4||DESTINY’S KISS||Joseph Pride||99|
|5||FULL OF SPIRIT||Peter G Moody||99|
|6||IGGI POP (NZ)||John Sargent||83|
|8||JUST A BLUR||Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones||74|
|11||LEEBAZ (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||101|
|13||MECIR||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||99|
|14||PAEDEROS (FR)||David Payne||72|
|15||PITT STREET||Kris Lees||83|
|16||PRINCE CHERI (FR)||David Vandyke||99|
|19||SAID COM (NZ)||Chris Waller||92|
|22||SMART MOOCHI||Jason Coyle||72|
|23||STRONG BOY||Guy Walter||73|
|24||THE GREAT SNOWMAN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||88|
|27||YOUTHFUL JACK||Ross Stitt||94|