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A host of Sydney and Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival hopes are set to face off in the Premier’s Cup 2014 at Rosehill Racecourse this weekend.
One of two black-types on the card, Saturday’s $100,000 Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) has attracted a bumper 27 entries at nomination stage.
Five of those nominees come off a last start win including the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Entirely Platinum.
The Pentire gelding won the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (1900m) at Rosehill during the autumn and returned at the same track on August 16 to win the Canterbury Hurlstone RSL Handicap (1400m).
It was a nice first-up run with improvement to come according to co-trainer Michael Hawkes who has them earmarked for a shot at the $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on October 4, nominations for which come out today.
Entirely Platinum is also nominated for the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in Melbourne two weeks later and pays $21 through Ladbrokes.com.au in their futures markets on the handicap classic.
The other big name last start winner in the mix is then the Chris Waller-trained French import He’s Your Man.
Cape Cross gelding He’s Your Man has had two runs this time in, the six-year-old improving on a first-up third to Generalife in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) to win the Listed Winter Challenge (1500m) at Rosehill on August 2.
Waller has also nominated for Eigelstein, Fulgur, Hoylonny, Lucky Chappy, Multilateral, Opinion, Trade Commissioner and Who Shot Thebarman giving him a total of nine Premier’s Cup chances.
Who Shot Thebarman is one galloper with big spring ambitions, the Yamanin Vital six-year-old nominated for both the 2014 Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup in October.
The gelding resumed when second last behind Entirely Platinum but carried 60kg and drew wide in gate 13 (of 15) for what was just his second run down under.
The genuine stayer debuted in Australia when ninth to current 2014 Melbourne Cup favourite The Offer in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) on April 19 and is tipped to improve getting out over more distance as he too target the world’s richest handicap at Flemington on November 4.
Who Shot Thebarman is currently paying $41 through Ladbrokes.com.au to win the Melbourne Cup, a price that can firm with success this weekend.
Waterhouse meanwhile has two Premier’s Cup entries this year in Bonfire, the British import coming off a second to Waller’s Lonhro six-year-old Hoylonny at Rosehill two weeks back this Saturday, and Greatwood.
Manduro gelding Greatwood is a British import with just the one run down under behind him to date, a third to Entirely Platinum on debut at the track when ridden by Tommy Berry.
Other better rated hopes in the mix include the David Payne-trained Group 3 winner Honorius who ran fifth to Entirely Platinum last time out, Peter Moody’s Italian Derby runner-up Wish Come True, the John O’Shea-trained ATC Derby runner-up to Criterion in the autumn Tupac Amaru, Group 2 runner-up behind The Offer in the Chairman’s Handicap over 2600m in April Tremec and the in-form seven-year-old Single for Craig Carmody.
Check out the full Premier’s Cup 2014 nominations below, final acceptances revealing the field out on Wednesday morning.
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2014 Premier’s Cup Nominations
Rosehill Racecourse – 30/08/2014
|1||BEST CASE (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||85|
|2||BONFIRE (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||101|
|3||CANNY BALLAD||Joseph Pride||94|
|4||CELTIC PRINCE (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||94|
|5||CIRCLE OF FAME||Ruth Cooper||64|
|6||DEANE MARTIN (NZ)||Bruce Wallace||90|
|7||DISCLAIMER (GB)||Peter & Paul Snowden||86|
|8||EIGELSTEIN (GB)||Chris Waller||94|
|9||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||103|
|10||FULGUR (GB)||Chris Waller||89|
|11||GREATWOOD (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||90|
|12||HE’S YOUR MAN (FR)||Chris Waller||98|
|15||LUCKY CHAPPY (IRE)||Chris Waller||97|
|16||MULTILATERAL (USA)||Chris Waller||89|
|17||OMINOUS (GB)||Nigel Blackiston||88|
|18||OPINION (IRE)||Chris Waller||102|
|19||ORIENTAL LADY (GER)||Kris Lees||86|
|20||SABOR A TRIUNFO (CHI)||Peter & Paul Snowden||93|
|22||SURPASS (NZ)||Michael Moroney||87|
|23||TRADE COMMISSIONER (IRE)||Chris Waller||95|
|24||TREMEC (NZ)||John P Thompson||94|
|25||TUPAC AMARU||John O’Shea||98|
|26||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||103|
|27||WISH COME TRUE (IRE)||Peter G Moody||98|
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