Nominations for the Listed Sunshine Coast Cup (1400m) on Australia Day next Monday were taken this morning with 21 sprint-mile runners declaring for the race.
Leading the charge is Robert Heathcote’s Riva De Lago, one of two potential horses to be saddled by the trainer.
The 2013 Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) winner has finished outside the placings in all ten of his past starts so will be looking to recapture form of old on Saturday.
Riva De Lago travelled to Brisbane for the first time during the summer in search of a win but finished midfield in both the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) and Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m).
The seven-year-old gelding was last seen in the Listed Goldmarket Handicap (1300m) at the Gold Coast on January 3 where he finished eighth of ten runners.
Heathcote has also nominated Saluter for the 2015 Sunshine Coast Cup. The five-year-old gelding has finished in the first two in five of his past six starts but broke his streak after running seventh of 14 in the Magic Millions Cup (1400m) at the Gold Coast on January 10.
Deagon-based trainer Pat Duff has also nominated two horses for the sprint-mile race – Steel Zip and Abu Ben Adam.
Steel Zip hasn’t had a win in his past 13 starts, which include midfield finishes in both the Listed Recognition Stakes (1630m) and Listed Brisbane Handicap (1600m) at Doomben Racecourse earlier in the summer.
Abu Ben Adam also ran in both races but fared worse than his stable mate, finishing end of the field. Like Saluter, the four-year-old gelding ran in the Magic Millions Cup on January 10 but finished at the end of the field in 11th place.
Other notable horses nominated for the Sunshine Coast Cup include Liam Birchley’s Time To Plunder, who won the Listed Keith Noud Quality (1200m) at Doomben in November before finishing third in the Listed Bernborough Handicap (1625m), Listed Just Now Quality (1350m) winner Tarloshan, Jason McLachlan’s Phelan Ready, and Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap runner-up Anna Lizzie.
Check out the full list of 2015 Sunshine Coast Cup nominations below.
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2015 Sunshine Coast Cup Nominations
|1||ABU BEN ADAM||Pat Duff||77.5|
|2||ANNA LIZZIE||Danny J Bougoure||87|
|3||BLACK CASH||Kelly Doughty||89.5|
|4||DAPH ’N’ ALF||Greg Wehlow||90|
|6||FINISHING CARD||Shane Edmonds||91|
|7||HARADA BAY||John, Dan & Chris Meagher||89|
|9||HORA SEXTA||Paul Robbins||75|
|10||INTO THE RED||Kelso Wood||85|
|11||LUCKY SOUND||Tony Crane||85|
|12||MISHANI WARRIOR||Les Ross||88|
|13||PHELAN READY||Jason McLachlan||96|
|14||RIVA DE LAGO||Robert Heathcote||97|
|17||STATE OF WEALTH||Graham Pollock||80|
|18||STEEL ZIP||Pat Duff||89|
|19||TARLOSHAN (NZ)||Graeme Boyd||93|
|20||TIME TO PLUNDER||Liam Birchley||94|