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Sydney horseman Kevin Moses has confidence in both the form and ability of his Lord Mayors Cup 2015 hopeful Singing Flame ahead of the Rosehill Gardens clash on Saturday, but is sweating on finding a jockey for the black-type ride before the weekend.
Racing NSW took a bumper 23 nominations for this year’s $100,000 Listed Lord Mayors Cup (2000m), including Moses’s Song Of Tara four-year-old Singing Flame.
The progressive four-year-old has won three of his 18 starts to date, most recently in a Benchmark 80 over 2200m at Warwick Farm on April 8, before his brave last start third behind Gypsy Diamond in the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) 10 days later at Randwick.
He is now set to head to Rosehill Racecourse for the first time since his disappointing 10th behind Gai Waterhouse’s star French import Pornichet, winner of last Saturday’s Toowoomba Cup who will jump favourite in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in Brisbane this weekend, in the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m).
Moses took a lot of confidence out of Signing Flame’s JRA Plate third when Brenton Avdulla crossed the line only two lengths off the winner aboard the horse.
Now however Moses faces a race against the clock to find a jockey for Singing Flame in the Lord Mayors Cup, which is one of three black-types on an amended Sydney race card this weekend that now accommodates both the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas and The Darley Crown – part of the Hawkesbury washout last Saturday.
“I can’t find a jockey yet. He’ll probably get in with 54.5kg so that means I won’t have plenty of options,” Moses told Racing NSW, saying his first six choices were all unavailable.
“He’s going very well and it’s been three weeks between runs but I’m happy with him.”
Signing Flame has form on all track conditions, meaning the weather is a non-issue, and also looks well suited to the distance of Saturday’s clash having had three previous 2000m runs for a second and third.
“It’s a strong list of nominations which will make it that little bit harder but I’ve set him for this race so I hope he runs well,” Moses added.
Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller boasts eight Lord Mayors Cup nominations this year including Group 3 Manion Cup third placegetter Bagman and former New Zealand-trained mare Telepathic.
Recent Doncaster Mile sixth placed mare Arabian Gold, out to improve on a ninth to Doomben Cup hope Leebaz in the Group 2 AD Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast on April 25, is the highest-rated of the nominees.
Other notable early entries include Joe Pride’s JRA Cup fourth placed Destiny’s Kiss, the Waterhouse-trained Group 1 performed Ecuador coming off a second in the Royal Randwick 100, David Payne’s Honorius and John O’Shea’s Doncaster Prelude runner-up two back Malice.
The final Lord Mayors Cup 2015 acceptances close at 9am (AEST) on Wednesday, May 6, and will be published here at Races.com.au shortly after so stay tuned.
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