Matt Laurie’s Caloundra Cup runner-up Escado is one of the most notable nominations taken for the Premier’s Cup 2015 at Doomben Racecourse this weekend in Brisbane.
One of eight Group status races on the program for Doomben 10,000 Day on Saturday, this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Channel 7 Premier’s Cup (2000m) has attracted 11 early entries.
Among those is Casino Prince five-year-old Escado from Mornington, the gelding coming off a win only last weekend at the Sunshine Coast when a nose away second to Index Linked in the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m).
That was a much improved effort on his two other most recent runs when 12th to Leebaz in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast on April 25 and 12th again when beaten over nine lengths by Pornichet in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) on May 9.
He appreciated the extra distance over the mile and a half at Caloundra and so how he handles a step back to 2000m again for the Premier’s Cup will be crucial to his chances if accepted.
Also coming off a last start second is the Kurt Goldman-trained Librettist gelding Faust who was second past the post behind Landlocked in the Listed Wagga Wagga Gold Cup (2000m) on May 1.
As for the local hopes, top Brisbane horseman Tony Gollan has two Premier’s Cup nominees with Hi Son and Hvasstan entered for the quality handicap.
Hi Son was disappointing last time out in the Toowoomba Cup when 10th behind subsequent Doomben Cup champ Pornichet while Hvasstan was last seen running fourth when under two lengths off the winner in the Listed Members’ Handicap (1600m) at Doomben earlier this month.
One of the top interstate raiders is the Peter Moody-trained, Melbourne-based Aussie Rules gelding Wish Come True.
The five-year-old has winning form up to 2100m and has run top four in his five most recent runs.
He was second in both the Kilmore Cup and Yarra Valley Cup before fourths in the Mornington Cup over 2400m on March 28 and then the Toowoomba Cup over 2150m last start.
Other notable Premier’s Cup nominations this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival include Lloyd Kennewell’s Adelaide raider Baligari who ran fourth in the Members’ Handicap last start at the track and the Chris Waller-trained Commands four-year-old Vilanova after his first win since the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at this meeting 12 months ago.
The next logical step for the best performed Premier’s Cup graduates after Saturday’s clash is then the more lucrative $300,000 Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2200m) back at Doomben on Stradbroke Handicap Day, June 6.
Last year’s Premier’s Cup winner was the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Zephyron who went on to run third to Floria in the Brisbane Cup.
See below for the full Premier’s Cup 2015 nominations and stay tuned for the final field and barrier draw out on Wednesday.
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2015 Premier’s Cup Nominations
Doomben Racecourse – 23/05/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||4179×00646||ARTISTIC CHOICE||F||3||Kathy Stabe||56|
|4||6279331772||FAUST (NZ)||G||5||Kurt Goldman||–|
|5||1123×26550||HI SON||G||5||Tony Gollan||91|
|7||411400×408||JETSET LAD (NZ)||G||7||Brian Smith||95|
|8||x304222x97||SHOTOVER RIVER (NZ)||G||5||John, Dan & Chris Meagher||78|
|10||x683999x07||VILANOVA (NZ)||G||4||Chris Waller||–|
|11||43054×2244||WISH COME TRUE (IRE)||G||5||Peter G Moody||98|