Robert Heathcote’s last start winner at the track Bewhatyouwannabe is one of the headline early entries for the Lord Mayor’s Cup 2015 at Doomben Racecourse on Doomben 10,000 Day this Saturday.
One of nine races on the card for the latest Group 1 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival meeting, this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Programmed Property Services Lord Mayor’s Cup (1600m) attracted a dozen nominations.
Just one of those is a last start winner with local Fastnet Rock gelding Bewhatyouwannabe last seen taking out the Listed Members’ Handicap (1600m) at Doomben on May 9 carrying the 54kg minimum.
The next best performed Members’ Handicap graduate in the mix for Saturday’s Lord Mayor’s Cup is then the Kelly Schweida-trained Stratum seven-year-old Epic.
The veteran improved on some recent form when beaten only a quarter length over the Doomben mile at the start of the month with apprentice Luke Tarrant aboard on 55.5kg.
Heathcote meanwhile has two nominees for the Lord Mayor’s Cup this weekend, his other possible acceptor being the smart Hopfgarten.
A four-year-old son of Mossman, Hopfgarten had a string of good runs during his autumn campaign and then was brave when just out of the money in elite level company last time out.
Runner-up to Sir Moments in the Listed Tails Stakes (1630m) at Doomben and third to Pornichet in the Toowoomba Cup (2150m), Hopfgarten went on the short seven day turnaround in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) and finished a brave fifth behind Pornichet again in the big one from a wide barrier 13 of 15 draw.
Another top local Brisbane hope for Saturday is the Tony Gollan-trained Jet Spur gelding Gundy Spirit, the four-year-old also coming off a succession of eye-catching runs.
A winner over the 1350m here back on April 11, Gundy Sprit was third to Neo in the Listed Prime Minister’s Cup (1400m) at the Gold Coast on Hollindale Day before a fourth on May 9 in the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) when beaten just two lengths by Charlie Boy.
Gollan has also nominated for his out-of-form veteran Refuse To Bend seven-year-old Alma’s Fury who ran 11th in the BRC Sprint last time out, albeit still only beaten five lengths.
There is a host of interstate visitors out to steal the spotlight in the Lord Mayor’s Cup on Saturday as well.
Some of the better nominated raiders include the Lloyd Kennnewell-trained Members’ Handicap fourth placed Purrealist four-year-old Baligari from Adelaide, Gerald Ryan’s Snitzel mare Estonian Princess who was runner-up in the Gold Coast’s Silk Stocking before her BRC Sprint 10th and the Chris Waller-trained I’m Imposing.
Another veteran nominated for the weight-for-age clash this weekend, Waller’s rising 10-year-old Danehill Dancer gelding I’m Imposing comes off two nice thirds this campaign in the ‘Sunshine State’.
His first run in Queensland was on April 25 in the Hollindale Stakes when third to Leebaz and then he finished third in the Doomben Cup beaten three lengths in a run that is sure to see him near the top of Saturday’s Lord Mayor’s Cup betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au if accepted.
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2015 Lord Mayor’s Cup Nominations
Doomben Racecourse – 23/05/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer|
|1||111081×290||ADDICTIVE HABIT (NZ)||G||5||Lee Somervell|
|2||1x70420x90||ALMA’S FURY||G||7||Tony Gollan|
|6||5925524×20||ESTONIAN PRINCESS||M||4||Gerald Ryan|
|7||11412×5134||GUNDY SPIRIT||G||4||Tony Gollan|
|9||x20121x033||I’M IMPOSING (GB)||G||9||Chris Waller|
|10||553x9x7865||LUCKY LAGO||M||5||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|11||00x1332x56||STRAWBERRY BOY||G||6||Chris Waller|
|12||408412530x||SURPASS (NZ)||G||6||Michael Moroney|