David Vandyke’s classy stayer Maurus is one of the headline nominees for the Ipswich Cup 2016 in Queensland this Saturday.
The headline race in the Sunshine State this weekend, the $175,000 Listed Channel 7 Ipswich Cup (2150m) has attracted just 10 nominations.
The highest-rated of the early hopefuls for the handicap clash is the Sunshine Coast-based Medicean five-year-old Maurus who drops down in class from his previous Queensland Winter Racing Carnival run.
After a 2200m victory by an impressive three and a half-lengths first-up at Doomben in late April, Maurus took on some of the season’s best in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m).
He was far from disgraced in the weight-for-age clash carrying 59kg to a brave mid-field fifth to last year’s Caulfield Cup placegetter Our Ivanhowe, defeated under two lengths.
He’s back to Listed company on Saturday, has been freshened-up since and will be a livewire hope if accepted.
Also high-up the ratings and nominated for the Ipswich Cup this season is the Michael Nolan-trained Jumbo Prince, the four-year-old Outback Prince stallion out to atone for a failed Eagle Farm run last weekend.
A winner of one of his previous starts at the Ipswich track, Jumbo Prince’s latest victory was at Doomben in mid-May when beaten home Rudy in the Listed Members’ Handicap (1600m).
On Stradbroke Handicap Day last Saturday he failed to make an impression when 14th to Hopfgarten in the Listed The Wayne Wilson Mile (1600m).
He could be given the chance to atone with the quick back-up into the Ipswich Cup field seven days later, which would be his first run over further than 1800m since May last year.
He made an impact in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2200m) 12 months ago when third to Magicool beaten just a length, form he’ll be out to return to over the extra metres this weekend.
One of Sydney’s best Chris Waller has dual Ipswich Cup nominees this winter having entered Beyond Thankful and Dance Of Heroes.
Whipper six-year-old Beyond Thankful is a winner up to 2300m, but hasn’t been first past the post since his Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) win in September last year.
His latest run this campaign was a sixth to Ecuador in Randwick’s Listed WJ McKell Cup (2400m) on May 28, the Irish import also yet to race in Queensland.
Waller’s other hope Dance Of Heroes is also a European import having his first run in the Sunshine State if accepted, the five-year-old Danehill Dancer gelding coming off a fifth over 1800m at Randwick.
Other notable Ipswich Cup nominations include recent Wagga Wagga Cup third placegetter Adirondack and the Darren Weir-trained Puccini who ran eighth in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm last Saturday.
See below for the full Ipswich Cup 2016 nominations, the final field and barriers set for release on Wednesday.
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2016 Ipswich Cup Nominations
Ipswich Racecourse – 18/06/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|2||800x69x603||AMEXED (NZ)||G||5||Tony Gollan||75|
|3||10×5885486||BEYOND THANKFUL (IRE)||G||6||Chris Waller||–|
|4||5627331142||CAILLEBOTTE (IRE)||G||6||Matthew Dunn||78|
|5||53326×7515||DANCE OF HEROES (GB)||G||5||Chris Waller||–|
|6||870×868537||INSTRUMENTALIST (IRE)||G||7||Dale Healey||89|
|7||7549×03190||JUMBO PRINCE||H||4||Michael Nolan||96|
|8||1160×00848||KOBI CREEK||G||5||Mark Palmer||70|
|9||1x120x2315||MAURUS (GB)||G||5||David Vandyke||99|
|10||0x03044028||PUCCINI (NZ)||H||5||Darren Weir||–|