Tatt’s Open winner Feltre is one of the headline nominations taken for this Saturday’s Tattersall’s Mile 2016 at Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane.
The latest Queensland Winter Racing Carnival feature, this year’s $100,000 Listed Tattersall’s Mile Handicap (1600m) attracted 15 early entries with nominations extended until Tuesday morning.
Three of the current nominees won their last start including the Brian Smith-trained Feltre who was last seen taking out the Listed Tattersall’s Open Handicap (1830m) at Eagle Farm in a June 25 upset.
He’s had nearly a month between runs then and will be back down in distance if accepted for the Tattersall’s Mile, but has a strong Doomben track record of two wins and two seconds from nine runs to date.
Smith has also nominated for the defending Tattersall’s Mile winner Jetset Lad.
The Elusive City eight-year-old hasn’t won a race in the 12 months since his victory in this race last winter and is out to atone for a second last when 11th in Eagle Farm’s Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) last start on June 11.
The other last start winners are the John & Chris Meagher-trained Harada Bay coming off a victory at the track and distance from July 9 and the in-form Flamboyer for the Gold Coast’s Kelly Doughty.
Clang five-year-old Flamboyer has won his past two on the trot including a nearly two length victory at the Sunshine Coast on July 2 in the Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m).
He has only had two previous runs over the 1600m however and is yet to finish in the money over the distance he’ll be up over this weekend if accepted into the Tattersall’s Mile field.
Also coming off a big last start run is the highly-rated Ciaron Maher-trained Melbourne raider Akavoroun who finished second to Harada Bay here at the start of the month.
Deagon’s Patt Duff has nominated for his rising nine-year-old veteran Steel Zip, the grey in outstanding form over winter season.
First-up at Ipswich on June 18 he ran third to Ninth Legion in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) before a fourth in the Glasshouse Handicap to fellow Tattersall’s Mile entry Flamboyer.
His latest run took him to Grafton in New South Wales just last week for the Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) on the Wednesday.
The son of Canadian Silver jumped a $10 shot and was far from disgraced in a close finishing crossing only a half-length away third to the winner Smart Volatility.
He’ll be on a short turnaround then for the Tatt’s Mile and will be up over 1600m for the first time since February last year.
Other notable entries include Robert Heathcote’s Bewhatyouwannabe who has a strong mile record (26-5-3-4), stablemate Lauterbrunnen coming off a close third to Harada Bay and David Kelly’s Husson gelding Hi Son who ran fourth in the same Doomben lead-up.
See below for the current Tattersall’s Mile Handicap 2016 nominations, the final field and barriers released on Wednesday.
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2016 Tattersall’s Mile Nominations
Doomben Racecourse – 23/07/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||5877958960||ADORABEEL (NZ)||M||6||Helen Page||85|
|8||2250×60131||HARADA BAY||G||6||John & Chris Meagher||92|
|9||0703×94864||HI SON||G||6||David Kelly||83|
|10||160×540890||JETSET LAD (NZ)||G||8||Brian Smith||96|
|12||765x3940x5||NO TRICKS (NZ)||M||4||Wayne Walters||86|
|13||46x3x07527||PERFECT PUNCH||G||7||Maryann Brosnan||76.5|
|14||x2532x145x||SINGING (FR)||H||6||Kris Lees||–|
|15||111036×343||STEEL ZIP||G||8||Pat Duff||–|