2016 Cameron Handicap Nominations Feature Le Romain

Kris Lees’ Group 1 winner Le Romain is the headline nomination for the Cameron Handicap 2016 at Newcastle Racecourse this Friday on Newcastle Gold Cup Day.

Le Romain

Randwick Guineas winner Le Romain is nominated for Newcastle’s 2016 Cameron Handicap this Friday. Photo: Steve Hart.

On Monday Racing NSW took early entries for all the Cup Day races including a bumper 20 nominations for this season’s $150,000 Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1350m).

The highest-rated of the hopefuls and the 59kg headliner in the Cameron Handicap weights is Le Romain for star local horseman Lees.

The four-year-old son of Hard Spun is best known for his Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) victory back in March during the autumn.

He has had two good runs this time in both at Randwick finishing runner-up to Tycoon Tara in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) and second again on September 3 to Hauraki in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m).

The other highest weighted Cameron Handicap nominee with 57.5kg is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Charlie Boy.

The six-year-old hasn’t raced since his eighth to Under The Louvre in Brisbane’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) on June 11, before which he ran third to Music Magnate defeated under a length in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m).

Charlie Boy has had two subsequent trials and has a decent first-up record of three wins, a second and a third from seven resuming runs to date.

Following in the Cameron Handicap weights this spring are Smart Volatility (57kg) who leads the ballot and the Noel Mayfield-Smith-trained Famous Seamus (57kg).

John Sargent’s Danewin eight-year-old Smart Volatility won the Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) at Grafton in the winter, but is out to improve on his first-up eighth to Sooboog at Flemington on August 6 in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m).

Famous Seamus is also a veteran eight-year-old coming off an eighth when 6.5 lengths off the winner in the Show County Quality from August 20, the galloper chasing his first win since the Group 3 Heffernan Stakes (1300m) at Sandown in mid-November last year.

Sydney’s record breaking trainer Chris Waller dominates the Cameron Handicap nominations numbers wise with five entries including his Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) winner from last October Vanbrugh.

Vanbrugh comes off a first-up fifth to star stablemate Winx in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m), but is yet to place in three previous second-up runs.

Waller’s other nominees are Sadler’s Lake, Cosmic Cube, Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) winning Dane Shadow mare Tsaritsa and Torgersen.

Coming off back-to-back thirds in Group company in Sydney is the Allan Denham-trained Dubawi seven-year-old Mount Nebo who ran third in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) and Show County behind Tycoon Tara.

Also in good form this time in are the likes of the Matthew Dale-trained Penny Edition Stakes winner in Adelaide Rocket Commander who has a strong record over Friday’s distance (11-5-2-1) and the undefeated Kristen Buchanan-trained Echo Effect who is last on the ballot.

See below for the full Cameron Handicap 2016 nominations, weights and ballot before the field and barriers are released on Wednesday followed by markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2016 Cameron Handicap Nominations & Weights

Newcastle Racecourse – 16/09/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 362x70x718 SMART VOLATILITY G 8 John Sargent 1 57kg 104
2 2x12217x22 LE ROMAIN G 4 Kris Lees 2 59kg 108
3 600x16038x CHARLIE BOY G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 3 57.5kg 105
4 761x0007x8 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) G 8 Noel Mayfield-Smith 4 57kg 104
5 947x400x27 SADLER’S LAKE G 5 Chris Waller 5 55.5kg 101
6 57x3x12x68 COSMIC CUBE (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 6 55kg 100
7 111x0649x5 VANBRUGH H 4 Chris Waller 7 54.5kg 99
8 990×215533 MOUNT NEBO G 7 Allan Denham 8 54kg 94
9 4517121×17 TESTASHADOW G 5 Gary Portelli 9= 54kg 92
10 612x1113x3 TSARITSA M 4 Chris Waller 9= 54kg 92
11 5900902657 DECISION TIME G 9 Clarry Conners 11= 54kg 90
12 6622333×31 ROCKET COMMANDER M 5 Matthew Dale 11= 54kg 90
13 20x1232x15 HIS MAJESTY (IRE) G 7 Kim Waugh 13 54kg 86
14 x887203x52 TORGERSEN (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 14 54kg 84
15 133×11 CHETWOOD G 4 John O’Shea 15= 54kg 82
16 22x11414x3 HANDFAST G 4 John O’Shea 15= 54kg 82
17 40x130x425 SNOOPY G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 17 54kg 81
18 22831168x NO PUSHOVER (NZ) M 4 Craig Ritchie 18 54kg 72
19 2211x2120x ROYAL TUDOR G 4 Rodney Ollerton 19 54kg 71
20 111 ECHO EFFECT G 3 Kristen Buchanan 20 54kg 67


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