Queensland Derby 3YOs Top Gunsynd Classic 2017 Nominations

A line-up of potential 2017 Queensland Derby-bound three-year-olds make up the Gunsynd Classic nominations for one of the two feature races at Eagle Farm Racecourse this weekend in Brisbane.

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Dual Group 1 winner Prized Icon headlines the 2017 Gunsynd Classic nominations in Brisbane this Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The $125,000 Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1600m) attracted a bumper 19 early entries for the set weights mile feature on Victory Stakes Day this Saturday.

Many of the likely Gunsynd Classic betting favourites are eyeing a return to the track during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival including a possible grand final on June 10 in the $600,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m).

The highest rated of the Gunsynd Classic nominees this season is the James Cummings-trained VRC Derby winner Prized Icon.

The dual Group 1 winning More Than Ready colt hasn’t won a race since the Derby at Flemington last October, but was runner-up in the Australian Guineas over the mile this March.

His latest run saw him finish a mid-field seventh to the Kiwi raider Jon Snow in the Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) on April 1 with the Gunsynd to be his first Queensland run if accepted for the Group 3.

Also high up the ratings but coming off a string of wins in the sunshine state is John Zielke’s Toowoomba-trained gelding Dreams Aplenty.

He saluted at Eagle Farm (1400m) and Doomben (1350m) in March before heading home to take out the Toowoomba Guineas (1625m) last start on April 8 in a dominant all-the-way performance.

After Saturday, Zielke has targets including the $350,000 Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) or possibly even the $1.5 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) over the Queensland Derby on the radar for Dreams Aplenty.

Also out to extend a winning streak is the local Steven O’Dea-trained Choisir gelding Let Me Say This.

The up-and-coming stayer saluted over 2000m in the mud at Doomben on March 25, the former Rockhampton-raced youngster earning his first black-type assignment back down over the mile in the Gunsynd Classic.

Two potential Queensland Oaks-bound fillies are nominated to take on the colts and geldings this weekend with Trevor Whittington’s Elusive Affair from the Gold Coast and the far better performed Candika.

Also prepared by Eagle Farm horseman O’Dea, the daughter of Sebring raced last Saturday at Doomben winning the Listed Princess Stakes (1600m) as the odds-on favourite by over three lengths.

She could get the chance to enjoy another stakes victory on the short back-up in Group 3 company for the first time since her fifth to Winning Rupert in the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1300m) on New Year’s Eve.

Sunshine Coast trainer Stuart Kendrick has thrown in a nomination for his progressive Written Tycoon colt Spring Tycoon who comes off a second to Dreams Aplenty in the Toowoomba Guineas.

The Gunsynd Classic 2017 field and barriers are out on Wednesday followed by markets at Ladbrokes.com.au – home of the best Brisbane Group 1 racing odds this winter.

2017 Gunsynd Classic Nominations

Eagle Farm Racecourse – 29/04/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 3351×62027 PRIZED ICON C 3 James Cummings 1 57kg 107
2 8×25841131 CANDIKA F 3 Steven O’dea 2 55kg 87
3 425x0x2111 DREAMS APLENTY G 3 John Zielke 3 57kg 83
4 7221218×30 BALBOA ROCKS G 3 Darryl Hansen 4 57kg 68
5 9x151x4822 SPRING TYCOON C 3 Stuart Kendrick 5 57kg 71.5
6 32828×6446 VIOLATE C 3 Brent Stanley 6 57kg 69
7 21x252L011 LET ME SAY THIS G 3 Steven O’dea 7 57kg 63
8 3112×7 REALING G 3 Matthew Dunn 8 57kg 68
9 x24122x234 KUBIS G 3 Robert Heathcote 9 57kg 67
10 x333212x15 ATOUCHMORE G 3 Matt Kropp 10 57kg 65
11 05x67716x1 HUNDRED G 3 Brett Lunney 11 57kg 63
12 41644221×0 MOLA RAM G 3 Barry Baldwin 12 57kg 65
13 422×13 SHADOW VISION G 3 Kurt Goldman 13 57kg 61
14 216 ONLY CHOICE (NZ) G 3 Kurt Goldman 14 57kg 60
15 4213×5 ORDER AGAIN (NZ) G 3 Brian Smith 15 57kg 64
16 25x7269x21 SICARIO G 3 Natalie Mccall 16 57kg 62
17 5×215 FAVOURITE UNCLE G 3 Kurt Goldman 17 57kg 60
18 x745009x86 ELUSIVE AFFAIR F 3 Trevor Whittington 18 55kg 55
19 7×64557 KUNMING G 3 Gary Moore 19 57kg

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