California Turbo among 2018 Gunsynd Classic Nominations

April 23, 2018

California Turbo among 2018 Gunsynd Classic Nominations

Queensland Derby hopeful California Turbo is among the twenty-two nominations for the Group 3 $125,000 2018 Gunsynd Classic (1630m) at Doomben on Saturday.

California Turbo, above in yellow and red colours, is among the nominations for the Gunsynd Classic at Doomben. Photo by Steve Hart.

California Turbo, above in yellow and red colours, is among the nominations for the Gunsynd Classic at Doomben. Photo by Steve Hart.

California Turbo is coming off a last start win in the Listed $150,000 The Agency South Pacific Classic (1400m) at Randwick on April 14 and co-trainer Peter Snowden said the Fastnet Rock three year old will be set for the Group 1 $600,000 Channel Seven Queensland Derby (2200m) at Doomben on June 9.

“He’s a Fastnet Rock gelding who has just taken a little bit of time to know his craft,” Snowden told AAP.

“He’s going to stay, there’s no doubt about that, and all this preparation has been aimed towards the Derby in Brisbane.

“He had a soft kill at the provincials first-up, knowing the horse had a lot of improvement fitness-wise to come through that.”

Dark Dream from the stables of Kembla Grange trainer Kerry Parker, finished second to California Turbo in the South Pacific Classic and is also an entry in the Gunsynd Classic.

The Ben Currie trained Hang is also among the nominations for the Gunsynd Classic and has worked his way up through the classes with five wins from his last six starts.

Hang will be stepping up to Group 3 level following his impressive last start win in the $75,000 Toowoomba Guineas (1625m) on his home track at Toowoomba on April 7.

The Toowoomba Guineas placegetters Naked and Zofonic Dancer are also among the nominations for the Gunsynd Classic.

The Barry Lockwood trained Naked is yet to greet the judge but has been placed at six of his nine starts while Robert Heathcote’s Zofonic Dancer is a winning of four of his seven race starts.

Eagle Farm trainer Paul Butterworth was on top of the world during the 2017 Brisbane Winter Carnival when Capital Gain stormed home to win the Group 1 $600,000 BMW J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Doomben but the Ad Valorem three year old has failed to fill a place from six race starts since and heads into the Gunsynd Classic on the back of a last start fourteenth to Levendi in the Group 1 $2m Harrolds Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on April 7.

Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller has nominated three for the Gunsynd Classic, Omineca, Sambro and So You Win.

Other entries from the strong southern stables include the Ciaron Maher trained Villermont and the Anthony Freedman trained Tavistock Abbey.

Nominations for the 2018 Gunsynd Classic (1630m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 1623 ALL HARD WOOD G 3 Richard Laming
2 13×11 CALIFORNIA TURBO G 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
3 251×600900 CAPITAL GAIN G 3 Paul Butterworth
4 1221×22 DARK DREAM G 3 Kerry Parker
5 73×5241214 EPIC RANT G 3 Michael Costa
6 21 EVOLO G 3 Toby Edmonds
7 31×754 GUN BOLT G 3 Bruce Hill
8 36x111x151 HANG G 3 Ben Currie
9 224122×777 HI LIZZY F 3 Tony Gollan
10 34x122x36 LUCKY JACKSON G 3 Chris Munce
11 371×55 MADISON POINT (NZ) G 3 Scott Morrisey
12 2213 MR PLOW G 3 Tracey Bartley
13 x328x62332 NAKED G 3 Barry Lockwood
14 31 OMINECA (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller
15 x723326x28 SAMBRO G 3 Chris Waller
16 0x86115x1 SAWTELL (NZ) G 3 Brett Dodson
17 2x4211x115 SNITZ G 3 Matthew Dunn
18 31×5120 SO YOU WIN G 3 Chris Waller
19 4x77x11 STANLEY PARK G 3 Toby Edmonds
20 20116×0 TAVISTOCK ABBEY (NZ) G 3 Anthony Freedman
21 3141×7494 VILLERMONT C 3 Ciaron Maher
22 11171×33 ZOFONIC DANCER G 3 Robert Heathcote

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