2016 Christmas Cup Nominations Released

December 12, 2016

2016 Christmas Cup Nominations Released

Fifteen stayers are in line to chase black type success at Royal Randwick on Saturday, following today’s release of 2016 Listed Christmas Cup nominations.

Beyond Thankful is one of three for Chris Waller in 2016 Christmas Cup nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Beyond Thankful is one of three for Chris Waller in 2016 Christmas Cup nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller is set to be well represented in the mile-and-a-half classic, after including all of Beyond Thankful, Index Linked and Soviet Courage in 2016 Christmas Cup nominations.

A three-start preparation has so-far delivered a spattering of results for Beyond Thankful, who was last seen running on for second behind Malice in the Listed ATC Cup (2000m) on December 3rd.

Resuming for seventh in the Listed Ladies Day Vase (1400m) on November 3rd, the Whipper gelding ran eighth in the Topaz Handicap (1900m) in his only other start prior to the ATC Cup and will relish a step up to 2400m on Saturday.

Eight-year-old Index Linked wound back the clock through a smart winter preparation this year, but is yet to finish better than seventh through three starts this time in.

Running eighth in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) at Doomben on May 28th, the Dansili gelding placed fifth in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) before returning to winning form in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) most notably on June 25th.

Soviet Courage arguably poses Waller’s best chance of success in the Christmas Cup this year, but an ideal barrier draw could prove pivotal for the six-year-old.

Failing to beat a single runner home in the Girvan Waugh BM78 (2400m) on November 1st, the Dutch Art gelding progressed to third in the Cosmedic Central BM81 (2400m) before returning to winning form in the Sire Custodians BM84 (2400m) on November 26th.

Interestingly, only two other runners will carry winning form into the Christmas Cup; Bianajeuney and the Joe Pride-trained My Psychiatrist.

Breaking through for a maiden race win in the Tycass Pty Ltd Plate (2050m) on November 11th, Bianajeuney failed to produce much in the No Fuss Event Hire BM70 (2400m) on November 30th, but stormed home to win the Bet 365 BM64 (2000m) on December 8th.

Placing fifth in the Richmond Club T McCabe Memorial Plate (1500m) on November 3rd, My Psychiatrist ran third in the Australian Turf Club BM67 (1600m) before comfortably winning the ATC Members Christmas BM77 (2000m) on December 10th.

The 2016 Christmas Cup field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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2016 Christmas Cup Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x990111402 ANTON EN AVANT G 7 Stephen Lee 83
2 854865×782 BEYOND THANKFUL (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 99
3 346×532181 BIANAJEUNEY M 4 Saab Hasan 62
4 2246x5x502 DANJEU (IRE) G 6 John P Thompson 83
5 0x46832249 DER MEISTER (IRE) G 6 Paul Perry 65
6 45737×3874 DESTINY’S KISS G 8 Joseph Pride 97
7 22296×2633 IGGI POP (NZ) G 8 Peter Robl 90
8 585178×007 INDEX LINKED (GB) G 9 Chris Waller 102
9 19125×6795 LORD VAN PERCY (GB) G 7 Darren Weir 94
10 191×7531 MY PSYCHIATRIST M 4 Joseph Pride 71
11 65721×3920 NOT A GYPSY G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 73
12 588092×745 POP ’N’ SCOTCH G 6 Liam Birchley 72
13 02846×2242 PUCCINI (NZ) H 6 Wayne Walters 100
14 853×854731 SOVIET COURAGE (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 83
15 326559×033 SPANISH STRIDE G 4 Amanda Turner & Mauro Poletti 65

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