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Sydney’s champion trainer Chris Waller has eight horses among the nominations for the 2018 Group 1 $650,000 Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup (2000m) at Doomben on May 19.
Thirty-six horses has been nominated for the Doomben Cup with Waller dominating with numbers with his eight, Alward, Comin’ Through, Egg Tart, Higher Ground, Life Less Ordinary, One Foot In Heaven, Satono Rasen and Tom Melbourne.
Five of those Waller trained gallopers are set to kick off their Queensland Winter Carnival campaign at the Gold Coast on Saturday with Comin’ Trough, Tom Melbourne, One Foot In Heaven, Satono Rasen and Egg Tart, all listed in the final field for the Group 2 $358,000 Attwood Marshall A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m).
Victoria’s leading trainer Darren Weir also has strong representation in the 2018 Doomben Cup nominations with four entries, Gailo Chop, Raw Impulse, Sixtie’s Groove and Tradesman.
French import Gailo Chop is the pick of the crop and will head to Brisbane with some solid Group 1 form which includes a win in the Group 1 $700,000 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill and second to Winx in the Group 1 $4m Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick during the 2018 Sydney Autumn Carnival.
The James Cummings trained 2017 Doncaster Mile winner It’s Somewhat is set to return to Queensland after winning last year’s A.D. Hollindale Stakes before running ninth to Sense Of Occasion in the 2017 Doomben Cup.
It’s Somewhat hasn’t visited the winner’s stall since his A.D. Hollindale Stakes victory and will head to Queensland following his first up sixth to Trapeze Artist in the Group 1 $600,000 Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 21.
The consistent Ecuador is the only horse from the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable to be nominated for the 2018 Doomben Cup with his recent form producing two seconds in the Group 3 $150,000 Mounties 50th Birthday Doncaster Prelude (1500m) at Rosehill on March 31 and in the Group 3 $200,000 Livamol Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) at Hawkesbury last Saturday.
Nominations for the 2018 Doomben Cup (2000m)
|1||x72586x655||ABBEY MARIE||M||5||Michael Kent|
|2||1x12x21x1x||ALL IN VOGUE (NZ)||M||5||Barry Lockwood|
|3||41124×3226||ALWARD (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller|
|4||4x45x0x928||AMBITIOUS (JPN)||H||6||Anthony Freedman|
|5||82×3131144||BEDFORD (NZ)||G||4||Anthony Freedman|
|6||7x135x08x9||CALDERON (IRE)||G||5||Tony McEvoy|
|7||x1160x3125||COMIN’ THROUGH||G||4||Chris Waller|
|8||x284244246||CONSENSUS (NZ)||M||6||Stephen McKee|
|9||x348248x22||ECUADOR (NZ)||G||8||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|10||11x270x400||EGG TART||M||4||Chris Waller|
|11||150×112142||GAILO CHOP (FR)||G||7||Darren Weir|
|12||4427620×87||GRANDDUKEOFTUSCANY (IRE)||G||7||Matthew Williams|
|13||07034239×6||GREY LION (IRE)||G||6||Matt Cumani|
|14||24131×411||HIGHER GROUND||C||3||Chris Waller|
|15||119x0335x6||IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA)||G||7||James Cummings|
|16||73314×2183||KARAVALI (NZ)||M||4||Kris Lees|
|17||253920×931||LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE)||G||6||Chris Waller|
|18||5x2266x455||MAN OF HIS WORD||G||5||Bruce Hill|
|19||x76430x020||MAURUS (GB)||G||7||John P Thompson|
|20||125x521x84||MISS DUBOIS (NZ)||M||7||Matthew Dunn|
|22||3x72x203x6||ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN (IRE)||R||6||Chris Waller|
|23||10583×2224||OREGON’S DAY||M||4||Mick Price|
|24||3x412x04x0||OUR CENTURY (IRE)||G||7||Kim Waugh|
|26||7x887324x0||RAW IMPULSE (GB)||H||6||Darren Weir|
|27||122212×043||RISING RED (NZ)||G||4||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|28||111x76x211||ROMAN SON||G||4||Richard Freedman|
|29||x20x2x38x9||SATONO RASEN (JPN)||H||6||Chris Waller|
|30||12x41x750x||SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE)||G||5||Darren Weir|
|31||833005×055||SO SI BON||H||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|32||5x610x702x||SONS OF JOHN||G||7||Jason Attard|
|33||226230×258||TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)||G||7||Chris Waller|
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