The Sunshine Coast Turf Club has received a healthy twenty-one nominations for the last ‘two miler’ of the current racing season on Saturday, the Listed $150,000 Pool Pro Queensland Cup (3200m).
The meeting will carry Metropolitan status after it was transferred to the Sunshine Coast after Eagle Farm was shut down for further refurbishment work to be carried out.
My Diamantine and War Baby finished second and third behind Supply And Demand in the Listed $175,000 The Pump House Caloundra Cup (2400m) at the Sunshine Coast on July 1 and are among the nominations for the Queensland Cup.
The Kelvin Hickmott trained War Baby is also an acceptor for the Listed $160,000 McKimms Real Estate Grafton Cup (2350m) at Grafton on Thursday.
War Baby is not far off a feature staying race win and prior to her third in the Caloundra Cup finished third, just ahead of My Diamantine, behind Rudy and More Energy in the Group 3 $200,000 Carlton Mid Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) at Doomben on June 24.
The 2014 Queensland Cup winner Iggy Pop is also among the nominations and proved to be the toughest stayer with a three and half lengths win at its traditional home at Eagle Farm that year.
The Liam Birchley trained Pop ‘N’ Scotch was runner up to Iggy Pop in 2014 and that was the first of his three consecutive Queensland Cup seconds.
Pop ‘N’ Scotch then ran second to Mister Impatience in the 2015 Queensland Cup run at the Sunshine Coast and was also in the runner’s up stall behind the Chris Waller trained Murphy’s Delight last year when it had returned to Eagle Farm.
Waller has two nominations the 2017 Queensland Cup, Richard Of Yorke and Soviet Courage.
Both geldings has been tested over 3200m with Richard Of Yorke finishing second to Plot Twist in the $100,000 Stayers Cup at Randwick on June 10 with Soviet Courage finishing further down the track in fifth place.
Nominations for the 2017 Queensland Cup (3200m)
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||53×0806055||ARALDO JUNIOR (GER)||G||6||Michael Moroney||86|
|2||x760x79540||BACK TO ABILENE||G||9||Robert Lyford||63|
|3||1114×96205||EMERALD CITY||G||6||David Vandyke||88|
|5||1557561202||I FEEL GOOD||G||8||John Symons & Sheila Laxon||71|
|6||63324×0806||IGGI POP (NZ)||G||8||Peter Robl||87.5|
|8||x643393675||KOBI CREEK||G||6||Stuart Kendrick||59|
|10||6179×90154||MCGILL (NZ)||G||5||Maryann Brosnan||55|
|11||52×9525540||MONT DE LOIR||M||6||Lindsay Gough||56|
|12||22×0250942||MY DIAMANTINE (NZ)||M||6||Brian Smith||85|
|15||x7458380x8||POP ’N’ SCOTCH||G||6||Liam Birchley||76.5|
|18||4321216628||RICHARD OF YORKE (GB)||G||5||Chris Waller||80|
|19||04120×9555||SHEZ EKTRAORDINARY (NZ)||M||5||Richard Laming||58|
|20||1583×50354||SOVIET COURAGE (IRE)||G||6||Chris Waller||87|
|21||2034183133||WAR BABY||M||5||Kelvin Hickmott||80|