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Kiwi G1 winner among 2017 Doomben Cup nominations

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Kiwi Group 1 winner Sound Proposition is among the thirty-five nominations for the 2017 Group 1 $650,000 Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup (2000m) at Doomben on May 20.

The Chris Waller trained Preferment, above, is among the nominations for the 2017 Doomben Cup at Doomben. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Chris Waller trained Preferment, above, is among the nominations for the 2017 Doomben Cup at Doomben. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott trained Sound Proposition is coming off a last start fifth in the Group 2 NZ$200,000 Manco Easter Stakes (1600m) on April 22, the same race he won twelve months earlier when it was rated at Group 1 level.

Sound Proposition had to carry 58kg in this year’s Easter Stakes and connections are keen to tackle weight for age in the Doomben Cup.

“It was a very good run and he carried two kilos more than anything that finished in front of him,” O’Sullivan told the New Zealand Racing Desk.

“Through nobody’s fault, he was going backwards between the 800 and 600 when he should have been going forwards so he could have made it interesting with a bit more luck.

“He’s maturing now, he’s always been a very weak racehorse.

“The owners are keen to have a crack at the Doomben Cup first-up.

“It’s probably the toughest one, but if for any reason he didn’t measure up then he can always go back to handicaps.”

Addictive Habit is also a Group 1 winner from across the Tasman with a win in the 2015 Group 1 NZ$250,000 Ormond Memorial (2040m) at Hastings on his record.

The Lee Sommervell trained seven year old has been off the scene for over twelve months and was last seen running eighth in the Group 1 NZ$200,000 Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham in January last year.

Other Group 1 winners to be nominated for the Doomben Cup are the Chris Waller pair of Preferment and Vanbrugh, Doncaster Mile winner It’s Somewhat, 2015 Doomben Cup winner Pornichet, the Nick Olive trained Single Gaze and Lindsay Park’s European import Ventura Storm.

As well as Preferment and Vanbrugh, Waller has also nominated English import Life Less Ordinary and the consistent McCreery for the Doomben Cup.

Pornichet was prepared by Gai Waterhouse when he won the 2015 Doomben Cup but is now trained by Caulfield mentor Ciaron Maher who has also entered the promising Pemberley and six year old Hazzabeel for this year’s Doomben Cup.

Victoria’s leading trainer Darren Weir has four nominations for the Doomben Cup, Amelie’s Star, Articus, Master Of Arts and Star Exhibit.

Eagle Farm trainer Desleigh Forster has nominated Toowoomba Cup winner Cylinder Beach who will be carrying the flag for the locals in the Doomben Cup.

The final acceptances for the Doomben Cup will be taken on Wednesday May 17, 2017.

2017 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 314181458x ADDICTIVE HABIT (NZ) G 7 Lee Somervell
2 x421111x42 AMELIE’S STAR M 5 Darren Weir
3 x31215x0x0 ARTICUS (FR) H 5 Darren Weir
4 7x277x4124 ASTRONOMOS (GB) G 6 John P Thompson
5 740x0080x5 AUVRAY (FR) G 6 Richard Freedman
6 x540417x12 COL ’N’ LIL M 5 Ben Currie
7 213x311x CONSOMMATEUR (NZ) M 4 Michael Kent
8 290×121171 CYLINDER BEACH (NZ) G 4 Desleigh Forster
9 118313×709 EMPHASIS G 4 Richie Stephenson
10 0x6333x676 HAPPY HANNAH M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
11 0x9128x506 HAZZABEEL (NZ) G 6 Ciaron Maher
12 53x4313x11 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 6 John O’Shea
13 046741×090 JESSY BELLE M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
14 2221841×12 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
15 1x4444813x MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) H 5 Darren Weir
16 15159028×3 MAURUS (GB) G 6 John P Thompson
17 51162×1564 MCCREERY (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
18 4x82876x2x MIME (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
19 0x35112411 MORENDI G 4 Darren Graham
20 x7111x6275 NEW TIPPERARY G 4 Joseph Pride
21 30x91130x5 PEMBERLEY (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher
22 849x080x70 PORNICHET (FR) H 6 Ciaron Maher
23 0x4540x60x PREFERMENT (NZ) H 5 Chris Waller
24 0x5474x343 RUDY G 6 Helen Page
25 1454x12x33 SENSE OF OCCASION G 6 Kris Lees
26 145x227x09 SINGING (FR) H 7 Kris Lees
27 2211Fx7031 SINGLE GAZE M 4 Nick Olive
28 05x610x702 SONS OF JOHN G 6 Jason Attard
29 3113x3x1x SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ) G 5 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
30 x4241211x1 STAR EXHIBIT G 5 Darren Weir
31 782×163303 TESTASHADOW G 5 Gary Portelli
32 x421132x33 THE CHAIRMAN G 5 Mick Price
33 142×21831 TOP OF MY LIST M 4 Anthony & Edward Cummings
34 x549169x64 VANBRUGH H 4 Chris Waller
35 x18601121x VENTURA STORM (IRE) H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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