Leading trainers Chris Waller and Gai Waterhouse dominate the nominations for Friday’s Listed $150,000 Carlton Mid Wyong Gold Cup (2100m).
Waller has nominated five horses headed by Winter Cup winner Secessio while Waterhouse has nominated four horses including Grafton cup winner Queenstown and her lightly raced imported English stayer Michelangelo, which finished third in the Group One English St Leger at Doncaster two years ago.
Twenty one nominations have been received for the cup while a record 29 nominations have been received for the Listed $100,000 Arrowfield Stud Mona Lisa (1350m) for fillies and mares.
Trainers obviously see the Wyong cup as a valuable stepping stone to the Sydney spring carnival with 17 of the horses nominated also nominated for the Group One The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on Saturday, October 4 while the Joe Pride trained Canny Ballad and the Waterhouse trained Laidback Larry are nominated for the Group One Epsom as well as the Metropolitan.
The in form Pride has also nominated Destiny’s Kiss for the cup but will not have a runner in the Mona Lisa.
Wyong’s cup hopes will rest with the Kristen Buchanan trained Lucky Liaison, a fighting second in the Taree cup last month.
Kevin Moses did not nominate the Wyong Cup Prelude winner Plutorius, as originally intended, but he does have a strong hand in the Mona Lisa with My Sabeel, the winner of the Group Three Toy Show at Randwick.
Anthony Cummings has targeted the Mona Lisa by nominating four horses headed by last year’s Magic Night winner Scandiva which also finished second in the Sires Produce behind Guelph beaten less than a length.
The other horses he has nominated are Miss Promiscuity, Vergara and Wordplay.
Kris Lees is also likely to have a strong hand nominating Express Power, Gold Epona and Sweet Talkin Woman.
Nominations for the $35,000 Da Vinci (1300m), a Benchmark 65 for three year olds, have been extended to 11am tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.