2015 Brisbane Cup Nominations: Three For Waller

June 1st, 2015

The season’s leading trainer Chris Waller is gearing up for another big weekend in Brisbane on Saturday for Stradbroke Handicap Day including in the Brisbane Cup 2015 where he has three nominees.

Moriarty

Moriarty is one of three chances for Sydney’s Chris Waller in the 2015 Brisbane Cup nominations for Doomben Racecourse on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

A total of 20 stayers make up the nominations for the $300,000 Group 2 Evergreen Turf Brisbane Cup (2200m) this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, including three from the Sydney stables of Waller who celebrated his 13th Group 1 win of the season last weekend with Winx taking out the Queensland Oaks.

Also held last Saturday at Doomben Racecourse, where the action returns this weekend, was the Eagle Farm Cup where Waller’s defending champion Moriarty ran second behind the three-year-old Kiwi winner Werther.

Moriarty is one of Waller’s three Brisbane Cup nominees for this weekend also, the seven-year-old Clodovil gelding having run fourth to Gai Waterhouse’s French import Pornichet the run before the Eagle Farm Cup.

If accepted he’ll be on the short back-up on Saturday but still a livewire hope based on his consistent form of late in the same class of races at Doomben.

Waller’s other best hope of Brisbane Cup success this winter is fellow seven-year-old Index Linked, the son of Dansili scratched out from the Eagle Farm Cup field last Saturday but chasing back-to-back wins after success in the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) at the Sunshine Coast on May 16.

Stablemate Vilanova joins the two top cup performers, the four-year-old son of Commands after his first win since the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at the same track and distance over 12 months ago.

Floria won the Brisbane Cup last year for Peter Moody who returns in 2015 with another shot saddling-up Authrozied three-year-old Inauguration, the youngster out to atone for a 14th behind stablemate Upham in this year’s Grand Prix Stakes from May 23.

A host of other hopefuls come off better lead-up runs including the top fancied mare in the mix Epingle for Michael Kent.

The veteran Pins seven-year-old won the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2200m) at the Gold Coast on April 25 before a Doomben Cup ninth and then improved third only last weekend behind Werther in the Eagle Farm Cup.

Escado also has form around Waller’s Index Linked leading into Saturday’s possible rematch, the Casino Prince five-year-old improving on a Doomben Cup 12th to finish a nose away second in the Caloundra Cup over the mile and a half.

Other in-form Brisbane Cup nominees include Brian Smith’s Jetset Lad, Landlocked who own four on the trot before a last start second, Nigel Blackiston’s mare Let’s Make Adeal who comes off a black type win in Adelaide from mid-May and the Joe Pride-trained Sense Of Occasion who on the Listed WJ McKell Cup (2400m) on a Heavy (9) Randwick track from May 23.

The official 2015 Brisbane Cup final field, barriers, jockeys and weights are out later in the week so stay tuned.

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2015 Brisbane Cup Nominations

Doomben Racecourse – Saturday, June 6

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 088500×731 BANKSTERS BONUS (IRE) G 7 John Sargent
2 9304×64149 DENONINATOR G 4 John Symons & Sheila Laxon
3 x4442x0193 EPINGLE (NZ) M 7 Michael Kent
4 65×4752002 ESCADO G 5 Matt Laurie 97
5 x2141x3950 INAUGURATION G 3 Peter G Moody 70
6 8981110521 INDEX LINKED (GB) G 7 Chris Waller
7 11400×4083 JETSET LAD (NZ) G 7 Brian Smith 94
8 31×8411112 LANDLOCKED (NZ) G 8 Joe Cleary 96
9 9600357×21 LET’S MAKE ADEAL M 5 Nigel Blackiston
10 5474581334 LUCCIOLA (IRE) M 6 David & Coral Feek
11 7335×34117 MAJOR MAJOR G 6 Bryce Heys
12 10831×8042 MORIARTY (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller
13 x244421606 NO TRICKS (NZ) F 3 Wayne Walters 78
14 1113×31230 SELF SENSE G 4 David Brideoake
15 x8036x1221 SENSE OF OCCASION G 4 Joseph Pride
16 x6190x1242 SPUR ON GOLD G 3 Pat Carey
17 08412530×9 SURPASS (NZ) G 6 Michael Moroney 95
18 683999×076 VILANOVA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 95
19 212×043328 VOLKHERE G 6 Robert Heathcote 92
20 7171903530 WHATALOVELYDAY F 3 Jon Walk 73