This Saturday the Royal Randwick racecourse is set to host the final meeting of the coveted Sydney autumn carnival, Sydney Cup Day, featuring an elite line-up of races including the $350,000 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
Fourteen weight-for-age stars have been nominated for the 2010 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, but with a number of the top rated runners nominated for multiple Group 1 races at the meeting, the final field is likely to be under capacity as connections of the horses decide which race will best suit their gallopers.
One such nominee is the Nigel Blackiston-trained Littorio. The five-year-old gelding is fresh off their maiden Group 1 victory in the coveted The BMW (2400m) and has also been nominated for the scheduled highlight on Saturday, the $400,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m).
Leading Rosehill-based trainer Chris Waller has three of his stable stars nominated for the 2010 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, headlined by last start Doncaster Mile winner Rangirangdoo.
The brilliant Kiwi-bred Pentire gelding impressed many with his close victory last Saturday, with Waller also nominating Rangirangdoo for the shorter-distanced $300,000 Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) this weekend but is in favour of running him in the Queen Elizabeth if he pulls up well throughout the week.
If he starts, Rangirangdoo will be ridden by the in-form Nash Rawiller who was aboard him for his Doncaster Mile win.
Rawiller, stable jockey to Gai Waterhouse, would have been obliged to ride Theseo this Saturday if Waterhouse had nominated the dual Group 1 winner. But, Waterhouse has instead opted to give Theseo a well deserved spell freeing Rawiller up to attempt back-to-back Group 1 wins aboard Rangirangdoo.
Two of Waller’s other stablemates Danleigh and Triple Honour, also coming off runs in the Doncaster Mile, have both been nominated for the Queen Elizabeth and the All Aged as well.
Danleigh is more than likely starting in the All Aged Stakes, where Waller has again engaged the services of Rawiller.
If Rangirangdoo is accepted into the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, he will face off against the horse that ran second to him in the Doncaster, the Anthony Cummings-trained Road To Rock.
Road To Rock was defeated by just a half-neck by Rangirangdoo last Saturday and will be looking to seek revenge.
Cummings also has his long-shot Danehill Dancer mare Prima Nova nominated for the Queen Elizabeth, but has entered her in the lower status $150,000 Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1600m) as well where she would face only other fillies and mares.
The David Hayes-trained Growl and AJC Derby third placegetter Monaco Consul are another two runners who will start in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes if they cannot gain an acceptance into the Sydney Cup on Saturday.
The final field of acceptances for the 2010 Queen Elizabeth Stakes will be announced later in the week and published here.
2010 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Nominations
VOSNE ROMANEE (NZ)
DOCTOR FREMANTLE (GB)
ROAD TO ROCK
GET UP JUDE
TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ)
VISION AND POWER (NZ)
PALACIO DE CRISTAL
MONACO CONSUL (NZ)