Nominations have been released for the Group 1 The Metropolitan, which is due to run at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday October 6, 2012.
A total of 97 nominations were taken for the 2012 The Metropolitan, including last year’s winner The Verminator.
The Verminator won last year’s The Metropolitan before an attempt at Mackinnon Stakes glory and a 13th placing in the Melbourne Cup.
The six-year-old gelding began his spring racing campaign in a $85,000 handicap at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on August 18, 2012, and will continue his preparation in the Premier’s Cup this weekend.
The Verminator has won seven of his 31 race starts and has earned more than $580,000 in prize money.
Trainer Chris Waller is hoping five-year-old up and comer Kelinni can prove himself up to The Vermiator’s standard in the 2012 The Metropolitan.
Kelinni was nominated for the race after placing in the top two for all of his four starts this preparation.
“Kelinni reminds me of a horse like The Verminator,” Waller said.
“But whether he is ready for a race like the Metropolitan remains to be seen.” Doncaster.
The Refuse To Bend gelding has won six of his 14 race starts and has earned close to $200,000 in prize money.
Waller has also nominated Rangirangdoo for the 2012 The Metropolitan.
Rangirangdoo, who was also nominated for the 2012 Epsom Handicap on the same day, will be looking to add to his two existing Group 1 titles.
“I think this spring might be the time to try him over the longer trip,” Waller said of Rangirangdoo.
“He will be nominated for both the Epsom and the Metropolitan.
Anudjawun, Efficient, Lamasery and Maluckyday are also included in the 2012 The Metropolitan Nominations.
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2012 The Metropolitan Nominations
|1||ABOVE (IRE)||Robert Hickmott|
|2||AD VICTORIAM||Neville & Christopher Voigt|
|3||ALIYANA TILDE||Kerry Parker|
|4||ALL OUT WAR (IRE)||Michael Moroney|
|5||ANUDJAWUN (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer|
|6||AULD BURNS (GB)||David Hayes|
|7||BRAVE THE WAY||Anthony Cummings|
|8||BUDAI (GER)||David Hayes|
|9||BUXTED (IRE)||Sam Pritchard-Gordon|
|10||CLASS IS CLASS (IRE)||Chris Waller|
|12||CRAFTY IRNA||Ron Quinton|
|13||CUBAN SUNDAY||Pat Carey|
|14||DANCE WITH HER||David Brideoake & David Feek|
|15||DIAMOND HUNTER (NZ)||Bart Cummings|
|16||DOWAGER QUEEN (NZ)||Lee Freedman & Graeme Rogerson|
|18||DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE)||Michael Moroney|
|19||EFFICIENT (NZ)||Robert Hickmott|
|20||EMERITUS (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|
|21||ERUPTIOUS (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|22||EXCLUDED (NZ)||Robert Hickmott|
|24||FICTIONAL ACCOUNT (IRE)||David Hayes|
|25||FIUMICINO (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|26||FRUEHLING (IRE)||Anthony Freedman|
|27||GARUD (IRE)||Michael Moroney|
|28||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse|
|29||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott|
|30||GUNS AT FIVE (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|31||HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|32||I’M JAKE (NZ)||David Brideoake & David Feek|
|33||INNOCENT LADY (NZ)||Robert Smerdon|
|34||JULIENAS (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse|
|35||KEITH’S LEGACY (NZ)||David Vandyke|
|36||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller|
|37||KING DIAMOND||Peter G Moody|
|39||LE ROI (GER)||Tony McEvoy|
|40||LEICA LARRIKIN||David Hayes|
|41||LESS IS MORE (FR)||David Vandyke|
|42||LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|43||MALUCKYDAY (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|44||MANY STARS (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|
|46||MARKSMANSHIP (IRE)||Robert Hickmott|
|47||MASTER OF DARKNESS||Guy Walter|
|48||MAULES CREEK||John P Thompson|
|49||MAYTHEHORSEBEMAGIC (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|50||MIDAS TOUCH (GB)||Robert Hickmott|
|51||MISS WITH ATTITUDE||Mick Price|
|52||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott|
|53||MUIRFIELD (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|54||MY CHICHARITA (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|56||NIWOT||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|57||NORDIC DUKE (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|58||O’REILLY’S PRIZE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|59||PEAL OF BELLS||Gwenda Markwell|
|60||PERMIT (GB)||Chris Waller|
|61||PLANET PURPLE||Kerry Parker|
|62||POLISH KNIGHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|63||PRAECIDO (NZ)||David Payne|
|65||RACING HEART||Robert Heathcote|
|66||RANGIRANGDOO (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|67||RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|68||REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|71||SAINT DESIR (GB)||Tony McEvoy|
|72||SAINT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson|
|73||SEA GALLEON||Colin & Cindy Alderson|
|74||SEVILLE (GER)||Robert Hickmott|
|75||SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|77||STOUT HEARTED (USA)||Chris Waller|
|78||STRAWBERRY BOY||Gai Waterhouse|
|79||SYSMO (FR)||Tony McEvoy|
|81||THE GREAT SNOWMAN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|82||THE VERMINATOR||Chris Waller|
|83||THUBIAAN (USA)||Chris Waller|
|84||THY (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|85||TOHUNGA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|86||TULLAMORE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|87||UNCHAIN MY HEART||David Hayes|
|88||UNDER THE SUN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|89||UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA)||Michael Kent|
|90||VAL CHAMP (ARG)||Anthony Freedman|
|91||WALL STREET (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|92||WATERFORD HILL||Leon Corstens|
|93||WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|94||YOU THINK SO (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|96||ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ)||Leon Corstens|
|97||ZAMERIT (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|