Christmas Cup nominations – 2015

View the nominations for the 2015 Christmas Cup. The Christmas Cup will be run on Saturday 12th December at Royal Randwick racecourse.

1 BRING LUCK G 4 Amanda Turner & Mauro Poletti
3 CYRUS ROCKS G 3 Gai Waterhouse
4 IMPERIAL LASS (NZ) M 4 Peter G Moody
6 JIAYUGUAN (IRE) M 5 John P Thompson
8 MAJOR MAJOR G 7 Jim Litt
9 PLANET PURPLE G 9 Kerry Parker
10 QUICK STRIKE G 4 Chris Waller
11 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) G 7 David Vandyke
12 VILANOVA (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller
13 ZATOPAZ (NZ) G 4 Bjorn Baker


While Gerald Ryan contemplates opening a satellite stable in Melbourne, the trainer’s immediate focus is on racing north of the Victorian border.

“There is no decision on Melbourne. I’m thinking about, that’s all,” Ryan said.

“If it does happen it won’t be until at least February.

“Right now I’m concentrating on Sydney and the horses that might go to Queensland.”

One of those earmarked for the rich Magic Millions day at the Gold Coast on January 9 is King’s Troop who runs in a barrier trial at Rosehill on Tuesday.

The colt, runner-up twice in the winter to subsequent Group One winner Japonisme, will be aimed at the Magic Millions Sprint.

Newcomer Canny Rocket is also among those from the stable running in the trials in a bid to gain a start in Saturday’s $500,000 Inglis Nursery at Randwick.

“He is a really nice colt by Smart Missile and is a half brother to I Am Invincible,” Ryan said.

“I’m hoping he can perform well in the trial and go to the Inglis Nursery.”

The stable has lost its leading Magic Millions Classic hope, Regimental Force, who will spend the next six to eight weeks in the paddock after suffering a hairline fracture in his near foreleg during his debut third at Randwick on Saturday.

“He must have kicked himself,” Ryan said.

“It’s not too serious. You can’t see it on all the angles of the X-ray so hopefully it won’t take too long to mend.”

Ryan is likely to rely on Red Excitement in Saturday’s Group Two Villiers Stakes (1600m) with stablemate Peace Force to head to Doomben for the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m).

“She looks more suited to the shorter race so she will go to Brisbane with Tye Angland to ride,” he said.

“Also she is owned by the same people so we’d like to split them up.

“Red Excitement has made improvement from his last start and I expect him to go well.”

Peace Force finished third in the Festival Stakes in which Red Excitement was fifth.

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