Inglis Classic nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 Inglis Classic. The Inglis Classic will be run on Saturday 6th February at Randwick racecourse.

Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 CAN’T FIND SNIPPY F 2 Bede Murray
2 CAPANNELLO C 2 Robbie Griffiths
3 CHIMBORAA C 2 David Payne
4 CHINA PLATE C 2 Michael Costa
5 COGLIERE C 2 Marc Quinn
6 CROWN HIM G 2 Anthony Cummings
7 DEODARA F 2 Gerald Ryan
8 DREAM FAITH F 2 Gregory Hickman
9 ENGAGING G 2 Gary Nickson
10 FLASH FIBIAN G 2 Bede Murray
11 KAPTIVE HERO C 2 Robbie Griffiths
12 MADDISON AVENUE F 2 Marc Conners
13 MAN TO LOVE C 2 Louis Baudron
14 MRS ED MISSES ED F 2 Brett Cavanough
15 OUR BELISA F 2 John P Thompson
16 QUIET ORDER C 2 Robbie Griffiths
17 RAFHA’S CHOICE C 2 Bede Murray
18 RAMPAGE C 2 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
19 SOVIET SECRET F 2 Sam Pritchard-Gordon
20 TWIST TOPS F 2 Kris Lees
21 WALK RIGHT IN C 2 Paul Perry
22 WONDERFUL STORY C 2 Chris Waller


Grand Proposal has the distinction of winning the inaugural Highway Handicap and will be out to claim another as her lead-up to the Country Championships.

The Neville Layt-trained mare is one of 28 nominations for Saturday’s 1200m-race at Randwick restricted to country horses.

After her win on October 17, Grand Proposal was unplaced in a benchmark race before running third and second in two more Highway races.

“She has had a nice let-up and is absolutely flying,” the Queanbeyan-based Layt said.

“After this she will run in the Country Championship heat at Goulburn two weeks later and hopefully get into the final.

“It’s exciting for country trainers to have these races.”

Layt’s biggest problem will arise if Grand Proposal wins both her next two starts.

“If she should happen to win both we will have to sit on the fence until the Country Championship final in April because she will be a class five horse by then and you can’t be higher than that,” he said.

Premier Sydney apprentice Winona Costin, who rode Grand Proposal to win in October and was aboard when she ran third the following month will be reunited with the mare.

“Winona’s 1-1/2 kilo claim will help her because she will be among the top weights,” Layt said.

Among her opposition is the Greg Bennett-trained Invienna who finished second to Grand Proposal when they met at Randwick.

Trainers from the south-east of NSW have an enviable record in the Highway Handicaps with Layt saying one of the reasons could simply be the highway.

“It’s pretty easy for us to travel and might not be for others from the north coast and places like that,” he said.

“We don’t have any mountains or turns. It’s a good highway to travel.”

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