Triple Honour amongst 189 Doncaster Mile nominees
Reining Doncaster winner Triple Honour and Australian champion Weekend Hussler are among 189 nominations for the $2 million Doncaster Mile in 2009.
Gai Waterhouse, who has trained six Doncaster winners, has entered 13 horses including Group One winners Theseo, Sebring, Northern Meteor and Tuesday Joy.
David Hayes has bettered Waterhouse with 14 nominations including 2007 Victoria Derby winner Kibbutz, Largo Lad and three-year-old Von Costa De Hero, runner-up to Sebring in the 2008 Golden Slipper.
French horse Angelo Minny, winner of a 2400m Listed race in his home country, has also been nominated by Andre Fabre.
As expected, New Zealander Mufhasa, winner of Saturday’s Group One Telegraph Handicap, has been entered but Kiwi filly Il Quello Veloce is missing from the nominations.
Mufhasa is trained by Stephen McKee who won two Doncasters with the great Sunline as his father Trevor’s training partner.
Vosne Romanee, second to Mufhasa in the Group Two Coupland’s Mile in November, has also been entered from New Zealand along with Sir Slick.
Randwick trainer Grahame Begg is looking to stable star All Silent to step up again in the autumn following his Emirates Stakes victory at the Melbourne Cup carnival.
All Silent is a half-brother to grand mare Private Steer, winner of the 2004 Doncaster.
He is well into his preparation and will begin his campaign in the Group Three Liverpool City Cup (1300m) on March 7.
Weights for the Doncaster will be declared on March 2