Lower Belford trainer Todd Howlett could have a potential Gunnedah Cup runner in action this weekend.
Howlett will race the in-form Quindelop at Tamworth on Sunday in the 65 benchmark handicap over 1400 metres.
Quindelop was also nominated at Saturday’s meeting at Broadmeadow but Howlett opted to race the four-year-old gelding at the northern inland venue, two weeks out from the May 13 feature at Gunnedah.
“It was much of a muchness really racing at either Tamworth or Broadmeadow,” Howlett said yesterday.
“He will be in the same type of race and we will just see how he goes – the Gunnedah Cup is on a couple of weeks after.”
Quindelop has won five of his 12 career starts and placed in four others, earning $43,900 in prizemoney along the way.
This includes victory in his last three starts during the past three months – Taree over 1412m on April 7, Wyong over 1350m on March 15 and Muswellbrook over 1280m on February 18.
Champion jockey Robert Thompson has been on board for each of these triumphs.
At Broadmeadow on Saturday, Howlett also has Aroused first up in the 900m maiden as well as Silver Cross nominated for the class two handicap over 1850m.
Peter Eggleston of Horseshoe Bend and Morpeth’s Diane Lumsden also have nominations in for Broadmeadow’s eight-race meeting on Saturday.
Eggleston has Ballymorrough, Here De Storm and Hanzoff hoping to run while Lumsden has Rembetica and Silver Shark in line for a race.
Bart Cummings, Gai Waterhouse and recently returned World Cup winning trainer Paul Messara have also nominated at Newcastle Jockey Club this weekend.
Messara, who is based at Arrowfield Training Centre in Scone, won the World Cup in Dubai with Ortensia earlier this month.
Racing will be from noon at Broadmeadow on Saturday.