Group 3 star handed 61kg for Wangaratta Cup assault

GROUP 3 winner Mourinho heads the weights for Sunday’s Wangaratta Cup (1590 metres).

The Peter Gelagotis-trained stayer has been given 61 kilograms in the $80,000 feature.

Mourinho has been given one kilogram more than stablemate Hvasstan, who was a winner at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day.

Peter Moody’s Ancient King has 58 kilograms alongside the Michael Moroney-trained Sabrage.

Reparations, Commanding Time and Morant are the only other runners weighted above the minimum 54 kilograms.

A total of 277 nominations were received for the eight-race card, including 35 for Wangaratta’s premier race and 40 in the inaugural $70,000 R.J Hoysted Memorial VOBIS Gold Eldorado (1300m).

Ballarat trainer Darren Weir’s star three-year-old colt Trust In A Gust headlines nominations for the Eldorado, a race that forms part of the lucrative VOBIS Gold premier race series.

The son of Keep The Faith will chase his fourth successive win in the series and look to take his career prizemoney beyond $500,000 following wins at Moonee Valley, Caulfield and Ballarat this season.

“He’s had a little freshen up at the Warrnambool stable since his win in the VOBIS Gold Star at Moonee Valley,” Weir said.

“He’s been a great money spinner for connections and with the VOBIS Gold series I have scheduled his campaign around these races.

“Trust in a Gust is probably the banner horse in this regard and I’d be happy to train a barn full like him.”

Last-start Morphett- ville winner Resistant, consistent Lindsay Park gelding Churchill Dancer and unbeaten Colin Little-trained filly Soosa Rama also feature prominently among the nominations for the race, which is only open to VOBIS Gold-nominated horses.

The fields for Sunday’s meeting will be finalised at 10am today.

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