TWO of the nation's biggest stables yesterday confirmed that the Albury Gold Cup was on their radar.
The all-conquering Peter and Paul Snowden stable and the training partnership of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott said they would look to have at least one runner in the $180,000 feature race.
Waterhouse and Bott are set to nominate Canberra Cup runner-up Taikomochi.
Taikomochi tried gamely to run down bold front-runner Samadoubt in the Canberra feature last Sunday.
The five-year-old gelding was second-up after a 10-month spell.
Waterhouse has been trying to win the Albury Cup for over a decade with her best result last year after Supply and Demand finished second behind Willi Willi.
Hippopus also went close with a third placing in 2016 after Queenstown finished fourth the previous year.
Peter Snowden said he would nominate progressive stayer Emperor's Way.
Emperor's Way finished third in last Saturday's Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) taken out by Hiyaam.
"He will be nominated and we will make a decision after we see the entries," Snowden said.
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Emperor's Way should be approaching peak fitness after having four runs back from a spell.
The five-year-old gelding is coming off a career best performance after running third in Listed company.
Snowden has never previously won the Albury Gold Cup.
He first targeted Albury's premier race with Peck in 2013 when the head trainer for Global racing giant Darley.
Peck finished midfield as a $6 chance with Christian Reith aboard.
The top-five placegetters in the Canberra Cup are all expected to be among the entries for the Riverina's richest race.
Samadoubt is the most unlikely of the quintet to race at Albury after accepting for the $350,000 Sky High Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill tomorrow.
Canberra trainer Barbara Joseph confirmed on Tuesday that third-placegetter Almost Court would be a definite starter at Albury.
Joseph has been a long-time supporter of the Albury carnival but success in the feature has so far proved elusive.
A second placing with Goodwood in 1999 is her best result.
Nominations for the Albury Cup close on Monday with weights declared the following day.
The final field will be announced on Wednesday.
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