Trainer Chris Waller weighs options for Canberra’s Super Sunday of racing

Trainer Chris Waller. Photo: Jenny EvansRiva De Lago is one of a number of early nominations leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller is considering for Canberra’s Super Sunday on March 9.

But Thoroughbred Park is in a battle for entries with Warwick Farm’s Chipping Norton Stakes Day as the Sydney autumn carnival heats up.

Riva De Lago won the group 2 Sebring Stakes (1400 metres) at Rosehill last spring and has accumulated more than $500,000 in prizemoney.

The six-year-old son of Encosta De Lago has been nominated for the listed National Sprint (1400m) in Canberra, but the group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) at Warwick Farm is also an option.

Champagne Cath, who finished third in the group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) at the weekend, could run in the listed Canberra Guineas (1400m), while the $200,000 Canberra Cup (2000m) is an option for Prix Vicomtesse Vigier (3110m) winner Brigantin.

Waller’s racing manager Liam Prior said they would have nominations in each of the four feature races – the $275,000 Black Opal Stakes (1200m), the Cup, the Guineas and the Sprint – but wouldn’t finalise them until early next week.

Riva De Lago resumed from a spell last Saturday, finishing seventh to Terravista in the group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) by 4½ lengths.

”Possibly [Riva De Lago], he’s nominated for the Liverpool City Cup as well, so we’ll assess both lots of nominations and work it out from there,” Prior said on Wednesday.

”I’d say a majority of horses would be nominated for both races.

”He’ll be better suited for 1400 [metres] second-up though.

”I think we’ve got four [nominated] in the Guineas, four in the Cup, one in the Sprint, a couple in the two-year-old [Black Opal] and once we assess where each horse is best placed we’ll make decisions on where each of them will run.”

Sam Kavanagh’s Midsummer Sun is an early nomination for the Cup.

The son of Monsun won the Gosford Cup (2100m) in January.

Peter Snowden said Ghibellines, Memorial and Careless would all be nominated for the Black Opal, with the former the most likely to run.

Ghibellines was third to Fighting Sun in the listed Canonbury Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill last start. Wistful, which finished third in the group 3 Summoned Stakes (1600m), was an option for the National Sprint, as was Seaside.

Nominations close on Tuesday.

BLACK OPAL STAKES DAY: At Thoroughbred Park, March 9. Tickets available at Ticketek, gates open at 11.30am.

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