By TONY WHITE
CHAMPION Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse has booked jockey Danny Beasley to partner Roadagain in next Wednesday's $125,000 Qantaslink Ramornie Hcp (1200m).
The classy three-year-old was among a massive 40 nominations for the Listed Ramornie when entries closed yesterday.
A total of 27 nominations were received for the other feature July Carnival event, the $175,000 XXXX Gold Grafton Cup (2400m) run on Thursday, July 14.
Clarence River Jockey Club CEO Dale Thompson said he was delighted both with the number and quality of entries for the two major races.
"The Ramornie in particular looks like being a great race," Thompson said. "And the Cup has attracted the best stayers available."
Almost certainly there will be a ballot for the Ramornie.
Other Ramornie entries of note and jockey bookings include Bruce McLachlan's Mastermind (Chris Munce), Poetic Papal (Zac Purton), last start conqueror of last year's Ramornie winner Takeover Target, the Tim Martin-trained Words Of Magic (Hugh Bowman), June Stakes winner For Valour, trained by Mitchell Hudson, Gerald Ryan's Galleini, who trialed extra well behind Hong Kong bound class sprinter Spark Of Life at Rosehill this week, recent Sydney winner Rich Megadale, Bold Matador from the Gwenda Markwell stable, Liam Birchley's Sir Mukafast and Show Biz Kid, trained by Ron Macrae.
The Cup contains numerous last start winners including McKell Cup winner Dancing Daggers, Winter Cup winner Verb (Danny Beasley), Caloundra Cup winner Empyreal, Queensland Derby fourth placegetter and last start Sydney winner Stormhill (Chris Munce), Eagle Farm Tattersall's Cup winner Sky Love and Ipswich Cup winner, Forest Jim.
Sandy Shore, trained by Greg Howells, is the only local nomination in the Group Thre event.
The 1600m Sportsman Guineas (July 13) attracted 30 nominations with the Sir James Kirby Hcp (1000m) and Ten Network Plate (1200m), run on Thursday, July 14, 19 noms each.