Thexton duo for Rousillon
By GRAHAME TIMBRELL
QUEENSLAND trainer Maryann Thexton has nominated two of the stars of her team for the $20,000 Sky Channel Gold Rousillon Hcp (1400m) at Lismore on Sunday.
The consistent Omnitrader and Warrior Trader, which will be resuming from a spell, are among a number of early entries for the race.
Omnitrader started second favourite in the Leanne Crook Memorial (1200m) at the Sunshine Coast last Sunday but finished only fifth. Prior to that he had scored a strong win over the same distance on the same track.
In fact, Omnitrader has been in great form this preparation, winning three races and running another three placings.
Warrior Trader was placed once at Doomben and once at the Gold Coast in his last preparation before being sent for a spell.
He resumed with an eighth at Doomben in July but was sent back to the paddock again before running a close second to Canadian Time in a trial at Eagle Farm last Tuesday.
Among the other early nominations are the Kevin Nipperess-trained Good Timing, which won the Ballina Newmarket last Thursday, and the John Shelton-trained Sircolo, a winner at Eagle Farm two starts back and fifth to Good Timing last Thursday.
Nominations for Sunday's meeting close this morning.
The Rousillon is the first feature race of Lismore's two-day Spring Cup Carnival, culminating in the running of the $40,000 XXXX Gold Lismore Cup meeting on Thursday, September 22.
Nominations for the Cup meeting close on Friday morning.