Craiglea Deken heads the Mackay Cup nominations

Prolific North Queensland winner Craiglea Deken heads up the nominations for the 2017 $75,000 Mackay Cup at (1800m) at Ooralea Race Course in Mackay on Saturday.

Trainer Krystle Johnston, above, has nominated Craiglea Deken for the 2017 Mackay Cup. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Trainer Krystle Johnston, above, has nominated Craiglea Deken for the 2017 Mackay Cup. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Craiglea Deken is the only horse trainer Krystle Johnston has nominated for the Mackay Cup and the four year old will be chasing his seventh straight win if he lines up on Saturday.

Craiglea Deken is a winner of fourteen of his thirty-nine starts with three of them being at the Ooralea Race Course in Mackay including his last start win in H.L. Black Memorial over 1560m on June 15.

The Mackay Cup will be Craiglea Deken’s first test over the 1800m with the furthest distance he has won over being 1609m at Townsville’s Cluden Park.

The Glenda Bell trained Fastnet Flyer and Trinity Bannon’s Old Smoley finished second and third behind Craiglea Deken at Ooralea Race Course on June 15 and are both nominated for the Mackay Cup.

Also included in the eighteen Mackay Cup nominations is the consistent Mamselle Corday who has only missed a place once from her last six starts which includes one win over 1300m at Rockhampton on March 18.

The Tony McMahon trained mare has been runner-up at her last start at Rockhampton in a 1400m Handicap on May 30 and in the Tattersall’s Gold Cup over 1600m on June 10.

Toowoomba trainer Tony Sears had nominated Palace Tycoon for the Mackay Cup and the Testa Rosa four year old is coming off a last start win in a 1600m Class 6 at Rockhampton on June 22.

Nominations for the 2017 Mackay Cup (1800m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 8930184461 ANYMORE G 6 John Dann 76.5
2 8×09095457 BENTLES G 5 Tim Cook
3 8231235714 BRIGADIER (NZ) G 4 Wayne Walters 64
4 326×732724 CHIVADAHLII G 5 Jamie McConachy 76.5
5 1002111111 CRAIGLEA DEKEN G 4 Krystle Johnston
6 0x13259274 DECONSTRUCTED G 5 Tom Button
7 177x0x8x58 DODGE THE GREY G 6 Lyle Wright 69
8 41×7411253 DOUBOS M 5 Tim Cook 69
9 0x456x3022 FASTNET FLYER G 6 Glenda Bell 78
10 0187×12225 GO BY RIO (NZ) G 5 Errol Sewell 74
11 71×6616353 KNOWING ME (NZ) G 8 John Manzelmann
12 110×133422 MAMSELLE CORDAY M 5 Tony McMahon 79
13 2264550130 MANNY (NZ) G 7 Wayne Walters 70
14 415×260123 OLD SMOKEY G 5 Trinity Bannon 74.5
15 323x0x1661 PALACE TYCOON G 4 Tony Sears 72
16 5×15725571 SHEKOU M 6 Janel Ryan
17 5812218431 TRY ME DOL M 5 Tracy Simmons 71.5
18 0970x678x6 WALHAAN G 7 Graeme Boyd 76

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.