Reigning New Zealand Cup champion Cruz Bromac looks set to be back at Addington on November 10.
The Victorian-owned pacer is one of just two Australians, along with trotter Tough Monarch, to be included in the nominations for the week’s two biggest features, the IRT New Zealand Cup and the Majestic Son Dominion Trot.
Thirty-four have been nominated for the Cup and 33 for the Dominion.
Addington Raceway Racing Secretary Brian Rabbitt is pleased with the response, especially in a year which has been so adversely affected by COVID-19.
The Cup numbers are the same as last year and the Dominion is down a few on last year.
Notable absentees in the pacing ranks are recently-crowned Horse of the Year Ultimate Sniper and Chase Auckland (both injured) and Another Masterpiece and Princess Tiffany, who are Victoria-bound for other features, and in the trotting ranks Oscar Bonavena (injured).
"Cruz Bromac is likely to go straight to the Purdon/Rasmussen barn as he did last year,” Rabbitt said.
The only other Australian entry, Tough Monarch, placed second in the Dominion last year and there are some question marks about his return.
“We know Rickie Alchin (trainer) would love to come over here again but he has to factor in travel restrictions so we can only wait and see,” Rabbitt said.
The first list of Cup rankings will be released next Thursday with many of the top open class contenders, including Cup favourite Self Assured, fronting up in Sunday’s Hannon Memorial.
IRT NZ Trotting Cup nominations:
A Bettor Act
A G’s White Socks
Belle Of Montana
Cruz Bromac (AUS)
On The Cards
Spirit Of St Louis
U May Cullect
Majestic Son Domininion Trot nominations
Enhance Your Calm
Pres The Belle
Tough Monarch (AUS)