ENTRY: Double You Tee has been close to a major success in Ballarat, having been runner-up in the Ballarat Cup. Picture: Pat Scala/Racing Photos.
Hobart Cup winner Double You Tee might be launching his spring in earnest in the $100,000 Gold Nugget, 1600m, in Ballarat on Sunday.
Plumpton trainer Patrick Payne has Double You Tee among 38 nominations for the Ballarat Turf Club time-honoured spring feature.
The seven-year-old has been prominent in selected spring country cups, with a second in the 2019 Ballarat Cup and two minor placings in the Kyneton Cup.
This would be an ideal stepping stone to that type of campaign again.
Double You Tee resumed from a winter break at Caulfield on August 28 and has trialled once since.
Ciaron Maher and David Eustace have six entries for the Gold Nugget, which has had its stakemoney doubled this year, and Anthony and Sam Freedman have four.
Black Sail from the Maher-Eustace barn is another country cups campaigner among entries.
He resumed at Cranbourne after last season winning the Ballan Cup at Geelong and being placed in the Benalla, Kilmore and Woodfoord (Warrnambool) Cups.
Weights will declared on Wednesday, with fields finalised on Thursday.
Adelaide Ace (Lindsey Smith)
Aussie Nugget (Anthony and Sam Freedman)
Ballet Master (Chris Hyland)
Beltoro (Robert Hickmott)
Black Sail (Ciaron Maher-David Eustace)
Constantinople (Aaron Purcell)
Double You Tee (Patrick Payne)
Eagles Crag (Archie Alexander)
Global Gift (Ciaron Maher-David Eustace)
International Gem (Tetyana Furdetska)
Just Benjamin (Anthony and Sam Freedman)
Justacanta (Patrick Payne)
Lunakorn (Anthony and Sam Freedman)
Mark the Horse (Michelle Payne)
Mystery Shot (Lindsey Smith)
Nikau Spur (Ciaron Maher-David Eustace)
Nudge Bar (Peter Gelagotis)
Orleans Rock (Paul Preusker)
Pappalino (Archie Alexander)
Petruchio (Archie Alexander)
Rock in the Park (Shea Eden)
Scarlet Tufty (Ciaron Maher-David Eustace)
Schweinsteiger (Damien Walkley)
Seiners Express (Ciaron Maher-David Eustace)
Shot of Irish (Scott Brunton)
Silence the Stars (Deanne Taylor)
Silent Command (Nick Smart)
Swelter Magic (Kevin Corstens)
Under My Spell (Nigel Blackiston)
Wicklow Town (Julie Scott)