Caulfield will be full of action this Saturday February 12, 2011, when the 2011 Hyderabad R.C. Stakes will one of many Group races to feature on the day.
The Group 3 Hyderabad R.C. Stakes, also known as the Geoffrey Belmaine Stakes, will be covered over a distance of 1,200 metres and is open to mares aged four and up.
The set-weight plus penalties race has received nominations from 23 horses trying to make the 16 horse field.
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Mick Price has nominated the most number of horses with three, including Little Gem, Lady Gaga and Avenue.
The 2011 Hyderabad R.C. Stakes will be Avenue’s first race since a spell, with her only preparation being a barrier trial in which she came third on January 24, 2011.
Avenue will most likely be using the 2011 Hyderabad R.C. Stakes as a lead-up race to the 2011 Newmarket Handicap on March 12, 2011, for which she is already nominated.
Whether she will run, however, is unclear, as Avenue has also been nominated for the Group 3 Rubiton Stakes that will also take place on Saturday February 12, 2011.
Tony Noonan is looking to win the 2011 Hyderabad R.C. Stakes title with his exciting four-year-old mare Varenna Miss who has not lost a race since November 2009.
Varenna Miss, who had never finished out of the placings and has only failed to win once in her short career, is a definite hope to win this year’s Hyderabad R.C. Stakes.
Trainer Tony Noonan feels that Varenna Miss has raw ability to thank for her previous wins, but feels she hasn’t had the best positioning in her last few races.
“She hasn’t had a lot of experience and we would probably prefer to be in a position where someone else does the work and we can pick them off,” Noonan said.
“Hopefully that will happen in the future.”
Other nominations for the 2011 Hyderabad R.C. Stakes include Danny O’Brien’s Pins on Ice, KenKey’s Status Symbol, Russell Cameron’s I’m Discreet and Gerald Ryan’s Strawberry Field.
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2011 R.C. Hyderabad Stakes Nominations
|1||AVENUE||Peter G Moody||106|
|2||BE POSITIVE||Tony Noonan||89|
|4||DANE JULIA (SAF)||Lee Freedman||101|
|5||DAS MACHEN||Mick Price||92|
|6||DISPUTED BID||Shaun Dwyer||67|
|7||I’M DISCREET||Russell Cameron||93|
|8||IMPRESSIVE EAGLE||Danny O’Brien||100|
|9||LA BELLA ROO||Peter Boynton||82|
|10||LADY GAGA||Mick Price||86|
|11||LITTLE GEM||Mick Price||80|
|12||MID SUMMER MUSIC||Peter G Moody||85|
|13||MONT FLEURI||Lee Freedman||87|
|14||PERFECT HOSTESS (NZ)||Jim Conlan||77|
|15||PINS ON ICE (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||82|
|16||SHABANGABANG (NZ)||Fran Houlahan & Brian Johnston||71|
|17||SIMPLY PUT||Dale Sutton||86|
|18||SMALL MINDS||John P Thompson||94|
|19||SO ANYWAY||John P Thompson||91|
|20||STATUS SYMBOL||Ken Keys||94|
|21||STRAWBERRY FIELD||Gerald Ryan||99|
|22||TWO HILLS||Allen Browell||91|
|23||VARENNA MISS||Tony Noonan||90|