2011 Hyderabad R.C. Stakes Nominations

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

No Horse Trainer Handicapper
1 AVENUE Peter G Moody 106
2 BE POSITIVE Tony Noonan 89
3 BEADED Peter Snowden 109
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