Southern Cross Stakes 2011 Nominations Released

This Saturday the Royal Randwick Racecourse will host the latest Sydney Autumn Carnival meeting featuring an excellent line-up of Group races including the $125,000 Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m).

Eighteen gallopers make up the 2011 Southern Cross Stakes nominations including a number of Group winners and placegetters from the spring.

Top-rated entries heading towards this year’s Southern Cross Stakes include Beneteau who is also nominated for the Royal Sovereign Stakes at the same meeting, Brilliant Light, the John Thompson-trained Count Encosta and Pinwheel.

The Peter Snowden-trained Lonhro five-year-old Pinwheel is sure to start one of the favourites in the Southern Cross Stakes betting markets at Luxbet following their first-up win in the Listed Canterbury BMW Classic (1100m) on January 14.

Other notable Southern Cross Stakes entries include David Payne’s consistent Elusive Quality five-year-old Cardinal Virtue, the Chris Waller-trained Shellscrape and Trader representing trainer Anthony Cummings.

The 16-starter Southern Cross Stakes final field will be out tomorrow and published here at followed by the form guide and race betting tips so stay tuned.

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2011 Southern Cross Stakes Nominations

# Horse Trainer Handicapper Rating
1 AHDASHIM (NZ) Gerald Ryan
2 BENETEAU Paul Messara 90
3 BRILLIANT LIGHT Kerry Parker 103
5 COUNT ENCOSTA John P Thompson 93
6 EGO’S DARE Gerald Ryan 97
7 EMPIRE PLACE (NZ) David Payne
8 JEST CREWSIN’ Jan Bowen 94
9 KILLIAN Peter Snowden 83
10 NEWS ALERT Con Karakatsanis
11 PINWHEEL Peter Snowden 105
12 PURENESS Gai Waterhouse 87
13 PURRPURRLENA Grahame Begg 93
14 SCOUTING WIDE (NZ) Tim Martin 95
15 SHELLSCRAPE Chris Waller
16 SISTER MADLY Anthony Cummings 95
17 THE JACKAL Paul St Vincent
18 TRADER Anthony Cummings