2011 Millie Fox Stakes Nominations Announced

Nominations have been released for the 2011 Millie Fox Stakes that will be run as part of Silver Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday February 26, 2011.

The Group 3 Millie Fox Stakes is a 1,300 metre sprint for fillies and mares aged three-years-old and upwards.

Worth $125,000, the 2011 Millie Fox Stakes is a quality handicap and has once again enticed an impressive line-up of classy fillies and mares.

The 2011 Millie Fox Stakes has attracted 21 nominations, all vying for a starting position in the 12 horse field.

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Amongst the nominations is David Pfeiffer’s Graceful Anna, who is coming off a courageous second placing behind superstar More Joyous in February 12’s Group 2 Breeders Classic.

Graceful Anna has won six of 13 starts and has accrued close to $1 million in prize money.

Also nominated is Grahame Begg’s Palacio De Cristal, who will be first up in the 2011 Millie Fox Stakes, and will be hoping to mimic last preparation’s first-up run where she won the Group 2 Blazer Stakes at Flemington.

Owned by Gerry Harvey, the five-year-old mare will run in the 2011 Millie Fox Stakes in preparation for the 2011 Coolmore Classic on March 19, 2011.

“She’s shown in the past she probably goes best when she’s fresh so the Millie Fox will be her one run into the Coolmore,” trainer Grahame Begg said.

Also nominated is Gai Waterhouse’s Montana Flyer, who finished fifth first-up in the Breeders Classic last start at Randwick.

The two-time Group winner will be looking for a win in the 2011 Millie Fox Stakes after a last preparation that saw her only manage to place once out of five starts.

Les Bridge’s Jersey Lily and Gerald Ryan’s Strawberry Field are also amongst the nominations.

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2011 Millie Fox Stakes Nominations

No Horse Trainer Handicapper Rating
1 BRASILEIRA Peter Snowden 89
2 DANCES ON WAVES Gerald Ryan 96
3 FLYING SUCCESS Gai Waterhouse 83
4 GRACEFUL ANNA David Pfieffer 100
5 HIDDEN WONDER Kris Lees 97
6 JERSEY LILY Les Bridge 95
7 LITTLE SURFER GIRL Chris Waller 89
8 LOVEMELIKEAROCK Anthony Cummings 96
9 MARQUARDT (NZ) John P Thompson 96
10 MISS INDEPENDENT Chris Waller 84
11 MONTANA FLYER Gai Waterhouse 96
12 NO EVIDENCE NEEDED John P Thompson 104
13 OFCOURSEICAN Ron Quinton 79
14 PAGAN PRINCESS Grahame Begg 88
15 PALACIO DE CRISTAL Grahame Begg 105
16 PURRPURRLENA Grahame Begg 93
17 SACRED CHOICE Joseph Pride 110
18 SHADOW MINISTER Garry White 78
19 STRAWBERRY FIELD Gerald Ryan 98
20 WARPATH John O’Shea 79
21 ZIPPY LOU John Petersen 84