TAB 50th Birthday Stakes Nominations 2011

Nominations are out for the TAB 50th Birthday Stakes, one of four listed events to be held at Flemington this Saturday on Australian Guineas Day.

The race will be run over 1400m and worth $125,000, there are 16 runners plus four emergencies.

Bart Cummings has had a fairly quiet Autumn season by his standards but that could change as he trains one of the biggest nominations in the field.

Roman Emperor

Roman Emperor has been nominated for the Listed TAB 50th Birthday Stakes at Flemington

Roman Emperor has raced in Melbourne Cups, Caulfield Cups, AJC Derby’s and plenty of other Group 1 races over his career.

In fact his last win was in the AJC Derby back in 2009.

The horse hasn’t raced since the start of 2010 after being scratched from the Melbourne Cup.

It has been a long anticipated comeback to see if the horse can recapture the form of years gone by.

At only 1400m winning the race first up is a pretty big ask but there’s no doubting in terms of big race experience and career achievements no other horse comes close.

Other notable entries for the race include Luen Yat Forever, Orbit Express, Playwright, Danzylum and Keano.

The final field will be posted later in the week as well as complete Luxbet odds.

TAB 50th Birthday Stakes Nominations

No Horse Trainer Handicapper Rating
1 BANANA MAN Michael Kent 106
2 BELGIETTO Peter Gelagotis 88
3 BUCCELLATI (GB) Tony Noonan 104
4 CASUAL FRIDAY Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 86
5 DANZYLUM Robbie Griffiths 107
6 ERASET Danny O’Brien 90
7 FACE OFF Shaun Dwyer 68
8 FROM THE TERRACE Matt Laurie 78
9 GOLD IN DUBAI Mark Riley 88
10 GRAND DUCAL (IRE) Robert Hickmott 98
11 HARKAWAY John Moloney 87
12 JUST LOOK Lyn Tolson 97
13 KEANO (NZ) Danny O’Brien 94
14 LAUNAY Peter Snowden 93
15 LUEN YAT FOREVER Peter G Moody 104
16 MILES ABOVE Denis Daffy 87
17 NIBLICK Robert Hickmott 89
18 OFFENDERS Peter Snowden 96
19 ORBIT EXPRESS Steve McKinnon 103
20 PLAYWRIGHT (NZ) Steve Richards 103
21 PREVENTABLE John P Thompson 84
22 ROMAN EMPEROR (NZ) Bart Cummings 110
23 SHAMOLINE WARRIOR Mark Kavanagh 95

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