Nominations for the 2011 Royal Randwick Guineas, which is due to take place at Warwick Farm this Saturday March 12, 2011, have been released.
14 horses have nominated for the $500,000 race which will be run over 1,600 metres and raced under set-weight conditions.
The 2011 Royal Randwick Guineas has attracted nominations from a group of extremely talented three-year-olds, including Ilovethiscity, Pressday, Retrieve and Masquerader.
Absolutelyawesome will finally get a start in a Group 1 after being an emergency for both the Victoria Derby and last Saturday’s Australian Guineas.
Absolutelyawesome has won one of five starts, but was struggling with a sore foot for most of the spring.
”He missed the derby by one and the guineas by four, and I just want to get him into one of these big races,” Michael Moroney said.
”I have nominated for a midweek race here just in case he doesn’t get a start up there, but I think he is up to running against the best.”
Ilovethiscity features in the 2011 Royal Randwick Guineas nominations after winning the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill Racecourse of February 26, 2011.
The Grahame Begg-trained colt will be looking for his first Group 1 win of his career, after placing third in his first Group 1 attempt in the Golden Rose when he was blocked for a run.
Retrieve will be hoping to topple his opposition after finishing second to Ilovethiscity in his last start in the Hobartville stakes.
The multiple Group winner will be second-up in the 2011 Royal Randwick Guineas and will also be searching for his first Group 1 victory.
Also included in the 2011 Royal Randwick Guineas nominations is David Payne’s Praecido, Gai Waterhouse’s Light Brigade and Gerald Ryan’s Top Drop.
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2011 Royal Randwick Guineas Nominations
|1||ABSOLUTELYAWESOME (NZ)||Michael Moroney||–|
|2||CHULA VISTA||Anthony Cummings||70|
|5||LIGHT BRIGADE||Gai Waterhouse||68|
|7||PRAECIDO (NZ)||David Payne||92|
|11||SHOOTOFF (NZ)||Graeme Rogerson||69|
|13||SLOW THE FLOW||Matthew Smith||75|
|14||TOP DROP||Gerald Ryan||85|