While Flemington’s Super Saturday of Racing takes place in Victoria this Saturday March 12, the action of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival continues at Warwick Farm with Randwick Guineas Day featuring an excellent line-up of black-types including the $100,000 Listed Aspirations Quality (1600m).
The 2011 Aspiration Quality has attracted 18 fillies and mares at nomination stage including the classy Gerald Ryan-trained duo of Strawberry Field and Dances On Waves.
Top-rated entry of the nominees, Encosta De Lago five-year-old Strawberry Field is a Group 2 placegetter running third-up for the season.
Stablemate Dances On Waves is looking to return to her Group 2 Villiers Stakes winning form after a dead-last finish first-up in the Group 3 Millie Fox Quality (1300m) at Rosehill on February 26.
Other notable 2011 Aspiration Quality Nominees include:
- Turnstiles (Anthony Cummings) – In-form daughter of Anabaa won back-to-back races during February before finishing a game second to Jersey Lily here in the Listed Wiggle Quality last Saturday beaten by a short-head
- Femina Fashion (Trevor Whittington) – Shamardal mare from Queensland took out the Magic Millions Stayers Cup (1800m) at the Gold Coast in January
- Warpath (John O’Shea) – Consistent Reset grey coming off a last-start victory over 1400m at Rosehill on February 26 which was her third successive win
Stay tuned to Races.com.au to view the final fields and barrier draws for all the Randwick Guineas Day features tomorrow including the Aspiration Quality.
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2011 Aspiration Quality Nominations
|#||Horse||Trainer||Ballot||Weight (kg)||Hcp. Rating|
|1||STRAWBERRY FIELD||Gerald Ryan||1||58||98|
|2||DANCES ON WAVES||Gerald Ryan||2||57||96|
|3||MISS KEEPSAKE (NZ)||Joseph Pride||3||56.5||95|
|4||HURTLE MYRTLE||Matthew Smith||4||55.5||93|
|5||FEMINA FASHION||Trevor Whittington||5||55||92|
|7||SMALL MINDS||John P Thompson||7||54||90|
|8||TURNSTILES (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||=8||53||86|
|10||AUTUMN EMBER||Gai Waterhouse||10||53||82|
|11||ASHLEE’S JEWEL||Jason Coyle||11||53||79|
|12||SHADOW MINISTER||Garry White||12||53||78|
|13||SLOW THE FLOW||Matthew Smith||13||53||75|
|14||GALIZANI||John P Thompson||14||53||70|
|15||BAY CITY KITTY||Garry Hutchesson||15||53||68|
|16||BLURRED VISION||Robert Price||16||53||67|
|17||DANCING DOLL||Guy Walter||=17||53||66|
|18||RIVERINA’S GIRL||Nikki Burke||=17||53||66|