2011 Phar Lap Stakes – Nominations

The Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes will feature as one of eight Stakes races at Rosehill Gardens on Myer Ladies Day this Saturday March 19, 2011, and nominations for the $175,000 race have been released.

Run under set weight conditions, the 2011 Phar Lap Stakes for three-year-olds has attracted 15 talented runners, including Michael Moroney’s Brazilian Pulse.

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Brazilian Pulse won both the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes and the Group 1 Crown Oaks last preparation and finished second to Do Ra Mi in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes last start.

The Captain Rio filly will be hoping her added fitness second-up will be enough to give her another Group victory as she makes her way towards the Australian Oaks on April 16, 2011.

New Zealand import Blackie is amongst the nominations for the 2011 Phar Lap Stakes.

Blackie won his last start at Sandown on March 9, 2011, and has now won three of his four starts.

The Michael Kent-trained three-year-old will attempt the 1,500 metre distance for the first time and will be attempting to achieve his third straight win on Australian soil.

Peter Snowden’s Bullbars will attempt to go one better in the 2011 Phar Lap Stakes after he finished second in the Group 1 Australian Guineas behind Shamrocker at Flemington on March 5, 2011.

Bullbars has won two of his eight starts and has only finished out of the placings on two occasions.

The Elusive Quality colt has also never competed over a 1,500 metres distance, however, has displayed his dominance over both 1,400 metres and 1,600 metres and is sure to put in a stellar run in the 2011 Phar Lap Stakes.

Peter Moody will be represented by his Flying Spur filly Miss Gai Flyer, who will be attempting to continue this preparation unbeaten after winning her first two starts in Listed races.

This will be Miss Gai Flyer’s second attempt at a Group 2 start, finishing second by a head in the Karrakatta Plate on April 17, 2010.

Gai Waterhouse’s Halekulani, John Thompson’s Originate and Anthony Cumming’s Shadows In The Sun are also amongst the 2011 Phar Lap Stakes nominees.

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2011 Phar Lap Stakes Nominations

No Horse Trainer Handicapper Rating
1 BLACKIE (NZ) Michael Kent 71
2 BRAZILIAN PULSE (NZ) Michael Moroney 105
3 BULLBARS Peter Snowden 99
4 CHULA VISTA Anthony Cummings 70
5 CIRCLE OF POWER Rod Craig 71
6 DIAMOND JIM David Payne 68
7 FAST CLIP Gai Waterhouse 82
8 HALEKULANI Gai Waterhouse 80
9 MAGIC IVY (NZ) Bob Thomsen 60
10 MAULES CREEK John P Thompson 71
11 MISS GAI FLYER Peter G Moody 94
12 ORIGINATE John P Thompson 62
13 SHADOWS IN THE SUN Anthony Cummings 80
14 SLATER Chris Waller 70
15 SWORN TO SECRECY (NZ) John O’Shea 76
16 TRIPLE SIX Grahame Begg 64