Manawanui To Miss Spring Champion Stakes 2011

Ron Leemon’s gun Oratorio gelding Manawanui is the most notable omission from the 2011 Spring Champion Stakes nominations, early entries for the Epsom Handicap Day feature taken this week by Racing NSW.


Helmet is the headline nominee for the 2011 Spring Champion Stakes

Manawanui took his record to three wins from four starts last Saturday, the three-year-old the impressive four and a half length winner of the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m).

After the victory, connections hinted that the $400,000 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on October 1 could be a nice target for the improving galloper.

Manawanui, however, was not one of the Spring Champion Stakes 2011 nominations.

Still, they look on track for the opening Sydney Spring Carnival showdown with Manawanui now the $8 third favourite through Luxbet to take out the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens next month.

The top-line Spring Champion Stakes entry comes from the stables of Darley’s supremo trainer Peter Snowden, Helmet.

Exceed And Excel colt Helmet is already a dual Group 1 winner thanks to victories in the AJC Sires Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes as a two-year-old last season.

Sitting second behind Anthony Cumming’s excitement machine Smart Missile in the 2011 Golden Rose odds at Luxbet, Helmet is scheduled to make their new-season debut this Saturday at Rosehill in the $125,000 Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m).

Other Spring Champion Stakes-bound three-year-olds engaged for The Run To The Rose this Saturday include the John Thompson-trained Boys On Tour, Fusaichi Pegasus gelding Flight Of Pegasus and Elusive Quality colt Mashkoor.

Meanwhile, the 2011 Spring Champion Stakes attracted other headline nominees including the Peter Moody-trained maiden Godspeed, Just The Tonic for Gai Waterhouse who claimed an impressive win on debut last start on August 3 and Anthony Cumming’s progressive Savabeel gelding Strike The Stars.

Last start Strike The Stars came very close to breaking their maiden status when finishing a nose away second to fellow Spring Champion Stakes-nominated Darci Be Good in a 1400 metre handicap at Rosehill on August 13.

That performance indicated to Cummings that the Golden Rose would be too testing for the three-year-old and that he would be more suited to the longer-distance of the Spring Champion.

“I don’t think he’s brilliant enough over seven furlongs (1400m) for the Golden Rose, so he is off to the Gloaming and Spring Champion Stakes and we’re yet to see the best of him,” Cummings said.

As for the horse that beat Strike The Stars last start, Darci Be Good is also set to bypass the Golden Rose on way to the Spring Champion Stakes with trainer Bede Murray naming the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne on October 8 as another possible aim for the in-form Darci Brahma colt.

“He’s nominated for the Guineas and hopefully he can go to those better races like the Champion Stakes,” Murray said.

“He gives every indication a mile-plus will suit him.”

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2011 Spring Champion Stakes Nominations

# Horse Trainer
1 ABSALON Jason McLachlan
2 AMAAL David Hayes
3 AMBIDEXTER Peter Snowden
4 BASHAN (NZ) Richard Otto
5 BATEAU BAY Gai Waterhouse
6 BERENGER Anthony Freedman
7 BIG TIME John O’Shea
8 BIRDLIFE Guy Walter
9 BLACK JAG Peter Hulbert
10 BOYS ON TOUR John P Thompson
11 CHAPLIN (NZ) Anthony Freedman
12 COCKY RAIDER David Payne
13 CORNELL Anthony Freedman
15 DANZIG KING Bob Thomsen
16 DARCI BE GOOD (NZ) Bede Murray
17 DOCTOR DOOM Guy Walter
18 DRAGONZONE Bart Cummings
19 ELEUTHER Peter Snowden
20 ENCODED David Hayes
21 FADED Peter Snowden
24 FONTELINA Anthony Cummings
25 FOREWARNED Anthony Cummings
27 GODSPEED Peter G Moody
28 HELMET Peter Snowden
29 INDUNA Peter Snowden
30 IRISH TIMES Clarry Conners
31 ISOPACH John P Thompson
32 JOLLYWOOD (NZ) Robert Hickmott
33 JUST THE TONIC Gai Waterhouse
34 KAROSSE Anthony Cummings
35 KING’S PACT David Payne
36 KUTCHER John P Thompson
37 LAKE LYNETTE Grahame Begg
40 MASHKOOR Jason Coyle
41 MORE BUBBLY John P Thompson
42 MOROCCO Anthony Cummings
43 MUHAAJIR Jason Coyle
44 NIAGARA Gai Waterhouse
45 NOBBY SNIP Gai Waterhouse
46 NORDIC DUKE (NZ) Michael Moroney
47 OCELTIP John P Thompson
48 OUT OF THE SHADOW Gary Portelli
49 PANE IN THE GLASS John P Thompson
50 POWER BROKER (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
51 PUMP IT (NZ) Anthony Freedman
52 QUACK IT (NZ) David Hayes
54 RETORT COURTEOUS (NZ) Steve Englebrecht
55 RIVERBANK Peter Snowden
56 ROCK MONSTER Gerald Ryan
57 ROCK MUSICIAN Robbie Laing
58 ROSINI Gai Waterhouse
59 SABRAGE Michael Moroney
60 SAINT LA BAMBA David Payne
61 SAINT PULSE Michael Moroney
62 SALTER (NZ) Robert Hickmott
63 SANDHURST Anthony Cummings
64 SANGSTER (NZ) Trent Busuttin
65 SCELTO (NZ) Robbie Laing
66 SPECTER Anthony Freedman
67 STEEL FIXER Chris Waller
68 STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings
69 TARONGA Paul Perry
70 TAXI DRIVER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
71 THE DEEP SOUTH (NZ) Michael Moroney
72 THE GREAT SNOWMAN (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
73 THE INVENTOR Bevan Laming
74 TRAPUNTO Peter Snowden
75 TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson
76 TUNES Peter Snowden
77 VEETEN John P Thompson
78 VITTORIA (NZ) Michael Kent
79 VOLATILE MATTER John P Thompson
80 WEHRMAN John P Thompson
81 WHISPER DOWNS David Hayes
82 WIN FOR WILSON John P Thompson