2011 Bobbie Lewis Quality Nominations Just That, Quality

An impressive collection of major spring contenders are set to contest the $200,000 Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) at Flemington this Saturday including a number of Group One winners.

Bel Sprinter

The undefeated Bel Sprinter is one of the top Bobbie Lewis entries this year

Flemington’s opening spring meeting will feature a plethora of stars across the seven stakes races scheduled including Peter Snowden’s ace colt Sepoy racing in the $250,000 Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) and early 2011 Melbourne Cup betting favourite Lights Of Heaven lining up in the $300,000 Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).

There will also be plenty of betting action at Luxbet on the Bobbie Lewis Quality 2011, which attracted 25 nominations.

Topping the early entries are the likes of last-start Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) winner Temple Of Boom, last year’s Golden Rose winner Toorak Toff, Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara champion Yosei, Charge Forward mare Response and Bel Sprinter.

Jason Warren’s Bel Esprit four-year-old Bel Sprinter is out to retain their undefeated status after taking their record to four wins from four starts with an impressive three length victory in a Listed sprint at Caulfield on August 13.

Earlier this month Warren rejected a seven-figure offer to sell Bel Sprinter to Hong Kong interests.

Although there is little doubt Bel Sprinter is a star in the making, Warren is as yet to confirm where they will head and what races they will target this prep.

“We think he’s pretty smart and hopefully he can go on to win a nice race,” Warren said last week.

Another big-name contender set to race in the Bobbie Lewis on Saturday is the Mick Price-trained Aloha.

The daughter of Encosta De Lago from Danehill mare Tennessee Midnight took out the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill during the autumn and was last seen finishing sixth to Sacred Choice in the Doncaster Mile.

Aloha has a good record at Flemington, her last start at the track home to the iconic Melbourne Cup being a four length win over 1730 metres last December.

A winning barrier trial at Cranbourne on August 22 showed the five-year-old was ready to return to race conditions, Aloha already at the top of the early markets to win the $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on October 1.

Despite being well liked in the Epsom odds, Aloha is unlikely to target the Sydney Spring Carnival showdown with Price naming the $350,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 24 and the $350,000 Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) on October 8 as more favourable goals for the talented mare.

Below are the full Bobbie Lewis Quality nominations, with the final field for all of Flemington’s Saturday races to be released tomorrow and published here at Races.com.au.

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2011 Bobbie Lewis Quality Nominations

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 ADNOCON Gerald Ryan 100
2 ALOHA Mick Price 110
3 AMERICAN CREW Leon Corstens 82
4 BEL SPRINTER Jason Warren 101
5 CELLARMASTER (NZ) Patrick Payne 82
6 CHASM Heath Conners 102
7 CURTANA Peter G Moody 100
8 DANZYLUM Robbie Griffiths 104
9 DOUBTFUL JACK Peter G Moody 104
10 DUBLEANNY Mick Price 105
11 EAGLE FALLS David Hayes 109
12 ELUSIVE TOUCH Mark Kavanagh 102
13 GOLD SALUTE Mark Riley 96
14 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara 86
15 KING HOAKS Allison Bennett 92
16 LONE ROCK Robert Smerdon 105
17 LORD PYRUS (NZ) Judy Mawer 101
18 MID SUMMER MUSIC Peter G Moody 100
19 OFFENDERS Peter Snowden 96
20 PANIPIQUE Peter G Moody 93
21 PHELAN READY Jason McLachlan 103
22 RESPONSE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 110
23 TEMPLE OF BOOM Tony Gollan 104
24 TOORAK TOFF Rick Hore-Lacy 106
25 YOSEI Stuart Webb 110