Tea Rose Stakes 2011 Nominations Feature Thousand Guineas Fillies

A list of classy three-year-old fillies heading towards a possible start in the Melbourne Spring Carnival’s 2011 Thousand Guineas have been nominated for this Saturday’s $175,000 Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill.

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Eleven fillies make up this year’s Tea Rose Stakes nominations, many of which feature prominently in the futures betting markets for the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 12.

The top-rated Tea Rose Stakes entries are the John O’Shea-trained Elite Falls and John Thompson’s Pane In The Glass.

More Than Ready filly Elite Falls will be looking to bounce back after two disappointing runs this season, most recently finishing sixth behind Streama in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on September 3.

Pane In The Glass on the other hand has raced very promisingly so far this spring.

The Testa Rossa filly was twice placed at elite level as a juvenile behind Helmet when third in the Group 1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) and then second in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m).

She resumed with a first-up victory in the Group 3 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) before her last-start fourth in the Furious Stakes.

Pane In The Glass, who has the $400,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on October 1 in her sights, could also contest the 2011 Thousand Guineas and is rated a $12 early chance in the Luxbet Thousand Guineas futures.

Elite Falls is further down the Thousand Guineas odds at a quote of $31.

Furious Stakes winner Streama has also been nominated to back up in the Tea Rose Stakes on Saturday, the Guy Walter-trained daughter of Stratum likely to jump race favourite following her debut Group win over a similar field of fillies last start.

The shortest-priced of the Tea Rose Stakes nominees in the Thousand Guineas 2011 markets at Luxbet is the Peter Snowden-trained Anise at a quote of $11.

Anise looked in good form against open company when she had a top first-up run finishing half a length away second to Foxwedge in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on August 13.

She had an unlucky run last-start when fifth in the Furious Stakes, her first start over 1400 metres, and will likely have improved from the run.

Another notable Tea Rose Stakes nomination is the Graeme and Debbie Rogerson-trained Kiwi filly Dowager Queen.

Stablemate to the 2011 Caulfield and Melbourne Cups-bound Scarlett Lady, who makes her Victorian race debut in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) this Saturday at Caulfield, Savabeel three-year-old Dowager Queen will get her first Sydney start in the Tea Rose.

A winner of four of her five starts to date including the Listed O’Leary’s Stakes (1200m) at Wanaganui on September 3, Dowager Queen is roughie hope for the 2011 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley next month.

She was in Australia during the winter when she ran fourth to Hot Snitzel in the Group 2 Sire’s Produce Stakes (1400m) and fourth again this time to Benfica in the Group 1 TJ Smith (1600m).

Chris Munce has been booked for the Tea Rose Stakes ride on Dowager Queen and the hoop believes she will be in good form for the showdown.

“I’m sure she’s improved since Brisbane,” Munce said.

“Form-wise and rating-wise she has jumped out of the ground.

“Her first-up win was unbelievable.”

Over in Melbourne, another crucial Thousand Guineas lead-up race will take place with Caulfield host to the $125,000 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m).

See below for the Tea Rose Stakes nominations, which will be cut to the final field at acceptance stage on Wednesday.

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2011 Tea Rose Stakes Nominations

# Horse Trainer Ballot Wgt. Hcp. Rtg.
1 ANISE Peter Snowden 5 56kg 88
2 DOWAGER QUEEN (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson 7 56kg 83
3 ELITE FALLS John O’Shea 1 56kg 93
4 FLORENTINA David Payne 6 56kg 82
5 HOUSTON BENEFACTOR Anthony Cummings 8 56kg 70
6 ICE BABY Patrick & Wayne Webster 9 56kg
7 MORE BUBBLY John P Thompson 11 56kg
8 PANE IN THE GLASS John P Thompson 2 56kg 93
9 SHARED REFLECTIONS Gai Waterhouse 4 56kg 89
10 SHUSWAP (NZ) Bart Cummings 10 56kg
11 STREAMA Guy Walter 3 56kg 93