Makybe Diva Filly Features in Crown Oaks 2011 Nominations

A daughter of triple Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva, La Dolce Diva, was this afternoon one of 69 three-year-old fillies nominated for the 2011 Crown Oaks.

Celebrity Girl

Celebrity Girl is one of four 2011 Crown Oaks nominations for trainer Mark Kavanagh

Nominations for a number of the headline Melbourne Cup Carnival Group 1 features were released by Racing Victoria today including those for the $1 million Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m), the three-year-old fillies’ classic down on entries from last spring.

There are 69 nominees for the Crown Oaks 2011, due to run at Flemington on Thursday November 3 this year, which is down 20 from 12 months ago.

Headlining the list of hopefuls out to claim the VRC Oaks crown this year are a number of fillies that are engaged to first tackle the 2011 Thousand Guineas.

The $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 12 is one of the key lead-up races for Crown Oaks-bound fillies.

Thousand Guineas betting at Luxbet is currently lead by Mark Kavanagh’s Fastnet Rock filly Atlantic Jewel who took her record to two wins from as many starts with a runaway win at Moonee Valley on September 10.

Atlantic Jewel is one of four 2011 Crown Oaks nominees for Kavanagh.

Also among Kavanagh’s Crown Oaks contingent is $1.2 million yearling La Dolce Diva, the daughter of triple Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva having had just one run when finishing a disappointing seventh on debut at Geelong on June 9.

Improving Encosta De Lago filly Quench The Thirst and another Thousand Guineas fancy Celebrity Girl, who suffered her first career defeat at Caulfield last Saturday, round out Kavanagh’s Crown Oaks hopes.

Previously having won her opening two career starts, including the Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m) at Flemington by an easy two and a half lengths, Starcraft three-year-old Celebrity Girl officially finished third in a controversial Group 3 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) result at Caulfield last Saturday after being demoted from equal first due to a protest against her jockey Michael Rodd.

Thousand Guineas Prelude winner Bliss Street, runner-up Hallowell Bell and third placegetter Mosheen are all also nominated for the Crown Oaks 2011.

Other notable Crown Oaks 2011 Nominations include:

  • Pane In The Glass (John P Thompson): Multiple Group 1 placegetter last season has had three runs as a three-year-old including her second behind Streama in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill last Saturday
  • Kneeling (John P Thompson): Another Patinack Farm-owned filly tipped for big things this spring, won the Listed Crockett Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on August 20 and is engaged to race second-up at Caulfield this weekend

Last year’s Crown Oaks winner Brazilian Pulse was prepared by Flemington-based trainer Michael Moroney, the Kiwi-born horseman nominating just one from his stables as he looks to go back-to-back this year.

Moroney’s sole Crown Oaks 2011 entry When My Baby is by Captain Rio, the same sire of Brazilian Pulse, and made their race debut on September 3 running third in a 1200 metre sprint at Geelong.

The other major three-year-old feature of the Melbourne Cup Carnival for which nominations were taken for today is the $1.5 million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m), 83 horses entered.

Crown Oaks first declarations will narrow down the list of hopeful fillies on Tuesday October 18.

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2011 VRC Crown Oaks Nominations

# Horse Trainer
1 ABSOLUTE NEWS Ray Besanko
2 AIN’T SHE GRAND Anthony Cummings
3 AND ROCK John McArdle
4 ATLANTIC JEWEL Mark Kavanagh
5 BAPTISM Anthony Freedman
6 BIKINI STAR Bart Cummings
7 BLISS STREET Daniel Morton
8 CALL ME COCO Ray Besanko
9 CELEBRITY GIRL Mark Kavanagh
10 COLOURIST Guy Walter
11 CRUCIAL Anthony Freedman
12 CUTE EMILY Peter G Moody
13 DARK MATTER Gary Portelli
14 DELIGHTFUL TESS Rick Hore-Lacy
15 DISPUTES Peter Snowden
16 DOWAGER QUEEN (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson
17 EURYALE Peter Snowden
18 FALLEN ONE Grahame Begg
19 FIREPIT Anthony Freedman
20 FLAME OF LANKA David Hayes
21 FLORETS Anthony Freedman
22 FLYING BAY John Hubbard
23 GIOE Michael Kent
24 GLIDING Bart Cummings
25 HABAAYIB David Hayes
26 HALLOWELL BELLE Peter G Moody
27 HEAVEN’S CHOICE Gary White
28 ICE BABY Patrick & Wayne Webster
29 IOTA Rick Hore-Lacy
30 KNEELING John P Thompson
31 LA DOLCE DIVA Mark Kavanagh
32 LADY JOUSTER (NZ) Anthony Cummings
33 LIPARI Pat Hyland
34 LOUISIANA BLUES (NZ) Bruce Watkins
35 MANHATTAN MAID Darren Weir
36 METONYMY Peter G Moody
37 MISS MONTGOMERY Terry Kelly
38 MO VO John McArdle
39 MORE BUBBLY John P Thompson
40 MOSHEEN Robert Smerdon
41 NOBLE TWOSTEP Rick Hore-Lacy
42 OUR MISS JONES (NZ) Michael Kent
43 PANE IN THE GLASS John P Thompson
44 PANHANDLE John P Thompson
45 PENTIMENTO Michael Kent
46 QUENCH THE THIRST Mark Kavanagh
47 RAFIKI Pat Carey
48 RAHVEEL Leon Corstens
49 RAMPLING Anthony Freedman
50 READY ON TIME Patrick Payne
51 ROMA GIACONDA David Hayes
52 ROSE PATTERN David Hayes
53 ROSINI Gai Waterhouse
54 SASKIA Bart Cummings
55 SHADOW WEST Anthony Cummings
56 SHARNEE ROSE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
57 SHUSWAP (NZ) Bart Cummings
58 SWEET BURGUNDY (NZ) Bart Cummings
59 TAI TAI TESS Robert Smerdon
60 TAYLOR’S COMMAND Danny O’Brien
61 THAWAABET David Hayes
62 THE SOCIAL NETWORK Lindsey Smith
63 TIGRESSIVE Dan O’Sullivan
64 TORAH Peter G Moody
65 TRADING HALT Andrew Noblet
66 TRIPLE ASSET John Keys
67 TULLY COSTA Matthew Hyland
68 VITTORIA (NZ) Michael Kent
69 WHEN MY BABY (NZ) Michael Moroney