Jeff Lynds‘ consistent Kiwi visitor and defending champion Wall Street is one of the drawcard entries for the 2011 Emirates Stakes, nominations for one of two final elite levels of the Melbourne Cup Carnival taken by Racing Victoria on Monday.
The headline race of Emirates Stakes Day at the famous Flemington Racecourse on Saturday November 5, the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) attracted a star-studded list of 35 nominees.
While Wall Street hasn’t seen the inside of a winners’ stall since their Emirates Stakes upset 12 months ago, the now seven-year-old has been in excellent form since arriving in Australia again in early October.
After finishing three lengths away fourth to fellow New Zealander King Mufhasa in the Toorak Handicap over the mile at Caulfield on October 8, Wall Street produced the eye-catching run of the Cox Plate to come from the back of the field and finish less than two lengths away fourth to winner Pinker Pinker.
Last year before their Emirates Stakes success Wall Street ran seventh in the Cox Plate, and they look on track for a gallant title defense on Saturday having recovered from the minor bout of colic that saw them scratched from last Saturday’s Mackinnon Stakes.
Cox Plate runner-up Jimmy Choux, another gun Kiwi galloper, has also been nominated for the Emirates Stakes 2011.
The John Bary-trained Thorn Park four-year-old is looking to add a sixth elite level to their incredibly impressive record, their second in Australia after winning the Rosehill Guineas in the autumn.
One horse fresh off a Victoria Derby Day victory has been entered in an attempt to win on successive Saturdays at Flemington with the Robert Heathcote-trained Woorim.
Woorim upset a quality field of middle-distance gallopers in the Group 3 tab.com.au Stakes (1400m) on Derby Day overcoming the extreme outside barrier (15 of 15) to put two lengths on runner-up Thankgodyou’rehere when ridden by Michael Rodd who retains the ride in the Emirates.
Other Notable 2011 Emirates Stakes Nominations Include:
- Secret Admirer (Grahame Begg) – Bypassed a Derby Day run to go straight into this off the back of her Cox Plate fifth, will be ridden by Brenton Avdulla with the Dubawi mare looking for a spring Group 1 double following her Epsom Handicap victory
- Love Conquers All (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes) – Mossman stallion has been racing consistently this spring with two Group wins, most recently in the Group 3 Betfair Stakes at Caulfield over 1400m on Caulfield Cup Day, second in the Doncaster Mile back in April which has been their only run over 1600m to date
- Toorak Toff (Rick Hore-Lacy) – Recent Group 1 winner of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, last seen running third to Woorim in on Derby Day with 59kg, three previous mile runs have been disappointing but connections giving it another crack
- King’s Rose (Peter Moody) – One of the spruik spring mares in raging form until the Cox Plate, won back-to-back Group 2 races for her opening two starts in Australia then finished a close second in the Toorak, Cox Plate seventh was game and she will appreciate coming back to the mile
- Testa My Patience (Mick Price) – Progressive miler stole the show in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) on Cox Plate Day at the Valley, has decent Flemington form with two seconds from two starts at the track
The Emirates Stakes is one of two Group 1 races on the final Melbourne Cup Carnival meeting, the other being the highly-anticipated $1 million Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) where sprint queen Black Caviar shoots for her 16th straight success.
Final fields for all of the Emirates Stakes Day races will be released on Wednesday and published right here at Races.com.au.
2011 Emirates Stakes Nominations
|1||ALBERT THE FAT||Chris Waller||108|
|2||AMAETHON||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||100|
|6||DAO DAO||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||103|
|9||EXTRA ZERO||David Hayes||100|
|10||FACE OFF||Shaun Dwyer||68|
|11||GOD HAS SPOKEN||Neville Parnham||99|
|12||GOLD SALUTE||Mark Riley||93|
|13||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||94|
|14||HE’S REMARKABLE (NZ)||Roger James||95|
|15||JIMMY CHOUX (NZ)||John Bary||118|
|16||KING’S ROSE (NZ)||Peter G Moody||111|
|17||LARGO LAD||David Hayes||102|
|19||LORD PYRUS (NZ)||Judy Mawer||98|
|20||LOVE CONQUERS ALL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||112|
|21||LUEN YAT FOREVER||Peter G Moody||103|
|22||MOMENT IN TIME||John P Thompson||97|
|26||RED TRACER||Chris Waller||106|
|27||SECRET ADMIRER||Grahame Begg||114|
|28||TESTA MY PATIENCE||Mick Price||106|
|29||TIAKINUI (NZ)||Matthew Enright||95|
|30||TOORAK TOFF||Rick Hore-Lacy||112|
|31||TORIO’S QUEST||Brett Partelle||101|
|32||WALL STREET (NZ)||Jeff Lynds||114|
|33||WILLY JIMMY||Guy Walter||99|