Sandown Spring Carnival Nominations – Eclipse Stakes 2011

The Melbourne spring racing action moves into its final phase at Sandown this Saturday with a bumper day of black-type racing scheduled, one of the features at the meeting being the 2011 Eclipse Stakes.

Lamasery

Lamasery has been dually nominated at Sandown for this Saturday

One of four Group races on the Sandown race card, the $125,000 Group 3 Betfair Eclipse Stakes (1800m) has this year drawn 15 gallopers at nomination stage.

The equal top-rated and weighted of the Eclipse Stakes entries are the Graeme Boyd-trained Ginga Dude and David Vandyke’s Sydney stayer Lamasery both on 58kg.

Eight-year-old Kiwi raider Ginga Dude was last seen running sixth to Glass Harmonium in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Derby Day while Commands five-year-old Lamasery enjoyed a consolation win on Melbourne Cup Day taking out the Listed Johnnie Walker Stakes (1800m).

Both Ginga Dude and Lamasery are also nominated for the headline race at Sandown this Saturday, the $350,000 Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) where they would face off against last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Americain.

Meanwhile Michael Moroney will vie for back-to-back wins in the Eclipse Stakes following the success of Viking Hero 12 months ago, the Flemington-based horseman having nominated his Redoute’s Choice mare Platinum Passion who is one of the 53kg lightweights.

Other notable 2011 Eclipse Stakes nominations include the David Hayes-trained Extra Zero who ran second to Lamasery on Melbourne Cup Day, Robert Hickmott’s in-form Reset four-year-old Fawkner coming off a Crown Oaks Day win over 1800 metres and relative unknown Gold Sand who comes off back-to-back wins at Morphettville.

Acceptances for the Eclipse Stakes and all the other Sandown races on Saturday will be taken on Wednesday with the fields and betting previews to be published right here at Races.com.au.

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2011 Betfair Eclipse Stakes Nominations & Weights

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 GINGA DUDE (NZ) Graeme Boyd 1 58kg 107
2 LAMASERY David Vandyke 2 58kg 107
3 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes 3 56kg 101
4 ROTHERA Peter G Moody 5 56kg 101
5 LORD PYRUS (NZ) Judy Mawer 6 54.5kg 98
6 MAJESTIC MUSIC Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 4 54kg 101
7 EREWHON Peter Snowden 8 53.5kg 95
8 BELGIETTO Peter Gelagotis 10= 53kg 88
9 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott 12 53kg 84
10 FOLDING GEAR (NZ) Lee & Shannon Hope 10= 53kg 88
11 GOLD SAND Lee & Shannon Hope 9 53kg 89
12 LADRAMAHS Shane Nichols 15 53kg 72
13 PLATINUM PASSION Michael Moroney 7 53kg 97
14 RICEMAN Dean Saxon 13 53kg 80
15 ULUNDI Pat Carey 14 53kg 75