Nominations have been released for the 2012 Kewney Stakes which will take place as part of a massive day of racing at Flemington this Saturday.
Twenty four horses have been nominated for the 16-horse Group 2 event which is worth $300,000.
Run over 1400 metres, the Kewney Stakes is a three-years-old fillies race and Shopaholic is one quality horse included in nominations.
The Danny O’Brien trained horse is in blistering form, having won three consecutive races including the Armanasco Stakes last start.
She has five victories from 10 starts and has won over $270,000 in prize money.
One filly that is likely to challenge Shopaholic on Saturday is Emmalene.
Emmalene has an impressive three victories from six starts to her name and beat Shopaholic when she took out the Gucci Stakes last November.
Trainer Liam Birchley elected to skip the Surround Stakes at Warwick Farm, suggesting that Emmalene was more suited to the Flemington track.
“I’m not sure Warwick Farm really suits her, the big stretches of Flemington will suit her and she has won there before,” he said.
Birchley said that Shopaholic would serve as the greatest challenge for Emmalene.
Also included in the 2012 Kewney Stakes nominations is the Daniel Morton trained Bliss Street.
She ran a disappointing eighth last start in the Armanasco Stakes but Morton believes she can step it up a notch on Saturday.
He said the filly’s preparation was behind because she did not trial before her first run at Ascot in early February.
“She’s still got a lot of improvement in her,” he said.
Another filly included in the nominations is Pane in the Glass, a John Thompson trained horse that has won more than $630,000 in prize money and has four wins from 13 starts.
Other horses nominated to run include Buzzing Along, Cute Emily and Miss Stellabelle.
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2012 Kewney Stakes – Nominations
|1||ANGEL OF MERCY||Gerald Ryan||15||55.5kg||72|
|2||ASSERTIVE EAGLE||Tony McEvoy||16||55.5kg||76|
|3||BLISS STREET||Daniel Morton||2||55.5kg||93|
|4||BUZZING ALONG||David & Scott Brunton||13||55.5kg||78|
|5||CORONET BAY||Eric Musgrove||23||55.5kg||66|
|6||CUTE EMILY||Peter G Moody||6||55.5kg||82|
|8||EMPRESS ROCK||Bart Cummings||20||55.5kg||70|
|10||KNEELING||John P Thompson||11||55.5kg||82|
|11||MISS STELLABELLE||Mark Kavanagh||4||55.5kg||86|
|13||OUR MISS JONES (NZ)||Michael Kent||22||55.5kg||68|
|15||PANE IN THE GLASS||John P Thompson||1||55.5kg||94|
|16||PENINSULA DANE||Matthew Hyland||21||55.5kg||65|
|17||SECRET LIAISON||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||10||55.5kg||82|
|18||SHOPAHOLIC (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||3||55.5kg||95|
|19||SOFT SAND||Colin Little||7||55.5kg||84|
|20||SWEET ELLA||Greg Eurell||19||55.5kg||74|
|21||TORAH||Peter G Moody||9||55.5kg||78|
|22||TOTAL ATTRACTION||Peter G Moody||14||55.5kg||74|
|23||TWILIGHTING||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||17||55.5kg||72|
|24||TWO SUGARS||Matt Laurie||18||55.5kg||72|