Doncaster Hopes Head Coolmore Classic 2012 Nominations

A number of the early fancies for next month’s Doncaster Mile headline the 2012 Coolmore Classic nominations, the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival feature to run at Rosehill Gardensthis Saturday.

Steps In Time

Steps In Time is one of the top chances in the 2012 Coolmore Classic this Saturday

One of two elite levels on the agenda along with the Ranvet Stakes, the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) has attracted 15 fillies and mares.

The top-rated of the early entries and also the shortest-priced of the bunch in the odds for the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on April 21 is Secret Admirer ($13).

Grahame Begg’s Dubawi four-year-old will be third-up for the season in the Coolmore Classic 2012, the reigning Epsom Handicap winner last seen finishing fifth to Steps In Time in the Listed Wiggle Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on March 10.

Wiggle Stakes winner Steps In Time is also set to back up in the Coolmore Classic on Saturday, the John O’Shea-trained Danehill Dancer four-year-old out for her fourth win on the trot.

Prior to her four length romp in the Wiggle Stakes, Steps In Time beat home the far more experienced Beaded in the Group 2 NSW Thoroughbred Breeders Classic (1200m) and will be touted as the one to beat in the Coolmore.

“She’s excellent,” O’Shea said of Steps In Time.

“I couldn’t be happier with her and she goes to the Coolmore.”

Another well-fancied female in the Doncaster Mile odds that is among the Coolmore Classic nominations is Guy Walter’s Stratum filly Streama ($14).

Winner of the Group 1 Coolmore Flight Stakes over the Randwick mile last October, Strema was last seen winning the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm and is sure to improve again when she goes to the 1500-metres.

The last time Streama raced over the distance she won the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes, also held at Rosehill, by an easy two lengths over Pane In The Glass last September.

Walter has also nominated for Foxstar in the Coolmore after the Galileo five-year-old ran second to Steps In Time in the Wiggle.

Along with Streama and Steps In Time there are three other last-start winners nominated for the Coolmore Classic this year with the Tim Martin-trained Fibrillation winner of the Listed Aspiration Quality (1600m) at Randwick last Saturday, three-length Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) champ Ofcourseican and Chris Waller’s Group 3 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) winning mare Red Tracer.

Other notable hopefuls for the lucrative feature include Peter Moody’s Emirates Stakes runner-up King’s Rose, the Rob Heathcote-trained up-and-coming Brisbane mare Tomboy and triple Group 1 winner Yosei.

The 2012 Coolmore Classic field of acceptors is due out on Wednesday with to publish the field, barriers and jockeys.

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2012 Coolmore Classic Nominations

Rosehill – 24/03/2012

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent 105
3 BLISS STREET Daniel Morton
4 DO RA MI (NZ) Peter G Moody 90
6 FOXSTAR Guy Walter 94
7 KING’S ROSE (NZ) Peter G Moody
8 LADYS ANGEL Joseph Pride 100
9 OFCOURSEICAN Ron Quinton 104
10 RED TRACER Chris Waller 108
11 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg 113
12 STEPS IN TIME John O’Shea 107
13 STREAMA Guy Walter 108
14 TOMBOY Robert Heathcote
15 YOSEI Stuart Webb