Karuta Queen Next Race – 2012 Maurice McCarten Stakes

Neville Layt’s high-earning filly Karuta Queen will bypass Albury’s Friday night meeting in favour of a black-type run at Rosehill’s Coolmore Classic Day in the Maurice McCarten Stakes 2012 on Saturday.

Karuta Queen

Karuta Queen is looking to return to form in the 2012 Maurcie McCarten Stakes on Saturday

Karuta Queen, last seen running a disappointing ninth behind Sea Siren in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on February 18, has been dually nominated this weekend.

Originally Layt was considering taking her to Albury Friday night for the $50,000 Flat Knacker (900m), the short sprint offering a juicy $100,000 bonus to the winner should they break win in under 50 seconds.

The Queanbeyan horseman has now confirmed, however, that she will instead be accepted for and run in the $100,000 Listed Maurice McCarten Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

The 2012 Maurice McCarten Stakes attracted a total of 16 sprinters, most of which are older than Karuta Queen.

An open-age race doesn’t worry Layt, however, Karuta Queen having already faced the best the racing world has to offer in Black Caviar when second in last year’s Schillaci Stakes.

“She was up against Black Caviar one day,” Layt said.

“I galloped her this morning and she worked beautiful.

“She’s right on her game and everything.”

Some of the other top name entries along with Karuta Queen include Peter Moody’s last-start Flemington winner Panipique; the Peter Snowden-trained Group 2 winner Parables; Latin News who is unlikely to run having been accepted for tomorrow’s Newcastle Newmarket Handicap; and the Joe Pride-trained trio of News Alert, Title and Le Remlap.

Twelve months ago the Maurice McCarten Stakes was won by Atomic Force who went on to win the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Royal Randwick two starts later.

The Maurice McCarten could again prove a good autumn guide for punters with this year’s The Galaxy to run on April 21.

Layt was yet to confirm autumn plans and whether The Galaxy 2012 was in Karuta Queen’s sights.

“I’ll be guided by Saturday, where I go after that I’ll let her tell me,” he said.

“I just want to see how she comes through Saturday before I make any plans.”

See below for the full list of Maurice McCarten Stakes nominees, the number to be reduced to the final field of acceptors on Wednesday.

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2012 Maurcie McCarten Stakes Nominations & Ballot

Rosehill Gardens – 24/03/2012

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 NEWS ALERT Joseph Pride 1 59kg 104
2 TITLE Joseph Pride 2 58kg 102
3 PARABLES Peter Snowden 3= 55kg 100
4 CARDINAL VIRTUE David Payne 6= 54.5kg 95
5 KARUTA QUEEN Neville Layt 3= 54.5kg 100
6 LATIN NEWS David Payne 6= 54.5kg 95
7 PANIPIQUE Peter G Moody 5 54.5kg 99
8 GIRLS GO RACING Gregory Hickman 11 54kg 87
9 HURRARA Garry Frazer 12= 54kg 85
10 LA REMLAP Joseph Pride 12= 54kg 85
11 LIONCUB Allan Denham 9= 54kg 88
12 NOBLE EDICT Darren Smith 15 54kg 75
13 RIVA DE LAGO Con Karakatsanis 14 54kg 78
14 TAHITIAN BLACK David Pfieffer 16 54kg 74
15 UATE Kris Lees 9= 54kg 88
16 ZARATONE Nick Olive 8 54kg 94