Darby Munro Stakes 2012 – Satin Shoes Heads Nominations

A total of 21 horses have been nominated to fill the 18 available places in the Listed 2012 Darby Munro Stakes which will run as part of a bumper Rosehill Guineas Day card this Saturday.

The $100,000 race for three-year-old horses will be run over 1200 metres and one of the top nominations is Clarry Conners trained Satin Shoes.

Satin Shoes

Satin Shoes has been nominated to run in the 2012 Darby Munro Stakes

A winner of five races from 14 starts, the talented filly is coming off a runner-up finish in the Group 2 Centrebet Classic at Warwick Farm.

Trained by high profile Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse, Hallowell Belle has signalled plenty of potential against quality opposition in Group level races.

The filly backed up a third-place effort behind Sea Siren and Streama in the Light Fingers Stakes to again finish third in the Group 2 Surround Stakes at Warwick Farm on March 10.

Champion trainer Bart Cummings will see his horse Do You Think return from a spell after last running in the Crowley Stakes at Randwick in October.

The colt has only had seven starts to date but has shown promise by recording two victories including last year’s Group 3 Schweppervescence.

Altar and Aerobatics will represent well-known Sydney trainer Peter Snowden in the Darby Munro and Aerobatics in particular has been impressive of late.

The Exceed And Excel filly began 2012 with a victory and a runner-up finish three-year-old races at Rosehill before finishing third behind Nobby Snip and Niagara in the Listed Eskimo Prince Stakes at Randwick on March 17.

2011 Golden Slipper runner Altar has shown promise this year with two fourth-placings but is yet to rediscover the form that saw her win the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes this time last year.

Another horse included in nominations that would be familiar to the average weekend punter is African Pulse, who ran in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket Handicap earlier this year.

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2012 Darby Munro Stakes – Nominations

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 DO YOU THINK Bart Cummings 7= 58kg 84
2 MAHISARA Paul Messara 7= 57.5kg 84
3 AFRICAN PULSE Michael Moroney 3 57kg 90
4 UPSTACKER Joan Pracey 17 57kg 71
5 ALTAR Peter Snowden 4= 56.5kg 89
6 SATIN SHOES Clarry Conners 1 56.5kg 98
7 ANISE Peter Snowden 6 56kg 86
8 CONROY’S GAP Gerald Ryan 16 56kg 72
9 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith 14= 56kg 74
10 GENERAL SHERMAN Garry White 19= 56kg 67
11 SACRED PINS (NZ) Chris Waller 11= 56kg 77
12 SUBARC Chris Waller 13 56kg 75
13 UNPRETENTIOUS Nikki Burke 18 56kg 68
14 DISPUTES Peter Snowden 11= 55.5kg 77
15 KNEELING John P Thompson 10 55.5kg 81
16 AEROBATICS Peter Snowden 4= 55kg 89
17 AL’S MAGIC MISS David Payne 7= 55kg 84
18 EVER THE SAME Anthony Cummings 14= 54kg 74
19 HALLOWELL BELLE Gai Waterhouse 2 54kg 94
20 HANNAH JANE Anthony Cummings 19= 54kg 67
21 HEELS (NZ) Gary Portelli 21 54kg 64