Adrian Knox Stakes 2012 Nominations

Punters have much more than just the three Group 1 features to look forward to a Randwick Racecourse this Saturday for Australian Derby Day, another of the day’s exciting races being the 2012 Adrian Knox Stakes.

Lamasery and Crafty Irna

Last year's Adrian Knox Stakes winner Crafty Irna

One of the nine Group features on the Sydney race card this weekend at Royal Randwick, the $125,000 Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) has drawn just 10 three-year-old fillies at nomination stage.

Adding interest to this year’s edition of the Adrian Knox Stakes, won 12 months ago by the Ron Quinton-trained Crafty Irna, is the inclusion of Roger James’ Kiwi visitor Full Of Spirit.

James will be represented in the day’s headline event with his NZ Derby winner Silent Achiever running in the $1.5 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) against the boys, but the Cambridge-based trainer is also hoping for a good showing from his Flying Spur filly Full Of Spirit in the Adrian Knox.

Full Of Spirit was last seen running away to win a mile feature at Awapuni by an easy three lengths on March 31 and will debut down under on Saturday in the Adrian Knox.

A number of the fillies in the Adrian Knox Stakes entries are also nominated for Saturday week’s $550,000 Group 1 ATC Australian Oaks (2400m).

The shortest-priced of the Adrian Knox hopefuls in the futures ATC Oaks odds at is the Grahame Begg-trained Plumm at a price of $16.

The Encosta De Lago three-year-old was last seen running fifth behind Mosheen in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill last Saturday and is sure to appreciate the step back in class over the same distance on Saturday.

Other notable Adrian Knox Stakes nominees include Guy Walter’s improving Viscount filly Lightens, lightly-raced Savabeel filly Scram and stakes winner Secret Liaison from the Flemington stables of Mathew Ellerotn and Simon Zahra.

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2012 Adrian Knox Stakes Nominations

Royal Randwick – 14/04/2012

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 COLOURIST Guy Walter 56
2 DRINKS ALL ROUND (NZ) John O’Shea 62
3 FULL OF SPIRIT Roger James
4 LIGHTENS Guy Walter 65
5 PALE Guy Walter 64
6 PLUMM Grahame Begg 63
7 SCRAM (NZ) John O’Shea
8 SECRET LIAISON Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
9 SUZANNE Clarry Conners 60
10 TAVARNELLE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 67