Fifteen horses have been nominated for the Group 3 2012 RN Irwin Stakes which is one of two feature races at Adelaide’s Morphetiville Racecourse this Saturday.
Leading Adelaide trainer Mark Kavanagh has nominated a squad of five horses for the 1100 metre sprint with the headline act six-year-old gelding Catapulted.
The experienced horse has won 11 of 28 starts, including three times at Listed level and once at Group 2 level which was the 2010 QTC Cup at Eagle Farm.
Next best in the Kavanagh crew is three-year-old Celebrity Girl who will take on a host of older horses in the standard weight for age race.
The Starcraft filly began 2012 in exceptional form by winning the Redelva Stakes at Morphetville before finishing mid-field when stepping up in the Group 2 Centrebet Classic on March 12.
The other Kavanagh runners set to line up in the RN Irwin Stakes are Fastnet Rock gelding We’re Gonna Rock, Group level winner Valentine Miss and five-year-old mare Happy Angel.
Power Princess is the most in-form horse in the field after coming off a a win the Listed Miss Andretti Quality which was preceded by a runner-up effort in the WATC Stakes.
Trained by leading Western Australian horseman Simon Miller, the five-year-old mare is chasing her first ever Group victory after winning three times at Listed level.
One nominated horse who is no stranger to Group level racing is Commands gelding First Command who is coming off a fourth-place effort in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate.
The Anthony Freedman-trained horse has plenty of Group level racing experience and in 2009 won the Group 2 Perri Cutten Caulfield Sprint.
He heads into the race in good form, with the Oakleigh Plate run coming on the back of a win in the Kensington Stakes and a runner-up finish in the Group 3 Rubiton Stakes.
Other horses included in nominations for the RN Irwin Stakes are Mick Whittle-trained gelding Periduki and three-time Listed level winner Zedi Knight.
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2012 RN Irwin Stakes – Nominations
|2||CELEBRITY GIRL||Mark Kavanagh||91|
|4||COUNTER SIGN||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||82|
|5||FAB FEVOLA||Dean Binaisse||87|
|6||FIRST COMMAND||Anthony Freedman||105|
|8||HAPPY ANGEL||Mark Kavanagh||94|
|10||POWER PRINCESS||Simon A Miller||107|
|11||SECRET FLYER||Mark Young||99|
|12||STREETCAR MAGIC||David Jolly||100|
|13||VALENTINE MISS||Mark Kavanagh||102|
|14||WE’RE GONNA ROCK||Mark Kavanagh||100|
|15||ZEDI KNIGHT||Brendan McCarthy||102|