RN Irwin Stakes Nominations 2012

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

Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 CATAPULTED Mark Kavanagh 108
2 CELEBRITY GIRL Mark Kavanagh 91
3 CONSERVATORIUM Gary Kennewell 104
4 COUNTER SIGN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 82
5 FAB FEVOLA Dean Binaisse 87
6 FIRST COMMAND Anthony Freedman 105
7 GLANEUSE Michael O’Leary 96
8 HAPPY ANGEL Mark Kavanagh 94
9 PERIDUKI Mick Whittle 103
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