Quality Anniversary Vase 2012 Nominations – Caulfield Racing

The sole black type clash to run in Victoria this weekend will be the 2012 Anniversary Vase at Caulfield Racecourse, the handicap feature shaping up as an exciting showdown by a number of top gallopers.

Testa My Patience

Testa My Patience is one of two 2012 Anniversary Vase hopefuls for Mick Price

This year’s edition of the $100,000 Listed Anniversary Vase (1400m) drew 22 nominations including two from the stables of local horseman Mick Price.

Price is likely to accept for both his Group 2 Crystal Mile winner Testa My Patience and Sheila’s Star who sit at opposite ends of the Anniversary Vase weight scale.

Testa Rossa five-year-old Testa My Patience is the second heaviest weighted entry with 59.5kg behind only 60kg top weight, imported European galloper Seville, while Snitzel mare Sheila’s Star fresh off a four length win at the track and distance gets in on the 54kg minimum.

“They both should run well,” Price said.

“Testa My Patience should be charging home but he’s going to be more suited at a mile.

“I’ve just been on the wrong leg with him.

“I wasn’t happy with his first up run at Moonee Valley.

“He was fair in the Victoria Handicap and he’ll run a lot better on Saturday.”

Sheila’s Star has also been nominated for the Listed City of Adelaide Handicap (1400m) in Morphettville in case she is balloted out of the Anniversary Vase, the in-form mare who shoots for her fourth straight win currently sitting 14th on the ballot.

“I’m going accept for both races with Sheila’s Star,” Price said.

“They’ve got the rail out 13 metres at Caulfield, so they are only running 12 (plus four emergencies).

“My preference is Caulfield as I don’t have to travel her as long as she draws well.

“I’m ninety per cent sure I want to run her at Caulfield.

“I’ve only had her for four starts and I would think she deserves a good show at a black type race.

“If she can get black type it will help her pedigree page and help her as a broodmare.

“She’s had 18 starts and I’m not sure there’s another 18 starts in her.

“So it would be good to nail some black type while we have the opportunity.”

Meanwhile Lloyd Williams’ recent acquisition Seville adds interest to this year’s Anniversary Vase.

Previously prepared in Ireland by masterful trainer Aiden O’Brien, Galileo stallion Seville makes their Australian race debut on Saturday, the horse last seen running a brave fifth in the Group 1 St Leger Stakes (2937m) at Doncaster.

They have also finished runner-up in three Group 1’s when second behind Casamento in the Racing Post Trophy (1600m) as a two-year-old, runner-up in last year’s Irish Derby (2400m) at The Curragh and then second to Meandre in the Grand Prix De Paris (2400m) in Longchamp.

Seville is being prepared with an eye on the 2012 Melbourne Cup at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.

A handful of last-start winners are in the Anniversary Vase mix this year including the aforementioned Sheila’s Star, Pago Rock, Peter Moody’s resuming galloper Elusive King, the Jason Warren-trained Freereturn who would be out for their fifth on the trot and Patrick Payne’s Cellarmaster.

Other notable Anniversary Vase nominees include Under The Eiffel coming off a second in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap, four-year-old Dusty Star, Echuca Cup winner Zubbaya and Fastnet Rock three-year-old Amah Rock.

Acceptances for all the Caulfield races this Saturday including the Anniversary Vase will be taken on Wednesday.

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2012 Anniversary Vase Nominations & Weights

Caulfield – 21/04/2012

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott 1 60kg 106
2 TESTA MY PATIENCE Mick Price 2 59.5kg 105
3 HAWKS BAY Neil Dyer 3 58kg 102
4 LIFE TO THE FULL David & Scott Brunton 4 57kg 100
5 UNDER THE EIFFEL Tony Vasil 5 56.5kg 99
6 PAGO ROCK David Hayes 6 55.5kg 97
7 DUSTY STAR Peter Morgan 7 54.5kg 95
8 JUNGLE RULER Peter White 9 54.5kg 95
9 UTAH SAINTS Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 8 54.5kg 95
10 A SHADE BETTER Gary Portelli 22 54kg 60
11 ADAMS BELL Nikki Burke 19 54kg 74
12 AMAH ROCK Peter Morgan 17 54kg 82
13 APPIEL Michael Moroney 18 54kg 78
14 BRIEFED Enver Jusufovic 20 54kg 72
15 CELLARMASTER (NZ) Patrick Payne 16 54kg 85
16 ELUSIVE KING Peter G Moody 12 54kg 92
17 FLAT CHAT John Sadler 10 54kg 93
18 FREERETURN Jason Warren 13 54kg 91
19 GOLD SAND Lee & Shannon Hope 15 54kg 87
20 SEGURO (NZ) Brian Jenkins 21 54kg 72
21 SHEILA’S STAR Mick Price 14 54kg 87
22 ZUBBAYA Anthony Freedman 11 54kg 92