2012 Anzac Day Stakes Nominations

After the Doncaster Mile Day on Saturday is done and dusted race fans and punters will be turning their attention to Melbourne for Wednesday’s Anzac Stakes Day Races at Flemington, the meeting’s marquee event being the Anzac Day Stakes 2012.

A time-honoured tradition, this year’s edition of the $100,000 Listed Anzac Day Stakes (1410m) attracted 22 nominations, a Super VOBIS bonus of $10,000 on offer for qualified horses in the two-year-olds clash.

Just seven of the early entries have broken their maiden status, including the top-rated entry Underestimation.

The Dean Lawson-trained Al Samer colt scored a brilliant three and a half length win in the Listed St Albans Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley last month and was last seen running a good second behind Big Chill in the Group 3 Marsh Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville.

Mornington-based trainer Anthony Freedman also prepares three past winners that are heading towards a run in the Anzac Day Stakes field on Wednesday with Boban coming off a Sandwon victory over 1400-metres, Choisir colt Chosen Moment and the lightly-raced Textiles

The other previous winners entered for the Anzac Day Stakes this year are then well-tried Magnus colt How Swede It Is, John Thompson’s Husson filly Hussonette, Peter Snowden’s Lonhro filly Maluti, and local hope Thunder Rain.

A number of the Anzac Day hopefuls have also been accepted to run in the $115,000 Group 3 SA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Morphettville Parks on Saturday including Chosen Moment and How Swede It Is.

The official 2012 Anzac Day Stakes field and barriers will be out next week and published right here at Races.com.au.

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2012 Anzac Day Stakes Nominations

Flemington – 25/04/2012

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 BOBAN Anthony Freedman 64
2 CALLISTA Pat Hyland 62
3 CASINO BRIDE John P Thompson 61
4 CHOSEN MOMENT Anthony Freedman 70
5 DONNA CATTIVA (NZ) Danny O’Brien 61
6 FIESTY BELLE John P Thompson 61
7 HEY BIG BENDER Nigel Blackiston
8 HOW SWEDE IT IS Shane Nichols 65
9 HUSSONETTE John P Thompson 62
10 LA CASINO John P Thompson 61
11 MALUTI Peter Snowden 64
12 MARAATIB David Hayes 62
13 MELTING MOMENT Russell Cameron
14 PILLAR OF CREATION Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 62
15 PRINCE JESTER (NZ) Peter G Moody
16 PRIORITY ROAD (NZ) Michael Kent 62
17 TENNESSEE WILLS Dean Lawson 62
18 TEXTILES Anthony Freedman 65
19 THUNDER RAIN Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 62
20 TUNISIA TRAVELLER Andrew Noblet 60
21 UNDERESTIMATION Dean Lawson 74
22 ZACHORD (NZ) Peter G Moody