Mark Kavanagh’s multiple Group winning six-year-old Catapulted will be back at Morphettville on Saturday vying for their 12th career success, the Catbird gelding one of 17 quality nominations taken for the 2012 DC McKay Stakes.
A super sprint showdown that will play second fiddle to Black Caviar running in the $400,000 Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m), the $115,000 Group 3 DC McKay Stakes (1100m) is shaping up as an intriguing feature for bookmaker.com.au punters to enjoy a bet on.
Winner of the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) at Flemington back in January, Catapulted was last seen running a brave third beaten only a length by their stablemate We’re Gonna Rock in the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes over the DC McKay track and distance on April 14.
Irwin Stakes winner We’re Gonna Rock has also been nominated to backup in the DC McKay on Saturday, the Fastnet Rock five-year-old out for their third on the trot.
After spending a year on the sidelines after a failed run behind the mighty More Joyous in the Futurity Stakes back in February last year, We’re Gonna Rock resumed on May 10 at Morphettville Parks with a big six length win before their Irwin Stakes success.
Other horses coming via a run in the Irwin Stakes include the Anthony Freedman-trained runner-up First Command, who ran an eye-catching fourth in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield two back, and the fourth placed Streetcar Magic.
David Jolly’s Blevic gelding Streetcar Magic is the reigning DC McKay Stakes winner having taken out the event second-up 12 months ago.
They are also second-up this time in for their title defense on Saturday and one of a number of the DC McKay stakes hopefuls that could be possible rivals to Black Caviar next race in the $350,000 Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) on May 12.
Jolly could also be represented in the DC McKay on Saturday by his last start Listed Oakbank Stakes winner Basil Da Man.
Other notable early DC McKay Stakes entries include Gary Kennewell’s Durbridge Stakes winner from last spring Conservatorium, the David Hayes-trained Eagle Falls, Peter Moody’s Victorian mare Kulgrinda and Richard Jolly’s Mossman four-year-old Stirling Grove.
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2012 DC McKay Stakes Nominations
Morphettville – 28/04/2012
|1||BASIL DA MAN||David Jolly||98|
|4||EAGLE FALLS||David Hayes||110|
|5||FIRST COMMAND||Anthony Freedman||106|
|6||FORTY TWO BELOW||Colin Little||82|
|7||GO THE KNUCKLE||Mark Minervini||92|
|8||KULGRINDA||Peter G Moody||101|
|9||MAGICAL PEARL||Dennis O’Leary||97|
|10||OUTLANDISH LAD||Dennis O’Leary||104|
|12||PERTURBO||Colin & Cindy Alderson||102|
|13||READY STEADY VETTI||David Balfour||78|
|15||STIRLING GROVE||Richard Jolly||100|
|16||STREETCAR MAGIC||David Jolly||100|
|17||WE’RE GONNA ROCK||Mark Kavanagh||104|