Darley Crown Nominations 2012

A talented group of 27 fillies and mares have been nominated for the 2012 Darley Crown (1300m) which will take place at Hawkesbury this Saturday.

The list will be reduced to 16 horses when the final field is named tomorrow but one horse who will be there, provided trainer Joseph Pride accepts, is Ladys Angel.

The promising five-year-old has been dual nominated for the Silk Stocking on the Gold Coast but should feature near the front no matter where Pride chooses to run her after a solid Sydney carnival.

A daughter of Arena, she produced three placings from five starts including a third-place effort in the Group 1 Galaxy last start.

She is joined in nominations by Lohnro mare Parables who was last seen running fourth to Atlantic Jewel in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes.

The Peter Snowden-trained four-year-old is a two-time Group level winner but is also no certainty to line up after also being nominated for Gold Coast events ahead of the Brisbane Winter Carnival.

Colorado Claire is fresh after a brief spell following her Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes win but she is unlikely to run with her sensational first-up record likely to see her saved for the more lucrative Scone Guineas.

Leading Sydney trainers Gai Waterhouse and Chris Waller each have one nominated entrant after both experiencing successful Sydney carnivals.

Waterhouse’s More Strawberries has been allocated the top weight of 59kg along with Parables despite a short and disappointing autumn.

The More Than Ready mare had just one start in the Sydney Carnival where she finished seventh in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes.

Waller-trained mare Dystopia is returning from a disappointing 13th last start after previously impressing with back-to-back victories.

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Darley Crown 2012 – Nominations

Horse Trainer Weight Hcp Rating
1 MORE STRAWBERRIES Gai Waterhouse 59kg 101
2 PARABLES Peter Snowden 59kg 100
3 MIRRASALO Paul Messara 58kg 88
4 SCREEN Peter Snowden 58kg 97
5 SOPHIE’S SPIRIT Max Hinton 58kg 95
6 COLORADO CLAIRE John O’Shea 57kg 96
7 DYSTOPIA Chris Waller 57kg 100
8 LADYS ANGEL Joseph Pride 57kg 100
9 ROSE OF PEACE Gary Portelli 57kg 95
10 DAILIKA Gabrielle Englebrecht 56kg 76
11 FORFEITURE Peter Snowden 56kg 82
12 GAI’S CHOICE David Pfieffer 56kg 72
13 GRAND IMPRESSION Garry White 56kg 62
14 MASCARERI Peter Snowden 56kg 90
15 MISS MARX John O’Shea 56kg 82
16 NEXT THE UNIVERSE Kris Lees 56kg 85
17 PONTIANA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 56kg 88
18 POTIONS John P Thompson 56kg 85
19 QUIDNUNC Peter Snowden 56kg 92
20 SHE’S A ROCK STAR Darren Smith 56kg 74
21 TANYA JEAN Danny Williams 56kg 72
22 WE BETCHA Chris Waller 56kg 82
23 ALCANCIA Jenny Graham 54kg 68
24 BOUND TO BLUSH John O’Shea 54kg 80
25 FOX Adam Duggan 54kg 79
26 SHADOW LINE Garry White 54kg 68
27 SHADOW WEST Garry White 54kg 67