The Group 2 2012 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) will take place at Caulfield on Saturday and there is no shortage of quality among the 13 horses nominated to contest the $220,00 event.
Topping the 13-horse list of entrants are Cox Plate placegetter Rekindkled Interest and Perth star Luckygray who will be making his interstate debut.
Saturday’s race marks the beginning of a second Cox Plate campaign for Rekindled Interest who will be having his first run since the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in April.
Luckygray will get a chance to show those in the eastern states why he has caused such a fuss in the west this year.
The Gino Poletti-trained gelding has been unstoppable in Perth throughout the winter, winning three consecutive stakes races in the Roma Cup, Belmont Sprint and the Hyperion Stakes.
Luckygray will have a four-race Melbourne campaign that will also include the Group 2 Memsie Stakes, Group 2 Dato Chin Nam Stakes and the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
While those horses are beginning their spring campaigns this weekend, one horse already in top form is Ready To Rip.
The former Queensland gelding has recorded back-to-back victories since joining Peter Moody’s stable earlier this year, taking out both the Listed All Victorian Sprint Final and the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes.
Consistent gelding Zamorar has also been nominated to continue his campaign after placing in his last four starts in black-type races.
If Seymour trainer David Bourne accepts with the four-year-old he will be backing up just seven days after finishing third to Shanghai Warrior in the Aurie’s Star Handicap.
Also nominated is veteran gelding Fiumicino who has not been seen since since finishing 10 lengths behind Manighar in the BMW in April.
Other horses included in nominations of German import Seville and Clinton McDonald-trained Second Effort.
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PB Lawrence Stakes 2012 – Nominations
|1||FIUMICINO (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||104|
|2||GUNS AT FIVE (NZ)||Peter G Moody||89|
|3||HEART OF DREAMS||Mick Price||114|
|4||LEICA LARRIKIN||David Hayes||91|
|6||MISTER MILTON||Norman Waymouth||80|
|7||MR CHARD||Dean Lawson||97|
|8||PRINCE OBAMA||Jason Clifford||87|
|9||READY TO RIP||Peter G Moody||100|
|10||REKINDLED INTEREST||Jim Conlan||112|
|11||SECOND EFFORT||Clinton McDonald||100|
|12||SEVILLE (GER)||Robert Hickmott||106|