Multiple Group 1 winner Shoot Out headlines a strong 13-horse nominations list for Saturday’s Group 2 2012 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill.
The six-year-old gelding has not raced since his Doncaster Mile runner-up in April which was the final race of a successful autumn campaign.
Trained by Chris Waller, Shoot Out won the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes and placed in the Ranvet Stakes as well as the Group 2 Expressway Stakes and Apollo Stakes.
Nominated for some of the spring’s big features, the talented gelding has won eight of 29 starts and more than $2.6 million in prizemoney.
While Shoot Out could be having his first race of the spring in the $200,000 event, one entered horse already in excellent form is Pinwheel.
The son of Lonhro will be chasing a third consecutive victory after winning both the Group 3 Missile Stakes and Group 2 Warwick Stakes to begin his spring campaign.
Entered to have their first start of the spring is promising Gai Waterhouse-trained gelding Fat Al who was unbeaten from three starts during a successful autumn campaign.
The son of Al Maher was dominant when winnin ght eAlbury Guineas before going on to win the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes and the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate.
Another Waterhouse entry who is yet to kick off their spring campaign is five-year-old Fast Clip who won the Docnaster Prelude in April before coming fifth in the Doncaster Mile.
Other horses nomianted for the Theo Marks Stakes include last-start winner Dystopia, 2011 Brisbane Cup winner Tullamore and David Payne-trained Centennial Park.
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Theo Marks Stakes 2012 – Nominations
|2||CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||David Payne||–|
|4||FAST CLIP||Gai Waterhouse||103|
|5||FAT AL||Gai Waterhouse||98|
|6||LEVI’S CHOICE||John P Thompson||80|
|8||RENEWED VITALITY||John P Thompson||85|
|9||SHOOT OUT||Chris Waller||116|
|11||TULLAMORE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||104|
|13||WATERFORD HILL||Leon Corstens||–|