Nominations for all the Underwood Stakes Day features running at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday have been released including those for the How Now Stakes 2012.
A mares-only event, this year’s How Now Stakes is registered as the $150,000 Sportingbet Sprint Series Heat 2 (1200m) and drew an impressive 32 early nominations.
The How Now Stakes was won 12 months ago by the John Sadler-trained Sister Madly who went on to run second to Sepoy in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, and the race could again be used as a lead-up to the $750,000 Manikato this year on October 26.
The big name entry in this year’s How Now Stakes is Robert Smerdon’s four-time Group 1 winning champ Mosheen who is out to improve on her first-up 13th in the unsuitably short Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) at Flemington on September 8.
Another Group 1 winner nominated for the How Now this year is Matthew Smith’s Dane Shadow six-year-old Hurtle Myrtle who took out the Myer Classic last Victoria Derby Day.
Hurtle Myrtle will resume on Saturday, the mare last seen running a disappointing 16th to More Joyous in the Doncaster Mile at Randwick on April 21, but whether she will run in Melbourne or Sydney is still to be decided with Smith also throwing in a nomination for the $200,000 Group 2 The Shorts (1200m) in open company at Royal Randwick.
“Hurtle Myrtle is in great shape,” Smith said of the mare he got back from new owners Segenhoe Stud earlier this year.
“I didn’t expect to get her back so I couldn’t be happier.”
Smith has also nominated for his General Nediym four-year-old Combat Kitty who hasn’t raced since November 12 and who is also entered for The Shorts in Sydney.
“It looks likely that wherever they are they will be against each other unfortunately,” Smith said of the duo.
“I don’t want to run either of them on a track that is too hard first-up.
“Randwick should be in good order and there is a bit of rain forecast so we will wait and see.
“Combat Kitty was immature so we gave her a good spell. She still has to prove herself at the highest level and they will both be aimed at the Myer Classic.”
This year’s $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) runs at Flemington Racecourse on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Saturday November 3.
The other top-rated hopefuls for the How Now then include the Danny O’Brien-trained Shopaholic, Clarry Conners’ Flying Spur four-year-old Satin Shoes who resumed with a first-up third in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1100m) at Warwick Farm on September 8, The Straight Six winner Curtana, and Platelet.
Darren Weir’s Strategic mare Platelet was in flying form throughout the winter winning three straight in Melbourne including the Listed Sir John Monash Stakes in the wet.
She has been similarly impressive since resuming on September 1 running third to Golden Archer in the Listed The Shark.Com.Au Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield before her close second to Bel Sprinter last Saturday in the Group 3 Mitty’s McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley.
Other notable mares nominated for the How Now include Guy Walter’s Keith Nolan Stakes winner Appearance, recent Concorde Stakes runner-up Mrs Onassis, the Michael Kent-trained Serene Star out for their fourth win on the trot, and Peter Moody’s Let’s Elope Stakes third placed Total Attraction.
Check out the full 2012 Sportingbet Sprint Series Heat 2 Stakes nominations in the table below and bookmark us here at Races.com.au for the Underwood Stakes Day fields to be released on Wednesday.
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2012 How Now Stakes Nominations
Caulfield Racecourse – 22/09/2012
|1||HURTLE MYRTLE||Matthew Smith||2||59kg||109|
|3||SHOPAHOLIC (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||3||59kg||95|
|5||COMBAT KITTY||Matthew Smith||6||58kg||86|
|6||CURTANA||Peter G Moody||5||58kg||103|
|8||SATIN SHOES||Clarry Conners||4||58kg||101|
|9||ALBERTON PARK (NZ)||John O’Shea||9||57kg||95|
|11||CELEBRITY GIRL||Mark Kavanagh||12||57kg||92|
|12||KNEELING||John P Thompson||15||57kg||76|
|13||MRS ONASSIS||Gerald Ryan||13||57kg||94|
|14||SECRET LIAISON||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||14||57kg||78|
|15||SOFT SAND||Colin Little||11||57kg||89|
|18||DRAW FORWARD||Richard Jolly||22||56kg||82|
|19||DREAM FACE||Peter G Moody||16||56kg||93|
|20||GOSSIP GIRL||Jim Mason||17||56kg||93|
|21||ROSIE’S REWARD||Tim Martin||18||56kg||89|
|22||STAR OF GISELLE||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||20||56kg||85|
|23||TOTAL ATTRACTION||Peter G Moody||19||56kg||82|
|24||CLASSY CHLOE||John Hickmott||29||55kg||82|
|26||OFF AND LAUGHING||John P Thompson||30||55kg||77|
|27||OUR FAMOUS EVE (NZ)||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||32||55kg||72|
|28||RUE MAPLE||Darren Weir||24||55kg||92|
|29||SERENE STAR||Michael Kent||28||55kg||91|
|30||SHABANGABANG (NZ)||Fran Houlahan & Brian Johnston||25||55kg||78|
|31||SIMPLY PUT||Dale Sutton||26||55kg||89|
|32||SPOT ON MAGGIE (NZ)||Pat Carey||31||55kg||72|