2012 How Now Stakes Nominations

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.


Four time Group 1 winner Mosheen runs second-up in the How Now Stakes on Saturday

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

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 HURTLE MYRTLE Matthew Smith 2 59kg 109
2 MOSHEEN Robert Smerdon 1 59kg 112
3 SHOPAHOLIC (NZ) Danny O’Brien 3 59kg 95
4 APPEARANCE Guy Walter 8 58kg 87
5 COMBAT KITTY Matthew Smith 6 58kg 86
6 CURTANA Peter G Moody 5 58kg 103
7 PLATELET Darren Weir 7 58kg 100
8 SATIN SHOES Clarry Conners 4 58kg 101
9 ALBERTON PARK (NZ) John O’Shea 9 57kg 95
10 ANISE Peter Snowden 10 57kg 82
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
16 AEROBATICS Peter Snowden 21 56kg 89
17 BONARIA Pat Hyland 23 56kg 78
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
25 DETOURS Peter Snowden 27 55kg 86
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