Robert Smerdon’s star mare Mosheen has been left out of the 2012 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes nominations for this Sunday at Caulfield Racecourse with the four time Group 1 winner’s spring carnival under a cloud of mystery.
After only hours ago announcing the daughter of Fastnet Rock as a ‘definite’ runner in the $400,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m), Smerdon has not nominated her for the handicap with a decision whether to immediately retire the $2.6 million earner to serve as a broodmare in Japan or to target the Myer Classic during the Melbourne Cup Carnival being discussed.
Mosheen was also the most notable absentee from the 2012 Cox Plate second declarations taken today, with Smerdon admitting her minor throat surgery earlier in the season had taken more of a toll on her campaign than first expected.
“The thing is, the problem she had put a bigger hole in her preparation than I first thought,” Smerdon said.
“It basically cost her a month and we’ve been trying to catch up ever since.”
Last seen running fifth to Detours in the Group 3 Sportingbet Sprint Series Heat 2 (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday, connections have decided to pull the pin on her running this weekend and in the Cox Plate.
Despite Mosheen’s nonappearance there is still plenty of depth to the 19 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes nominations for 2012 including four last-start winners.
Horses vying for successive wins on Sunday should they accept for the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes field are Peter Snowden’s Missile Stakes – Warwick Stakes double winner Pinwheel, Rob Heathcote’s in-form Brisbane galloper Solzhenitsyn who has won their last four runs, the Tony Vasil-trained Lonhro seve-year-old Veewap coming off a win over 1400m at the track from last Saturday, and Bobbie Lewis winner We’re Gonna Rock.
Other notable 2012 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes nominees include Chris Waller’s Group 2 winning mare Red Tracer, the consistent Peter Moody-trained four-year-old Moment Of Change, Anthony Cummings’ Australian Guineas runner-up Strike The Stars and Cox Plate-bound Glass Harmonium.
The final field for the weekend’s only Group 1 feature down under will be released on Wednesday and published right here at Races.com.au.
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2012 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Nominations
Caulfield – 30/09/2012
|1||AMAH ROCK||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||91|
|2||BOMBALATOMBA (NZ)||Chris Hyland||68|
|3||CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||David Payne||101|
|4||GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE)||Michael Moroney||112|
|6||MISTER MILTON||Norman Waymouth||89|
|7||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody||99|
|8||MR MAKE BELIEVE||Peter G Moody||97|
|9||PAGO ROCK||David Hayes||95|
|11||RED TRACER||Chris Waller||107|
|12||SECOND EFFORT||Clinton McDonald||105|
|13||SHANGHAI WARRIOR||Pat Hyland||100|
|14||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Anthony Freedman||102|
|15||SOLZHENITSYN (NZ)||Robert Heathcote||102|
|16||STRIKE THE STARS (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||95|
|17||THAT’S THE ONE||Colin & Cindy Alderson||91|
|19||WE’RE GONNA ROCK||Mark Kavanagh||107|