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A bumper card takes place at Flemington this weekend with one of the highlights being the Group 2 2012 Edward Manifold Stakes (1610m) which features a number of Thousand Guineas hopefuls.
Twenty three horses have been nominated to fill the 16 available spots for Saturday’s three-year-old fillies’ feature that is set to host a rematch between Thousand Guineas Prelude quinella Lady Of Harrods and Commanding Jewel.
Lady Of Harrods just ran down the three-quarter sister of Atlantic Jewel on that day but faces a bigger test this weekend stepping up in distance.
The previously unbeaten Commanding Jewel led in the Guineas Prelude but it would not surprise to see her ridden more quietly this weekend.
One of the more interesting nominations is New Zealand filly Kate who has been brought to Australia to target the 2012 VRC Oaks.
Kate has won two of six starts in New Zealand and will be having her first Australian hitout this weekend.
Trainer Wayne Hillis said last month that he rates the daughter of St Reims highly and is expecting her to improve as she steps up in distance.
“We’ve really liked her all along. I’ve ridden her myself and she’s a beautiful mover,” Hillis said.
“We’ve always thought a bit of her.”
Also set to step out in the Edward Manifold Stakes is Members Joy who won the Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes early last month before finishing fifth in the Thousand Guineas Prelude.
Other Edward Manifold Stakes nominations include David Hayes-trained trio Mama’s Choice, Maraatib and Alzora along with Michael Moroney-trained pair Spitfire Lady and Zazparella.
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Edward Manifold Stakes 2012 – Nominations
|1||AFFABLE||John P Thompson||72|
|4||COMMANDING JEWEL||Leon Corstens||78|
|5||FINNEGAN BEGINEGAN||Paul Banks||58|
|6||GONDOKORO (NZ)||Pat Carey||58|
|7||KATE (NZ)||Wayne Hillis||66|
|9||LADY OF HARRODS||Russell Cameron||92|
|11||MAMA’S CHOICE||David Hayes||72|
|13||MAYBE DISCREET||Phillip Stokes||76|
|14||MEMBERS JOY||Robert Smerdon||80|
|15||OPERATION TWIST||Andrew Noblet||62|
|16||PROPER MADAM||Jason Warren||70|
|17||REAL STOLLE||John P Thompson||70|
|18||SHOWMYA MISS (NZ)||Mick Price||64|
|19||SPITFIRE LADY||Michael Moroney||62|
|20||TRANSONIC||John P Thompson||62|
|21||WALK WITH ATTITUDE||Darren Weir||66|
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