Edward Manifold Stakes 2012 – Nominations

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.

Lady Of Harrods

Lady Of Harrods is one of the top nominations for the Edward Manifold Stakes

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

Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 AFFABLE John P Thompson 72
2 ALZORA David Hayes 58
3 CAMEO Peter Snowden 66
4 COMMANDING JEWEL Leon Corstens 78
5 FINNEGAN BEGINEGAN Paul Banks 58
6 GONDOKORO (NZ) Pat Carey 58
7 KATE (NZ) Wayne Hillis 66
8 KAZANLUK Anthony Freedman 64
9 LADY OF HARRODS Russell Cameron 92
10 LONHRUGE Robbie Laing 65
11 MAMA’S CHOICE David Hayes 72
12 MARAATIB David Hayes 61
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
22 ZAZPARELLA Michael Moroney 60
23 ZYDECO Anthony Freedman 62