Sizzling v Snitzerland in Blue Sapphire 2012

The highly-spruiked new race on the Caulfield Guineas Day card for this weekend will be the inaugural 2012 Blue Sapphire for three-year-olds, the event to host a scintillating showdown between Sizzling and Snitzerland.


TJ Smith winner Sizzling returns in the Blue Sapphire 2012 this Saturday

While the staying three-year-olds will be facing off in the $1 million Group 1 The Age Caulfield Guineas (1600m) the sprinters will take to the Caulfield track this Saturday in the $250,000 Catanach’s Jewellers Blue Sapphire (1200m) – a race being groomed to eventually receive Group 1 status as Melbourne’s equivalent to the Golden Rose in Sydney.

Last month the early Blue Sapphire 2012 nominations were taken by Racing Victoria with 105 hopefuls entered for the set weights clash.

One of the big name entries was Sizzling, Kelso Wood’s Group 1 winning Snitzel colt.

Sizzling has won five of their eight starts to date including the Group 2 Champagne Classic – BRC Sires’ Produce double.

Their Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival campaign however was headlined by their culminating run in the Group 1 TJ Smith (1600m) which saw them narrowly beat home the Gai Waterhouse-trained Kabayan for the win.

Now after a fourth month break they will return to racing in the Blue Sapphire with Wood looking forward to their first-up run, Sizzling undefeated first-up, as they head towards the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, November 3.

Proving they were ready to defend that record was Sizzling’s smart win in a Flemington trial over 800m last Friday morning, an effort that had Wood beaming.

“He gave the leader four lengths at one stage but picked it up and won going away by nearly a length,” Wood said.

“Since he’s been in Melbourne he’s been going enormous. There have been no hiccups whatsover with him.”

The Blue Sapphire will be Sizzling’s first official start the Melbourne way of racing, the horse having raced exclusively in Queensland to date, but Wood has zero queries they will handle the direction change having seen their impressive work at Flemington.

“He went around the turns without any problems at all and I couldn’t be happier going into the race at Caulfield,” he said.

One of Sizzling’s biggest rivals on Saturday is then another Snitzel prodigy in Gerald Ryan’s ace filly Snitzerland.

Like Sizzling Snitzerland has won five from eight in their awesome career so far, four of those being at Group level.

Runner-up to Cox Plate favourite Pierro in the Golden Slipper back in April, Snitzerland will have the fitness edge on Saturday having had three runs (for three wins) this time in.

In August she enjoyed a big first-up victory over Driefontein in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill before travelling to Melbourne in September to take out both the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington and the Group 3 Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley – Ryan happy with the way she pulled up after the last.

Snitzerland is nominated for the big spring sprints in Melbourne with the $750,000 Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) on October 26 at Moonee Valley and the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington on the closing day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival on November 10 both on the agenda.

In the current Manikato Stakes odds at Snitzerland is the $9 third favourite behind Buffering ($4.20) and Sea Siren ($7.50).

Among the other notable 2012 Blue Sapphire nominees are the likes of Atlantic Jewel’s three-quarter sister Commanding Jewel, Golden Rose winner Epaulette, Adelaide galloper Jimando, Thousand Guineas Prelude winner Lady Of Harrods and Knight Exemplar.

Acceptances for the Blue Sapphire and all the other Caulfield races this weekend will be taken on Wednesday and published right here at so stay tuned.

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2012 Blue Sapphire Nominations

Caulfield Racecourse – 13/10/2012

# Horse Trainer
1 A TIME FOR JULIA Peter G Moody
2 ABDAAN David Hayes
3 AGUEDA Anthony Cummings
4 AL ANEED Mick Price
5 ALLEZ FLASH Matthew Smith
6 ANGELIC LIGHT Robbie Griffiths
7 ARMED FOR ACTION Anthony Freedman
8 AWESOME BRO (NZ) Leon Corstens
9 BAITED BREATH Anthony Freedman
10 BEAU JEZ Mark Kavanagh
11 BEAUMARIS Anthony Freedman
12 BELIEVE’N’RECEIVE Mark Kavanagh
13 BERNICATTI (NZ) Mark Kavanagh
14 BOBAN Anthony Freedman
15 BUSH AVIATOR Danny O’Brien
16 CASINO SWOOP John P Thompson
17 CATERED David Hayes
18 CHIARAMONTE Peter Snowden
19 CHOSEN MOMENT Anthony Freedman
23 CLOUD SONG David Hayes
25 DASILVA Mark Riley
26 DAZZLER Peter Snowden
27 DEFIANT ANGEL Anthony Freedman
28 DESTRUCTION John P Thompson
29 DIAGNOSE Mark Kavanagh
30 DON’T BLINK John O’Shea
31 EPAULETTE Peter Snowden
33 EXIMIUS Mick Price
35 FERMENT John P Thompson
36 FINAL IMPRESSION Gillian Heinrich
37 FIRE THUNDERBOLT Phillip Stokes
38 FIVE ROCKS Bart Cummings
39 FORGET Peter Snowden
40 FRUPPER Wez Hunter
41 GAMES Anthony Freedman
42 GENERAL GROOVE Leon Corstens
43 GENERAL RIPPA David Hayes
44 GENERALIFE Peter Snowden
45 GET PRONTO Anthony Freedman
46 GOLD RORY Mark Riley
47 HAUSSMANN Peter Snowden
48 HERE DE PRINCESS Chris Waller
49 HOSS AMOR John O’Shea
50 JIMANDO Tony McEvoy
52 KNOYDART Peter Snowden
53 LADY OF HARRODS Russell Cameron
54 LANKAN RUPEE Mick Price
55 LASHED OUT (NZ) John & Chris Ledger
56 LET GO LENNI Mick Price
57 LIMES Peter Snowden
58 MALASUN Mick Price
59 MARAATIB David Hayes
60 MARINA SANDS John P Thompson
61 MARYLAND John P Thompson
62 MAURY John P Thompson
63 MEIDUNG Peter Snowden
64 MEMBERS JOY Robert Smerdon
65 MRS GRAY David Hayes
66 NARCISSUS Peter Snowden
67 NECHITA John P Thompson
68 OH SUSANNAH Peter G Moody
69 PERDICARIS Peter Snowden
70 PLANET VOYAGE Peter G Moody
71 POTICHE David Hayes
72 PRESENTATION Gillian Heinrich
73 PRONTO PRONTO Jason Warren
74 PUREMINX Michael Kent
75 RACEWAY Gai Waterhouse
77 RAZEENA David Hayes
78 REALIST Michael Kent
79 REFLECTANCE John P Thompson
80 ROLL THE BONES John P Thompson
81 ROYAL AMATI David Hayes
82 SABIE Anthony Freedman
83 SATURN ROCK Robert Smerdon
84 SESSIONS Peter Snowden
85 SEVEN DEGREES Michael Kent
86 SHAMEXPRESS (NZ) Danny O’Brien
87 SHARBO (NZ) David Hayes
88 SIGMUND John P Thompson
89 SIZZLING Kelso Wood
90 SLIDESHOW Michael Templeton
91 SNITZERLAND Gerald Ryan
92 SPLASH OF MOET Mark Minervini
93 STARCHINE Mick Price
94 STEEP John P Thompson
95 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh
96 SWEETENER Mark Kavanagh
97 THE REVEREND David Hayes
98 THIS IS YOUR LIFE David Hayes
99 TIGERISH David Hayes
100 TINSLEY GREEN Bart Cummings
101 TORMENTED Mark Kavanagh
102 VILLA ROMANA David Hayes
103 VOLUME ONE Michael Kent
104 WILD ERP Michael Kent
105 YOUR SONG Anthony Cummings