Today Racing Victoria took first acceptances for the last of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival’s major sprints with 22 horses left in contention for the 2012 Patinack Farm Classic.
Held on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Emirates Stakes Day on Saturday November 10, the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) has been dominated by super mare Black Caviar for the past two years.
This season with Black Caviar on the sidelines however the Patainck Farm Classic is a much more open affair.
Originally there were 57 sprinters nominated for the race, that figure cut to 22 with the 2012 Patinack Farm Classic first declarations.
Heading the Patinack Farm Classic first acceptors is the Robert Heathcote-trained Buffering who ran second to Black Caviar in the feature 12 months ago.
Undefeated this time in with two Group 2 wins, Buffering races this Friday night as the favourite in the $750,000 Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) leading up to the Patinack.
In fact the entire 2012 Manikato Stakes field are also still in the mix for the Patinack Farm Classic with the others being:
- Sea Siren (John O’Shea) – BTC Cup – Doomben Cup double winner during the winter
- Temple Of Boom (Tony Gollan) – Group 1 winner of The Galaxy in Sydney this year
- We’re Gonna Rock (Mark Kavanagh) – Last seen running second in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes
- Ready To Rip (Peter Moody) – Former Queenslander ran second to Buffering last start in the AJ Moire Stakes
- Bel Sprinter (Jason Warren) – Consistent Bel Esprit five-year-old won the McEwen Stakes first-up
- Mental (Peter Snowden) – Godolphin-bound four-year-old resuming after a four month break in the Manikato
- Hallowell Belle (Gai Waterhouse) – Nice Starcraft mare won the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes first-up
- Satin Shoes (Clarry Conners) – Flying Spur mare in good form this season
- Lone Rock (Robert Smerdon) – Out to improve on their seventh to Buffering in the Schillaci Stakes over 1000m on Caulfield Guineas Day
Aside from Buffering the other top-rated Patinack Farm Classic-bound galloper this year is Gerald Ryan’s ace filly Snitzerland.
The daughter of Fastnet Rock, runner-up to Cox Plate favourite Pierro in the Golden Slipper last season, is undefeated as a three-year-old having won all four of her spring assignments so far, most recently in the Blue Sapphire (1200m) at Caulfield.
Some of the more noteworthy omissions from the Patinack Farm Classic 2012 first acceptors meanwhile include Lady Melksham who was found to have a skull fracture after her dead last in a Listed event on Caulfield Cup Day, and the Peter Moody-trained duo of King’s Rose who was the beaten favourite in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes on October 20 and Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Moment Of Change who is out for the season after suffering a leg injury.
Notable Non-Acceptors at 2012 Patinack Farm Classic First Acceptance Stage:
- Aeronautical (Lionel Cohen)
- Ashokan (John O’Shea)
- Atomic Force (Mick Price)
- Curtana (Peter Moody)
- King’s Rose (Peter Moody)
- Moment Of Change (Peter Moody)
- Free Wheeling (Peter Snowden)
- Green Birdie (Tony Vasil)
- Lady Melkshan (John Sadler)
- Lady Of Harrods (Russell Cameron)
- Rain Affair (Joe Pride)
The 2012 Patinack Farm Classic final field and barrier draw will be released on Wednesday November 7, one day after the famed Melbourne Cup runs at Flemington Racecourse.
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2012 Patinack Farm Classic First Acceptances
Flemington Racecourse – 10/11/2012
|2||BEL SPRINTER||Jason Warren||106|
|5||GOLDEN ARCHER||Peter G Moody||104|
|6||HALLOWELL BELLE||Gai Waterhouse||103|
|8||LATIN NEWS||Bryan Dais||94|
|9||LONE ROCK||Robert Smerdon||108|
|11||METALLURGICAL||John P Thompson||95|
|12||MID SUMMER MUSIC||Peter G Moody||–|
|13||MISS MARX||David Vandyke||87|
|15||READY TO RIP||Peter G Moody||100|
|16||SATIN SHOES||Clarry Conners||101|
|17||SEA SIREN||John O’Shea||111|
|19||SPIRIT OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||103|
|20||TEMPLE OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||109|
|21||TIGER TEES (NZ)||Joseph Pride||106|
|22||WE’RE GONNA ROCK||Mark Kavanagh||107|