Monton Tops 2012 Festival Stakes Nominations & Weights

Ron Quinton’s reigning champion Monton has been nominated to defend their title in the Festival Stakes 2012 at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday, the race the latest Sydney Summer Carnival feature.

Monton

Monton will defend his title in the 2012 Festival Stakes in Sydney this Saturday

A total of 26 gallopers were nominated for this year’s edition of the $100,000 Listed Festival Stakes (1500m), Catbird six-year-old Monton the 59kg top-weight of the entries.

Out to improve on their last start sixth in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick back on October 6, Monton hasn’t won a race since taking out the Festival Stakes – Villiers Stakes double in December last year.

Following Monton in the Festival Stakes weights is then Chris Waller’s 2008 Doncaster Handicap winner Triple Honour (58.5kg) who hasn’t raced since their distant sixth to Lights Of Heaven in the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) when carrying 59kg in the wet at Eagle Farm in early June.

Waller has also nominated for Pins six-year-old Thumbtacks who has never raced in stakes company over their 42-start career to date and Lonhro gelding Tromso coming off a close second at the track over 1400m from November 24.

The horse that beat Tromso home last start meanwhile, the Peter Snowden-trained Commands mare Classics is one of four last start winners nominated for the Festival Stakes on Saturday.

The others are Matthew Smith’s Al Maher mare Cabernet who beat home Skyerush in the Listed Summodn Stakes (1500m) at Sandown on November 17, the Bede Murray-trained Hawkesbury Gold Cup champ Darci Be Good and Scone galloper Mahisara who was impressive when putting three lengths on Morant to win the Group 3 Sandown Stakes over 1500m last time out.

Other notable hopefuls then include the Anthony Cummings-trained Shadows In The Sun who resumed with a good first-up second over 1200m at Rosehill on November 17, Snowden’s Redoute’s Choice four-year-old Galah and the in-form Keith’s Legacy who won at the track and distance two back against lesser rivals.

The 2012 Festival Stakes final field and barrier draw are due for release on Wednesday and will be published right here at Races.com.au.

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2012 Festival Stakes Nominations, Ballot & Weights

Rosehill Gardens – 08/12/2012

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 MONTON Ron Quinton 1 59kg 102
2 TRIPLE ELEGANCE Chris Waller 2 58.5kg 101
3 CABERNET Matthew Smith 3 56kg 100
4 DARCI BE GOOD (NZ) Bede Murray 4= 56kg 96
5 MAHISARA Paul Messara 4= 56kg 96
6 THUMBTACKS (NZ) Chris Waller 6= 55.5kg 95
7 ALL LEGAL Kevin Moses 8= 55kg 94
8 MALAVIO Steve Englebrecht 8= 55kg 94
9 TROMSO Chris Waller 8= 55kg 94
10 WINNING GLORY (NZ) David Payne 12 54.5kg 93
11 AL’S GOLD Mick Hood 24= 54kg 79
12 ALMA’S FURY Paul Murray 18 54kg 88
13 ANGEL OF MERCY Gerald Ryan 14= 54kg 91
14 CHARING CROSS Gai Waterhouse 19= 54kg 87
15 CLASSICS Peter Snowden 8= 54kg 94
16 GALAH Peter Snowden 16 54kg 90
17 GANGSTER’S CHOICE John O’Shea 22= 54kg 83
18 ISOPACH John P Thompson 14= 54kg 91
19 KEITH’S LEGACY (NZ) David Vandyke 22= 54kg 83
20 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne 19= 54kg 87
21 QUIDNUNC Peter Snowden 6= 54kg 95
22 RACING HEART Joseph Pride 17 54kg 89
23 RAMSAYS CURSE Robert Price 26 54kg 78
24 SCREAM MACHINE Jason Coyle 24= 54kg 79
25 SHADOWS IN THE SUN Anthony Cummings 13 54kg 92
26 YULALONA Peter Snowden 21 54kg 86