Quality Mares Included in 2012 Just Now Quality Nominations

The Brisbane Summer Series continues at Eagle Farm this Saturday and one of the highlights on the eight-race card is the Listed 2012 Just Now Quality (1300m) for fillies and mares.

Funtantes

Funtantes is one of three Robert Heathcote-trained horses nominated for the Just Now Quality

Some of the best mares in the sunshine state will be on show in the $80,000 event and leading Brisbane trainer Robert Heathcote has entered an exciting trio of Fire Up Fifi, Fillydelphia and Funtantes.

Fire Up Fifi made plenty stand up and take notice during the winter in a campaign where she won five of seven starts and recorded minor placings in her two other outings.

The grey mare is expected to appreciate the extra distance this weekend after finishing fifth first-up in the Listed Travel Associates Classic (1200m) on December 1.

The inconsistent Fillydelphia possesses plenty of talent but will have to bounce back from last-place finish in early November.

Funtantes has been a picture of consistency since resuming in October, with a first-up win backed up a runner-up finish in the DPMA Handicap and a third in the Listed Travel Associates Classic.

Michael Lakey’s promising mare Risk Aversion signalled her potential during the winter but will also have to turnaround a poor first-up seventh in the Travel Associates Classic.

The daughter of Encosta De Lago beat Funtantes to win the Listed Juanmo Stakes in April and was beaten by just more than a length when sixth in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara in June.

Impressive four-year-old Cuddlesome pressed her claims for bigger things when producing four straight wins between August and Septemer but is another who is coming off a disappointing performance (sixth) in the Travel Associates Classic.

Bringing strong form into the race is Sydney mare Jester’s Girl who beat the locals in the Travel Associates Classic to claim the first stakes win of her career.

Other nominated horses include Bruce Hill-trained pair Our Hussey and Clam Chowder and Gillian Heinrich’s last-start winning filly Sunset Affair.

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Just Now Quality 2012 – Nominations

Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 AMALFI DREAMS Matthew Dunn 65
2 BINGO ROSE Jason R Consadine 75
3 CLAM CHOWDER Bruce W Hill 72
4 CUDDLESOME Les Ross 80
5 DIVINE CITY Garnett Taylor 81
6 ERVBEFEL Raelene Feil 62
7 FILLYDELPHIA Robert Heathcote 101
8 FIRE UP FIFI Robert Heathcote 94
9 FUNTANTES Robert Heathcote 99
10 JASMINKA (NZ) Steele Ryan 84
11 JESTER’S GIRL Gerald Ryan 90
12 JUST DESTINY Rex Lipp 71.5
13 OUR HUSSEY Bruce W Hill 73
14 PRECIOUS MANDY Maryann Thexton 70
15 PURFECTRESS Noel J Doyle 78
16 RISK AVERSION Michael Lakey 92
17 ROSE OF SCOTLAND Kris Lees
18 SUNSET AFFAIR Gillian Heinrich 72.5
19 TUSKEGEE HAWK Len Treloar 84