Zedi Knight Tops Christmas Stakes 2012 Nominations – Boxing Day Races

Brendan McCarthy’s veteran local galloper Zedi Knight tops the nominations, weights and ballot for the big race this Boxing Day, entries for the 2012 Christmas Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse next Wednesday, December 26, now out.

Adamantium

Last-start Flemington winner Adamantium is one of the top entries for Boxing Day's Christmas Stakes 2012

A bumper list of 27 nominees were taken for this year’s edition of the $120,000 Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) with Zeditave eight-year-old Zedi Knight, back to defend their title having won the race in fine style 12 months ago, out for successive victories in the Boxing Day feature.

Last year Zedi Knight broke an eight month winning drought to take out the Christmas Stakes and this year they also come off a losing streak not having won a race since.

They will be first-up next week not having raced since a disappointing eight at the track back in April over 1100m and will also have the hefty 60kg top-weight, last year’s winning hoop Jamie Mott booked for the ride, to overcome.

Following Zedi Knight in the Christmas Stakes nominations and weights are then Geelong galloper Elusive Touch (58.5kg), the consistent Tony Vasil-trained Veewap (58kg) and Oamaru Force eight-year-old Diplomatic Force (58kg) who resumed on December 1 with a close second at the track over 1100m behind Outlandish Lad when jumping from barrier 13 of 14.

Other horses coming off good recent form then include Stephen Brown’s Street Cry gelding Sea Lord who enjoyed a win at Moonee Valley during the Cox Plate Carnival, the Danny O’Brien-trained four-year-old Adamantium who enjoyed a good two length win at Flemington last Saturday, the Mark Kavanagh-trained Undeniably who ran second to stablemate Catapulted in the Listed Doveton Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on December 8, and last-start winner of the Listed Tasmanian Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Launceston back in November Crunch Time.

The full 2012 Christmas Stakes nominations can be found below, final fields for the Boxing Day races due out early next week.

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2012 Christmas Stakes Nominations

Caulfield Racecourse – 26/12/2012

# Horse Trainer Ballot Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 ZEDI KNIGHT Brendan McCarthy 1 60kg 101
2 ELUSIVE TOUCH Shane A Edwards 2 58.5kg 98
3 DIPLOMATIC FORCE Wayne Nichols 4 58kg 97
4 VEEWAP Tony Vasil 3 58kg 97
5 SEA LORD Stephen Brown 5 57.5kg 96
6 ALPHA PROXIMA Leon Corstens 6 57kg 95
7 ADAMANTIUM (NZ) Danny O’Brien 8 55.5kg 92
8 UNDENIABLY Mark Kavanagh 9 55.5kg 92
9 GOLD SAND Lee & Shannon Hope 11 55kg 91
10 IT’S CRUNCH TIME Doug Harrison 10 55kg 91
11 SHOCK VALUE David Hayes 12 55kg 91
12 BIGELOW Clinton McDonald 13 54.5kg 90
13 BONNIE MAC (NZ) Michael Moroney 7 54.5kg 94
14 BY THE WAY Mark Lewis 14 54.5kg 90
15 AVIONICS Robbie Griffiths 20 54kg 86
16 BELLO Peter Snowden 16 54kg 88
17 DASH FOR VIZ Robbie Griffiths 24 54kg 80
18 DEE BEE NINE Will Clarken 21 54kg 85
19 DEVILS FORCE Mark Riley 19 54kg 86
20 HOTHAM HEIGHTS Luke Oliver 15 54kg 89
21 OUR PROTOCOL Mark Loft 27 54kg 70
22 ROSES IN THE GLEN Mick Price 26 54kg 78
23 SOLEDAD Peter Snowden 17 54kg 86
24 TARIANA Mick Price 22 54kg 82
25 TRAMUNTANA Peter Smith 23 54kg 82
26 VAIN ATTRACTION Robbie Griffiths 25 54kg 78
27 YOUBOLT Jarrod McLean 18 54kg 86