Zeditave Stakes 2013 Attracts Just 5 Nominations

Just five sprinters make up the 2013 Zeditave Stakes nominations for this Saturday’s Caulfield feature, the three-year-old colts & geldings’ black type playing second fiddle to the meeting’s Blue Diamond Previews for the two-year-olds.

It is shaping up as a pretty dismal edition of the $120,000 Listed Zeditave Stakes (1200m) with the hopefuls vying for a minimum $3,000 in prize money if all five horses are accepted for on Wednesday.

Two of the Zeditave Stakes entries are vying for their third win on the trot including the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Happy Galaxy.

The Nadeem colt has won three of their six career starts to date including their past two this month.

After a close second-up victory at Rosehill on New Year’s Day Happy Galaxy backed up 11 days later and blew away their rivals by a minimum four lengths over the same track and distance.

Also looking to extend their winning streak out to three on Saturday is Peter Moody’s Hard Spun gelding Royal Haunt.

The local galloper debuted at Echuca with a win on New Year’s Eve before stepping up to 1210m at Scone on January 17 relishing the extra distance to win by two and a half lengths earning their trip to the city this weekend.

Another notable entry is then Peter Snowden’s promising Elusive Quality colt Rusambo.

Winner of the Listed McKenzie Stakes at Moonee Valley back in August Rusambo, fifth in last year’s Blue Diamond Stakes, was last seen running third to smart filly Snitzerland in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington in September.

Rounding out the Zeditave Stakes nominees this year are then the other Moody-trained youngster Exceed And Excel gelding Flamberge who has won two of their three starts, and Dean Howard’s Written Tycoon colt Grand Emperor.

Nominations have been extended in an attempt to draw a few more entries until 10:00am (AEST) on Tuesday so stay tuned to Races.com.au for the latest.

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2013 Zeditave Stakes Nominations

Caulfield Racecourse – 26/01/2013

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 FLAMBERGE Peter G Moody 70
2 GRAND EMPEROR Dean Howard 66
3 HAPPY GALAXY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 75
4 ROYAL HAUNT Peter G Moody 66
5 RUSAMBO Peter Snowden 80