Nominations have now been released for the Listed $120,000 2013 WJ Adams Stakes (1000m) which will take place as one of four stakes races on a strong Caulfield card this Saturday.
Just seven horses have been entered to contest the sprint but there are some quality entrants including Anthony Freedman-trained gelding First Command.
The seven-year-old has been in stellar form since kicking off his campaign in January, winning the Mal Seccull Handicap first-up before taking out the Listed Kensington Stakes.
Another experienced galloper included in nominations is Stephen Brown’s six-year-old Canali who surprised plenty at the Spring Carnival to run second at Group 2 level in the Caulfield Sprint.
The Exceed And Excel gelding is returning after a brief break after last being seen running fifth in the Nightingales Handicap at Caulfield in December.
Adelaide mare Avoid Lightning will again travel east after a strong first-up second in the Chandler Macleod Handicap at Moonee Valley on December 29.
The David Jolly-trained sprinter boasts an outstanding record of five wins and one minor placing from eight starts and ran a solid fourth in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes last August.
Lightly-raced gelding Rifleman will continue his return after a first-up win in a mid-week race at Sandown on January 16.
Anthony Freedman has entered three-year-old filly Diamond Earth but whether she lines up is still undecided as she has also been nominated for a race at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
No matter where she lines up Diamond Earth will have to bounce back from a horror first-up showing where she was beaten 16 lengths when last at Warwick Farm on January 5.
Others included in WJ Adams Stakes nominations are Gary Portelli-trained gelding Eight Bills and Kensington Stakes runner-up Light Express.
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WJ Adams Stakes 2013 – Nominations
|1||AVOID LIGHTNING||David Jolly||89|
|3||DIAMOND EARTH||Anthony Cummings||78|
|4||EIGHT BILLS||Troy Portelli||88|
|5||FIRST COMMAND||Anthony Freedman||105|
|6||LIGHT EXPRESS||Michael Hibbs||84|