This Saturday the action of the Melbourne Festival of Racing officially gets underway at Caulfield Racecourse with CF Orr Stakes Day, one of the day’s notable support races being the Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes 2013 for the mares.
A total of 14 mares are currently entered for the $150,000 Group 3 Programmed Property Services Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) with nominations extended until 10:00am (AEST) on Tuesday.
Among the list of Bellmaine Stakes hopefuls are two last start winners, the most notable being the Mick Price-trained Loveyamadly.
The nicely-bred Bel Esprit mare has won her past two races on the trot bringing her record to four from six to date, her most recent effort being a nice 1.3 length win over 1100m at this track on Australia Day.
That victory was under the same conditions as Saturday’s race and Loveyamadly is sure to be near the top of the bookmaker.com.au markets if accepted.
Some of the more highly-rated entries include the Michael Moroney-trained Bonnie Mac who comes off an excellent fourth when defeated under two lengths by Sea Lord in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, Australia Stakes fifth placed Koonoomoo who won a Group 3 race at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day last year, and the Peter Moody-trained duo of Never Forget and Winter Championship Final third placed There’s Only One who resumes off a lengthy seven month spell.
Other noteworthy nominees then include Robert Smerdon’s Redoute’s Choice mare Riviere who is second-up after a close second to Loveyamadly, and Robbie Griffiths’ two entries Avionics and Vain Attraction.
See below for the current 2013 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes nominations.
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2013 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes Nominations
Caulfield Racecourse – 09/02/2013
|2||BIANCON ROSE||David Brideoake & David Feek||84|
|4||BONNIE MAC (NZ)||Michael Moroney||94|
|5||JOLIE BLONDE||Mark Riley||72|
|8||MANHATTAN MAID||Darren Weir||85|
|9||NEVER FORGET (FR)||Peter G Moody||97|
|11||SHEILA’S STAR||Mick Price||89|
|12||THERE’S ONLY ONE||Peter G Moody||97|
|13||VAIN ATTRACTION||Robbie Griffiths||80|
|14||VIBRANT ROUGE||Glenn Thornton||76|