Members Joy Tops 2013 Angus Armanasco Stakes Nominations

Robert Smerdon’s progressive grey filly Members Joy will look to break her Group duck this Saturday when she races third-up in the Angus Armanasco Stakes 2013 at Caulfield as part of Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

Members Joy

Members Joy is one of the more notable entries for the 2013 Angus Armanasco Stakes this Blue Diamond Day. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

The three-year-old daughter of Hussonet enjoyed a stakes win at Flemington last September but hasn’t won a race since, coming close though on a number of occasions including her second in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes over the mile.

She resumed with a fourth on Australia Day before improving on February 9 when defeated just a short half-head in the Listed Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield, an effort she will look to go one better in in the $220,000 Group 2 D’Urban Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) this weekend.

A total of nine three-year-old fillies were nominated for the Angus Armanasco Stakes this year with nominations extended until 10:00am (AEST) on Tuesday.

Other highly-rated fillies in the mix include the Michael Kent-trained Summer Gem and Peter Moody’s Kevin Hayes Stakes fourth placed Meliora.

There are then three last-start winners in the mix with Al Maher filly Hamam after their third straight following country wins at Werribee and Bendigo, the lightly-raced Canterbury Hill and the undefeated David Hayes-trained Red Ransom filly Red Fez coming off a tight win at Sandown from February 6.

See below for the full Angus Armanasco Stakes 2013 nominations with the final field due for release on Wednesday.

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2013 Angus Armanasco Stakes Nominations

Caulfield Racecourse – 23/02/2013

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 BALACLAVA LADY Nigel Blackiston 68
2 CANTERBURY HILL Robbie Griffiths 62
3 GONDOKORO (NZ) Pat Carey 62
4 HAMAM Luke Oliver 65
5 MELIORA Peter G Moody 72
6 MEMBERS JOY Robert Smerdon 84
7 NADEEM LASS Robbie Griffiths 65
8 RED FEZ David Hayes 67
9 SUMMER GEM Michael Kent 72