The world’s best mare and defending champ Black Caviar is the most notable omission from the 2013 Robert Sangster Stakes nominations, early entries for the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival classic run on April 27 taken this week.
Twelve months ago Peter Moody’s undefeated turf queen, who last weekend took her record to an incredible 25 straight turf triumphs with her big TJ Smith Stakes success, travelled over to Morphettville and won her Adelaide debut in emphatic style in the $400,000 Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m).
She would continue on to also dominate the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m), South Australia’s other premier sprint, but will not be back to defend her title in either this year with a return to Brisbane for the 2013 BTC Cup the likely option for Black Caviar next race.
There will still be a talented line-up of fillies and mares facing off in the Robert Sangster Stakes, also known as the Sportingbet Classic, Saturday week however with 27 nominations released.
Moody has nominated for one mare this year to hand him with back-to-back victories with his Exceed And Excel five-year-old Kulgrinda in top form to emulate her star stablemate after her good win in the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes (1100m) at Morpehttville last Saturday.
This year’s Sportingbet Classic entries are in fact dominated by interstate raiders with just three locally-trained runners in the mix for the trophy this year.
Punters have to look back to 2001 for the last Adelaide-trained mare to win the Robert Sangster with the John Hall-trained Umaline.
While the local contingent may be small numbers wise there no shortage of class in the trio with the David Jolly-trained Blevic four-year-old Avoid Lightning who has won six of her 12 starts to date, Classy Chloe from the stables of John Hickmott and Phillip Stokes’ first-up Matrice Stakes winner Just Discreet all looking to keep the title in SA.
Looking to steal the show are then an equally strong line-up of interstate-trained hopefuls some of the headliners of which include globetrotting mare Ortensia, former Golden Slipper placegetter Snitzerland multiple Group 1 champ Yosei, and the John O’Shea-trained Sea Siren out to improve on her fifth to Black Caviar in the TJ Smith Stakes.
Also in the mix is Chris Waller’s progressive Dash For Cash grey Arinosa (pictured) fresh off a stand-out win in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) last weekend which was her fourth straight win and first at Group 2 level.
Waller has also nominated for Redoute’s Choice six-year-old Dystopia who ran fourth in the Sapphire on the back of a Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) fourth first-up last month.
Also with multiple entries are Anthony Cummings nominating for four including Aguda and Diamond Earth; and Mick Price who shoots for his third Robert Sangster Stakes success.
Price first won the event in 2004 with Bel Mer adding another victory with French Bid (2009) and will this year saddle up Fastnet Rock four-year-old Halle Rocks and the consistent Tariana.
Also released were the nominations for the $400,000 Schweppes Australasian Oaks (2000m) run on Robert Sangster Stakes Day, 36 three-year-old fillies entered this year.
See below for the official 2013 Sportingbet Classic (Robert Sangster Stakes) nominations with the final field due for release next week.
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2013 Robert Sangster Stakes Nominations
Morphettville Racecourse – 27/04/2013
|3||ANGELIC LIGHT||Robbie Griffiths||84|
|4||ARCTIC FLIGHT||Anthony Cummings||77|
|6||AVOID LIGHTNING||David Jolly||100|
|7||CLASSY CHLOE||John Hickmott||93|
|8||DIAMOND EARTH||Anthony Cummings||76|
|10||EVER THE SAME||Anthony Cummings||90|
|12||HALLE ROCKS||Mick Price||81|
|13||JUST DISCREET||Phillip Stokes||94|
|15||KULGRINDA||Peter G Moody||106|
|16||LADY MELKSHAM||John Sadler||97|
|17||LIGHT EXPRESS||Michael Hibbs||82|
|20||RED FEZ||David Hayes||75|
|21||SEA SIREN||John O’Shea||114|
|22||SERENE STAR||Michael Kent||96|
|23||SHAMAL WIND||Robert Smerdon||90|
|25||SOFT SAND||Paul Messara||95|