No Black Caviar in Robert Sangster Stakes Nominations 2013

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.


The in-form Arinosa will look for her fourth autumn win on the trot in the 2013 Robert Sangster Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart.

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

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 AGUEDA Anthony Cummings 77
2 ALTAR Peter Snowden 94
3 ANGELIC LIGHT Robbie Griffiths 84
4 ARCTIC FLIGHT Anthony Cummings 77
5 ARINOSA Chris Waller 107
6 AVOID LIGHTNING David Jolly 100
7 CLASSY CHLOE John Hickmott 93
8 DIAMOND EARTH Anthony Cummings 76
9 DYSTOPIA Chris Waller 103
10 EVER THE SAME Anthony Cummings 90
11 GYBE David Hayes 95
12 HALLE ROCKS Mick Price 81
13 JUST DISCREET Phillip Stokes 94
14 KOONOOMOO Rod Grantley 97
15 KULGRINDA Peter G Moody 106
16 LADY MELKSHAM John Sadler 97
17 LIGHT EXPRESS Michael Hibbs 82
18 ORTENSIA Paul Messara 110
19 PLATELET Darren Weir 102
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
24 SNITZERLAND Gerald Ryan 110
25 SOFT SAND Paul Messara 95
26 TARIANA Mick Price 94
27 YOSEI Stuart Webb 107