Bonaria Heads 2013 Queen Of The South Stakes Nominations

A big day at Morphetville this Saturday with two Group 1 races on the program and one of the key support events is the Group 2 2013 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m).

Bonaria heads nominations for the Queen Of The South Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Heading a 20-horse nominations list for the $175,000 race is Pat Hyland-trained mare Bonaria who has been in strong form.

The Redoute’s Choice four-year-old won the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy in March before running fourth in the Group 2 Sunline Stakes and winning an open handicap at Flemington on April 13.

Star Of Giselle began her campaign with a victory at Group 3 level in the Mannerism Stakes but will have to bounce back from a last-start fifth to Bonaria.

The Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained galloper is joined in nominations by stablemate Secret Liaison.

There’s no shortage of Victorians entered for the race and leading Melbourne trainer Peter Moody has three horses nominated with Storm Burst, Plucky Belle and There’s Only One.

There’s Only One will appreciate a drop back in class after running seventh in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes while Storm Burst will have to improve off a last-start sixth at Flemington.

Plucky Bell is the form runner out of Moody’s Queen Of The South Stakes, having won the Bill Collins Handicap at Caulflield at his last start.

Darren Weir’s four-year-old Lake Sententia showed some class when second in the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes in the spring and is coming off a second at Flemington.

Others nominated for the Queen Of South Stakes include local hope Danish Spy and Robbie Griffiths-trained pair Family Crest and Gail.

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Queen Of The South Stakes 2013 – Nominations

Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 BLUE RIBBON Colin Little 79
2 BONARIA Pat Hyland 102
3 CRUCIAL Anthony Freedman 86
4 DANISH SPY David Jolly 75
5 EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent 90
6 FAMILY CREST (NZ) Robbie Griffiths 85
7 FILIAR INVICTUS John Macmillan 69
8 GAIL Robbie Griffiths 88
9 LAKE SENTENTIA Darren Weir 89
10 MYBENZ Stuart Webb 64
11 NOTICE RECEIVED (NZ) Andrew Noblet 66
12 ORIENTAL RUBY Gerard Moloney 80
13 PLUCKY BELLE Peter G Moody 78
14 ROCK PRINCESS Chris Hyland 82
15 SECRET LIAISON Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 93
16 SILENT ATTITUDE Peter F Blanch 91
17 STAR OF GISELLE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 102
18 STORM BURST Peter G Moody 90
19 TABULATED Jon O’Connor 91
20 THERE’S ONLY ONE Peter G Moody 98