Missy Longstocking Heads 2013 Ken Russell Memorial Classic Nominations

Liam Birchley’s exciting filly Missy Longstocking heads nominations for the Listed 2013 Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Missy Longstocking Tops Ken Russell Memorial Classic Nominations. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The Ken Russell is an important lead-up to the big winter juvenile races which was proven last year as winner Sizzling went on to claim the Group 1 TJ Smith (now JJ Atkins).

Missy Longstocking is one of 19 horses nominated for the $100,000 race and if she lines up it will be first start since running third in the Magic Millions Classic in January.

In the Magic Millions she finished third behind fellow local Real Surreal and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Sweet Idea. Real Surreal hasn’t been seen since that win but the form has held up as Sweet Idea went on to win the Silver Slipper and finish third in the Golden Slipper.

Prior to the Magic Millions Missy Longstocking won the first four starts of her career including the Group 3 BG McLachlan Stakes ahead of Sweet Idea.

Also coming out of the Magic Millions is Architect who was eighth in the lucrative Gold Coast feature. The Bel Esprit gelding hasn’t raced since January 26 when he won by 1 2/2 lengths in a 2YO handicap at the Sunshine Coast.

Lightly raced but in strong form is Tony Gollan-trained filly Vienna Queen who won at Doomben on April 6 and hasn’t finished worse than third from three starts.

Travelling north from Sydney is Gai Waterhouse-trained filly who broke her maiden status at Warwick Farm in early April before running ninth in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes.

Others nominated for the Ken Russell Memorial Classic include Matt Dunn’s Londehero, Listed runner-up Sir Moments and the Patinack-owned Little Miss Smiley.

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Ken Russell Memorial Classic 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight
1 ARCHITECT David J Lawlor 2 57kg
2 DIAMOND OASIS John O’Shea 4 57kg
3 EASTERN PRINCE Gillian Heinrich 15 57kg
4 HYDRAZINE Helen Page 13= 57kg
5 LE VAL Noel J Doyle 12 57kg
6 LONDEHERO Matthew Dunn 9 57kg
7 METEOROLOGIST Marcus Wilson 17 57kg
8 PRIMAL FLIGHT Gillian Heinrich 16 57kg
9 SINGLE CHANCE Andrew Parramore 6 57kg
10 SIR MOMENTS Steven O’dea 10 57kg
11 SKYTASTIC Gillian Heinrich 13= 57kg
12 ENQUARE Jason McLachlan 11 55kg
13 FLORID AFFAIR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 8 55kg
14 FORELOCK (NZ) John Morrisey 18= 55kg
15 LITTLE MISS SMILEY John P Thompson 5 55kg
16 MARACOOLA Kelly Purdy 7 55kg
17 MISSY LONGSTOCKING Liam Birchley 1 55kg
18 SHIRAZ ATTACK Gillian Heinrich 18= 55kg
19 VIENNA QUEEN Tony Gollan 3 55kg