A list of fillies and mares heading towards the season’s final Group 1 race, the $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) on June 22, will have their final lead-ups this Saturday at Eagle Far running in the Dane Ripper Stakes 2013.
A total of 32 horses were nominated for this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m), one of the major support races on the Stradbroke Handicap Day program.
One of the top-rated Dane Ripper Stakes nominees is the Robert Heathcote-trained local Fire Up Fifi, the grey Bradbury’s Luck five-year-old coming off a good win in the Listed Spear Chief Handicap (1500m) at the track last weekend.
“She can win from 1200m to 1800m, she is just that sort of horse,” Heathcote said declaring the Tattersall’s Tiara as her grand final.
“We paid her up for the Stradbroke but she would need everything to go right for her in that sort of race.
“Small fish are sweet at the moment.”
Heathcote, who will still vie for the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) victory with stablemates Buffering and Solzhenitsyn on Saturday, has also nominated for Hidden Kisses and Show Affection in the Dane Ripper.
Other locally-trained females heading towards the race include Kelly Schweida’s Show A Heart filly Discreet and the Liam Birchley-trained Emmalene.
Another likely top fancy and last-start winner is then the Anthony Cummings-trained Flying Spur four-year-old Arctic Flight who took out the Listed Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) at Scone on May 18.
Also coming via the Dark Jewel is the Gai Waterhouse-trained Dehere mare Miss Stellabelle who was last seen running a credible fifth to Gala when going up against the boys in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm last Saturday.
Cummings is also likely to be represented in the Dane Ripper by another last start Scone winner with Choisir filly Diamond Earth who took out the Listed Denise’s Joy Stakes (1100m).
Other notable hopes include the Murray Baker-trained Kiwi Diademe coming off a third in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) at Doomben, the Hawkes’ last-start Randwick winner over 1400m on a Slow track Elfina, Peter Moody’s Scone Cup fourth placed Floria, smart Husson filly Peron who has won five of her six starts to date, and Chris Waller’s multiple Group winner Red Tracer running for the first time since her failed effort in the Doncaster Mile.
Red Tracer however is far from a guaranteed Dane Ripper starter having also been entered for the Listed June Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday where she would carry 60kg.
“She has freshened up nicely and we’ll make a decision on Wednesday whether she goes north or stays in Sydney,” Waller said.
“If she goes to Brisbane Nash Rawiller will ride her.”
Check out the full 2013 Patinack Farm Dane Ripper Stakes nominees below with the final field due for release on Wednesday.
2013 Dane Ripper Stakes Nominations
Eagle Farm Racecourse – 08/06/2013
|2||ARCTIC FLIGHT||Anthony Cummings||–|
|4||CITY OF SONG||Bjorn Baker||89|
|5||DIADEME (NZ)||Murray Baker||100|
|6||DIAMOND EARTH||Anthony Cummings||–|
|8||ELFINA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–|
|10||FIRE UP FIFI||Robert Heathcote||102|
|11||FLORIA (NZ)||Peter G Moody||–|
|12||GAI’S CHOICE||David Pfieffer||94|
|13||HIDDEN KISSES||Robert Heathcote||88|
|14||LOVE FOR RANSOM||Greg Eurell||74|
|15||MISS STELLABELLE||Gai Waterhouse||99|
|16||NEW BEGINNING||John P Thompson||–|
|17||PANE IN THE GLASS||John P Thompson||–|
|18||PERFECTLY STUNNING (NZ)||Pat Carey||–|
|19||PERON||John P Thompson||85|
|20||PETTY CURY||Don Sellwood||93|
|21||POSTE RESTANTE (NZ)||Desleigh Forster||93|
|22||PUNCH ON||Peter Balzen||90|
|24||RED TRACER||Chris Waller||–|
|25||RISK AVERSION||Michael Lakey||94|
|27||SHARNEE ROSE||Kris Lees||91|
|28||SHE’S CLEAN||Chris Waller||–|
|29||SHOW AFFECTION||Robert Heathcote||78|
|30||SOFT SAND||Paul Messara||–|
|31||STEPS IN TIME||John O’Shea||–|
|32||STOLEN KISSES||Maryann Thexton||72|