Smart Adelaide raider Conservatorium will look to continue their magic run in the sunshine state this Queensland Winter Racing Carnival backing up from a devastatingly close second at Eagle Farm to run in this Saturday’s 2013 Eye Liner Stakes on Ipswich Cup Day.
The Royal Academy five-year-old is one of 28 nominations taken for the $175,000 Listed City Of Ipswich Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) which runs alongside two other Listed features at Ipswich Racecourse on the weekend.
A consistent galloper, Conservatorium is also an elite level performer having finished only half a length away second to Platelet in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) back home at Morphettville on May 11 after jumping from the extreme outside barrier 16 of 16.
They backed up in Brisbane on June 1 were just nudged out of a win when finishing a mere short half head away second to Galah in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) before being balloted out of the $1.36 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1300m) last Saturday.
Connections will now seek a consolation prize in Ipswich’s Eye Liner Stakes with Conservatorium before sending them out for a break.
“He’s going the best he’s gone in a long time,” Lloyd Kennewell, son of Conservatorium’s trainer Gary Kennewell, said of Conservatorium this week.
“His form speaks for itself at the moment … he’s right in the zone.”
This year’s Eye Liner Stakes attracted one of its classiest list of nominations this year too with other top rated chances including former Golden Slipper winner Phelan Ready and the former Gillian Heinrich-trained Startsmeup who is now prepared by former Melbourne Cup-winning trainer John Meagher with his sons Daniel and Chris in Brisbane.
Last year’s runner-up Jetset Lad meanwhile is in the mix again this year for John Wheeler having run a close fifth to Ipswich Cup hopeful Tokamak in the Listed Strawberry Road Handicap (1600m) at Eagle Farm last weekend.
Other notable Eye Liner Stakes nominees include the Gerald Ryan-trained Dances On Stars, last start Doomben winning mare Ametsis, the Kelly Schweida-trained Doubtful Jack, Rob Heathcote’s Chief De Beers runner-up Gundy Son, BRC Sprint runner-up Mahisara out to improve on their QTC Cup 12th and the Brian Smith-trained Meet George.
The full list of 2013 Eye Liner Stakes nominations are listed below with the final field and barrier draw to be released on Wednesday and published right here at Races.com.au.
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2013 Eye Liner Stakes Nominations
Ipswich Racecourse – 15/06/2013
|3||BENNY’S BUTTONS||Kelso Wood||92|
|4||CELTIC DANCER||Noel J Doyle||94|
|6||DANCES ON STARS (NZ)||Gerald Ryan||89|
|9||DOUBTFUL JACK||Kelly Schweida||92|
|10||DOZINTMATERANYWAY (NZ)||Liam Birchley||94|
|11||EASY RUNNING||Desleigh Forster||85|
|13||FERMENT||John P Thompson||84|
|14||GUNDY SON||Robert Heathcote||97|
|15||JETSET LAD (NZ)||John Wheeler||99|
|17||MEET GEORGE||Brian Smith||93|
|18||METALLURGICAL||John P Thompson||92|
|19||MORNING CAPTAIN||Kelly Doughty||98|
|20||MR ARMSTRONG||John P Thompson||87|
|21||NEW DAY RISING||David Pfieffer||90|
|22||PELLEGRINI (NZ)||Robert Heathcote||85|
|23||PHELAN READY||Jason McLachlan||102|
|24||SKATING ON ICE||Les Kelly||–|
|25||STARTSMEUP||John, Daniel & Christopher Meagher||101|
|26||STEEL ZIP||Pat Duff||97|
|27||TAX EVADER||Jeffrey Caught||80|
|28||TOO MANY REDS||Tony Gollan||94|