The much awaited return of Leon Corsten’s Thousand Guineas winner Commanding Jewel looked set take place in Melbourne this weekend with the now four-year-old nominated for the 2013 Cockram Stakes but she will be saved another week.
One of four Group race features running at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday, the $150,000 Group 3 W.W. Cockram Stakes (1200m) this year drew a total of 24 nominees.
The headliner is of course Commands mare Commanding Jewel who hasn’t raced since her three length Guineas win at the track back in October last year.
The nicely-bred champ is tipped for a huge Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and is heading towards a shot at the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 26.
“I’m really pleased with her,” Corstens told AAP.
“She’s matured a hell of a lot.”
Corstens however has confirmed he will not be accepting for Commanding Jewel in the Cockram Stakes field and will save her first-up run for another seven days in a Listed race at Moonee Valley Saturday week.
“She’s not running. I don’t think she’s quite ready,” Corstens said of the half-sister to Atlantic Jewel.
“If she happened to strike a heavy track it might bust her and we’ve got a long spring ahead. We’ll take little steps.”
The next highest-rated Cockram Stakes nominee this year is then the Pat Hyland-trained Bonaria, the Group 3 winning Redoute’s Choice mare last seen running ninth in the Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville in April.
Ace Victorian trainer Peter Moody meanwhile has nominated for four from his stables including the lightly raced A Time For Julia.
The four-year-old daughter of Redoute’s Choice has had just three starts to date but has won two of those including her most recent at Caulfield over 1400m last October.
Also among Moody’s contingent are the consistent Kneeling formerly prepared by John Thompson, last year’s Australian Oaks third placegetter Thy, and Zabeel six-year-old Zoomania second-up for the season.
Other top trainers with entries include Chris Waller with progressive Dubawi grey Catkins, Michael Moroney with last start Caulfield winner Octavia and John Sadler with last year’s Cockram Stakes winner Lady Melksham.
Among the other more noteworthy entries are then Australian Guineas runner-up You’re So Good and Group 2 winner Oasis Bloom resuming after her dead-heat for fourth in the Group 1 Myer Classic over the Flemington mile last spring.
See below for the full list of Cockram Stakes 2013 nominations with the final field and barriers due out on Wednesday.
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2013 W.W. Cockram Stakes Nominations
Caulfield Racecourse – 17/08/2013
|1||A TIME FOR JULIA||Peter G Moody||72|
|2||BARBIE’S BOMBSHELL||Louise Bonella||75|
|4||CAPTIVATING LADY||Ray Coombes||87|
|6||COMMANDING JEWEL||Leon Corstens||105|
|7||DARTOOK (NZ)||David & Ryan Balfour||75|
|8||EASY TO LOOK AT||Andrew Sawden||64|
|9||IT’S POETS DAY||Emma Steel||74|
|10||JOLIE BLONDE||Mark Riley||94|
|11||KNEELING||Peter G Moody||82|
|12||LADY MELKSHAM||John Sadler||97|
|13||OASIS BLOOM||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||98|
|15||ORIENTAL RUBY||Gerard Moloney||86|
|16||OUR MISS JONES (NZ)||Michael Kent||84|
|17||PETITE DIABLESSE||Greg Eurell||70|
|18||QUEEN DELIGHT||Doug Harrison||84|
|19||SERENE STAR||Michael Kent||98|
|21||SPOT ON MAGGIE (NZ)||Pat Carey||78|
|22||THY (NZ)||Peter G Moody||93|
|23||YOU’RE SO GOOD (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston||91|
|24||ZOOMANIA (NZ)||Peter G Moody||78|