The best of this season’s staying three-year-olds make up the Spring Champion Stakes 2013 nominations which were taken by Racing NSW today.
Running at Royal Randwick on Saturday October 12 as a stand-alone meeting for the first time, this year’s $400,000 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) has drawn 104 early entries.
There are plenty of talented 3YO’s in the mix too, one of the most notable of which is Anthony Cummings’ Caulfield Guineas – Cox Plate nominee Drago.
Competitive at this level during the autumn including their fourth to Guleph in the Sires Produce Stakes – Champagne Stakes double, the Danehill Dancer colt resumed last Saturday with an eye-catching second to War in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m).
Cummings, who vies for his third Spring Champion trophy to add to those won with Hotel Grand (2005) and Teranaba (2006), has nominated for 11 others too including Fastnet Rock colt Cluster who ran a cracker first-up second to Va Pensiero in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on August 17.
Sydney’s leading lady of racing Gai Waterhouse meanwhile also plays a strong hand in the Spring Champion 2013 with nine entries as she vies for her fourth win in the classic.
Waterhouse came close to snaring the race again last year with Proisir who was just a long neck away second to crack Kiwi raider It’s A Dundeel who went on to score the Sydney Autumn 3YO Triple Crown the following prep.
Among her top fancies are the likes of Bull Point, Equator, the undefeated Order Of The Sun and Pitcrew who suffered their first defeat when fourth in the Up And Coming last weekend on the back of three straight wins.
Chris Waller meanwhile also boasts a high class Spring Champion Stakes contingent with six hopefuls.
Heading Waller’s clan are the well-tried Vilanova who has had eight starts to date and Zoustar.
Vilanvoa was second in two Group 2 races during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, and fourth beaten only two lengths in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m), before coming back with their Up And Coming third over the weekend.
Zoustar meanwhile resumes racing this Saturday in Sydney’s Group 3 The Run To The Rose, the Northern Meteor colt having beaten their stablemate in Brisbane to win the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce (1350m) at Doomben and finish runner-up in the JJ Atkins.
See below for the official list of Spring Champion Stakes 2013 nominations with betting to open at our preferred online bookie bookmaker.com.au shortly.
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2013 Spring Champion Stakes Nominations
Randwick Racecourse – 12/10/2013
|2||AUSSIES LOVE SPORT||Gai Waterhouse|
|3||BARDEM (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|4||BEACH BOY||Anthony Cummings|
|5||BEST CASE (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|
|6||BULL POINT||Gai Waterhouse|
|7||CADILLAC MOUNTAIN||Peter G Moody|
|9||CHURCH BOY (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|12||CRIME FIGHTER||Peter G Moody|
|13||CRITERION (NZ)||David Payne|
|14||CRITICAL ANGEL (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|15||DESK POP||John P Thompson|
|16||DEVIL MISS||David Payne|
|17||DIAMONDROCKER||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|18||DISSIDENT||Peter G Moody|
|19||DOUBLE EAGLE||David Payne|
|20||DOWDSTOWN CHARLIE||David Payne|
|22||EAGLE SHAMAN||Paul Messara|
|23||EASTERN DRAGON||Bruce Wallace|
|24||ELECTRIC DEE JAY (NZ)||John O’Shea|
|27||FAST DRAGON||Bruce Wallace|
|28||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||David Hayes|
|29||FOREIGN PRINCE (NZ)||David Payne|
|30||FOREVER LOVED (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|31||FRANK WHO (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|32||FREE FROM SIN||Anthony Cummings|
|34||FULL COUNT||Roger James|
|35||GRAND ARMADA||Tony McEvoy|
|36||GREAT ESTEEM||David Hayes|
|37||GREENFIELD (NZ)||Paul Rocke|
|38||HAPPY CLAPPER||Patrick Webster|
|39||HONEY STEEL’S GOLD||David Hayes|
|40||HOOKED||John P Thompson|
|42||I AM TITANIUM||David Hayes|
|43||I CAN ROCK||Gary Portelli|
|44||IKE’S LEGACY||David Vandyke|
|45||IN A KNOT||David Vandyke|
|47||KIRRAMOSA (NZ)||John Sargent|
|48||LIBERTY’S CHOICE||Gai Waterhouse|
|49||LONG JOHN||Peter Snowden|
|51||MAHICAN||Peter G Moody|
|52||MARLOW (NZ)||David Payne|
|53||MARWOOD (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|54||MISS MARRIOTT||Anthony Cummings|
|55||MISTA SPOT||Anthony Freedman|
|56||MONKSTONE||Peter G Moody|
|57||MOORLUV||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|59||MOUNTAIN VIEW (NZ)||John Sargent|
|60||MR BEE GEE||Gary Portelli|
|61||NOMIS (NZ)||Anthony Freedman|
|62||ONE INCH PUNCH||Anthony Freedman|
|63||ONE STEP BEYOND||Anthony Cummings|
|64||ORDER OF THE SUN||Gai Waterhouse|
|65||PHI (NZ)||Bjorn Baker|
|67||PRICE WAR||Jason Coyle|
|70||RAZZLE DAZZLE ROCK||David Hayes|
|71||RED CLIFFS||Michael Moroney|
|72||ROCK HERO||David Payne|
|75||SAINTLY LAD||Bart & James Cummings|
|76||SAN DIEGO||Peter Snowden|
|77||SAVVY NATURE (NZ)||John O’Shea|
|78||SELF SENSE||David Brideoake & David Feek|
|80||SHINE ON||Anthony Cummings|
|81||SINGING FLAME||Kevin Moses|
|82||SIR LASZLO (NZ)||Grahame Begg|
|83||SIR TRIUMPHANT||Chris Waller|
|84||SPUD O’REILLY (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|85||STAMINA||Peter G Moody|
|86||STAR FASHION||David Hayes|
|87||STAR WARS (NZ)||Scott Aspery|
|88||STREET VIEW||Anthony Freedman|
|89||SUPER FUN||David Hayes|
|90||SUPER VILLAIN (NZ)||John O’Shea|
|91||SURGE AHEAD||Anthony Cummings|
|95||THE THOMAS AFFAIR||Bjorn Baker|
|96||THE YOWIE||David Hayes|
|97||THUNDER FANTASY||Anthony Cummings|
|98||TUPAC AMARU||Peter Snowden|
|99||VILANOVA (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|102||WORTH A RANSOM||Mick Price|