Appearance Tops 2013 Sheraco Stakes Nominations

Guy Walter’s triple Group 1 winning mare Appearance is set to make her new season return this Saturday having been nominated for the Sheraco Stakes 2013 at Rosehill’s Golden Rose Day.


Triple Group 1 winner Apperance resumes in Saturday's Sheraco Stakes 2013. Photo: Steve Hart.

Last seen running seventh to Sacred Falls in a muddy edition of the Doncater Mile back in April, the now five-year-old daughter of Commands has had three Sydney trials leading up to her Sydney Spring Racing Carnival comeback.

Winner of the Coolmore Classic – Queen Of The Turf Stakes double before the Doncaster, Appearance has failed to finish better than sixth in her trial performances this season.

Still, Walter is happy with her condition and hopes she can be competitive first-up on Saturday in the $125,000 Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) as she heads toward a run in the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.

A total of 15 fillies and mares make up the Sheraco Stakes nominations this year, Appearance also topping the weights with 59.5kg.

The next heaviest weighted hopefuls all on 58kg are then Light Fingers Stakes winner Bennetta, Gerald Ryan’s Snitzel four-year-old Flying Snitzel and Gosford Guineas champ Ichihara.

Brisbane’s leading trainer Rob Heathcote has nominated for two of his Queensland raiders with the consistent six-year-old Fillydelphia and Bradbury’s Luck grey Fire Up Fifi, last seen winning the Listed Merceds-Benz Mile at Eagle Farm in June, both set to resume.

Other notable hopes then include the Anthony Cummings-trained Arctic Flight, Peter Snowden’s last start Darley Crown winner back in May Aerobatics and Chris Waller’s veteran Redoute’s Choice mare Dystopia.

See below for the current Sheraco Stakes nominations 2013 with the final field due for release on Wednesday.

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2013 Sheraco Stakes Nominations

Rosehill Gardens – 14/09/2013

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 APPEARANCE Guy Walter 1 59.5kg 114
2 BENNETTA Grahame Begg 7= 58kg 97
3 FLYING SNITZEL Gerald Ryan 10 58kg 94
4 ICHIHARA Allan Denham 3= 58kg 99
5 DRIEFONTEIN Gai Waterhouse 5= 57kg 98
6 FILLYDELPHIA Robert Heathcote 7= 57kg 97
7 DYSTOPIA Chris Waller 2 56.5kg 101
8 FIRE UP FIFI Robert Heathcote 3= 56.5kg 99
9 AEROBATICS Peter Snowden 9 56kg 96
10 ARCTIC FLIGHT Anthony Cummings 5= 56kg 98
11 HONEY FLOWER Ross McDonald 11 56kg 93
12 PERON John P Thompson 12 56kg 90
13 ANGEL BEE (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 15 55kg 70
14 BRAVE SOUL Joseph Pride 13 55kg 81
15 JUST A GIRL Scott Aspery 14 55kg 80