One time Caulfield Guineas favourite Prince Harada will use the Bill Stutt Stakes 2013 at Moonee Valley Racecourse this Friday night as a final lead-up to the $1 million Group 1 classic at Caulfield next month.
There are a total of 16 three-year-olds nominated for this year’s $220,000 Group 2 City Jeep Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m), one of the major support races for Moir Stakes Night.
The bulk of the entries are heading towards a run in the Group 1 The BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 12, second declarations for which are taken tomorrow.
The shortest priced of the Bill Strutt Stakes nominees in the current Caulfield Guineas odds meanwhile is the Tony Vasil-trained Prince Harada.
At $7.50 the Haradasun colt trails only the Peter Snowden-trained Henry Bucks Stakes winner Long John ($4.20), Peter Moody’s Golden Rose runner-up Dissident ($6.50) who was a credible sixth in the Group 1 George Main Stakes behind Streama at Randwick on Saturday and Golden Rose third placegetter Bull Point ($7) for Gai Waterhouse.
Prince Harada entered Caulfield Guineas calculations with their eye-catching first-up second to Fast ‘N’ Rocking in the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m).
They were last seen running fifth in the Golden Rose and are tipped to improve as they see the mile for the first time in the Bill Stutt.
Another in-form youngster heading toward the Caulfield Guineas is the undefeated Marwood, paying $12 to win the big one.
Michael Moroney’s O’Reilly gelding debuted with a win at Seymour in the wet on August 18 and backed up from that over 1400m at Bendigo on September 8 with another impressive success, this time beating Curragh King as the $1.50 odds-on favourite.
The other best fancied Caulfield Guineas chances in the Bill Stutt entries are then Snitzel colt Shamus Award and Waterhouse’s Stratum grey Divine Calling coming off a win over 1500m at the track form September 14 who pay $15 and $16 respectively in futures betting.
Other notable hopes for Friday night’s showdown then include the Anthony Cummings-trained Cluster, Henry Bucks runner-up Weinholt and the lightly-raced Late Charge.
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2013 Bill Stutt Stakes Nominations
Moonee Valley Racecourse – 27/09/2013
|1||BRING SOMETHING||Ken Keys||61|
|4||CRIME FIGHTER||Peter G Moody||62|
|5||DIVINE CALLING||Gai Waterhouse||73|
|6||HONEY STEEL’S GOLD||David Hayes||70|
|7||LAST SIGHT||Stephen Brown||62|
|8||LATE CHARGE||Patrick Payne||71|
|9||MARWOOD (NZ)||Michael Moroney||69|
|11||PRINCE HARADA||Tony Vasil||78|
|12||QUEST FOR PEACE||Peter G Moody||63|
|13||SAN DIEGO||Peter Snowden||72|
|14||SHAMUS AWARD||Danny O’Brien||74|
|15||THE BOWLER||Tony Vasil||73|
|16||WEINHOLT||Peter G Moody||71|