The race may have drawn just nine early entries but the Stan Fox Stakes 2013 nominations for Saturday at Rosehill feature some classy three-year-olds including the Gai Waterhouse-trained Aussies Love Sport.
Nominations for the $250,000 Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m), one of five Group races in Sydney this weekend, have been extended until 11:00am (AEST) on Tuesday after drawing under 10 hopes.
One of the likely favourites already however is Waterhouse’s Redoute’s Choice colt Aussies Love Sport who comes off back-to-back 1400m wins.
The first was a 2.5 length effort at Rosehill in August before they rose up in class at Randwick on September 7 to win the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m).
Aussies Love Sport is currently being considered for both the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne on October 12, for which they are rated a $17 chance for at Ladbrokes.com.au, as well as the $450,000 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) in Sydney on the same day.
Another Stan Fox Stakes nominee coming via a good Ming Dynasty run meanwhile is John Thompson’s fourth placed Hooked.
The Casino Prince colt backed up from their first-up effort in the Ming at Newcastle last week and were stepped up to the mile when fourth again this time to Savvy Nature in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m).
Thompson has also nominated for the lightly-raced maiden Desk Pop.
The other top-rated chance along with Aussies Love Sport is then the Bart & James Cummings-trained Eurozone.
A one-time favourite for the Caulfield Guineas following three on the trot including the black type Rosebud at Randwick, the Northern Meteor colt suffered a nasty defeat when eighth in The Run To the Rose last month.
They came closer at Rosehill on September 14 however when beaten 3.5 lengths by Zoustar in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at their latest start.
Also in the mix are Anthony Cummings’ in-form Thunder Fantasy who has won their last two on the trot at Hawkesbury and then Newcstle, as well as the consistent Peter Moody-trained Sebring colt Stamina coming off a Rosehill win over Bull Point.
See below for the current Stan Fox Stakes 2013 nominations.
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2013 Stan Fox Stakes Nominations
Rosehill Racecourse – 28/09/2013
|1||AUSSIES LOVE SPORT||Gai Waterhouse||80|
|2||BEST CASE (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||65|
|3||CRITERION (NZ)||David Payne||88|
|4||DESK POP||John P Thompson||63|
|5||DOWDSTOWN CHARLIE||David Payne||71|
|6||EUROZONE||Bart & James Cummings||80|
|7||HOOKED||John P Thompson||73|
|8||STAMINA||Peter G Moody||71|
|9||THUNDER FANTASY||Anthony Cummings||68|