Nominations for a number of the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s Group 1 features closed today including those for the fillies-only Crown Oaks 2013 where Peter Snowden’s ace three-year-old Guelph is one of the high profile entries.
Run at Flemington Racecourse on Thursday November 7 as the sole Group 1 of the third day of the Flemington four-day Carnival, this year’s $1 million Crown Oaks (2500m) drew 51 nominations.
Among them is dual Group 1 winning Exceed And Excel filly Guelph who is favourite for next month’s $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield after her second-up win last Saturday in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) in Sydney.
Guelph was also one of a dozen three-year-olds accepted at second declaration stage for this year’s $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 26.
Second pick for the Thousand Guineas 2013, Gregers is another headline Crown Oaks nominee this spring.
The David Hayes-trained Commands filly was also a winner last Saturday but at Caulfield, the Blue Diamond Stakes fourth placegetter taking out the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m).
It seems the Thousand Guineas-bound fillies are dominating Crown Oaks nominations this year with other fancies for the mile feature that could be stepped up in November including Tea Rose runner-up Arabian Gold who previously won three on the trot, Robert Smerdon’s Thousand Guineas Prelude third placed Politeness and the John O’Shea-trained Furious Stakes winner Bound For Earth.
Other notable Crown Oaks 2013 second acceptors then include last start Moonee Valley winner Solicit, Michael Kent’s Thousand Guineas Prelude runner-up Marianne and the undefeated Dylan Thomas filly Metaphorical for Peter Moody.
2013 Crown Oaks first acceptances close on October 22 making the picture a little clearer before the final field is announced on November 4.
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2013 Crown Oaks Nominations
Flemington Racecourse – 07/11/2013
|1||AKAGERA||Peter G Moody|
|2||ARABIAN GOLD||David Vandyke|
|3||ASHLEIGH’S REIGN||Mark Webb|
|4||BERNING AFFAIR||Leon Corstens|
|5||BOUND FOR EARTH||John O’Shea|
|8||CAFE SCIENTIFIC||Mick Price|
|12||CUBAN GOLD||Shaun Dwyer|
|13||DEVIL MISS||David Payne|
|15||FANTOME GRIS||Leon Corstens|
|16||FLAMETREE OF THIKA (NZ)||Pat Carey|
|17||GO AGAIN||Robert Smerdon|
|20||GYPSY DIAMOND||John O’Shea|
|21||HARADA MISS||David Hayes|
|22||KIRRAMOSA (NZ)||John Sargent|
|23||LADY EMDEE (NZ)||John O’Shea|
|24||LADY LAKSHMI||David Brideoake & David Feek|
|25||LUCKY VALENTINE||Tony Vasil|
|26||MARIANNE (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|28||MAY’S DREAM||Darren Weir|
|29||MEAN STREAK||Robert Smerdon|
|30||MELALEUCA||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan|
|31||METAPHORICAL||Peter G Moody|
|32||MIRACLE TO ME||John McArdle|
|35||QUEST FOR PEACE||Peter G Moody|
|37||SATURDAY FIRST||Guy Walter|
|38||SCARLET MORETTA||Anthony Freedman|
|39||SCRATCHY BOTTOM||Michael Kent|
|40||SE SAUVER||Matt Laurie|
|41||SENSIBILITY||Peter G Moody|
|42||SO BELLA ARELLA||Leon Corstens|
|43||SOLICIT||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra|
|44||STAR FASHION||David Hayes|
|46||TEAR GAS (NZ)||Danny O’Brien|
|47||THE RAZOR (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|48||UP THE LADDER||Ken Keys|