Adelaide horseman Phillip Stokes is set to play a strong hand in the Blazer Stakes 2013 this Saturday at Flemington Racecourse nominating for two of his in-form mares in the feature.
A key race on the huge 10-event Turnbull Stakes Day card in Melbourne on the weekend this year’s $220,000 Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1410m), formerly registered as the Rose Of Kingston Stakes, drew 21 nominations.
Two of the mares nominated for this set weights race, which is a nice lead-up to some of the season’s majors including the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) back at the track on Derby Day in early November, are from Stokes’ Morphettville stables.
Molto Bene and Maybe Discreet are both set to represent Stokes in the Blazer.
Royal Academy four-year-old Molto Bene was formerly prepared by Will Clarken and then Roslyn Day, the latter preparing them for their seventh and ninth respectively in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks and SA Derby last prep.
She joined Stokes earlier this year and debuted for him with a first-up win at home over 1050m two weeks back.
Maybe Discreet meanwhile is Stokes major player having won the Schweppes Oaks over the 2000m back in April.
Her first-up run was on September 21 where she carried a hefty 59kg to finish third in the Listed WH Wylie Handicap (1100m).
There are then two other last start winners nominated for the Blazer this year along with Molto Bene with Stuart Webb’s Caulfield winner Mybenz and the Chris Waller-trained Catkins.
Dubawi mare Catkins improved on her second to Commanding Jewel in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) to hold on in a tight finish with Hi Belle in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on September 21.
Runner-up in that race Hi Belle has also been nominated for the Blazer, John Gunning’s veteran Clangalang seven-year-old resuming in the How Now showing she had lost none of her zest for racing.
Other notable mares in the mix then include the consistent Peter Moody-trained A Time For Julia who was third in the Let’s Elope two back, Sheraco Stakes runner-up Peron and Fire Up Fifi.
Fire Up Fifi was in great form at home in Brisbane during the winter but something went amiss for the Rob Heathcote-trained Bradbury’s Luck grey when she finished 12 (of 13) first-up in the Sheraco on September 14, unsuited to the fast pace.
She will be reunited with fellow Queenslander Damien Browne, who rode her for her two stakes wins last prep, in the Blazer after Glyn Schofield rode her in the Sheraco.
Check out the full Blazer Stakes 2013 nominations below and stay tuned for the final field and barriers out on Wednesday.
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2013 Blazer Stakes Nominations
Flemington Racecourse – 05/10/2013
|1||A TIME FOR JULIA||Peter G Moody||89|
|2||BALACLAVA LADY||Nigel Blackiston||67|
|4||EPINGLE (NZ)||Michael Kent||91|
|5||FIRE UP FIFI||Robert Heathcote||–|
|6||FLYING SNITZEL||Gerald Ryan||–|
|7||GIRL GONE ROCKIN||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||72|
|9||HI BELLE||John Gunning||101|
|11||LAKE SENTENTIA||Darren Weir||97|
|12||MAYBE DISCREET||Phillip Stokes||–|
|13||MELIORA||Peter G Moody||91|
|14||MOLTO BENE||Phillip Stokes||81|
|16||OUR MISS JONES (NZ)||Michael Kent||–|
|17||PERFECT OFFERING||John Sadler||63|
|18||PERFECTLY STUNNING (NZ)||Pat Carey||81|
|19||PERON||John P Thompson||96|
|20||RED FEZ||David Hayes||–|
|21||ZURELLA (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||–|