2013 Blazer Stakes Nominations – Stokes Strong Hand

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.

Maybe Discreet

Schweppes Oaks winner Maybe Discreet is nominated for Saturday's Blazer Stakes 2013. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

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

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 A TIME FOR JULIA Peter G Moody 89
2 BALACLAVA LADY Nigel Blackiston 67
3 CATKINS Chris Waller 101
4 EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent 91
5 FIRE UP FIFI Robert Heathcote
7 GIRL GONE ROCKIN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 72
8 GOLDSLICK Michael Kent 93
9 HI BELLE John Gunning 101
10 KAZANLUK Anthony Freedman
11 LAKE SENTENTIA Darren Weir 97
12 MAYBE DISCREET Phillip Stokes
13 MELIORA Peter G Moody 91
14 MOLTO BENE Phillip Stokes 81
15 MYBENZ Stuart Webb 86
16 OUR MISS JONES (NZ) Michael Kent
17 PERFECT OFFERING John Sadler 63
19 PERON John P Thompson 96
20 RED FEZ David Hayes
21 ZURELLA (NZ) Shaune Ritchie