Patinack Farm Classic 2013 First Acceptances Taken

There are 35 sprinters still heading towards a run in the 2013 Patinack Farm Classic on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival this November following the release of first acceptances for the Emirates Stakes Day feature.

Zoustar

Chris Waller's star three-year-old is early favourite of the 2013 Patinack Farm Classic first acceptors. Photo: Steve Hart.

Scheduled to run on Saturday November 9, this year’s Patinack Farm Classic is registered as the $1 million VRC Sprint (1200m) and originally attracted 60 nominations.

That figure has been cut by nearly half today following the first declarations, race favourite Zoustar still in the mix.

The Chris Waller-trained Northern Meteor colt won the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) in mid-September and then backed up with a blistering four and a half length effort in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) at the start of the month.

After that run Waller declared them a chance for the Patinack and backed that up by accepting for them today, but their final acceptance is still not a sure thing.

“I’m very aware of not asking too much of this horse this preparation,” Waller told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“I have looked at the Patinack as an option but it would mean dropping back from a mile to 1200m in a couple of runs.

“If it was 1400m, like the All Aged Stakes at the end of the Sydney carnival, it would be a no-brainer. We will see how he is before planning anything.”

Sydney’s premier trainer Waller could play a very nice hand in the VRC Sprint this year too.

He’s also accepted for:

  • Last start Group 2 winning mare Arinosa
  • The flying Boban who has won their past four on the trot including the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) two back
  • Group 1 champion mare Red Tracer who took out the Tristarc Stakes last weekend

The other most notable Patinack Farm Classic acceptors will all face off in this Friday night’s $1 million Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) under the lights at Moonee Valley.

The top Manikato runners on way to the Patinack are:

  • Mick Price’s last start Moir Stakes winner Samaready
  • Hong Kong raider Lucky Nine who is set to be 100 percent by November
  • Rob Heathcote’s perennial Group 1 placegetter Buffering

Other sprinters high up the tight Patinack Farm Classic betting markets accepted for today then include:

  • Nikki Burke’s consistent Stratum gelding Unpretentious who won the Schillaci Stakes over 1000m at Caulfield this month with a big 58.5kg impost
  • Last start Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Rebel Dane who runs in the Manikato this weekend and who must prove their form over 1200m coming back from 1400m
  • The Peter Snowden-trained Commands stallion Epaulette, winner of the Doomben 10,000 over 1350m back in May, out to improve on their Moir Stakes seventh first-up
  • Dual Group 1 Adelaide winner Platelet who was in the winners’ stall at Flemington after the Gilgai Stakes on October 5 before their credible fifth in the Caulfield Sprint last weekend when carrying the hefty 59kg top weight

The full list of Patinack Farm or VRC Sprint Classic first acceptances can be found below.

The 2013 Patinack Farm Classic final field is due for release on Wednesday November 6 at 10:00am (AEST) with Races.com.au one of the first out with the final acceptors.

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2013 Patinack Farm Classic First Declarations

Flemington Racecourse – 09/11/2013

No Last 10 Horse Ballot Trainer Career Rtg
1 122-67043-35 ALBRECHT (BLKS) =1 Peter Snowden 12-2-2-3 98
2 21121-0114-1 ARINOSA (BLKS) =1 Chris Waller 28-9-4-1 108
3 49-1579-132-6 BEL SPRINTER =1 Jason Warren 17-7-2-1 110
4 5-211150-438 BENNETTA =1 Grahame Begg 11-3-1-1 98
5 0-41229-1111 BOBAN =1 Chris Waller 17-7-2-0 113
6 2-1168-1432-2 BUFFERING (BLKS) =1 Robert Heathcote 35-12-9-5 112
7 231611-2237 CHIARAMONTE =1 Peter Snowden 13-5-3-3 91
8 04025178-31 DIAMOND EARTH =1 Anthony Cummings 19-5-3-1 N/A
9 0-3113-2610-7 EPAULETTE =1 Peter Snowden 13-5-2-2 112
10 442255-2107 FAST ‘N’ ROCKING (BLKS) =1 David Hayes 11-1-3-0 90
11 10-775010-92 FONTELINA =1 Anthony Cummings 20-5-3-0 105
12 3-46230-81-73 GALAH (BLKS) =1 Peter Snowden 19-5-2-4 102
13 132-41111-6- HAPPY GALAXY =1 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 9-5-1-1 100
14 30-51551471- LUCKY NINE =1 Caspar Fownes 34-12-7-5 118
15 1113-4191-11 MISSY LONGSTOCKING (BLKS) =1 Liam Birchley 11-8-0-1 94
16 1-131-2205-24 MOMENT OF CHANGE =1 Peter G Moody 15-5-3-3 108
17 0-161154624 PAGO ROCK =1 David Hayes 23-10-4-0 102
18 325-3211-415 PLATELET =1 Darren Weir 22-8-5-5 110
19 2222-4190-03 RAREFIED =1 Peter Snowden 22-4-5-6 N/A
20 111-1240-141 REBEL DANE =1 Gary Portelli 10-6-1-0 109
21 0-2122011-21 RED TRACER (BLKS) =1 Chris Waller 31-13-7-5 112
22 1-1-142 SAFEGUARD =1 Peter Snowden 5-3-1-0 91
23 11113-4-11 SAMAREADY =1 Mick Price 8-6-0-1 113
24 1-1321-1214 SESSIONS =1 Peter Snowden 9-5-2-1 102
25 1-103209-152 SHAMAL WIND =1 Robert Smerdon 11-4-2-1 99
26 5-3953161-97- SHAMEXPRESS =1 Danny O’Brien 12-3-1-2 107
27 3-2012-404 SIDESTEP (BLKS) =1 Peter Snowden 8-1-2-1 94
28 9-1136-318-88 SNITZEM (BLKS) =1 Leon Corstens 11-3-0-3 91
29 3662644-321 SPIRIT OF BOOM =1 Tony Gollan 43-7-9-6 107
30 78-114070-34 STEPS IN TIME =1 John O’Shea 22-8-1-2 106
31 550-7570-228 TEMPLE OF BOOM (BLKS) =1 Tony Gollan 42-10-6-6 106
32 111-4110-7 THE PEAK =1 Bart & James Cummings 8-5-0-0 93
33 2-56553-113-1 UNPRETENTIOUS =1 Nikki Burke 11-4-1-2 104
34 11-270-24 VILLA VERDE =1 Shaun Dwyer 7-2-2-0 82
35 1112411 ZOUSTAR =1 Chris Waller 7-5-1-0 106