Talented miler Boban is set to return to the races on Saturday after being included in the 2014 Expressway Stakes nominations.
Boban was the star of the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, finishing his campaign with five wins from as many starts, and took out the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick on October 5 as well as the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on November 9.
The Bernardini gelding has been set for a lengthy autumn campaign that will include starts in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on February 22 and the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm on March 8; with the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) another likely target for the four-year-old.
Waller is set dominate the 2014 Expressway Stakes final field; with Arinosa, Moriarty and Sizzling also included in the nominations for the Group 2 event.
Sizzling will be having his first start for the Waller stable after being transferred from the care of Queensland trainer Kelso Wood at the end of his somewhat disappointing 2013 Spring Racing Carnival campaign.
The Snitzel entire started his campaign with a seventh place finish in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) and was fifth in the Group 3 Tramway Stakes (1400m), fourth in the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) before finishing his preparation with a seventh place finish in the Epsom Handicap.
Arguably the most interesting inclusion in the 2014 Expressway Stakes nominations is Her Majesty The Queen Of England-owned Carlton House, who missed the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival due to a number of different issues.
Carlton House made his Australian racing debut with a 13th place finish in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 30, but has previously performed at the highest level of racing in England; finishing second behind equine superstar So You Think in the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2011m) during the 2012 Royal Ascot meeting.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse has been happy with the progress of Carlton House since he returned from the spelling paddock and he performed well alongside stablemate Fiorente during an exhibition gallop in Sydney last weekend.
Another horse set to make a return to racing after a lengthy lay-off is classy filly Real Surreal, who is now prepared by Team Hawkes.
Real Surreal has not been seen at the races since her narrow win over Sweet Idea and Missy Longstocking in the Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on January 12.
The Real Saga filly has had a number of issues since her memorable victory, but performed well in a barrier trial at Rosehill Gardens on January 21 and the Hawkes team have been happy with her progress.
Talented mare Appearance is also set to return to the races after an injury-disrupted campaign during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival.
Appearance failed to fire in both the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Golden Pendant, but trainer Guy Walter believes that she can return to the form that saw her win the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m) during the 2013 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
David Payne-trained Centennial Park, talented sprinter Howmuchdoyouloveme, Darley gelding Pinwheel, the speedy Rain Affair, last start winner River Lad and Emirates Stakes runner-up Speediness have also been included in the 2014 Expressway Stakes nominations.
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|4||CARLTON HOUSE (USA)||Gai Waterhouse||108|
|5||CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||David Payne||99|
|7||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||109|
|9||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride||110|
|10||REAL SURREAL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||86|
|11||RIVER LAD||Natalie Mccall||102|