Nominations for the Group 3 TAB Rewards Stakes (1400m) have been released, with 2013 Caulfield Cup Champion Fawkner poised for a return for this first time in 2014 at Flemington on Saturday.
Having slowly built to the task throughout his 2013 spring preparation, Fawkner comfortably strolled home when beating Dandino and Dear Demi by a length-and-a-half in the Caulfield Cup, before a strong final straight sprint allowed the Reset gelding to claim sixth in the Melbourne Cup.
Having been kept away from barrier trials throughout January and early February, trainer Robert Hickmott, who has also included Foundry, Ranked, Tanby and The United States in nominations for the TAB Rewards Stakes, has been pleased with the way Fawkner has approached time in the spelling paddock and is expecting him to return in 2014 bigger and better than ever before.
Also included in nominations for the 2014 TAB Rewards Stakes is 2014 Carlyon Cup winner Chase The Rainbow.
Following nearly two years in the spelling paddock, Chase The Rainbow returned on December 26th in less-than-impressive form, however has quickly returned to the circle of success following a strong sprint to win the Carlyon Cup on February 8th.
Trainer Rick Hore-Lacy has outlined a busy 2014 autumn preparation for the talented Dash For Cash entire, with an appearance in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) in April looming as the major target.
Finishing fourth in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) and third in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) so far this preparation, Peter Snowden-trained Pinwheel has also been included in nominations for the 2014 TAB Rewards Stakes.
Debuting on track in October 2008, the eight-year-old gelding has amassed 12 wins from 43 starts and is undoubtedly the most experienced runner on track for a 2014 TAB Rewards Stakes berth.
Despite each preparation noticeably decreasing in size, the talented son of Lonhro continues to produce consistent results and will be more than in with a chance on Saturday if drawing a favourable barrier.
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2014 TAB Rewards Stakes Nominations
|1||BEL THOR||Wez Hunter||91|
|2||CHASE THE RAINBOW||Rick Hore-Lacy||100|
|3||DANY THE FOX (NZ)||Mick Price||100|
|5||FAT AL||Peter G Moody||102|
|7||FLORIA (NZ)||Peter G Moody||100|
|8||FLYING HUSSLER||Stephen Theodore||95|
|9||FOUNDRY (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||99|
|10||HIGH ESTEEM||Peter G Moody||94|
|12||MOURO (USA)||Tony McEvoy||107|
|13||OUR HAND OF FAITH||Darren Weir||86|
|15||RANKED (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||88|
|16||STRAWBERRY BOY||Peter G Moody||100|
|18||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||93|
|19||TIGERLAND (NZ)||Matt Laurie||80|
|20||UNDER THE EIFFEL||Tony Vasil||99|