A field of autumn staying hopes have been nominated for the Blamey Stakes 2014 at Flemington Racecourse this Saturday, the race one of a bumper line-up of Group features running for Newmarket Handicap Day.
Fourteen gallopers are among the early entries for this year’s $220,000 Group 2 Incognitus Blamey Stakes (1600m) with nominations extended until Tuesday.
Plenty of talent can be found in the current nominees including the top-rated runner, Sea Moon.
The Lloyd Williams-owned import was last seen running 13th to Fiorente in the $6 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) last November, a race they are likely to target again in 2014.
While they haven’t raced since, Sea Moon could be having their last autumn run in the Blamey before being turned out to prepare for a more testing spring return.
Also high up the Blamey Stakes ratings are the likes of Jamie Edwards’ stable star Sertorius and Sweet As Bro.
Galileo six-year-old Sertorius enjoyed a super spring in Melbourne last prepr running top two in five of their six runs.
That campaign, which catapulted them into the spotlight, ended on November 16 with a brilliant two length win in the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m).
The returned at Caulfield on February 22 and did well to come within half a length of Peter Moody’s champ Moment Of Change in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m).
They get their chance to improve on that this Saturday where they will relish the step up to a mile for the Blamey.
The Leon Corstens-trained Sweet As Bro is also in flying form having won three of their four starts this prep, all on the trot.
They are yet to run in a Group race this year however and will need to handle a sharp class rise this weekend as they come off a Listed Kilmore Cup win from February 23.
The only other last start winner in the mix is then a Sea Moon stablemate, the fellow Robert Hickmott-trained Foundry who has had just the four starts to date.
The European expat won their Australian race debut though on February 15 when Craig Williams guided them to a tight victory over the 1400m at Flemington.
Other notable hopes then include Emirates Stakes runner-up Smokin’ Joey looking to run better than their first-up eighth in the Futurity, Fastnet Rock four-year-old Hvasstan, recent black type winner in Tassie Road Trippin’ and the in-form Sistine Demon who ran a close Kilmore Cup second last time out with Damien Oliver in the saddle.
See below for the complete Blamey Stakes 2014 nominations, final acceptances revealing the starting line-up announced on Wednesday.
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2014 Blamey Stakes Nominations
Flemington Racecourse – 08/03/2014
|2||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||David Hayes||95|
|3||CLEAR FOR ACTION||Jim Conlan||92|
|4||DESERT JEUNEY||Nigel Blackiston||92|
|5||FOUNDRY (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||99|
|7||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody||102|
|8||ROAD TRIPPIN’||Stephen Theodore||91|
|9||SEA MOON (GB)||Robert Hickmott||112|
|10||SERTORIUS||Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington||105|
|11||SISTINE DEMON||Andrew Noblet||88|
|12||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Wez Hunter||104|
|13||STIPULATE (GB)||David Hayes||101|
|14||SWEET AS BRO (NZ)||Leon Corstens||91|