2014 Phar Lap Stakes Nominations – Guelph After Atonement

Guelph

Four time Group 1 winning filly Guelph is out to atone for her recent failures in the 2014 Phar Lap Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Peter Snowden’s multiple Group 1 winning filly Guelph will be out to put her autumn campaign back on track after a dismal start having been nominated for Saturday’s Phar Lap Stakes 2014 at Rosehill.

A key support race on the Coolmore Classic Day program, this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) has drawn a bumper 25 nominations.

Among those is four-time Group 1 winning Exceed And Excel three-year-old Guelph.

A champion two-year-old having won the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes – Champagne Stakes double last Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, Guelph returned during the spring to also take out the Flight Stakes – Thousand Guineas double.

This time in however she’s been unplaced in her opening two career starts, something Snowden hopes she can make up for in the Phar Lap on Saturday.

Guelph, like many of the Phar Lap nominees, is nominated for all the upcoming majors including the Doncaster Mile, Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Australian Oaks and Queen Of The Turf Stakes.

She’s at single figures for both the $1 million Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on April 19 ($8.50) and the $1 million Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at the same meeting, currently paying $9 in the latter markets led by Rising Romance.

Another single figure 2014 Australian Oaks hope nominated for the Phar Lap is the in-form Solicit ($6.50).

Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra’s Street Cry filly was third in the Crown Oaks during the spring before returning this campaign with back-to-back wins.

The first was in the Group 3 The Mittys Vanity (1400m) on February 15 and then she backed up on March 8 for another win over the same distance at Flemington winning the Group 2 Kewney Stakes.

Solicit has plenty of next-up options for this weekend, her trainers yet to decide whether she’ll run in the Phar Lap or the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Saturday’s meeting.

Other last start winners nominated for the Phar Lap along with Solicit include Group 2 Surround Stakes champ Thump, the Anthony Cummings-trained Savabeel gelding Best Case coming off a first-up Wyong win and talented New Zealand visitor High Tec.

High Tec is the shortest priced of the Phar Lap hopes heading towards the $1.5 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Royal Randwick on April 12.

After their last start win at Wyong when debuting down under, the High Chaparral colt pays $12 in the Australian Derby futures odds led by Puccini.

Also in the mix are notable gallopers such as Surround Stakes runner-up Real Surreal who won the Gold Coast Magic Millions Classic last year, the returning Gai Waterhouse-trained Equator racing for the first time since their Sandown Guineas second from November, their flying stable mate Hussonet colt Woodbine and the Chris Waller-trained All Cerise.

See below for the full Phar Lap Stakes 2014 nominations and ballot order, the final field due for release tomorrow.

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2014 Phar Lap Stakes Nominations

Rosehill Gardens – 22/03/2014

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 BEST CASE (NZ) Anthony Cummings 11 56.5kg 77
2 BULL POINT Gai Waterhouse 5 56.5kg 94
3 DARCI MAGIC (NZ) Bede Murray 23 56.5kg 62
4 EQUATOR Gai Waterhouse 8 56.5kg 82
5 FUERZA Bjorn Baker 7 56.5kg 71
6 HARARE Pat Carey 25 56.5kg
7 HIGH TEC (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 22 56.5kg 68
8 LIBERTY’S CHOICE Gai Waterhouse 13 56.5kg 78
9 MALICE Peter Snowden 20 56.5kg 72
10 ROCK STURDY Joseph Pride 21 56.5kg 68
11 STORM APPROACH Peter G Moody 16 56.5kg 72
12 SWIGGIN’ Anthony Cummings 24 56.5kg
13 TRAITOR Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 18 56.5kg 73
14 WOODBINE Gai Waterhouse 10 56.5kg 82
15 ALL CERISE Chris Waller 12 54.5kg 76
16 CHATEAU LAFAITE Chris Waller 9 54.5kg 79
17 DEFINE Chris Waller 15 54.5kg 73
18 GUELPH Peter Snowden 1 54.5kg 109
19 GYPSY DIAMOND John O’Shea 6 54.5kg 91
20 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees 17 54.5kg 91
21 MARMELO Chris Waller 14 54.5kg 72
22 METAPHORICAL Peter G Moody 19 54.5kg 76
23 REAL SURREAL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 2 54.5kg 94
24 SOLICIT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 3 54.5kg 95
25 THUMP Kris Lees 4 54.5kg 99

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