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
|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|
|7||HIGH TEC (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||22||56.5kg||68|
|8||LIBERTY’S CHOICE||Gai Waterhouse||13||56.5kg||78|
|10||ROCK STURDY||Joseph Pride||21||56.5kg||68|
|11||STORM APPROACH||Peter G Moody||16||56.5kg||72|
|13||TRAITOR||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||18||56.5kg||73|
|15||ALL CERISE||Chris Waller||12||54.5kg||76|
|16||CHATEAU LAFAITE||Chris Waller||9||54.5kg||79|
|19||GYPSY DIAMOND||John O’Shea||6||54.5kg||91|
|20||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||17||54.5kg||91|
|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|