Lilliburlero Among 2014 Birthday Card Stakes Nominations

Lilliburlero

Lilliburlero is one of the top nominees for Saturday's 2014 Birthday Card Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart.

David Payne’s recent Triscay Stakes winner Lilliburlero is one of the top-rated nominations taken for the Birthday Card Stakes 2014 running this Saturday at Rosehill Racecourse.

A total of 18 fillies and mares make up the nominations for this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m), a race won last Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival by the Chris Waller-trained Arinosa.

Redoute’s Choice four-year-old Lilliburlero, if accepted, will be after her second Group 3 win of the carnival after a first-up win in the Triscay Stakes at Randwick in February.

Her latest effort was also decent when she was just run down to finish a long neck away second to A Time For Julia in the Group 3 Roy Higgins Tribute (1200m) on March 15.

Also coming via a good performance in the Roy Higgins is Joe Pride’s third placed Recoinage who was second in the Triscay Stakes two back and fourth placegetter Single Style for Gary Portelli who improved on a Triscay ninth to finish a length off the winner.

Sydney’s premier trainer Waller meanwhile will shoot for back-to-back Birthday Card Stakes wins this year having nominated for his four-year-old Holy Delusions coming via a Roy Higgins sixth.

The top rated Birthday Card Stakes nominee then is the Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen-trained Irish Fling, the New Zealand-trained mare third-up here.

Darci Brahma five-year-old Irish Fling won the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) first-up at Trentham in January in her maiden elite level appearance.

She then ran fourth behind Little Wonder at Ellerslie last time out on March 1 when blocked for a run in the Group 3 Darley Plate (1200m).

Her Group 1 triumph has earned her a trip across to the Tasman to chase some autumn glory down under then starting with Saturday’s Birthday Card Stakes.

Also high up the ballot are then the likes of the Peter Snowden-trained Group 3 winner Aerobatics who was third in the Magic Night Stakes on this day three years ago, Group 1 performed Blevic mare Avoid Lighting and Gai Waterhouse’s always honest Dehere mare Miss Stellabelle.

Miss Stellabelle was third to Arionsa in this race 12 months ago and is a decent chance to run top three again in her fourth run of her campaign.

Waterhouse’s other Birthday Card hope on the weekend is then last start winner Shahad, the Fastnet Rock filly coming off a resuming win at Canterbury.

The other last start winner in the mix is then the lightly-raced Jazz Song having just her fourth career start if accepted for trainer Mick Price.

Another three-year-old daughter of Fasnet Rock, Jazz Song has won two of her three starts so far most recently getting the better of them in the Group 3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley last month.

See below for the full Birthday Card Stakes 2014 nominations with the final field due out on Wednesday morning.

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2014 Birthday Card Stakes Nominations & Ballot

Rosehill Gardens – 29/03/2014

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 IRISH FLING (NZ) Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen 1 59kg 102
2 LILLIBURLERO David Payne 2 58kg 100
3 AEROBATICS Peter Snowden 3 57kg 98
4 AVOID LIGHTNING Les Bridge 4= 56.5kg 97
5 MISS STELLABELLE Gai Waterhouse 4= 5 6.5kg 97
6 PLUCKY BELLE Peter G Moody 4= 56.5kg 97
7 BLACK MAGIC Bruce Brown 7 54.5kg 93
8 ANGEL BEE (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 12 54kg 82
9 BOUND FOR EARTH John O’Shea 8 54kg 91
10 CALIFORNIA STORM Darren Smith 13= 54kg 80
11 HOLY DELUSIONS Chris Waller 17 54kg 76
12 JAZZ SONG Mick Price 13= 54kg 80
13 MELIORA Peter G Moody 9= 54kg 88
14 MONTSEGUR Peter Snowden 13= 54kg 80
15 RECOINAGE Joseph Pride 9= 54kg 88
16 SHAHAD Gai Waterhouse 16 54kg 78
17 SINGLE STYLE (NZ) Gary Portelli 11 54kg 87
18 VILLA SPLENDIDO Garry White 18 54kg 72

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