Real Surreal Among 2014 PJ Bell Stakes Nominations

April 7, 2014

Real Surreal Among 2014 PJ Bell Stakes Nominations

Real Surreal

Former star juvenile Real Surreal is on of 34 nominees for Saturday's PJ Bell Stakes 2014. Photo: Steve Hart.

After missing out on a Group 1 in the Coolmore, the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Queen Of The Turf hopeful Real Surreal is likely to back up in Saturday’s PJ Bell Stakes 2014.

Also nominated for the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick this weekend, the $200,000 Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) looks the more likely option for Hawkes’ Real Saga filly.

Real Surreal is one of an incredible 34 three-year-old fillies nominated for this year’s PJ Bell Stakes, a race revealing a real mixed bag of entries.

Winner of the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic as a juvenile last year, Real Surreal spent 12 months on the sidelines before returning with a fourth to Sweet Idea in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes at Randwick in February.

From there she caught the eye with a second to Thump in the Group 2 Surround Stakes before her last start eighth, beaten three and a half lengths, behind Steps In Time in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) on March 22.

She’s in line for a shot at the Doncaster, but if she doesn’t make the field for the day’s $3 million feature she’ll be back down in distance for the PJ Bell.

Real Surreal is also nominated for Saturday week’s $1 million Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m), a race she pays $21 to win in the futures markets.

If not the Queen Of The Turf she’ll follow the bulk of the other PJ Bell nominees into the $500,000 Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) on Sydney Cup Day.

Also nominated for Saturday’s showdown is Real Surreal’s lightly raced stable mate Bracidame having just her third career start if accepted.

The other least experienced hopes include Tony McEvoy’s undefeated Kayjay’s Joy, the Anthony Cummings-trained Latin Salsa with just the one run for one win to her name and Runaway Star for Gerald Ryan.

There are then 11 last start winners, including a number resuming for the season here, nominated for the PJ Bell this year.

One of those is the Chris Waller-trained Calming Influence, the Commands filly first-up after a three and a half month break before which she won back-to-back Sydney races in December.

Waller has also nominated for his Light Fingers Stakes third placegetter Champagne Cath looking to atone for her Surround Stakes 11th from early March.

Dominating the race numbers wise meanwhile is Peter Snowden with a trio of entries.

Snowden’s hopes are Group 3 winner Montsegur, the returning Miniature and the flying Street Cry filly Engagement after her fourth on the trot.

John O’Shea also looks to play a strong hand in the race with his highly experienced Group 1 Flight Stakes third placegetter from the spring Bound For Earth coming via a Darby Munro second to Sidestep, consistent up-and-comer Dublin Lass and Papillon Rouge first-up here.

Other notable PJ Bell Stakes hopes then include last start Moonee Valley winner Miss Stelle, Miss Tenpins, and the Gai Waterhouse-trained duo of Darby Munro third placegetter Northern Glory and Group 1 performer Shahad.

The bumper PJ Bell Stakes 2014 nominations are listed below.

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2014 PJ Bell Stakes Nominations

Randwick Racecourse – 12/04/2014

# Horse Trainer Handicap Rating
1 BOUND FOR EARTH John O’Shea 93
2 BRACIDAME (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 64
4 CHAMPAGNE CATH Chris Waller 88
5 COMMAND MORE Gerald Ryan 4
6 COSMIC ENDEAVOUR Gai Waterhouse 79
7 DIAMOND FUND Gerald Ryan 70
8 DUBLIN LASS John O’Shea 70
9 ENGAGEMENT Peter Snowden 78
10 EVERAGE Craig Carmody 80
11 FARE WELL Clarry Conners 68
12 FLIGHT ACADEMY Jason Coyle 78
13 GLENBAWN DAME John P Thompson 67
14 KAYJAY’S JOY Tony McEvoy 64
15 LATIN SALSA Anthony Cummings 62
16 MESMEREYESER Joseph Pride 68
17 MINIATURE Peter Snowden 78
18 MISS STEELE Michael Kent 79
19 MISS TENPINS (NZ) Bjorn Baker 69
20 MONTSEGUR Peter Snowden 80
21 NISROC Darren Smith 67
22 NORTHERN GLORY Gai Waterhouse 82
23 NUCLEAR CLASS Tas Morton 71
24 OH SO ADORABLE Garry Clarke 86
25 PAPILLON ROUGE John O’Shea 70
26 POLITENESS Robert Smerdon 74
27 REAL SURREAL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 94
28 RIMU Joe Cleary 53
29 RUNWAY STAR Gerald Ryan 64
30 SASSY SISTER Anthony Cummings 62
31 SCATCAT Brett Cavanough 78
32 SHAHAD Gai Waterhouse 78
33 SRIKANDI Ciaron Maher 68
34 TWILIGHT ROYALE Bjorn Baker 83

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