Hot Snitzel Heads 2014 Hall Mark Stakes Nominations

Gerald Ryan has nominated his always honest gelding Hot Snitzel for a second-up run in the Hall Mark Stakes 2014 at Royal Randwick this Saturday over the ANZAC Day long weekend.

Hot Snitzel

Hot Snitzel (inside) is nominated to run in the 2014 Hall Mark Stakes second-up this Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

The five-year-old son of Snitzel is one of 14 gallopers in the mix for this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) which is one of the major support races on the dual Group 1 program.

The former Group 1 placed juvenile has had just the one run this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival when resuming off a four and a half month break in the Group 3 Sebring Stakes (1200m) in the wet on Slipper Day.

There they caught the eye after getting a gun spot early before coming within a long neck of the winner Flamberge in an effort they’ll be looking to improve on with a firmer track for the weekend.

Also coming via a credible Sebring Stakes run is the Grahame Begg-trained General Nediym mare Bennetta, the four-year-old having run third first-up when running on well on the Heavy (8) course.

Dominating the Hall Mark Stakes nominations numbers-wise meanwhile are trainers Joe Pride, Chris Waller and Peter Snowden with two entries each.

Pride has nominated for Danzero seven-year-old See The World down in class after two Group 1 runs and up-and-coming Flying Spur four-year-old That’s A Good Idea.

See The World was seventh two back behind stable mate Tiger Tees in The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill before their good run on a Heavy Randwick track on April 12 when fifth behind the flying Lankan Rupee in the TJ Smith Stakes.

Waller then could be represented in the field by his O’Reilly gelding Said Com and the imported Masthead who debuts down, the Singapore sprinter’s most recent run being a fifth in the Goodwill Stakes from November last year when ridden by Tommy Berry.

Another top entry that would be first-up here if accepted is then the Peter Snowden-trained Emblems who won three on the trot last prep.

The four-year-old Shamardal stallion saw their first Black Type field last start at Gosford on January 10 when winning the Listed Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) to give them a 50% winning strike rate.

Snowden’s other representative is then fellow four-year-old Knoydart, the son of More Than Ready coming off two Group 1 thirds behind Lankan Rupee in Melbourne’s Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket Handicap.

See below for the full Hall Mark Stakes 2014 nominations, the final field and barriers due for release on Wednesday.

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2014 Hall Mark Stakes Nominations

Royal Randwick – 26/04/2014

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 HOT SNITZEL Gerald Ryan 2 59kg 105
2 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith 1 57.5kg 106
3 KNOYDART Peter Snowden 5 57.5kg 103
4 SEE THE WORLD Joseph Pride 3= 57.5kg 104
5 AERONAUTICAL Lionel Cohen 3= 57kg 104
6 BENNETTA Grahame Begg 7 57kg 98
7 EMBLEMS Peter Snowden 10 57kg 94
8 STAR OF OCTAGONAL Aleacia Bennett 8 57kg 96
9 LILLIBURLERO David Payne 6 56kg 100
10 MASTHEAD Chris Waller 12 56kg 89
11 SAID COM (NZ) Chris Waller 11 56kg 93
12 THAT’S A GOOD IDEA Joseph Pride 9 56kg 95
13 SINGLE STYLE (NZ) Gary Portelli 13 55kg 87
14 TURQUOISE KING Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 14 55kg 78


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