Following a stakes win at Morphettville Parks earlier in the month, Phillip Stokes’ local mare Maybe Discreet is one of the headline nominees for Saturday’s Queen Of The South Stakes 2014.
One of the key support races on the Robert Sangster Stakes Day program at Morphettville, this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Pura Milk Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m) has attracted 19 fillies and mares at nomination stage.
The top rated of those is Shamardal four-year-old Maybe Discreet who is after her second stakes win on the trot.
Winner of the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) on this day 12 months ago, Maybe Discreet is back for her shot at another feature Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival win after her one length victory in the Listed City Of Adelaide Handicap (1400m) from April 12.
Also coming via a good run in the City Of Adelaide Handicap this year are the likes of runner-up Blevic mare Golden Penny for Richard Jolly and third placed Stella Lante who has been racing well this time in.
Cranbourne raider Champagne Ruby is another City Of Adelaide runner looking to turn the tables on the winner this weekend, Greg Eurell’s Reset mare having run fifth in the race.
Another last start Adelaide winner in the mix meanwhile is David Jolly’s Goolwa-based Dane Shadow mare Danish Spy who won over the mile here a month ago.
Saturday Affair is also looking for successive wins, Leon MacDonald’s four-year-old having taken out a 1400m feature at Oakbank last Saturday netting a tidy $22,300 in prize money.
Adding some real class to this year’s Queen Of The South Stakes entries is the Peter Moody-trained Floria, the Savabeel six-year-old Kiwi import a Group 1 third placegetter from last year’s Brisbane Winter Carnival.
Floria is after her first win since the Group 3 Summoned Stakes over the 1600m at Caulfield last November after three losses this prep, most recently a seventh after over racing in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) in the wet at Rosehill on April 5.
Another Melbourne raider with plenty of class in the picture is the Mick Price’s Redoute’s Choice filly Tango’s Daughter.
A winner of her last two on the trot, and four of her eight career starts to date, Tango’s Daughter was last seen winning the Listed Nitschke Stakes (1400m) here at Morphettville on April 12 in her Adelaide debut.
See below for the full Queen Of The South Stakes 2014 nominations, the final field and barriers due for release on Wednesday.
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2014 Queen Of The South Stakes Nominations
Morphettville – 26/04/2014
|1||CHAMPAGNE RUBY||Greg Eurell||74|
|3||DANISH SPY||David Jolly||82|
|5||DOUBLE DEE||Jason Warren||80|
|6||FLORIA (NZ)||Peter G Moody||99|
|8||GOLDEN PENNY||Richard Jolly||98|
|11||LADY DYNAMO||Jon O’Connor||86|
|13||MAYBE DISCREET||Phillip Stokes||101|
|14||MONICA KATE||Gordon Richards||70|
|15||NOTICE RECEIVED (NZ)||Andrew Noblet||79|
|16||SATURDAY AFFAIR||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||80|
|17||STELLA LANTE||John Hyam||82|
|18||TANGO’S DAUGHTER||Mick Price||85|
|19||VIVI VELOCE||Lee & Shannon Hope||72|