2014 Gold Coast Guineas Nominations

There are three Group races on the Gold Coast race card this Saturday for AD Hollindale Stakes Day including the Gold Coast Guineas 2014 where 33 three-year-olds are currently in the mix.

Enquare

Group 3 Brisbane winner Enquare looks a top chance for Saturday's 2014 Gold Coast Guineas. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Attracting the largest number of nominees of the stakes races on the program, this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) serves as a nice lead-up for Brisbane-bound youngsters who could back-up in something like the Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) at Doomben on May 17.

As always there’s a strong presence of interstate raiders looking to steal the show from the locals in the Guineas.

Some of the better performed visitors include stakes winning Mossman colt Dothraki coming off a fifth in the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes and Royal Sovereign sixth placed Havana.

Coming from even further afield meanwhile is the headline Gold Coast Guineas contender, the Jason Bridgman-trained Kiwi filly Costa Viva to make her Australian debut if accepted.

The daughter of Encosta De Lago has been in flying form back home winning three of her six starts, including the Group 1 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton Park last November.

She’s had just the one run this year when fourth behind Moozoon in a Trentham Group 3 over the mile back on January 25, but Costa Viva did impress with a four length trial win at Te Awamutu on April 22 ahead of her trip across the Tasman.

As for the Queenslanders in the mix one of the best looks to be the Jason McLachlan-trained Sunshine Coast galloper Enquare.

The flying Stratum filly is five from 10 in her career having enjoyed and races for the first time since her third behind Sweet Idea in the $1 million Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) here on the Gold Coast in January.

Prior to that the flyer enjoyed four straight wins and back-to-back Doomben stakes races including the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) in late December.

She comes off a trial win by five and a half lengths up home and has the fresh record, class and form at the Gold Coast for a big effort here.

Some of the last start winners in the mix then include Pat Duff’s progressive grey Abu Ben Adam who won here over the 1400m on April 19, the Murwillumbah-based Fifth Chance who took out a Class 3 at Eagle Farm to make it three from three, Norm Hilton’s last start Toowoomba winning filly It’s Gonna Be Good and Bruce Hill’s local Husson filly Miss Husson.

See below for the full Gold Coast Guineas 2014 nominations which will be cut to the final field with acceptances closing on Wednesday.

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2014 Gold Coast Guineas Nominations

Gold Coast Racecourse – 03/05/2014

# Horse Trainer
1 ABU BEN ADAM Pat Duff
2 ALLEZ EAGLE (NZ) Tony Pike
3 BARBED Peter Snowden
4 BLACKBOARD SPECIAL Wayne S Lawson
5 COSTA VIVA Jason Bridgman
6 DOTHRAKI Gerald Ryan
7 ENQUARE Jason McLachlan
8 FIFTH CHANCE Matthew Dunn
9 FORFAME Greg Ryan
10 GOOD JOB BRO John Sargent
11 GREYTFILLY Rex Lipp
12 HAVANA Paul Messara
13 INTO THE RED Kelso Wood
14 IT’S GONNA BE GOOD Norm Hilton
15 L’ENTRECOTE Kelly Schweida
16 LIZARDS LOVER Anthony Honess
17 LONDEHERO Matthew Dunn
18 MISS HUSSON Bruce W Hill
19 NATURAL DANCER Kim Craft
20 PALMERA LAD Roslyn Pratt
21 PRIMAL FLIGHT Gillian Heinrich
22 PRINCE OF BELAIRE Chris Anderson
23 SAFEGUARD Peter Snowden
24 SHANTUNG BOXER John, Dan & Chris Meagher
25 SIR MOMENTS Steven O’dea
26 SNITZEL’S JEWEL Stuart Kendrick
27 SPLENDORA Matthew Dunn
28 SRIKANDI Ciaron Maher
29 TOTAL AUTHORITY Paul Facoory
30 TRICKY ROCKET Helen Page
31 VINTAGE COGNAC John, Dan & Chris Meagher
32 WALKIN’ TALL Gillian Heinrich
33 WHISKEY ALLROUND Tony Gollan

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