Flying New Zealand-trained three-year-old Beauty’s Beast heads the early entries for Saturday’s Hawkesbury Guineas 2014 after winning their Australian debut a fortnight ago.
The David Greene-trained Kiwi galloper earned a trip across the Tasman this month having won back-to-back races back home.
It was a successful Randwick run for the Guillotine gelding too, Beauty’s Beast beating home a good field by a minimum two lengths in the Listed South Pacific Classic (1400m) on April 19.
Now they’re set to back up at Hawkesbury on Saturday having been nominated for the $150,000 Group 3 Blacktown Workers Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) where they’ll shoot for their sixth win at career start number 10.
Also coming via a run in the South Pacific Classic is the fourth placed Spy Decoder, the Anthony Cummings-trained son of Testa Rossa having won back-to-back races over 1350m and 1400m respectively before their stakes assignment.
A bumper 24 three-year-olds make up the Hawkesbury Guineas nominations this year, the top-rated of which is the Peter Snowden-trained Safeguard.
Exceed And Excel colt Safeguard has won three of their nine starts to date but failed in their first-up run this prep.
They resumed at Randwick in the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) but failed to beat home any of their rivals in a luckless run that they’ll be out to atone for here if accepted.
Snowden has also nominated for his Canny Lad gelding Barbed and consistent Lonhro three-year-old Suit who comes off a Warwick Farm second in the wet.
Along with Beauty’s Beast there are seven other last start winners nominated for the Hawkesbury Guineas this year including the Scott Aspery-trained Estonian Princess.
The Snitzel filly improved on an Adrian Knox seventh from earlier in April over 2000m on a Heavy track to beat home plenty of talent including runner-up Northern Glory in the Group 3 James Carr Stakes (1400m) last Saturday.
If accepted she’ll be on the short back-up but the distance and class looks ideal for another win.
Tulloch Stakes’ failure Star Wars could also make the cut for the Guineas for Aspery.
Others coming off a win then include the Joe Pride-trained Northern Meteor gelding Cushy Number, local Dubawi colt Dubawi Dream who won here on April 10 over the mile and the Roger James-trained Katie’s Cove.
Another Kiwi raider in the mix, Zabeel filly Katie’s Cove has won her last two on the trot back in New Zealand most recently over 1400m on ANZAC Day and will be out to make a good first impression on Aussie soil ahead of the winter.
See below for the full Hawkesbury Guineas 2014 nominations, the final field due for release on Wednesday.
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2014 Hawkesbury Guineas Nominations
Hawkesbury Racecourse – 03/05/2014
|3||BEAUTY’S BEAST (NZ)||David Greene||57kg||86|
|4||TWILIGHT ROYALE||Bjorn Baker||57kg||83|
|5||CHAUTAUQUA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||56kg||81|
|6||CHOICE LARGA||Stephen Farley||56kg||66|
|7||CUSHY NUMBER||Joseph Pride||56kg||70|
|8||DUBAWI DREAM||Scott Singleton||56kg||68|
|9||ESTONIAN PRINCESS||Scott Aspery||56kg||90|
|10||EYRE SQUARE||Diane Poidevin-Laine||56kg||63|
|12||KASIANO LAD||Jason Coyle||56kg||71|
|13||KING’S TARIFF||Joan Pracey||56kg||65|
|16||SPY DECODER (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||56kg||69|
|17||STAR WARS (NZ)||Scott Aspery||56kg||62|
|19||CASINO DANCER||Mike Van Gestel||54kg||78|
|20||KATIE’S COVE||Roger James||54kg||69|
|21||KAYJAY’S JOY||Tony McEvoy||54kg||66|
|23||NORTHERN GLORY||Gai Waterhouse||54kg||88|
|24||THE MESSINA NYMPH||Tony McEvoy||54kg||73|