Beauty’s Beast Heads 2014 Hawkesbury Guineas Nominations

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.

Beauty's Beast

In-form Kiwi raider Beauty's Beast heads the 2014 Hawkesbury Guineas nominations for Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

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

# Horse Trainer Weight Hcp. Rating
1 SAFEGUARD Peter Snowden 58kg 90
2 BARBED Peter Snowden 57kg 87
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
11 FUERZA Bjorn Baker 56kg 69
12 KASIANO LAD Jason Coyle 56kg 71
13 KING’S TARIFF Joan Pracey 56kg 65
14 RYKER Gai Waterhouse 56kg 69
15 SINJOREN Peter Snowden 56kg 75
16 SPY DECODER (NZ) Anthony Cummings 56kg 69
17 STAR WARS (NZ) Scott Aspery 56kg 62
18 SUIT Peter Snowden 56kg 78
19 CASINO DANCER Mike Van Gestel 54kg 78
20 KATIE’S COVE Roger James 54kg 69
21 KAYJAY’S JOY Tony McEvoy 54kg 66
22 NISROC Darren Smith 54kg 71
23 NORTHERN GLORY Gai Waterhouse 54kg 88
24 THE MESSINA NYMPH Tony McEvoy 54kg 73

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