Riziz Heads 2014 The Straight Six Nominations & Weights

Fresh off a Group 1 third at home in Adelaide, the Ken Sweeney-trained Riziz travels to Flemington this Saturday to tackle The Straight Six 2014.


Riziz is top weight for The Straight Six 2014 at Flemington this Saturday. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

A bumper 28 nominations were taken for this year’s $120,000 Listed The Straight Six (1200m) running as one of two Black-Types on the Flemington race card on the weekend.

Heading the weights with 60kg is Sweeney’s Zariz five-year-old Riziz.

The South Australian raider was last seen running a brave third behind upset winner Smokin’ Joey in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville on May 10.

There they only carried 55.5kg so it is a notable rise in kilos for the gelding, but one they are expected to handle.

Leading into The Goodwood Riziz enjoyed back-to-back Adelaide wins carrying 59.5kg both times including in the Listed Matrice Stakes (1200m) to kick off their 2014 season.

Prior to that their latest run was in August last year in Melbourne.

There they backed up from a Listed All Victorian Sprint (1200m) win at Flemington to run fifth behind Broken at the same track and distance in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m).

Following Riziz in The Straight Six weights this year are then the Peter Moody-trained Ready To Rip (59.5kg) coming via a fifth in The Goodwood, the David Hayes-trained Goodwood failure (14th) Pago Rock (59kg) and Darren Weir’s Wangoom-based galloper Blackie (59kg).

Black Minnalouse six-year-old Blackie resumed off a six month spell on April 30 to run second to Kneeling in their home town Cup over 1200m in the wet, racing for the first time since here.

Despite the high number of nominees just two come off a last start win with the Mick Burles-trained Tassie galloper The Cleaner and General Peekay for Mick Price.

The Cleaner won the Listed George Adams over the Launceston mile back home on February 26 on the back of a Hobart Cup fifth behind Epingle.

General Peekay meanwhile made an impact in Adelaide during the autumn last year before spending nearly a year on the sidelines with injury.

They returned on April 26 to run fourth in the Group 3 DC McKay Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville before returning to Flemington on May 10 for a nice victory over the same distance.

Price has also nominated for Le Bonsir to be ridden by Dwayne Dunn as they come off a third to their stablemate earlier in the month and Exceed And Excel four-year-old Eximius (Dean Yendall) with Craig Newitt to ride General Peekay.

Other notable hopes then include another Adelaide visitor in DC McKay winner Essay Raider for Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas, the Richard Jolly-trained DC runner-up Karacatis coming off a Goodwood sixth and Octavia for Michael Moroney.

The full The Straight Six 2014 nominations and weights are listed below, cut to the final field tomorrow morning.

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2014 The Straight Six Nominations & Ballot

Flemington Racecourse – 24/05/2014

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 RIZIZ Ken Sweeney 1 60kg 104
2 READY TO RIP Peter G Moody 2 59.5kg 103
3 PAGO ROCK David Hayes 3 59kg 102
4 BLACKIE (NZ) Darren Weir 4 59kg 102
5 ESSAY RAIDER Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 5 57.5kg 99
6 PAMPELONNE Troy Corstens 6 57.5kg 99
7 LE BONSIR Mick Price 7 57.5kg 99
8 KARACATIS Richard Jolly 8 57kg 98
9 CALLANISH (NZ) Kane Harris 9 57kg 98
10 THE CLEANER Mick Burles 10 56.5kg 97
11 LONHSPRESSO Darren Weir 11 54kg 95
12 OCTAVIA Michael Moroney 12 54kg 93
13 GENERAL PEEKAY Mick Price 13 55kg 94
14 DECIRCLES Danny O’Brien 14 54.5kg 93
15 VIBRANT ROUGE Glenn Thornton 15 54kg 92
16 EXIMIUS Mick Price 16 54kg 90
17 JOLIE BLONDE Mark Riley 17 54kg 87
18 REBEL TRUCE Patrick Payne 18 54kg 85
19 PILLAR OF CREATION Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 19 54kg 84
20 LADY OF HARRODS Russell Cameron 20 54kg 82
21 YOU CAN DANCE Robbie Griffiths 21 54kg 82
22 ACADEMY JACK Dale Short 22 54kg 81
23 GRAND EMPEROR Saab Hasan 23 54kg 78
24 RICH JACK Greg Eurell 24 54kg 75
25 EMINENT DOMAIN Sam Pritchard-Gordon 25 54kg 72
26 BIG BUDDIE Andrew Sawden 26 54kg 72
27 IT’S POETS DAY Emma Steel 27 54kg 70
28 WRITTEN INTENT Bev Lechmere 28 54kg 70


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