Paul Messara’s Fred Best Classic winner Havana heads the Queensland Guineas 2014 nominations for this Saturday’s three-year-old showdown at Eagle Farm Racecourse.
A key support race on the Queensland Oaks Day program as the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival moves from Doomben to ‘The Farm’, this year’s $350,000 Group 2 Sky Racing Queensland Guineas (1400m) attracted 26 early entries.
One of the sure-to-be favourites out of those is visiting Scone-trained Starcraft gelding Havana.
They came off some nice Brisbane form, most recently defeating a similar field of three-year-old rivals in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) at Doomben on May 17.
Also coming out of a top three run in the Fred Best are then the Kelso Wood-trained local Into The Red (2nd) and third placed Sydney visitor Dothraki.
Not A Single Doubt colt Into The Red graduated out of the Gold Coast Guineas when fifth to Dothraki and only a length separated them and Havana when stepped up from 1200m to 1350m in the Fred Best.
Gold Coast Guineas winner Dothraki then failed to go back-to-back in the sunshine state, but Gerald Ryan’s Mossman colt was only a nose further away for their Fred Best third.
Other Fred Best runners out to turn the tables include Gold Coast Guineas runner-up Safeguard (5th) for John O’Shea and local Choisir gelding Sir Moments (6th).
The biggest name Queensland Guineas nominee meanwhile is Srikandi, although Ciaron Maher’s flying filly is unlikely to accept.
The daughter of Dubawi made it six from seven at Doomben last Saturday when winning the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m), but is more likely to be saved for a shot at the $1.36 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) Saturday week.
Another recent Guineas winner aside from Dothraki (Gold Coast Guineas) in the mix is then the Gai Waterhouse-trained Ryker.
The son of Redoute’s Choice won the Albury Guineas at the end of March before a Hawkesbury Guineas fifth and third last time out behind Cosmic Endeavour in the $400,000 Inglis Scone Guineas (1400m) on May 17.
Waterhouse has a total of three Queensland Guineas nominees this year.
Her other chances are Sebring colt Longma and Liberty’s Choice who was runner-up in the Scone Guineas last time out.
Other notable Queensland Guineas nominations include Group 3 winning filly Jazz Song coming off a Glenlogan Park fifth, and Eastern Prince and Le Val who ran first and third respectively in the Listed Queensland Day last Saturday.
See below for the full Queensland Guineas 2014 nominations, the final field due out on Wednesday.
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2014 Queensland Guineas Nominations
Eagle Farm Racecourse – 31/05/2014
|2||BODEGA NEGRA||Bruce W Hill|
|3||COSTA VIVA||Jason Bridgman|
|5||EASTERN PRINCE||Gillian Heinrich|
|6||ELITE ECHELON||Ray McCall|
|7||FEROCITY FAIR||Kelly Schweida|
|10||INTO THE RED||Kelso Wood|
|11||JAZZ SONG||Mick Price|
|12||LE VAL||Noel J Doyle|
|14||LIBERTY’S CHOICE||Gai Waterhouse|
|16||NICKED AND COURT||Liam Birchley|
|17||OLYMPIC ANTHEM (NZ)||Robert Heathcote|
|18||PALMERA LAD||Roslyn Pratt|
|19||QUEST FOR PEACE||Toby Edmonds|
|22||SIR MOMENTS||Steven O’dea|
|25||WALKIN’ TALL||Gillian Heinrich|