Havana Heads 2014 Queensland Guineas Nominations

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.


Fred Best Classic winner Havana is nominated for Saturday's Queensland Guineas 2014. Photo: Daniel Costello.

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

# Horse Trainer
1 AGADIR John O’Shea
3 COSTA VIVA Jason Bridgman
4 DOTHRAKI Gerald Ryan
5 EASTERN PRINCE Gillian Heinrich
7 FEROCITY FAIR Kelly Schweida
8 HAVANA Paul Messara
9 HUCKLEBUCK Phillip Stokes
10 INTO THE RED Kelso Wood
11 JAZZ SONG Mick Price
12 LE VAL Noel J Doyle
13 L’ENTRECOTE Kelly Schweida
14 LIBERTY’S CHOICE Gai Waterhouse
15 LONGMA 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
20 RYKER Gai Waterhouse
21 SAFEGUARD John O’Shea
22 SIR MOMENTS Steven O’dea
23 SPLENDORA Matthew Dunn
24 SRIKANDI Ciaron Maher
25 WALKIN’ TALL Gillian Heinrich
26 WORDPLAY Anthony Cummings


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