Mick Price’s talented trio of Cornrow, Jabali and Nordic Empire are three of the biggest names among the 20 nominations taken for this Saturday’s Vain Stakes 2014 at Caulfield Racecourse.
One of three Group features on the PB Lawrence Stakes Day program on the weekend, this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) has attracted a bumper list of early entries with Ladbrokes.com.au markets out on Wednesday.
Among them are three for local trainer Price who has entered his Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes runner-up Jabali and third placegetter Cornrow along with Wilander colt Nordic Empire.
All three are in the mix for the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) in Sydney next month and also the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) over the mile the following month, and the trio are set to resume in the Vain Stakes.
Exceed And Excel colt Jabali hasn’t raced since their Golden Slipper 11th behind the Hawkes-trained filly Mossfun, Duporth colt Cornrow also having run in the Slipper when 15th.
“Jabali will have blinkers off and winkers on (on Saturday),” Price told AAP, also confirming Damien Oliver for the ride.
“He will be keen and run very well.”
Cornrow also had one extra run after the world’s richest race for two-year-old when a distant third behind Peggy Jean in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 12.
“The Golden Rose and the Caulfield Guineas are the two main races I want to run him in to try and make stallions out of him,” Price told Racing Victoria on July 22.
“Cornrow will probably need the run,” he added this week speaking of Chad Schofield’s mount.
“He is the grosser of the three but he worked well on Saturday morning and he’ll take his place.”
Nordic Empire meanwhile won at Moonee Valley at the start of the month taking their record to two wins from three starts and are keen to make the step up to black-type company here.
“Nordic Empire will be the fittest of the three and it will be interesting to see how he goes in the better grade,” Price said.
Another promising three-year-old in the Vain Stakes nominations is Boomwaa for Cranbourne’s Robbie Laing.
The Mutawaajid gelding was fifth in the Blue Diamond in the autumn after a failed 10th to Snitzerland in the Black Caviar Lightning and will be second-up if accepted on Saturday.
In their first-up run at Moonee Valley on August 2 they were third behind Nordic Empire over 1000m, an effort the Cox Plate nominee is tipped to improve on getting up over more distance on Saturday.
Runner-up in that race, Stingray, is also nominated for the Vain Stakes and has Caulfield Guineas ambitions as is fourth over the line I Am The General for Mornington trainer Shane Nichols.
Other notable Vain Stakes hopes include the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained duo of Zululand and Debutant Stakes winner from the spring Moonlight Hussler.
Fastnet Rock colt Zululand is in fact one of the headliners in the race having had three Group 1 runs during their juvenile campaign.
The Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner was ninth in the Blue Diamond at Caulfield before their two April runs in Sydney when fifth in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes and runner-up behind Go Indy Go in the Champagne Stakes over the Randwick mile last time out.
The full Vain Stakes 2014 nominations are detailed below and will be cut on Wednesday when final acceptances close.
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2014 Vain Stakes Nominations
Caulfield Racecourse – 16/08/2014
|5||FAST CASH||Wendy Kelly||63|
|6||GET THE NOD||Lloyd Kennewell||64|
|7||GRANDE ROSSO||Mark Riley||61|
|8||HONEST LEE||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||63|
|9||I AM THE GENERAL||Shane Nichols||67|
|11||JUST FOR STARTERS||Robbie Laing||66|
|12||MOONLIGHT HUSSLER||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||72|
|13||NORDIC EMPIRE||Mick Price||73|
|14||PARWAN PRINCE||Henry Dwyer||62|
|15||REIGNING METEOR||Matthew Williams||66|
|16||RIB EYE||Clinton McDonald||–|
|20||ZULULAND||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||86|