It seems some pretty dominant Group 1 performers have scared off the bulk of the early entries for the Silver Shadow Stakes 2014, nominations for Saturday’s race extended after attracting just eight three-year-old fillies.
One of the key races running at Randwick on Warwick Stakes Day, this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) has drawn just eight first nominations with entries now open until 11am on Tuesday.
Heading the current nominees is the John O’Shea-trained, Godolphin-owned Blue Diamond winner Earthquake.
The talented $1.57 million earner won her opening four starts including the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) over the boys at Caulfield and the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill during the autumn.
The daughter of Exceed And Excel then suffered her only loss so far on April 5 when runner-up to the Team Hawkes-trained Mossfun in the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) run on a Heavy (8) track with Earthquake having only raced on a Good (3) previously.
She’s been working well in the yard ahead of her return with a number of spring options on the card including the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 11 for which she’s the early Ladbrokes.com.au favourite to win.
O’Shea is also represented by Street Cry filly Memorial, the 2014 Golden Rose nominee racing for the first time since an eighth to Eloping in the Group 3 Keith Mackay (1200m) at the track on April 19 that came on the back of a Golden Slipper fifth.
Two other trainers are also dually represented in the Silver Shadow Stakes nominations with Peter Moody and Gai Waterhouse both with two possible runners.
Moody has New Zealand-bred O’Reilly filly Clover Lane with just two runs behind her as well as another headliner in Bring Me The Maid.
Third in the Golden Slipper Stakes last campaign, Sebring filly Bring Me The Maid also won the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) in the wet at Rosehill the weekend before the Slipper.
She’s had two recent trials including a second behind Medaglia D’Oro colt Nostradamus last Monday at Hawkesbury, the form of which was trumped over the weekend when he won the Group 3 San Domencio Stakes (1100m) first-up at Rosehill.
Waterhouse then could run her Group 3 winning More Than Ready filly Nayeli who failed when 15th of 16 runners in the Blue Diamond Stakes back in February before returning with a second last (7th) in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m) and or Group 2 performed Twirl who ran second at Canterbury first-up on August 6 over 1250m.
Rounding out the Silver Shadow Stakes nominees are then the Gary Nickson-trained Alpha Miss to return after a 14th in April’s Golden Slipper and recent Rosehill winner over 1300m Press Report for local trainer Lee Curtis.
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2014 Silver Shadow Stakes Nominations
Royal Randwick Racecourse – 23/08/2014
|1||ALPHA MISS||Gary Nickson|
|2||BRING ME THE MAID||Peter G Moody|
|3||CLOVER LANE (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|7||PRESS REPORT||Lee Curtis|