Gai Waterhouse’s resuming Queen Of The Turf Stakes winner Diamond Drille is the headline nominee for the Toy Show Quality 2014 at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
The five-year-old Al Maher mare is one of 19 fillies and mares nominated for this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300m) where many Group 1 hopes are kicking off their Sydney and Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaigns.
The top rated is Diamond Drille who has won five of her 10 starts to date, most notable the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Randwick back on April 19 where Ladbrokes.com.au had her for the best price.
She’s nominated for the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley this October but is also likely to head towards a run in the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, November 1.
The three other top rated runners are then Dear Demi for Clarry Conners, the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Gypsy Diamond and Lucia Valentina.
Former top three-year-old, Dehere mare Dear Demi hasn’t won a race since May last year in the Group 3 The Roses (2000m) on the back of an Australian Oaks second.
While she hasn’t raced since finishing a distant eighth in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in the autumn she’s had two smart trials leading up to her return most recently a win over 1000m at Hawkesbury last week.
Gypsy Diamond makes her four-year-old debut on the weekend following an exciting end to the autumn that included a Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) win in the mud at Randick and a second behind Diamond Drille in the Queen Of The Turf.
She’s joined in the Toy Show nominations by the fellow Snowden-trained I’ve Got The Looks, the Choisir five-year-old coming off a win over 1200m at the track from August 9.
Lucia Valentina meanwhile is also a Group 1 winner, Kris Lees’ Newcastle-based Savabeel four-year-old having won the Vinery Stud Stakes over 2000m at Rosehill on a bog track in early April before a last start third behind Rising Romance in the ATC Oaks over the mile and a half (2400m) at Randwick.
She will be ridden by Hugh Bowman on the weekend who has a number of good rides on Warwick Stakes Day including Australian Derby champ Criterion in the day’s feature Group 2 race and Terravista in the Show Country Quality.
Other notable Toy Show Quality hopes include recent Civic Stakes runner-up Bennetta, Ron Quinton’s local Dubawi mare Intimate Moment last seen winning the Group 3 Epona Stakes (1900m) in March and Lucia Valentina’s Group 2 winning stablemate Thump out to improve on a first-up ninth when last in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) earlier this month.
Check out the full Toy Show Quality 2014 nominations below, the final field and barriers set for release on Wednesday.
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2014 Toy Show Quality Nominations
Royal Randwick Racecourse – 23/08/2014
|1||ALL CERISE||Chris Waller||80|
|2||ANGEL BEE (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||81|
|4||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||105|
|5||DIAMOND DRILLE||Gai Waterhouse||106|
|6||GOLD EPONA||Kris Lees||80|
|7||GYPSY DIAMOND||Peter & Paul Snowden||101|
|8||INTIMATE MOMENT (NZ)||Ron Quinton||89|
|9||I’VE GOT THE LOOKS||Peter & Paul Snowden||90|
|10||KRISTY LEE||Chris Waller||86|
|11||LESLEY’S CHOICE||David Vandyke||73|
|12||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||102|
|13||MISS PROMISCUITY||Anthony Cummings||79|
|14||MY SABEEL (NZ)||Kevin Moses||77|
|15||NEENA ROCK||John Sargent||94|
|16||RARE RUBY||Bryce Heys||73|
|17||SUCH A PRINCESS||Kerry Parker||75|