Gerald Ryan’s Group 1 winning filly Peggy Jean is one of the headline entries for the Spring Champion Stakes 2014, nominations for the Sydney three-year-olds’ classic taken by the Australian Turf Club (ATC) today.
Attracting a bumper 96 nominees this year the $400,000 Group 1 Moet and Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) runs at Royal Randwick Racecourse on October 11.
That’s one week after Sydney’s Super Saturday featuring the $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m), nominations for both also taken today with 87 entries a piece.
Myboycharlie filly Peggy Jean meanwhile is one of just two Group 1 winners nominated for the Spring Champion having won the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner over 1400m at Randwick on April 12.
She was hampered at the start that day but stuck on in the mud to win before failing to stretch out to the mile when fifth behind Go Indy Go in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) next start on April 26.
Despite queries surrounding her ability over more distance, connections are keen to keep her in the Spring Champion mix.
She’s also nominated for the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on September 13 as well as both the Caulfield and Thousand Guineas in Melbourne on October 11.
Peggy Jean is one of four single figure fancies in futures Thousand Guineas odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $9.
Ryan has also nominated for his Group 3 winning All American colt Bachman last seen running ninth in the Champagne Stakes and the lightly raced Washington Heights.
A son of Commands, nicely-bred Washington Heights debuted with a second to Hallowed Crown in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) on a Heavy (9) Randwick track in April before returning on August 16 to finish second at Group 3 level again this time behind Nostradamus in the San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill.
The other Group 1 winner in the mix is then the Gai Waterhouse-trained Almalad who races at the track this weekend in the Group 3 The Run To The Rose (1200m).
Winner of the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) over the Eagle Farm mile in Brisbane back on June 7, the Al Maher colt is undefeated with three wins from as many starts – a record he’ll be out to keep on Saturday when resuming.
Almalad is equal $7 favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au with Peter Moody’s Golden Slipper third placegetter Bring Me The Maid in futures Golden Rose odds.
He also shares top spot in the early markets paying $9 along with Brazen Beau to win the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne on the same day as the Thousand Guineas.
Two other three-year-olds well liked in early Golden Rose betting and in the mix for the Spring Champion Stakes meanwhile is the John O’Shea-trained duo of Meursault ($13) and Ghibellines ($15).
O’Shea and connections at Godolphin have a total of seven entries for the Spring Champion including Medaglia D’Oro colt Meursault which failed in the wet when sixth in last weekend’s Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m) and Group 2 Todman Stakes winner Ghibellines.
Lonhro colt Kumaon is another notable Godolphin entry, the Pago Stakes runner-up last seen running third in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes.
Also top three behind Go Indy Go in the Champagne and nominated for the Spring Champion is then runner-up Zululand for David Hayes & Tom Dabernig.
The stable have a notable 15 Spring Champion entries including also Redoute’s Choice Stakes runner-up Petrology, Fastnet Rock colt Wilderness and last start Swan Hill winner The Spitfire.
Other noteworthy Spring Champion Stakes nominations include the Panzer Division for Paul Messara, and the Waterhouse-trained duo of Up & Coming fifth placed Liberation and Valentia.
A son of Fastnet Rock, Valentia is a $26 shot for the Caulfield Guineas and is already a Group 2 winner thanks to a Randwick victory in the Skyline Stakes back in March.
He returned last Saturday in the Up & Coming and relished the wet track to run third beaten just over a quarter length by Scissor Kick.
Panzer Division meanwhile ran second in the same race, the Redoute’s Choice colt having won his only other start at Kembla Grange in July.
See below for the full Spring Champion Stakes 2014 nominations, betting on the feature to open shortly at our preferred online betting agency Ladbrokes.com.au.
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2014 Spring Champion Stakes Nominations
Royal Randwick Racecourse – Saturday October 11, 2014
|5||BELUGA CAVIAR||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|6||BOLD CIRCLE||David Payne||70|
|7||BOMBER BROWN||David Payne||–|
|9||BROGUE (NZ)||Steve Englebrecht||–|
|10||BUCK ROGERS||Michael Moroney||–|
|11||BURNING PASSION||Anthony Cummings||69|
|12||BY GEORGE||Anthony Cummings||–|
|13||CAILIN MISS||Mick Price||–|
|15||CORAM||Leon & Troy Corstens||–|
|16||DHAHAB||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–|
|17||DIAMOND VALORES (NZ)||Peter & Paul Snowden||72|
|18||DOUBLE HAPPY||Chris Waller||67|
|19||DRUM ROLL||David Vandyke||–|
|20||DUCK DYNASTY (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|21||DUTY FIRST||Chris Waller||–|
|22||EASTERN CAPE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|23||ECHO KING||Gai Waterhouse||–|
|24||ECHO PRINCE||Gai Waterhouse||62|
|25||EMBRACE THE ROCK||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|26||FIREHOUSE ROCK||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|27||FIRST SEAL||John P Thompson||67|
|28||FORBIDDEN JEWEL||Scott Singleton||66|
|30||GLORIOUS PROSPECT (NZ)||Chris Waller||–|
|31||GOOD PRINCE||Anthony Cummings||63|
|33||GRANNY SMITH||Anthony Cummings||–|
|34||GUEST CARD (NZ)||Bryce Heys||–|
|35||HALLOWED CROWN||Bart & James Cummings||82|
|36||HAMPTON COURT||Gai Waterhouse||65|
|37||HERO I AM||Chris Waller||–|
|38||HE’S A GIVEN||Clarry Conners||62|
|39||HIGH ABOVE||Anthony Cummings||62|
|41||IDYLLIC SCENERY||Chris Waller||66|
|42||JUST CALL ME RAY (NZ)||Bruce Wallace||–|
|43||KARIGARA (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–|
|44||KIWI DREAMER (NZ)||Michael Moroney||–|
|45||KODINHI (NZ)||Anthony Freedman||–|
|47||LADY MACAN||David Payne||–|
|50||LIE DIRECT||Steve Englebrecht||–|
|51||LIGHT UP MANHATTAN||Ciaron Maher||–|
|52||LORD DISICK||Michael Moroney||–|
|53||LOTION||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|54||LOW PLACES (NZ)||Chris Waller||–|
|55||MAKEADANE||John P Thompson||–|
|56||MAN CAVE||Gary Portelli||56|
|58||MERION (NZ)||Michael Moroney||–|
|60||MIHANY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|62||MISS INTERIORS||Anthony Cummings||63|
|63||MONTEUX||Peter G Moody||–|
|64||MUNJIZ||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|65||NORTHWEST (NZ)||David Vandyke||–|
|68||PANZER DIVISION||Paul Messara||–|
|70||PEGGY JEAN||Gerald Ryan||–|
|71||PETROLOGY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|73||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||–|
|74||PRESS REPORT||Lee Curtis||–|
|75||PROACTIVE (NZ)||Peter & Paul Snowden||66|
|76||PURPLE PRIDE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|77||ROAD TO SHANGRI LA (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||–|
|78||SANTA ROCKS||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–|
|79||SCRATCH ME LUCKY||Paul Perry||–|
|80||SILVER EAGLE||Peter G Moody||–|
|81||SIMPLY EXPLOSIVE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||–|
|82||SNIPER FIRE||Chris Waller||73|
|84||STARS AND STORM||Anthony Cummings||–|
|85||STRADA DELLA MODA||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|86||SULTRY FEELING||Bart & James Cummings||77|
|87||SUN FORCE||Gai Waterhouse||–|
|89||TASHBEEH||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|90||THE SPITFIRE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|92||VOLLEY OF FIRE||Anthony Cummings||61|
|93||WASHINGTON HEIGHTS||Gerald Ryan||–|
|94||WE’RE ALL GOOD (NZ)||David Vandyke||–|
|95||WILDERNESS||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|96||ZULULAND||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|