2014 Spring Champion Stakes Nominations Feature Peggy Jean

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.

Peggy Jean

Peggy Jean is one of two Group 1 winners nominated for the 2014 Spring Champion Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart.

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

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 ALLZIN Graham Hoy
2 ALMALAD Gai Waterhouse
3 AUTHORITARIAN Anthony Freedman
4 BACHMAN Gerald Ryan
5 BELUGA CAVIAR David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
6 BOLD CIRCLE David Payne 70
7 BOMBER BROWN David Payne
8 BRACTEATE John O’Shea
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
14 COPPOLA Anthony Freedman
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
29 GHIBELLINES John O’Shea
30 GLORIOUS PROSPECT (NZ) Chris Waller
31 GOOD PRINCE Anthony Cummings 63
32 GOULDIAN John O’Shea
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
40 HIMPAPAWID Gai Waterhouse 68
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
46 KUMAON John O’Shea 81
47 LADY MACAN David Payne
48 LASSITUDE John O’Shea
49 LIBERATION Gai Waterhouse
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
57 MAROON Anthony Freedman
58 MERION (NZ) Michael Moroney
59 MEURSAULT John O’Shea
60 MIHANY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
61 MINNESINGER Anthony Freedman
62 MISS INTERIORS Anthony Cummings 63
63 MONTEUX Peter G Moody
64 MUNJIZ David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
65 NORTHWEST (NZ) David Vandyke
66 NOZOMI Anthony Freedman
67 OBLIGED Anthony Freedman
68 PANZER DIVISION Paul Messara
69 PARAGON John Sargent
70 PEGGY JEAN Gerald Ryan
71 PETROLOGY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
72 POUNAMU Allan Denham
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
83 SOBRIQUET Robert Pearse
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
88 SWEYNESSE John O’Shea 63
89 TASHBEEH David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
90 THE SPITFIRE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
91 VALENTIA Gai Waterhouse
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

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