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A line-up of Cox Plate-bound gallopers makes up the nominations for the Memsie Stakes 2014 at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend.
The $400,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) is the headline race of the weekend in Melbourne and has attracted 16 star entries at nomination stage.
Among them are a host of weight-for-age types heading towards a run in the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse on October 25.
Current Cox Plate odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by Silent Achiever ($11) and Roger James’ O’Reilly mare is one of the Memsie Stakes headliners.
Winner of three Group 1s on the trot last season including the coveted Ranvet Stakes – The BMW double in Sydney, her latest run was a fourth behind fellow Kiwi It’s A Dundeel in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on April 14.
The next best Memise Stakes entry in Cox Plate betting is then the Paul Beshara-trained Happy Trails ($17).
A son of Good Journey the now seven-year-old was runner-up to Shamus Award in a devastatingly close Cox Plate result last year on the back of his Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) success at Flemington.
Fifth first-up in Adelaide’s Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m), Happy Trails trialed at Gawler last Friday and looks fit and ready to atone for his first-up loss behind Riziz.
The Memsie Stakes’ strength has increased too thanks to the wet conditions in Sydney last Saturday.
A Heavy-rated Randwick track saw a number of top horses come out of their Sydney assignments with the Memsie the new target.
Three horses scratched from the Group 2 Warwick Stakes fall into that category with the Chris Waller-trained Boban, Peter Moody’s Dissident and Messene for Team Hawkes.
Triple Group 1 winner Boban returned to racing in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on August 9 but has poor wet track form delaying the Bernaridni gelding’s second-up run.
If accepted for the Memsie it will be his first run in Melbourne since the spring where he won two on the trot including the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Waller’s second Memsie Stakes hope meanwhile is Foreteller, the Dansili seven-year-old after his first win since last year’s Makybe Diva Stakes second-up at Flemington.
Also with two entries is Moody nominating for both Sebring four-year-old Dissident who won the Randwick Guineas over the mile in Sydney in mid-March and stable star Moment Of Change.
Multiple Group 1 hero, Barley A Moment gelding Moment Of Change is a specialist at the track and distance having won all four of his starts over the 1400m at Caulfield including the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes double last season.
He resumed on August 16 at Caulfield when runner-up in the Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) and is tipped to improve getting up over more distance here.
Messene meanwhile is early favourite for Sydney’s $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on October 4 and featured as the headliner in the 87 Epsom nominations taken this week.
Team Hawkes have also nominated for the former Guy Walter-trained Toydini in both the Epsom Handicap in Sydney later during the carnival and Saturday’s Memsie Stakes.
See below for the full Memsie Stakes 2014 nominations which also feature one last start winner in Gai Waterhouse’s Missile Stakes winner Sweet Idea.
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2014 Memsie Stakes Nominations
Caulfield Racecourse – 30/08/2014
|2||DISSIDENT||Peter G Moody||107|
|4||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||112|
|6||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||115|
|7||MESSENE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||107|
|8||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody||111|
|9||PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE)||Darren Weir||111|
|10||SERTORIUS||Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington||105|
|11||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||118|
|12||STIPULATE (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||100|
|13||SUPER COOL||Mark Kavanagh||112|
|14||SWEET IDEA||Gai Waterhouse||110|
|15||TEXT’N HURLEY||Colin Little||92|
|16||TOYDINI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||109|
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