Returning Group 1 winner Commanding Jewel is dually nominated for the Memsie Stakes Day program in Melbourne on Saturday but has been confirmed as a contender for the WW Cockram Stakes 2014.
The injury-prone Leon & Troy Corstens-trained daughter of Commands races first-up this weekend nominated for both the $150,000 Group 3 The Heath 1100 Stakes (1100m) and the $150,000 Group 3 W.W. Cockram Stakes (1200m).
It is the latter mares-only support race however she will be accepted for, Commanding Jewel making her five-year-old debut in the sprint showdown which Ladbrokes.com.au will have the best odds on this weekend.
Three length winner over Dear Demi of the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield back in October of 2012, injury setbacks have seen the half-a-million-dollar-earner race just twice since.
She was last seen beating home the Chris Waller-trained Catkins in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) in early September last year, a performance in which she injured a muscle.
A subsequent hoof injury suffered during a paddock accident then delayed her return with Commanding Jewel missing out on the autumn as well.
Saturday though she looks set for a big resuming run, her most recent official trial being a two and a half length win over 1200m at Wangaratta back in June.
Also dually nominated for The Heath 1100 and the Cockram Stakes on Saturday is the Peter Moody-trained duo of Spirits Dance and A Time For Julia.
Statue Of Liberty four-year-old Spirits Dance has won five of her 10 starts including the past four on the trot during a stellar summer season in Melbourne.
Her latest three efforts were all at Caulfield including wins in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) and the Group 2 Angus Armanaso Stakes (1400m) back-to-back in February.
A Time For Julia meanwhile hasn’t raced since a seventh in Adelaide behind Driefontein in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) on April 26.
That run was forgivable however as the now five-year-old was dropped down in distance off her fourth to Steps In Time in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill.
Her latest Caulfield run meanwhile was in February when she won the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m), A Time For Julia looking to go one better than her second to Octavia in the Cockram last year.
Another headline Cockram Stakes nomination is the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Gregers.
A daughter of Commands, four-year-old Gregers is no stranger to Group 1 racing having contested her first elite level just two runs into her career when fourth to Miracles Of Life in the 2013 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.
Since then she’s run third in the Thousand Guineas, fourth to Lankan Rupee in the Oakleigh Plate, fourth when beaten only half a length by Queensland champ Spirit Of Boom in the William Reid Stakes, third in the Robert Sangster and most recently fourth to upset winner Smokin’ Joey in The Goodwood at Morphettville on May 10.
Gregers resumed at Caulfield over 1100m in a mares-only handicap on August 16 and carried 58kg to an all-too-easy three and a half length win over Members Joy in the perfect new season return.
Also coming via that race, the Australian Defence Force Handicap, are the Robert Smerdon-trained duo Members Joy and Bloomingdale Miss who ran second and third respectively behind Gregers.
Other notable WW Cockram Stakes nominees include the Lloyd Kennewell-trained Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes winner Thiamandi coming off a fourth in the Regal Roller Stakes from August 16, the John Sadler-trained Vain Queen and Commands six-year-old Gig who ran second in the Bletchingly and third in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) a fortnight back.
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2014 W.W. Cockram Stakes Nominations
Caulfield Racecourse – 30/08/2014
|1||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||1||59kg||105|
|2||COMMANDING JEWEL||Leon & Troy Corstens||2||59kg||107|
|3||GREGERS||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||3||58kg||102|
|4||SPIRITS DANCE||Peter G Moody||4||58kg||91|
|7||A TIME FOR JULIA||Peter G Moody||7||57kg||102|
|9||FIVE ALL||Darren Weir||9||57kg||90|
|10||LAKE SENTENTIA||Darren Weir||10||56kg||95|
|11||MEMBERS JOY||Robert Smerdon||11||56kg||84|
|12||MEZERAY MISS||Matt Laurie||12||56kg||75|
|13||REAL SURREAL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||13||55kg||94|
|15||VAIN QUEEN||John Sadler||15||55kg||99|
|17||SINO EAGLE||Peter G Moody||17||55kg||86|
|19||BLOOMINGDALE MISS||Robert Smerdon||19||55kg||84|
|20||FLASH OF DOUBT||Robbie Griffiths||20||55kg||82|
|21||FOREVER LOVED (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||21||55kg||86|
|22||CALIFORNIA STORM||Clinton McDonald||22||55kg||80|
|23||HOT MAMA||Robbie Griffiths||23||55kg||70|
|24||PRECIOUS GEM||Gwenda Johnstone||24||55kg||75|
|25||SOOSA RAMA||Colin Little||25||55kg||72|