Chris Waller’s resuming Group 1 performer Catkins is the top-rated nomination taken by Racing NSW for Saturday’s Sheraco Stakes 2014 at Rosehill Gardens.
The Dubawi grey is one of 23 fillies and mares entered for this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) running as one of four Group races on the Golden Rose Stakes Day program.
Runner-up to stable mate Red Tracer in last spring’s Myer Classic during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Catkins has gone on since to win three more Group races and finish top four in two other elite level races.
She was last seen crossing fourth to Cosmic Endeavour in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 21 and will again be on the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) path in Melbourne later this season.
The next best rated of the nominees is then Joe Pride’s Savabeel mare Chintz, the New Zealand import having just her second run down under since transferring to Sydney.
Runner-up to Albany Reunion in the Group 1 Easter Handicap (1600m) back home in NZ in April she debuted down under at Doomben over 1350m in May but could only manage to finish seventh to Srikandi in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes.
Runner-up in that race Belle De Coeur for Luke Price is also in the mix for the Sheraco Stakes on Saturday.
A nicely performed daughter of Show A Heart she makes her five-year-old debut here on the back of a top winter campaign that included a third to Cosmic Endeavour in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m).
Gai Waterhouse’s subsequent Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes winner Driefontein meanwhile won the Sheraco last year and on Saturday her trainer will be back after another success with Echo Gal.
The promising Stratum filly has won three of her six starts to date including her last two on the trot at Canterbury and is sweating on a start in the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) on Saturday.
She’s unlikely to make the starting 18 in the classic however, paying $101 through Ladbrokes.com.au in their all-in Golden Rose odds, and so will most likely run in the Shearco against the older mares.
Also coming off a last start win are the likes of the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Choisir mare I’ve Got The Looks and Maroon Bay who won over 1100m here in the wet on August 30 for Team Hawkes.
Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes have also nominated for four-year-old Maysoon up in class here after a third to her stable mate in that same Rosehill Benchmark 80 for fillies and mares.
Other notable Sheraco Stakes nominees then include Group 3 winner Estonian Princess, the Anthony Cummings-trained Miss Promiscuity coming off a third to I’ve Got The Looks and winner of the Group 3 Toy Show Quality at Randwick two back My Sabeel.
See below for the full Sheraco Stakes 2014 nominations with the field and barriers set for release on Wednesday.
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2014 Sheraco Stakes Nominations
Rosehill Racecourse – 13/09/2014
|1||BELLE DE COEUR||Luke Price||88|
|3||CHINTZ (NZ)||Joseph Pride||99|
|4||ECHO GAL||Gai Waterhouse||76|
|5||ESTONIAN PRINCESS||Scott Aspery||90|
|6||I’VE GOT THE LOOKS||Peter & Paul Snowden||90|
|7||MAROON BAY||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||75|
|8||MAYSOON||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||79|
|9||MEZERAY MISS||Matt Laurie||74|
|10||MISS PROMISCUITY||Anthony Cummings||79|
|11||MY SABEEL (NZ)||Kevin Moses||87|
|12||NEENA ROCK||John Sargent||90|
|13||NIOBE (NZ)||Kris Lees||74|
|14||RARE FRAGRANCE||Bryce Heys||71|
|15||RARE RUBY||Bryce Heys||73|
|16||RUNWAY STAR||Gerald Ryan||74|
|18||SHAMALIA||Bart & James Cummings||85|
|19||SNIPPETEE BEE||Patrick Payne||80|
|20||STOLEN KISSES||Joe Cleary||73|
|21||SUCH A PRINCESS||Kerry Parker||75|
|22||TWO BLUE||Kristen Buchanan||85|
|23||VALID CONTRACT||Kris Lees||79|