Talented Kiwi entire El Roca is set to start his 2014 Spring Racing Carnival campaign at Flemington on Saturday after he was included in the 2014 Bobbie Lewis Quality nominations.
El Roca was set for an early spring tilt at the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 30, but he was withdrawn from the race after he missed the Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on August 16 due to an elevated fever.
Despite the setback, trainer Trent Busuttin is happy with the condition of El Roca heading into the Bobbie Lewis Quality and he is hopeful that the son of Fastnet Rock can defend his unbeaten first-up record in the Bobbie Lewis Quality.
Speediness scored an upset win over Rebel Dane in the 2013 edition of the Bobbie Lewis Quality and he will be given the chance to defend his title in the Group 3 event at Flemington this weekend.
The son of Testa Rossa was placed in both the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) during the 2014 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and has not been seen at the races since he finished 11th in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).
Temple Of Boom finished second behind Speediness in the Bobbie Lewis Quality and the veteran sprinter is also set to return to racing in the $150,000 race on Saturday.
Temple Of Boom failed to fire in three race starts during the 2014 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, but he was one of the star performers during the 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival and he took out the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on April 26 before finishing in the placings in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) and Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).
Jockey Tegan Harrison has formed a very successful association with Temple Of Boom and the Brisbane-based hoop will make the trip to Melbourne to partner the eight-year-old in the Bobbie Lewis Quality.
One sprinter that has a fitness edge over most of his rivals in the Bobbie Lewis Quality is Peter Moody-trained Flamberge.
Flamberge finished his autumn preparation with a narrow win in the Group 3 Sebring Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on April 5 and he returned to racing with an impressive victory over Rifleman and Hard Stride in the Group 3 Theshark.com.au Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 30.
Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller has included Bull Point and Kencella in the 2014 Bobbie Lewis Quality nominations, while Team Hawkes-trained Real Surreal has been entered for the 1200 metre sprint rather than take on the mares in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m).
Other interesting horses in the 2014 Bobbie Lewis Quality nominations include Gerald Ryan-trained Charlie Boy, Hawkesbury Guineas winner Chautauqua, consistent sprinter Pago Rock, the resuming Sistine Demon and veteran gelding Alma’s Fury.
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2014 Bobbie Lewis Quality Nominations
|1||ABOUT SQUARE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||87|
|3||ALMA’S FURY||Tony Gollan||104|
|4||BIG BEAR ROCK||Stephen Brown||80|
|5||BON ROCKET||Wendy Kelly||66|
|6||BRITISH GENERAL||Dan O’Sullivan||97|
|7||BULL POINT||Chris Waller||94|
|8||CHARLIE BOY||Gerald Ryan||97|
|9||CHAUTAUQUA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||90|
|10||DESERT JEUNEY||Nigel Blackiston||92|
|11||EL ROCA||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||104|
|12||FIRE THUNDERBOLT||Diane Poidevin-Laine||82|
|13||FLAMBERGE||Peter G Moody||105|
|14||IN CAHOOTS||Phillip Atkins||95|
|16||LATE CHARGE||Wendy Kelly||76|
|18||LORD WIMBLE||Symon Wilde||87|
|19||MISTER MILTON||Norman Waymouth||89|
|20||PAGO ROCK||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||101|
|21||RARE RUBY||Bryce Heys||73|
|22||REAL SURREAL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||93|
|23||SEA LORD||Stephen Brown||90|
|24||SISTINE DEMON||Andrew Noblet||101|
|27||SWEET AS BRO (NZ)||Leon & Troy Corstens||92|
|28||TANGO’S DAUGHTER||Mick Price||94|
|29||TEMPLE OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||109|
|32||WATERMANS BAY||Mark Kavanagh||97|
|33||YOU’RE SO GOOD (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston||90|