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Darren Weir’s last start Australian Oaks winner May’s Dream is one of the headline nominations taken for the How Now Stakes 2014 at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday, the mares-only feature a key support race on Underwood Stakes Day.
Twenty mares make up the early entries for the How Now Stakes, registered this year as the $150,000 Group 3 Sportingbet Sprint Series Heat 2 Stakes (1200m).
Set to make her return to racing in the sprint showdown if accepted is New Approach mare May’s Dream who will be having her maiden four-year-old start.
Last autumn the in-form Wangoom-based galloper was in top form finishing off her campaign in Adelaide winning the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville.
She was also competitive in Melbourne before that and during last year’s spring carnival including her second to Guelph in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield.
May’s Dream was also runner-up to Kirramosa in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington last Victoria Derby Day before her eighth to the same horse when failing to run out the 2500m in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) five days later.
Heading the How Now ballot just ahead of May’s Dream meanwhile is dual Group 1 winner, the Mick Price-trained Samaready.
Her latest win was over Buffering in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley 12 months ago, her form since being hit and miss.
The now five-year-old daughter of More Than Ready ran a competitive third in the Group 1 Lighting Stakes (1000m) first-up in February but was unplaced in her two subsequent runs and hasn’t been seen since running second last (9th) to Spirit Of Boom in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) on March 21.
One of Melbourne’s premier horsemen Peter Moody meanwhile has nominated for a trio from his stables with Spirits Dance, A Time For Julia and Brilliant Bisc.
Statue Of Liberty four-year-old Spirits Dance won four on the trot during a top summer campaign including the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield but was disappointing first-up when seventh to Atlante in a Moonee Valley black-type at the start of the month.
A Time For Julia will also be second-up on Saturday, the Group 3 winner and Group 1 performer having returned at the track on August 30 for a close second behind Gregers in the Group 3 W.W. Cockram Stakes (1200m) in an eye-catching performance.
Moody’s third hopeful Brilliant Bisc meanwhile is up in class here after the Elvstroem four-year-old won two on the trot to kick off her campaign, most recently over 1000m in a Benchmark 90 at Sandown on September 3.
Also with multiple How Now Stakes nominations is Robert Smerdon with his last start Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes winner in Sydney Politeness and Dubawi mare Shamal Wind who returned with a fourth to Iconic at Moonee Valley last month.
Other notable How Now Stakes nominees then include the Team Hawkes-trained 2014 Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Real Surreal, Group 3 Adelaide winner Miss Steele, the in-form David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Girl Guide and John Sadler’s Vain Queen.
See below for the full 2014 Sportingbet Sprint Series Heat 2 Stakes nominations to be cut to a capacity 16-starter final field at acceptance stage on Wednesday.
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2014 How Now Stakes Nominations
Sportingbet Sprint Series Heat 2 Stakes
Caulfield Racecourse – 20/09/2014
|2||MAY’S DREAM||Darren Weir||2||59kg||101|
|3||SPIRITS DANCE||Peter G Moody||3||58kg||91|
|4||A TIME FOR JULIA||Peter G Moody||4||57kg||102|
|6||MISS STEELE||Michael Kent||6||57kg||89|
|8||SHAMAL WIND||Robert Smerdon||8||56kg||103|
|10||MEZERAY MISS||Matt Laurie||10||56kg||76|
|11||BRILLIANT BISC||Peter G Moody||11||56kg||85|
|12||REAL SURREAL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||12||55kg||93|
|13||VAIN QUEEN||John Sadler||13||55kg||99|
|15||JESSY BELLE||Luke Oliver||15||55kg||83|
|17||FOREVER LOVED (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||17||55kg||89|
|18||GIRL GUIDE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||18||55kg||88|
|19||KISS ME KETUT (NZ)||Christopher Diplock||19||55kg||75|
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