Nominations for a number of Melbourne Cup Carnival events closed today, including the fillies-only 2014 Crown Oaks running at Flemington Racecourse on November 6.
Many notable horses have declared for the race. High profile entries include Chris Waller’s Winx and Gai Waterhouse’s Twirl.
The Crown Oaks Day feature race saw 70 entries declaring for the Group 1 today. This is a big increase from the 2013 Crown Oaks, which featured 51 fillies at the same stage last year. It would seem many fillies have their eye on the $1 million prize in this year’s Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m).
The Group winning Street Cry filly Winx is on a high after taking out the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) by nearly 3 lengths earlier this month. The three-year-old moved up to the leader at 200m and hit the lead shortly after. She then extended her lead at 100m to take out a good win.
The three-year-old is the $5 second-favourite for next month’s $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield after her runner-up finish in last Saturday in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. Winx went forward to settle into second early. She looked outsprinted as she topped the rise but ran hard, fighting off Earthquake for second.
Bring Me To The Maid, $4.20 favourite for the 2014 Thousand Guineas with Ladbrokes.com.au, is another high profile Crown Oaks nominee.
She has yet to take out a top level race, after finishing third in April’s Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) and eighth in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400) earlier this month. However, her strong finish in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200) that saw her claim victory 1½ lengths ahead of Memorial has many punters backing her.
For another year, Thousand Guineas-bound runners have dominated the Crown Oaks nominations. Other Oak fancies that will first line-up at Caulfield include Go Indy Go, Little Hottie, Amicus, and Choix De Maia to name just a few.
2014 Crown Oaks first acceptances are due to close on October 21 making the picture a little clearer before the final field is announced in November.
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2014 Crown Oaks Nominations
Flemington Racecourse – 06/11/2014
|1||ABBEY ROAD||Gai Waterhouse|
|3||AMANZI Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Darren Weir|
|4||AMICUS Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Chris Waller|
|6||AZKADELLIA (NZ)||Ciaron Maher|
|7||BALLET SUITE||Mark Kavanagh|
|8||BEAUTIFUL ASSASSIN Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Robbie Griffiths|
|9||BRING ME THE MAID||Peter G Moody|
|11||CATHY’S MARK Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Nigel Blackiston|
|12||CHOIX DE MAIA (NZ)||Pat Carey|
|13||CINNAMON CARTER||Robbie Laing|
|15||DANE HUSSLER||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|17||DHAHAB||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|18||DON’T BE SHY Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||John Salanitri|
|19||ELVEDA VEGAS (NZ)||Bjorn Baker|
|20||ENVISION Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||John O’Shea|
|22||FEELS LIKE HOME||Danny O’Brien|
|23||FENWAY||Lee & Shannon Hope|
|24||FIRST SEAL||John P Thompson|
|25||FONTEIN RUBY Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Robert Smerdon|
|26||FORBIDDEN JEWEL||Scott Singleton|
|27||GO INDY GO||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas|
|28||GO JENNIO||Darren Weir|
|30||GREY VELVET||Norman Rogers|
|31||HIGH ABOVE||Anthony Cummings|
|32||HIPSTER GIRL Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Jason Warren|
|33||IMPERIAL LASS (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|35||JUNGLE MAK||Wally Mitchell|
|36||KAIZAEN (NZ)||Robert Smerdon|
|37||KALABEK Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Brent Stanley|
|38||KAYE CLUB Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Robert Smerdon|
|39||LADY MACAN||David Payne|
|40||LADY SHARAPOVA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|41||LASHKAAL||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|42||LITTLE HOTTIE (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|44||MAASTRICHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|45||MAY DAY Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Matt Laurie|
|46||MISS INTERIORS||Anthony Cummings|
|47||MISTER BROWNS GIRL||Robbie Laing|
|48||NAKATAAN (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|49||NOT A HAPPY CAMPER||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra|
|50||PITTSBURGH FLYER||Lee & Shannon Hope|
|51||SAGAPUSS Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Peter G Moody|
|52||SAILING PAST (NZ)||John Sargent|
|53||SAVAGE COUP (NZ)||Robert Smerdon|
|54||SHACARDE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|55||SINGULARITY Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Robbie Griffiths|
|56||SISTINE STAR||Andrew Noblet|
|57||SOLAR BURST||Brent Stanley|
|58||SOUND ADVICE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|59||TAQASEEM||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|60||TASTE OF MONEY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|61||TEARS OF JOY||Mark Kavanagh|
|62||THE FRENCH HOUSE Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Darren Weir|
|63||THUNDER LADY (NZ)||John Sargent|
|65||TRY YOUR BEST (NZ)||Phillip Stokes|
|67||UNFURL (NZ)||Darren Weir|
|70||ZOE’S GIFT||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|