Sweynesse Heads 2014 Gloaming Stakes Nominations

John O’Shea’s undefeated colt Sweynesse will look to keep his flawless career record intact this weekend after being nominated for the Gloaming Stakes 2014 at Rosehill Gardens.


2014 Spring Champion Stakes favourite Sweynesse races in Saturday's Gloaming Stakes in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart.

A key feature on the Saturday race card in Sydney, this year’s $200,000 Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) attracted just eight early entries.

Likely favourite through Ladbrokes.com.au, where for a limited time you can enjoy a $500 match bonus bet when using the code SPRINGBONUS, is Lonhro three-year-old Sweyesse.

After a successful debut at Kembla Grange in May he came back last month for a win in the wet at Rosehill before stepping up to Group 3 company at Newcastle on September 17 to win the Spring Stakes over the mile in a fine effort.

Sweynesse pays $34 in early markets for the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 11 but whether connections head that way with the promising staying type depends on his performance over the extra distance this weekend.

He’s more likely to head towards the $400,000 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on the same day as the Guineas however and is the $4.60 favourite in the Ladbrokes markets for that feature.

“The Spring Champion is on the radar for him but we just have to work out how to get there,” Godolphin’s racing manager Jason Walsh told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Coming off a second to Sweynesse in the Spring Stakes meanwhile is the Allan Denham-trained Pounamu, the grey son of Authorized out to turn the tables in the Gloaming Stakes after being beaten under a half-length at Newcastle.

He’s also well liked in futures Spring Champion Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au currently installed as the $9 fourth favourite.

Two other hopes also finished second best in their lead-up runs with the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Diamond Valores and Forbidden Jewel for Scott Singleton.

A winner of his opening two starts at Canterbury in August, Tavistock gelding Diamond Valores went to Warwick Farm on September 10 over the mile and finished runner-up behind Hollywood Bound in the wet.

That’s an effort he’ll improve on with a firmer track this start, the up-and-comer paying $13 in Spring Champion Stakes markets.

“He was up against older horses and I thought he ran very well,” Peter Snowden told The Daily Telegraph this week speaking of Diamond Valores’s last start.

“I’m well aware this is his first racing preparation and only his fourth start on Saturday so a Spring Champion Stakes start all depends on how he goes in the Gloaming Stakes.”

Forbidden Jewel meanwhile was second behind Diamond Valores on August 20 over 15500m at Canterbury but hasn’t had another run since.

Gai Waterhouse has then nominated for her Group 2 winning Fastnet Rock colt Valentia out to improve on a fifth to Panzer Division in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) at Randwick on September 6.

Paul Perry’s Spring Stakes eight placegetter Lord Beckworth, and the Anthony Cummings-trained pair of Road To Shangri La and Volley On Fire then round out the Gloaming Stakes nominations.

The Sydney race fields for Saturday are all due for release on Wednesday, including the Gloaming Stakes acceptances, so stay tuned.

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2014 Gloaming Stakes Nominations

Rosehill Racecourse – 27/09/2014

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 VALENTIA Gai Waterhouse 1 56.5kg 81
2 SWEYNESSE John O’Shea 2 56.5kg 78
3 DIAMOND VALORES (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden 3 56.5kg 73
4 FORBIDDEN JEWEL Scott Singleton 4 54.5kg 66
5 POUNAMU Allan Denham 5 56.5kg 70
6 ROAD TO SHANGRI LA (NZ) Anthony Cummings 6 56.5kg 66
7 LORD BECKWORTH Paul Perry 7 56.5kg 64
8 VOLLEY OF FIRE Anthony Cummings 8 56.5kg 60


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