Robert Smerdon’s promising mare Politeness is one of the more notable nominations taken for the Blazer Stakes 2014 at Flemington Racecourse on Turnbull Stakes Daythis Saturday.
The Street Sense four-year-old is one of 22 mares making up the early entries for this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m), the last of nine events on Melbourne’s major weekend meeting.
The Blazer is a nice lead-up race for mares looking to return to Flemington on November 1 for the start of the Melbourne Cup Carnival to run in the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m).
Last year Fire Up Fifi won the Blazer Stakes and backed up to finish third to Red Tracer in the Myer, while Myer Classic runner-up Catkins ran third in the Blazer 12 months ago.
Politeness has had just one run this season, the Group 3 winner resuming off a lengthy five month break to finish under half a length away fourth to Girl Guide in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m).
The top rated of the Blazer Stakes nominees meanwhile is Lance Noble’s New Zealand visitor Viadana.
The veteran seven-year-old is a Group 1 back home over the mile in April and was a close fifth behind Diamond Drille down under in Sydney on the back of that in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m).
She’s had two unplaced runs this season then including a disappointing eighth to Commanding Jewel at the Flemington track on September 13 in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m).
The other highest rated hopes in the race are then Pat Hyland’s Let’s Elope fourth placegetter Bonaria and the Darren Weir-trained May’s Dream.
Winner of the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) in Adelaide on April 26, four-year-old New Approach chestnut May’s Dream also ran in the How Now Stakes and finished seventh still under three and a half lengths off the winner.
Weir has a total of four Blazer Stakes entries this year with May’s Dream joined by Tressady Stakes winner at the track Five All, Group 3 New Zealand winner Lady Cumquat and Lohnspresso.
Other notable hopes include How Now sixth placed Enquare from the Sunshine Coast, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Group 1 Vinery Stakes third placegetter Forever Loved out to improve on a last in the How Now Stakes, last start Let’s Elope Stakes third past the post Nautical and Scratchy Bottom.
The Michael Kent-trained Sebring mare Scratchy Bottom returns to racing here following a stellar autumn that resulted in two Group 1 placings in Adelaide when third in the Oaks behind May’s Dream and second by a nose to Kushadasi in the SA Derby over 2500m up against the boys on May 3.
See below for the full Blazer Stakes 2014 nominations that will be cut to the final field of acceptors on Wednesday morning.
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2014 Blazer Stakes Nominations
Flemington Racecourse – 04/10/2014
|2||DIG A PONY||Peter G Moody||78|
|4||FIVE ALL||Darren Weir||88|
|5||FOREVER LOVED (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||89|
|6||GIRL IN FLIGHT||Robbie Griffiths||86|
|7||JESSY BELLE||Luke Oliver||83|
|8||KEEP DE ROSE (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||86|
|9||LADY CUMQUAT||Darren Weir||81|
|11||MAY’S DREAM||Darren Weir||101|
|12||METAPHORICAL||Peter G Moody||78|
|13||MEZERAY MISS||Matt Laurie||76|
|14||MINNIE DOWNS||Brian Cox||89|
|15||NADEEM LASS||Robbie Griffiths||78|
|18||SCRATCHY BOTTOM||Michael Kent||78|
|19||SPIRIT OF HEAVEN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||83|
|20||SPIRITS DANCE||Peter G Moody||91|
|21||SUAVITO (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston||87|
|22||VIADANA (NZ)||Lance Noble||105|