The 2014 Craven Plate field is set to be dominated by international stayers after nominations for the Royal Randwick race were taken today.
17 quality stayers declared for the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m), with 14 of the nominations coming from overseas. The number of nominations is on par with last year’s Craven Plate but Racing NSW has extended them until 11:00 AM Tuesday all the same.
Headlining this year’s Craven Plate nominations is trainer Chris Waller who declared nine horses, however his entire contingent is unlikely to be included in the race’s final acceptances seeing as eight are dually nominated for other Randwick and Flemington races on the same day.
The trainer’s top nomination Sacred Falls has been entered for both the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), also on October 4, with one of these feature races his optional start.
Should the five-year-old horse run the Craven Plate, he’ll very likely be the favourite with Ladbrokes.com.au considering his last time out was a Group 1 win in the George Main Stakes (1600m). He cruised home ahead of Royal Descent well over a length.
Waller’s decision will ultimately be the distance he wants to run Sacred Falls at, having found success at both 1600m and 2000m.
Waller’s other Craven Plate nominations include Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) winner Junoob, who could opt for the Turnbull or Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m); Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) winner Hawkspur, who is busy with nominations for the Turnbull, Epsom Handicap, and Metropolitan; and Danchai, the trainer’s only entry with no dual nominations.
The six-year-old hasn’t had a good start to his 2014 spring racing campaign after coming dead-last in the Group 3 Cameron Stakes (1500m) on September 17 but did deliver strong performances during winter racing to take out two second placings in the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) and Chairman’s Handicap (2000m) which prove he’s a successful stayer.
Nominations from other trainers include John Sargent’s Kirramosa, who took out last year’s Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m); Peter Moody’s Brambles, who won the Spring Is The Season Handicap (1700m) at Flemington his last time out; and the Hawkes’ Entirely Platinum, who placed second in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) last weekend.
Just three Australian horses were among the early entries: Canny Ballad, Hawkspur, and Laser Hawk.
Check out the entire list of 2014 Craven Plate nominations below, then open your online account at Ladbrokes.com.au to place a bet.
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2014 Craven Plate Nominations
Royal Randwick race 6 – 04/10/2014
|1||BRAMBLES (NZ)||Peter G Moody||106|
|2||CANNY BALLAD||Joseph Pride||92|
|3||DANCHAI (GB)||Chris Waller||93|
|4||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||104|
|6||HE’S YOUR MAN (FR)||Chris Waller||103|
|7||JUNOOB (GB)||Chris Waller||108|
|8||KIRRAMOSA (NZ)||John Sargent||102|
|9||LASER HAWK||Joseph Pride||107|
|10||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody||104|
|11||LUCKY CHAPPY (IRE)||Chris Waller||96|
|12||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||107|
|13||OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB)||Chris Waller||100|
|14||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||Donna Logan||105|
|15||SACRED FALLS (NZ)||Chris Waller||117|
|16||SLOW PACE (USA)||Kris Lees||102|
|17||VILANOVA (NZ)||Chris Waller||94|