David Hayes & Tom Dabernig’s last start How Now Stakes winner Girl Guide is among the headline nominations taken for the Spring Series Final 2014 at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend.
A huge day of racing is planned for Melbourne on Saturday for Caulfield Guineas Day, one of the eight Group status events on the program being the $150,000 Group 3 Sportingbet Sprint Series Final (1200m).
A bumper 22 mares have been nominated for the set weights plus penalties clash including Chruchill Downs five-year-old Girl Guide.
Last start the super-consistent and lightly-raced mare posted her sixth career win from eight starts defeating a top field in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) at the Caulfield track on September 20.
She’s now shooting for her third on the trot in Melbourne having also won a non-black type over 1200m at Moonee Valley the run before and will be well liked at Ladbrokes.com.au to make it a hat trick on the trot.
Also coming off a top three run in the How Now Stakes is the Robert Smerdon-trained local Dubawi mare Shamal Wind.
She was beaten a mere long neck in the race when third and could get the chance to turn the tables on Saturday.
Shamal Wind however is a dual nominee on the Caulfield race card having also been entered for the $200,000 Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m).
Also dually nominated for both the Schillaci Stakes and Sprint Series Final on Saturday is Girl Guide’s stable mate, the fellow Hayes & Daberning-trained Gregers.
The highest rated of the Sprint Series Final nominees, the classy Commands four-year-old won the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) in an upset at the track two back but was last seen finishing sixth to Commanding Jewel in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on September 13.
Other mares coming off nice lead-up form include Canberra raider Jacinta, the Jason Warren-trained Mornington mare Double Dee, last start winner at the track Vain Attraction, and the Peter Moody-trained duo of Angels Beach and Brilliant Bisc.
Moody has also nominated for River Delta coming off a third over 1440m here, before which the Al Maher four-year-old won three on the trot including over 1400m at Caulfield in April.
See below for the full Sprint Series Final 2014 nominations that will be cut to a capacity 16 starter field when final acceptances are taken on Wednesday.
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2014 Sprint Series Final Nominations
Caulfield Racecourse – 11/10/2014
|1||GREGERS||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||1||58kg||105|
|2||TANGO’S DAUGHTER||Mick Price||2||58kg||94|
|3||GIRL GUIDE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||3||57kg||92|
|4||SHAMAL WIND||Robert Smerdon||4||56kg||103|
|5||ANGELS BEACH||Peter G Moody||5||56kg||96|
|6||BRILLIANT BISC||Peter G Moody||6||56kg||86|
|8||LADY LAKSHMI||Stephen Theodore||8||55kg||82|
|9||VAIN ATTRACTION||Darren Weir||9||55kg||81|
|11||FLYING HOSTESS||Darren Weir||11||55kg||86|
|12||FLASH OF DOUBT||Robbie Griffiths||12||55kg||85|
|13||GRIANTE||David Brideoake & David Feek||13||55kg||86|
|14||FARE WELL||Clarry Conners||14||55kg||80|
|15||CORONATION SHALLAN||Brett Scott||15||55kg||84|
|16||RIVER DELTA||Peter G Moody||16||55kg||74|
|18||DOUBLE DEE||Jason Warren||18||55kg||80|
|19||SOOSA RAMA||Colin Little||19||55kg||73|
|20||CHIQUADA (NZ)||Brian Jenkins||20||55kg||78|
|21||MISS SOFTHANDS||Colin Little||21||55kg||69|
|22||CHOOSE||Lee & Shannon Hope||22||55kg||73|