2014 Thoroughbred Club Stakes Nominations Released

Nominations for Saturday’s Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m) were taken Monday, with just 10 three-year-old fillies declaring for the race.

John O'Shea's Earthquake leads the Thoroughbred Club Stakes nominations.

John O'Shea's Earthquake leads the Thoroughbred Club Stakes nominations. Photo by Steve Hart.

The 2014 Thoroughbred Club Stakes is the supporting sprint race of Guineas Day at Caulfield Racecourse, for which nominations were extended until Tuesday in a bid to draw a bigger field size.

The John O’Shea-trained Godolphin filly Earthquake headlines the small field but will also carry the heaviest weight at 59kg, which is three kilos heavier than her last two starts.

The handicap is no surprise, considering the three-year-old has placed in all seven of her career starts, including four wins.

Her spring racing campaign has been good so far, though not up to her usual standards. While back-to-back third placings in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) and Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) are great performances in theory, they are her worst career results.

As her weight has increased, she’s found it harder to bring it home first.

Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison’s Eloping is another top nomination, heading to Caulfield with a Group 3 Champagne Stakes (1200m) win under her belt.

Gerald Ryan’s Ygritte will enjoy a four kilo weight advantage over Earthquake as she searches for her second career win.

The filly enjoyed consecutive Group Two second placings early in the year but her first trip up in class in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) on September 13 proved to be unsuccessful after finishing end of the field.

She returns to Group Three this weekend, and is tipped to be a top-three contender for the 2014 Thoroughbred.

Rounding out the nominations are Noel Doyle’s Group 3 Ken Russell Stakes (1200m) winner over the same distance Aimee and Hawkes Racing’s London Lolly, who won the Group 3 Breeders Stakes (1200m) back in March.

See the full 2014 Thoroughbred Club Stakes nominations below, then check back over the week for the final field, barrier draw, and odds update.

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2014 Thoroughbred Club Stakes Nominations

Caulfield Race 4 – 11/10/2014

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 EARTHQUAKE John O’Shea 1 59kg 103
2 ELOPING Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 2 57kg 90
3 AIMEE Noel Doyle 3 57kg 82
4 LONDON LOLLY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 4 57kg 75
5 SILVERSANDS Richard Jolly 5 55.5kg 70
6 TAWTEEN David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 6 55.5kg 74
7 YGRITTE Gerald Ryan 7 55kg 78
8 LOVED UP Brett Cavanough 8 55kg 69
9 MORE RADIANT Mick Price 9 55kg 68
10 CRISTALINA LAGO Pat Carey 10 55kg 66


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