2014 Caulfield Sprint Nominations Released

Nominations for the 2014 Caulfield Sprint were taken Monday morning, featuring a strong field of 22 sprint stars.

Bel Sprinter is featured among the nominations for the Caulfield Sprint this Saturday.

Bel Sprinter is featured among the nominations for the Caulfield Sprint this Saturday. Photo by Steve Hart.

The Group 2 Perri Cutten Caulfield Sprint (1100m) is the supporting sprint race on Caulfield Cup Day this Saturday October 18, with many of the runners competing for a place in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) on November 8.

Headlining the nominations is the Gai Waterhouse-trained Driefontein.

The five-year-old mare has already enjoyed success in black type racing, taking out the Group 3 R N Irwin Stakes (1100m) and Group 1 Sangster Classic (1200m) in April.

However she followed this up with an end of the field finish in The Goodwood (1200m), unable to get a good run on the wet ground.

Two more Group One starts in the Doomben 10,000 and Tattersall’s Tiara also failed to materialise into anything worthwhile although she did manage to finish runner-up in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m).

This will be Driefontein’s first spring start, as she prepares for a tilt in the 2014 Darley Classic, after not being seen on the track since June.

2013 Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) winner Bel Sprinter is another leading nominee for the Caulfield Sprint.

The Jason Warren-trained gelding hasn’t had a win since The Galaxy in March 2013, despite ten starts, and could only manage an eighth place finish in her defending run at this year’s Rosehill Gardens race.

The seven-year-old has faltered at the Group One level lately, failing to place in all four of her starts this year.

Warren is taking a step down in class to see if it helps Bel Sprinter return to his winning form. A three length barrier trial victory his last time out over 800m is hopefully a good sign.

Peter & Paul Snowden’s Miracles Of Life has enjoyed plenty of success since her debut win in December 2012.

The four-year-old mare has won five of her 12 career starts, and placed in a further three, including three black type races.

She heads into the Caulfield Sprint with some good form following two runner-up finishes in Listed races earlier this year followed by a Group 2 Sportingbet Stakes (1200m) win in May.

Miracles Of Life stumbled on her next start, finishing end of the field in the Goodwood. She hit the front around the corner but showed no interest and dropped out.

She has been given a rest since then but is back and ready to race again.

Trainer Peter Moody has a trio of sprinters in the nominations with Office Bearer, Spirits Dance, and Thermal Current all declaring for the 2014 Caulfield Sprint while Hawkes Racing will be represented by Mecir and Deep Field, who is unbeaten from his three minor starts.

Check out the full list of 2014 Caulfield Sprint nominations below, then come back on Wednesday for the final field & barrier draw announcement.

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2014 Caulfield Sprint Nominations

Caulfield Race 5 – 18/10/2014

# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 BEL SPRINTER Jason Warren 106
2 BIG MONEY Rodney Northam 99
3 DEEP FIELD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 82
4 DRIEFONTEIN Gai Waterhouse 107
5 EL PRADO GOLD Ryan Balfour 79
6 FACILE TIGRE Jason McLachlan 95
7 FAST ’N’ ROCKING David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 91
8 I’M ALL THE TALK Gary Portelli 97
9 IN CAHOOTS Phillip Atkins 99
10 INSPECTOR Peter White 67
11 KARACATIS Richard Jolly 97
12 MECIR Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 99
13 MIRACLES OF LIFE Peter & Paul Snowden 104
14 MISS STEELE Michael Kent 89
15 OFFICE BEARER Peter G Moody 95
16 PAGO ROCK David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 99
17 PHELAN READY Jason McLachlan 92
18 SHAMAL WIND Robert Smerdon 102
19 SPIRITS DANCE Peter G Moody 90
20 THERMAL CURRENT Peter G Moody 86
21 UNPRETENTIOUS Nikki Burke 101
22 WHITLAM Danielle Wilson 94

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