2014 Moonga Stakes Nominations Released

Nominations for the 2014 Moonga Stakes were taken on Monday morning, with a classy field of 18 declaring for the race.

River Lad headlines the nominations for the 2014 Moonga Stakes.

River Lad headlines the nominations for the 2014 Moonga Stakes. Photo by Daniel Costello.

The Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) is one of 10 races taking place on Caulfield Cup Day this Saturday, October 18.

Headlining the 18-strong nomination field is the Natalie McCall-trained River Lad, who missed out on a placing in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) by just a shoulder his last time out.

The gelding proved successful during the winter season however, taking out back-to-back wins in the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) and Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke (1400m).

Wez Hunter’s Smokin’ Joey is another leading nomination, following a win at the highest level after taking out Group 1 The Underwood (1200m) in May. He wasn’t able to reclaim his success one month later in the Straddie and also finished middle of the field his last time out in the Gilgai.

Godolphin is set to have two runners in the race following the nomination of both Limes and Generalife for trainer John O’Shea, who missed out on a minor placing his last time out in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m). However, the double Listed winner should be able to turn it around in the Moonga Stakes.

Ron Leemon’s Manawanui is in-form following a last-start win in the Group 3 Ritchie Handicap (1400m).

Peter Moody has nominated Group 3 Sebring Stakes (1200m) winner Flamberge while Gai Waterhouse will be represented by Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1400m) third Ryker.

Check out the full list of 2014 Moonga Stakes nominations below and choose your winner from the list.

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2014 Moonga Stakes Nominations

Caulfield Race 6 – 18/10/2014

# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ADMIRE INAZUMA (JPN) Tomoyuki Umeda
2 BACKSTEDT David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 93
3 BORISTAR John MacMillan 83
4 CHIQUADA (NZ) Brian Jenkins 78
5 FINAL CRESCENDO David Kelly 92
6 FLAMBERGE Peter G Moody 103
7 GENERALIFE John O’Shea 102
8 LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 102
9 LIMES John O’Shea 100
10 LORD SHERWOOD Matt Laurie 67
11 LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir 95
12 MANAWANUI Ron Leemon 104
13 MUTUAL TRUST (GB) Sam Pritchard-Gordon 100
14 RAIZAN (JPN) Yoshito Yahagi 70
15 RIVER LAD Natalie McCall 110
16 RYKER Gai Waterhouse 86
17 SMOKIN’ JOEY Wez Hunter 106
18 UNDER THE LOUVRE Robert Smerdon 96


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