Nominations for the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) were taken Monday morning, with 16 middle-distance fillies declaring for the Victoria Derby Day supporting race.
The 2014 Wakeful Stakes is one of nine black type races running at Flemington Racecourse this Saturday, headlined by Fontein Ruby.
The Robert Smerdon-trained filly is the highest rated nominee by far following back-to-back wins in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) and Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m).
However she faces tough competition from a bevy of talented, classy fillies. Smerdon himself is dually represented by Savage Coup, who won her maiden at Sale Racecourse on October 1.
Gai Waterhouse has nominated Muscovado for the Wakeful Stakes who has had a successful spring season with three wins and a minor placing to her name.
The filly won her maiden handicap back in August before following it up with a win in the Da Vinci Handicap (1300m). She finished third her next time out in the Reginald Allen Quality (1400m) before coming back to win the City Tattersalls Club Inglis Bonus Handicap (1600m).
She has yet to make the step up to 2000m distance but looks like she’ll handle it well.
Many of the fillies are making their debut in black type racing with less than five career starts in the Wakeful Stakes, including Pat Hyland’s Arianne, Ciaron Maher’s Azkadellia and Set Square, Lee & Shannon Hope’s Fenway, Mark Webb’s Via Cavour, and Clarry Conners’ Yesterjoy who failed to place last time out in the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m).
Reginald Allen Quality winner Abduction and runner-up Candelara have also been nominated, which could mean a rematch between the top three finishes with Muscovado also nominated.
The Wakeful Stakes will be hard to pick considering many of the runners are up-and-comers but that won’t make it any less exciting.
Check out the full list of 2014 Wakeful Stakes nominations below.
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2014 Wakeful Stakes Nominations
|2||ARIANNE (NZ)||Pat Hyland||62|
|3||AZKADELLIA (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||69|
|5||FENWAY||Lee & Shannon Hope||63|
|6||FONTEIN RUBY Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Robert Smerdon||92|
|8||HIPSTER GIRL Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Jason Warren||63|
|9||LADY MACAN||David Payne||66|
|11||SAVAGE COUP (NZ)||Robert Smerdon||62|
|12||SET SQUARE Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Ciaron Maher||76|
|13||THUNDER LADY (NZ)||John Sargent||58|
|15||VIA CAVOUR Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Mark Webb||58|