Nominations are now out for all the Group races on Saturday’s Zipping Classic Day card at Sandown including those for the 2014 Sandown Stakes.
With entries extended until 10am (AEDT) tomorrow, there are currently 14 gallopers making up the early nominations for this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Mack Tow Sandown Stakes (1500m).
One of the headline nominations is the Robert Smerdon-trained Group 3 winning Street Sense mare Politeness, the four-year-old back in class after a Group 1 run on Derby Day.
After a fifth two back behind Sweet Idea in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m), Politeness ran seventh under two lengths off the winner Bonaria in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) on November 1 in a run she’s out to improve on here.
The other major entry is the Colin Scott’s Testa Rossa seven-year-old Speediness, nominated to back-up off a Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) 10th to Hucklebuck from last Saturday.
Before that the veteran galloper was runner-up to Trust In A Gust in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) and fourth to Hooked in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m), form Scott is hoping he can get back to this weekend on a softer track than for the Emirates.
“The only thing I can put the (Emirates Stakes) run down to is the track, that’s twice he’s run on a Good 2 and twice he hasn’t gone a yard,” Scott told Racing Victoria.
“In hindsight I can only blame myself because I should’ve scratched him as soon as the track was upgraded to a Good 2.
“He seems to come have through the run well. He went straight to the water walker on Sunday and he hasn’t missed an oat.
“I have nominated him for the Sandown Stakes. He was going to go to the paddock but I looked at the weather and there’s supposed to be rain on Friday and Saturday.
“I’ll most likely accept with him but unless the track’s a Dead 4 or worse he won’t run.”
Leon & Troy Corstens meanwhile have two Sandown Stakes hopefuls nominating for six-year-old Felidea and in-form General Nediym gelding General Groove.
General Grove is after his third win on the trot following a 1300m effort with 58kg at Bendigo on October 18 and then a Melbourne Cup Day victory over 1400m to defeat Spy Decoder when dropped back to 54kg on November 4.
Another interesting addition to the field will be Group 1 performed French import Pornichet for Gai Waterhouse who ran fourth on debut at Flemington in the Group 2 Yellowglen Stakes (1400m) last start.
Other notable Sandown Stakes nominees then include the Quinton Scott-trained Another Prelate coming off a Seymour Cup third from October 19, last start Moonee Valley runner-up Henwood for John Sadler, ultra-consistent four-year-old Red Bomber after his seventh win at start number 11 and the Peter Moody-trained Zuma Roc.
Check out the current Sandown Stakes 2014 nominations below with the final field and barrier draw out on Wednesday morning.
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2014 Sandown Stakes Nominations
Sandown Racecourse – 15/11/2014
|1||ANOTHER PRELATE||Quinton Scott||95|
|2||FELIDEA||Leon & Troy Corstens||82|
|3||GENERAL GROOVE||Leon & Troy Corstens||81|
|4||HENWOOD (NZ)||John Sadler||97|
|5||LADY LAKSHMI||Stephen Theodore||86|
|7||PORNICHET (FR)||Gai Waterhouse||96|
|8||RED BOMBER||Mick Price||88|
|10||SPACECRAFT||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||96|
|12||TELEPATHIC (NZ)||Donna Logan||81|
|13||VIBRANT ROUGE||Glenn Thornton||90|
|14||ZUMA ROC||Peter G Moody||90|