This weekend sees an eight race meeting running at Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane, headlined by the Listed Recognition Stakes (1600m).
The race is open to all horses and has attracted 15 nominations, which is the capacity field limit. That means all horses will get a chance to run should they accept on Wednesday.
Headlining the field is the Tony McEvoy-trained Mouro, who has also been nominated for the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on the same day. McEvoy will monitor the weather in both Brisbane and Sydney across the week and choose a race based on the best track conditions.
Should he travel to Brisbane for the 2014 Recognition Stakes, Mouro will be the headline runner. The five-year-old horse began his career in France but it didn’t take long for him to make the trip out to Australia. He enjoyed three consecutive wins in the Sale Cup (1600m), Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m), and Group 3 TAB Rewards Stakes (1400m) from October last year to March this year but didn’t have much luck during the autumn, finishing end of the field in all three starts including the Group 1 Doncaster Mile.
He suffered a joint injury which caused him to miss six months of racing and the majority of the spring carnival. He returned last Saturday in the Kingswood Handicap (1350m), finishing just under one length off winner Heart Testa in second place.
Brave Ali, Darci Be Good, and Hopfgarten lead the locally-trained horses.
The Tony Gollan-trained Brave Ali, trained at Eagle Farm, won the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) and finished runner-up in the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) during the winter before finishing just half a length off a minor placing in the Padua College Handicap (1350m) at Doomben earlier this month.
Andrew Williamson’s Darci Be Good has finished in the first three in six of his last seven starts. The six-year-old gelding has won his last two starts – both handicap races at Doomben – and is looking to make it three from three on Saturday.
Robert Heathcote is preparing to travel to Hong Kong with Buffering early in December for the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) but before then the trainer will saddle Hopfgarten in the 2014 Recognition Stakes.
The four-year-old gelding enjoyed four straight wins earlier this year during the autumn which included the Group 3 APHS Gunsynd Classic (1600m). He also won the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) in June as well as the Padua College Handicap earlier this month.
The Pat Duff-trained Abu Ben Adam and Stuart Kendrick’s Imperil are the only other last start winners featured among the nominations.
Check out the full list of 2014 Recognition Stakes nominations below. The race’s final field will be released on Wednesday, make sure you check back at Races.com.au for all the updates.
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2014 Recognition Stakes Nominations
|1||ABU BEN ADAM||Pat Duff||77.5|
|3||BRAVE ALI (NZ)||Tony Gollan||98|
|4||DARCI BE GOOD (NZ)||Andrew Williamson||97|
|5||DOUBLE IMPACT||Jackie Crompton||91|
|7||GRAYSON SQUARE (NZ)||Brian Wakefield||88|
|10||LADY ECHELON||Natalie McCall||93|
|11||MOURO (USA)||Tony McEvoy||–|
|12||NOISY OCEAN||Bryan Guy||90|
|14||STEEL ZIP||Pat Duff||93|
|15||ZOOMANIA (NZ)||Tony Gollan||87|