A top line-up of sprinters is nominated for this Saturday’s Starlight Stakes 2014 at Rosehill Gardens as the Sydney Summer Racing Carnival gets underway.
Three black types highlight the card including the $100,000 Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) where 19 early entries make up the nominations, extended until 11am (AEDT) on Tuesday, for the opening leg of the five-race summer sprint series.
A host of last start winners are nominated for this year’s Starlight Stakes including the Gerald Ryan-trained Dothraki.
The Mossman four-year-old, winner of the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) back in May, has had two runs at Rosehill this time in for two top two finishes.
The latest was a win over the track and distance when carrying 60kg, an effort connections are hoping the gelding repeats on the weekend.
“This is going to be a really good race — I reckon there should be a bonus on the end of the sprint series for the best performed horse,” Ryan said of the Starlight Stakes.
Coming off a run behind Dothraki in the Cellarbrations Whyte & Gilmour Handicap meanwhile is the David Payne-trained runner-up Goldstone, the veteran Shamardal seven-year-old having had a massive weight advantage (52kg) in that run.
Other last start winners include the Joe Pride-trained Lonhro four-year-old Diamond Oasis after his fourth from five runs this time in and the Team Hawkes-trained Our Boy Malachi who beat Zaratone first-up on November 1 here.
Also in the mix are Cradle Me for David Pfieffer – the Easy Rocking mare coming off a fifth to Vain Queen in the Group 3 G.H. Mumm Stakes (1100m) from Crown Oaks Day at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, multiple Group 1 performer Aeronautical, the Peter Moody-trained Ready To Rip and Newcastle’s Testarhythm.
See below for the official Starlight Stakes 2014 nominations, the Rosehill race fields for the weekend due out on Wednesday.
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2014 Starlight Stakes Nominations
Rosehill Gardens – 29/11/2014
|2||CRADLE ME||David Pfieffer||94|
|3||DIAMOND OASIS||Joseph Pride||91|
|5||FARE WELL||Clarry Conners||81|
|8||HIGH ESTEEM||Peter G Moody||91|
|9||HOLDER SUNSET||Anthony Cummings||75|
|10||INSIDE JOB||David Pfieffer||82|
|12||ONE DIRECTION||David Pfieffer||73|
|13||OUR BOY MALACHI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||94|
|14||READY TO RIP||Peter G Moody||–|
|15||SENTA DE NOCHE||Kris Lees||87|
|16||SHAMALIA||Bart & James Cummings||89|
|17||STRAIGHT GOLD||Gary Moore||–|