2014 Christmas Stakes Nominations Released

The Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) is one of eight Boxing Day races running at Sandown Racecourse this Friday with prize money totaling $120,000.

Chris Waller's Heart Testa headlines the Christmas Stakes nominations at Sandown Racecourse this Friday.

Chris Waller’s Heart Testa headlines the Christmas Stakes nominations at Sandown Racecourse this Friday. Photo by Steve Hart.

Nominations for the race were extended on Monday morning with a total of 14 sprinters declaring for the race by the afternoon.

The Chris Waller-trained Heart Testa and Peter Moody’s Ready To Rip both headline the nominations. Five-year-old gelding Heart Testa scored a minor placing in the Listed Ladies Day Cup (1400m) at Hawkesbury first up on November 6 before winning the Kingswood Park Handicap (1350m) nine days later.

However the gelding’s form took a dip a fortnight later when he finished nearly ten lengths behind I’m Imposing in last place in the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m).

Seven-year-old Ready To Rip meanwhile finished just outside the placings in both the Group 1 Goodwood (1200m) and Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) during the autumn but the gelding’s only start this campaign was in the Tony Beddison Cup (1000m) on November 29, in which he finished tenth of 12 runners.

Robbie Laing has nominated four horses for the 2014 Christmas Stakes, though it remains to be seen how many will actually line up on Saturday.

Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) minor placer Boomwaa, Listed Doveton Stakes (1000m) runner up Mr Make Believe and fourth Lord Of The Sky, as well as Hannaford – who hasn’t run since June in the Banjo Paterson Series Heat 5 (2520m) – all represent Laing in the nominations.

Other nominated horses include Darren Weir’s Anlon and Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1200m) runner-up Go The Knuckle.

Check out the complete list of 2014 Christmas Stakes nominations below before the final field is released later this week.

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2014 Christmas Stakes Nominations

# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ANLON Darren Weir 92
2 BOOMWAA Robbie Laing 72
3 COUNTED (NZ) Colin & Cindy Alderson 79
4 DANGER CLOSE Jason Warren 91
5 GO THE KNUCKLE Robert Smerdon 96
6 HANNAFORD Robbie Laing 75
7 HEART TESTA Chris Waller 100
8 LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing 99
9 MR MAKE BELIEVE Robbie Laing 91
10 READY TO RIP Peter G Moody 100
11 SOLSAY Michael Kent 92
12 SUCH HOPE John Moloney 77
13 SUMAKARAY Brian Cox 87
14 TRIED AND TIRED Leon & Troy Corstens 93

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