The Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) is one of eight Boxing Day races running at Sandown Racecourse this Friday with prize money totaling $120,000.
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
|3||COUNTED (NZ)||Colin & Cindy Alderson||79|
|4||DANGER CLOSE||Jason Warren||91|
|5||GO THE KNUCKLE||Robert Smerdon||96|
|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|
|12||SUCH HOPE||John Moloney||77|
|14||TRIED AND TIRED||Leon & Troy Corstens||93|