Conservatorium Leads 2014 Christmas Handicap Nominations

This Friday sees black-type races running across the country – in Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide – giving punters a variety of races to occupy their time on Boxing Day.

Conservatorium headlines the nominations for the 2014 Christmas Handicap this Friday at Morphettville.

Conservatorium headlines the nominations for the 2014 Christmas Handicap this Friday at Morphettville. Photo by Daniel Costello.

The Listed Christmas Handicap (1400m) is the feature race at Morphettville, with 21 middle distance horses nominating for the race on Monday morning.

Headlining the field is the Gary Kennewell-trained Coservatorium who finished third in the Roadside Services & Solutions Handicap (1000m) first up this campaign on November 22 before finishing fourth in the Listed City Of Marion Stakes (1200m) on December 6.

Lloyd Kennewell meanwhile has nominated five horses for the race – Class 2 Handicap runner-up California King, Morphettville Handicap winner Fastcar, lightly run Khamsa, Midnight Song, and Roadside Services & Solutions Handicap runner-up Thiamandi.

John MacMillan has nominated Boristar for the 2014 Christmas Handicap. The five-year-old gelding has finished in the first two in four of his past five career starts, including three wins. Boristar won both the Gawler Cup (1500m) and a Benchmark 90 over 1400m this campaign before finishing runner-up in the Emirates Airline Handicap (1400m) last time out.

Danielle Wilson’s six-year-old gelding Whitlam won the Listed City Of Marion Stakes (1200m) on December 6 after finding himself disqualified from the Listed WH Wylie Handicap (1100m) and finishing dead last in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1100m) during the spring carnival in Melbourne.

Other notable nominess include City Of Marion Stakes minor placer Exodus, Mildura Cup (1400m) runner-up Rebel Truce, Darley Handicap (1200m) winner Streetcar Valour, and Sportingbet Handicap (1550m) winner Ustinov’s Fury.

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

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2014 Christmas Handicap Nominations

# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 BORISTAR John MacMillan 92
2 CALIFORNIA KING Lloyd Kennewell 61
3 CONSERVATORIUM Gary Kennewell 103
4 DUBAWI GOLD Andrew Dillon 92
5 EXODUS Phillip Stokes 87
6 FASTCAR Lloyd Kennewell 70
7 KATE’S DREAM Craig Stewart 71
8 KHAMSA Lloyd Kennewell 61
9 KING’S PARDON Marilyn Smith 73
10 MACCY FIELDS Will Clarken 63
11 MIDNIGHT SONG Lloyd Kennewell 63
12 MOSSEGO Phillip Stokes 81
13 ONYA KEITHY Ricky Maund 72
14 OUTLANDISH LAD Dennis O’Leary 89
15 REBEL TRUCE Patrick Payne 87
16 SANDHILL WARRIOR Sam Turner 73
17 STELLA LANTE John Hyam 86
18 STREETCAR VALOUR David Jolly 82
19 THIAMANDI Lloyd Kennewell 97
20 USTINOV’S FURY Shane Oxlade 78
21 WHITLAM Danielle Wilson 98

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