Sydney’s premier trainer, Kiwi expat Chris Waller dominates the Expressway Stakes 2015 nominations for this weekend’s feature race at Rosehill Gardens entering five in the weight-for-age showdown.
This year’s $200,000 Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) attracted 12 early entries with nominations extended by Racing NSW until 11am on Tuesday.
Five of the dozen hopefuls are prepared by four-time Sydney Trainers’ Premiership winner Waller, all of his stablemates first-up if accepted.
Waller’s Expressway Stakes entries this year are: Bagman last seen running fifth to Opinion in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) in early October, Doomben Cup winner Beaten Up, triple Group 1 champ Boban, former Queensland Derby winner Hawkspur and smart French import Weary.
Astronomer Royal gelding Weary had a poor last season including a dead last to Lucia Valentina when 12th in the Group 2 Tramway Handicap (1400m) at Royal Randwick in early September.
Before that however during last year’s Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival the grey was on fire including his brave third in all all-Waller Doncaster Mile trifecta and his second to Japanese mare Hana’s Goal in the All Aged Stakes over 1600m and 1400m respectively at Randwick in April.
The other notable galloper nominated for the Expressway Stakes resuming off a break is the lightly-raced Panzer Division for Paul Messara.
The Group 3 Ming Dynasty winning Redoute’s Choice colt has had just five stats to date with his last two efforts at Randwick during the spring producing Group 1 fifths when beaten by Sacred Falls in the George Main Stakes and then Hampton Court in the Spring Champion Stakes on October 11.
There are then a host of other exciting Expressway Stakes nominations coming off some good form including the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fastnet Rock mare Driefontein last seen running a close fourth under a length off Spurtonic in the Magic Millions Cup.
Three runners then ran top three in their lead-up runs with the Jarrod Austin-trained Territory, Flying Spur five-year-old That’s A Good Idea and Thermal Current.
Lonhro seven-year-old Territory was third first-up on January 9 to Ball Of Muscle in the Listed Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) at Gosford, a race Peter & Paul Snowden’s That’s A Good Idea was second in.
That’s A Good Idea then ran second again last Saturday in the Listed Carrington Stakes (1400m) when beaten nearly two lengths by Ninth Legion in the Randwick clash.
Thermal Current meanwhile was third on January 10 in a Benchmark 90 over 1000m at the same track.
See below for the latest Expressway Stakes 2015 nominations, the final field and barrier draw due for release on Wednesday.
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2015 Expressway Stakes Nominations
Rosehill Gardens Racecourse – 31/01/2015
|2||BEATEN UP (GB)||Chris Waller||110|
|7||PANZER DIVISION||Paul Messara||88|
|8||PLUCKY BELLE||Peter G Moody||98|
|10||THAT’S A GOOD IDEA||Peter & Paul Snowden||99|
|11||THERMAL CURRENT||Peter G Moody||89|
|12||WEARY (FR)||Chris Waller||106|