This Saturday marks the official first day of the autumn carnival, with meetings in both Melbourne and Sydney. Four Group races will run at Royal Randwick Racecourse, including the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m).
14 fillies are set to resume in the $175,000 race after nominations closed on Monday morning, however a few more could be late entries with nominations extended until 11:00am Tuesday morning.
Headlining the nominations is the Team Hawkes-trained Mossfun, who hasn’t been seen since last autumn. The training brothers opted against a spring campaign for the three-year-old filly after she was struck down with a virus in August.
Following a lengthy spell, Mossfun is gearing to return to the track and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. The filly has finished in the first three in all five of her career starts and enjoyed plenty of success last autumn.
After winning both the Group 3 Widden Stakes and Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m), the filly was beaten for the first time in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) on March 22. However she returned to the winner’s circle just two weeks later, winning the race of her career in the process, in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m).
Following Mossfun in the 2015 Light Fingers Stakes nominations is Chris Waller’s Amicus. The three-year-old filly enjoyed her share of success in the spring after a lackluster debut season last autumn.
Amicus finished runner-up in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) back in September, earning herself a spot in the field for the $500,000 main event two weeks later.
The filly was one of ten hopefuls in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) on October 11, pushing on to be in the first few. She drew away in the final 100 metres, winning the race by three-quarters of a length.
Waller appears to be somewhat restraint in his nominations for the Light Finger Stakes, with just one other filly from his stable featuring in the nominations – Winx.
The filly has finished in the first two in all five of her starts, including three Group level races. Winx won the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) in early September before finishing second to First Seal in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) two weeks later.
The pair faced off again in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) in October but once again First Seal got the upper hand, finishing three lengths in front of Winx.
The dynamic duo will get their rivalry off to an early start this autumn after John Thompson’s First Seal was also nominated for the Light Finger Stakes. After winning the Flight Stakes, the filly went on to finish runner-up in the Group 1 Champion Stakes (2000m), proving she’s a versatile runner.
Kris Lees has nominated Group 3 Red Roses Stakes (1100m) winner Onemorezeta while Group 1 Sires Produce (1400m) winner Peggy Jean will look to return to the winner’s circle for Gerald Ryan following a disappointing spring.
Check out the full list of 2015 Light Finger Stakes nominations below. If there’s a certain filly that catches your eye, make sure your Ladbrokes.com.au account is up and running for when the betting markets open shortly.
2015 Light Fingers Stakes Nominations
|1||ADRIFT (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||67|
|4||FIRST SEAL||John P Thompson||103|
|5||LUCKY RAQUIE||Gerald Ryan||79|
|7||MOSSFUN||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||105|
|9||PEGGY JEAN||Gerald Ryan||94|
|10||PRESS REPORT||Lee Curtis||75|
|11||SLIGHTLY SWEET||Jason Coyle||71|
|13||THINKING OF YOU (NZ)||Peter G Moody||76|