Protectionist Headlines 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Nominations

120 potential sprinters have been nominated for the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on April 11.

Protectionist is one of 120 classy stayers nominated for the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes during The Championships in Sydney.

Protectionist is one of 120 classy stayers nominated for the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes during The Championships in Sydney. Photo by Steve Hart.

The $4 million race is one of eight that makes up The Championships – a prestigious and lucrative race meeting in Sydney – all of which had their nominations close on Monday afternoon.

The 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes will be the autumn target for a number of top stayers and middle-distance runners, including Protectionist. The German import won the Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) last November by an impressive four lengths and racing fans are keen to see how he handles the spring under new trainer Kris Lees.

It’ll be an old-fashioned Melbourne Cup rematch on April 11 as runner-ups Red Cadeaux and Who Shot Thebarman both feature among the nominations.

Nine-year-old gelding Red Cadeaux will make his fifth trip out to Australia but the first time outside of the ‘race that stops the nation’ after Ed Dunlop revealed he would contest The Championships. The globetrotter was last seen running sixth in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m) at Sha Tin on December 14.

Chris Waller’s Who Shot Thebarman was a surprise third in the Melbourne Cup with a starting price of $21 at but the six-year-old gelding is a proven stayer, winning the Group 3 Bart Cummings Stakes (2520m) back in October.

The leading Sydney trainer has nominated a further 16 horses for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, including Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) winner Adelaide, I’m Imposing, Junoob, Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) victor Sacred Falls, and Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) winner Preferment.

Cult hero The Cleaner also features among the nominations after a successful spring season that saw the seven-year-old gelding net his first black-type wins. The Cleaner swept past his rivals to win both the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) and Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) before finishing a commendable third in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m).

Along with Protectionist, Lees has also nominated classy mare Lucia Valentina, who won the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) in the spring. Donna Logan’s Rising Romance beat her home for second place in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and the two mares could face off once again in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Other notable nominations for the $4 million race include Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m) winner Au Revoir, Victoria Derby runner-up Bondeiger, Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) reigning champion Criterion, three time Group One winner Dissident, Green Moon, Group 1 Champion Stakes (2000m) winner Hampton Court, Lidari, and Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) victor Shooting To Win.

Scissor Kick won the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) first-up on Saturday and has been nominated by Paul Messara along with Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) winner Happy Trails.

Check out the complete list of classy horses nominated for the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes below.

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2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Trainer Benchmark
1 1x2122131x ADELAIDE (IRE) Chris Waller N/A
2 1211x6745x AKAVOROUN Ciaron Maher N/A
3 22145x525x AKZAR (IRE) Darren Weir N/A
4 x11x94180x ALMALAD Gai Waterhouse N/A
5 9x36211x0x AMRALAH (IRE) Robert Hickmott N/A
6 1127x1080x AOMEN (IRE) Anthony Cummings 103
7 801112x10x ARABIAN GOLD David Vandyke N/A
8 1811x1x AS NEEDED Anthony Cummings 80
9 x426x4381x AU REVOIR (IRE) Peter G Moody N/A
10 x1x3114x0x AY NO DIGAS (GER) Kris Lees 69
11 4311335x7x BAGMAN Chris Waller 104
12 9021x42x8x BEATEN UP (GB) Chris Waller 110
13 5383x8431x BEST CASE (NZ) Anthony Cummings 91
14 10x281023x BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy N/A
15 70x4559x9x BOBAN Chris Waller 113
16 317x32303x BOLD SNIPER (GB) Gai Waterhouse N/A
17 3x21172x BONDEIGER Danny O’Brien N/A
18 07x323620x BULL POINT Chris Waller 100
19 221112x COMPLACENT John O’Shea N/A
20 24x131x18x CONTRIBUTER (IRE) John O’Shea 104
21 164213111x COSMIC ENDEAVOUR Gai Waterhouse 109
22 1x67x0615x COUNT OF LIMONADE (IRE) Mick Price N/A
23 1x3722753x CRITERION (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
24 515215565x DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride 102
25 35x700x15x DIAMETRIC (IRE) Chris Waller N/A
26 58141x879x DIAMOND DRILLE Gai Waterhouse 106
27 60x1126x3x DISSIDENT Peter G Moody N/A
28 3587x0004x DOMINANT (IRE) John Moore N/A
29 1114x1828x ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes N/A
30 20x23x715x EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) Gai Waterhouse N/A
31 21x216x23x EXTRA NOBLE (GB) Michael Moroney N/A
32 090354366x FAST DRAGON Bruce Wallace N/A
33 231830x5x FIREHOUSE ROCK David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
34 4x12112x FIRST SEAL John P Thompson 103
35 111x22221x FIVEANDAHALFSTAR Anthony Cummings 113
36 89x431850x FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller 113
37 034x40100x FOREVER LOVED (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 96
38 3x FRANCOME (NZ) Andrew R Campbell N/A
39 114x494x2x GAMBLIN’ GURU Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas N/A
40 x427x6095x GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott N/A
41 7x4x11x9Px GUEST OF HONOUR (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
42 11x114x HALLOWED CROWN Bart & James Cummings N/A
43 10x834118x HAMPTON COURT Gai Waterhouse N/A
44 2x5820561x HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara N/A
45 13x521167x HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea N/A
46 11x6x HAURAKI John O’Shea N/A
47 7514080x0x HAWKSPUR Chris Waller 108
48 21x480x01x HERA (NZ) Kris Lees 96
49 09x7114x HERNE’S OAK Bjorn Baker N/A
50 82x HERRSCHAFT Gerard Betros N/A
51 40x313112x HE’S YOUR MAN (FR) Chris Waller 110
52 x718547x2x HIMALAYA DREAM (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes N/A
53 131x HONG KONG CAPTAIN David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
54 34x471315x HOOKED John P Thompson N/A
55 128x20121x I’M IMPOSING (GB) Chris Waller 107
56 9x5373350x IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea N/A
57 11x1x IVANHOWE (GER) Lee & Anthony Freedman N/A
58 2x262x213x JIAYUGUAN (IRE) John P Thompson N/A
59 43x861D70x JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 108
60 4211x6650x KIRRAMOSA (NZ) John Sargent N/A
61 x820x8830x LASER HAWK Joseph Pride 105
62 3196x5321x LE ROI (GER) Tony McEvoy N/A
63 x11212x84x LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes N/A
64 145x867x6x LESS IS MORE (FR) David Vandyke N/A
65 90x544260x LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody N/A
66 013x16130x LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees 111
67 5x12155x MAGICOOL Mark Kavanagh N/A
68 11x4169x3x MERION (NZ) Michael Moroney N/A
69 10111x MONGOLIAN KHAN Murray Baker N/A
70 x042710x0x MOONOVERMANHATTAN Mick Price N/A
71 x55610831x MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller N/A
72 85x7334x1x NINTH LEGION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 105
73 NORTHERN SOLSTICE (GB) Gai Waterhouse N/A
74 x90x06x07x ONLY A PLEASURE (IRE) Archie Alexander N/A
75 x1341Dx00x ORATOR (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
76 3x1312x24x PAJARO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse N/A
77 x558611x2x PETROLOGY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
78 841531012x POP ’N’ SCOTCH Liam Birchley N/A
79 x15139x41x PORNICHET (FR) Gai Waterhouse N/A
80 7322421x PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller N/A
81 1x PRIMEIRO Greg Eurell N/A
82 31x221141x PROTECTIONIST (GER) Kris Lees N/A
83 05x418x23x PUCCINI (NZ) Peter & Jacob McKay N/A
84 23x212111x REAL LOVE Adam Durrant N/A
85 4x60x4726x RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop N/A
86 241x47226x RISING ROMANCE (NZ) Donna Logan 108
87 525x22220x ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller N/A
88 16533x300x RYKER Gai Waterhouse N/A
89 412x44140x SACRED FALLS (NZ) Chris Waller N/A
90 32x311111x SAKHEE’S SOLDIER (NZ) Murray Baker N/A
91 11x3620x8x SAN DIEGO John O’Shea N/A
92 x111229x1x SCISSOR KICK Paul Messara N/A
93 11x82311x SHOOTING TO WIN Peter & Paul Snowden N/A
94 212x60117x SHUBAWI Emma Longmire 60
95 1114x4593x SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James 116
96 68x610127x SINGING FLAME Kevin Moses 89
97 x3030x540x SLOW PACE (USA) Kris Lees N/A
98 429x72845x SOLICIT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra N/A
99 x31211x18x SONNTAG Henry Dwyer N/A
100 4143x33x1x SORIANO (NZ) Graeme & Deborah Rogerson N/A
101 81x247844x SPILLWAY (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
102 44x527012x SPY DECODER (NZ) Anthony Cummings 80
103 4226x1107x STAR FASHION David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
104 239x16800x STAR ROLLING Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison N/A
105 3121122x2x STRATUM STAR Darren Weir N/A
106 897x00000x STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings N/A
107 76x12N311x SUAVITO (NZ) Nigel Blackiston N/A
108 1x11138x SWEYNESSE John O’Shea N/A
109 7470546x1x TALES OF GRIMM (USA) Sam Kavanagh N/A
110 0112x9121x TARLOSHAN (NZ) Graeme Boyd N/A
111 212111939x THE CLEANER Mick Burles N/A
112 1218x2311x TINTO Rex Lipp N/A
113 1125x20x2x TO THE WORLD (JPN) Yasutoshi Ikee N/A
114 x1x00x781x TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Yasutoshi Ikee N/A
115 85506x380x TOYDINI Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 109
116 44x404730x WANDJINA Gai Waterhouse N/A
117 1x11x1x WAWAIL David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
118 132x560x1x WEARY (FR) Chris Waller 108
119 19x071103x WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller N/A
120 76x6186x4x WOODBINE Gai Waterhouse N/A


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