A host of Australian Guineas-bound three-year-olds including Petrology are nominated in one of the major support races on the CF Orr Stakes Day program at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday, the Autumn Stakes 2015.
This year the $200,000 Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) drew 19 early entries, the set weights plus penalties clash a traditional lead-up into the $500,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 7.
The last three-year-old to complete the Autumn Stakes – Australian Guineas double was Light Fantastic (2008).
Of the 2015 Australian Guineas hopefuls entered for this season’s Autumn Stakes, the shortest priced in the futures Ladbrokes.com.au markets for the Group 1 is the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Petrology.
A son of Fastnet Rock, the Group 2 winning colt pays $10 in the all-in Australian Guineas odds led by the spring’s Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win ($7).
Petrology took out the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) in mid-November to finish off his last campaign before returning at the same track on January 26.
In the Australia Day showdown Petrology ran a brave second behind Java in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1300m), an effort he’ll be out to improve on when up in distance for the Autumn Stakes.
Hayes & Dabernig have also nominated for last start VOBIS Gold Star winner Hong Kong Captain and Victoria Derby 11th placegetter Firehouse Rock who pay $21 and $41 respectively in futures Australian Guineas betting.
Petrology’s last start conqueror, the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Java is also entered to back up in Saturday’s Autumn Stakes at Caulfield.
The Medaglia D’Oro gelding has won four on the trot this summer so is in flying form, including a 1400m win at Sandown-Hillside before the Manfred meaning he is also proven over Saturday’s distance.
Despite this and his Manfred Stakes win he’s only paying $26 to win the Australian Guineas, a price sure to firm if he can win again this weekend in Group 2 company.
The next best fancied Autumn Stakes nominee in the early Australian Guineas markets is Profit Share ($17) prepared at Ballarat by Darren Weir.
The Domesday gelding was runner-up to Hong Kong Captain in the VOBIS Gold Star before a smart two length win at Sandown last Saturday defeating Stratum Star in the William Hill Plate.
He’s up in class and distance for the Autumn Stakes then but from three runs over the distance he boasts three second place finishes so conditions should suit if he accepts.
The other headline Guineas hopeful nominated for the Autumn Stakes is Bondeiger ($19) for Danny O’Brien, a dual Australian Guineas winning trainer with Shamrocker (2011) and Shamus Award (2014), the War Pass colt first-up off a spell.
He was last seen running a close second to Preferment in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) on November 1 during the Melbourne Cup Carnival when beaten only a nose.
His first-up record of a second and a third from two previous resuming runs is fair and there is hype over his Autumn Stakes return.
Other notable Autumn Classic nominations include Mark Kavanagh’s Victoria Derby fifth placegetter Magicool and the John O’Shea-trained Lonhro colt Sarajevo coming off a Rosehill win from January 31.
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2015 Autumn Stakes Nominations
Caulfield Racecourse – 14/02/2015
|1||PETROLOGY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||1||58kg||92|
|3||JAVA Super||Lee & Anthony Freedman||3||57.5kg||84|
|4||HONG KONG CAPTAIN||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||4||57.5kg||74|
|7||PROFIT SHARE||Darren Weir||7||56kg||78|
|8||FIREHOUSE ROCK||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||8||56kg||74|
|9||BASCULE (NZ)||Chris Waller||9||56kg||75|
|12||ZEBULON (NZ)||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||12||56kg||70|
|14||SAN NICASIO||Peter G Moody||14||56kg||70|
|15||CHILL PARTY||Tom Hughes||15||56kg||70|
|16||BETTER LAND||Peter G Moody||16||56kg||67|
|18||THE ULTIMATUM||Michael Hibbs||18||56kg||63|
|19||EVERYONE’S TALKING (NZ)||Paul Rocke||19||56kg||63|