Petrology Tops 2015 Autumn Stakes Nominations

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.

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2015 Australian Guineas-bound Petrology is one of the headline Autumn Stakes nominees for Caulfield on Saturday. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

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.

Stay tuned for all the latest autumn carnival updates, and for the top futures markets on the upcoming Group 1 races visit Ladbrokes.com.au and open an account using the code BETBONUS to have your first deposit matched dollar for dollar up to $250!

2015 Autumn Stakes Nominations

Caulfield Racecourse – 14/02/2015

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight. Hcp. Rating
1 PETROLOGY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 1 58kg 92
2 MOONOVERMANHATTAN Mick Price 2 58kg 92
3 JAVA Super Lee & Anthony Freedman 3 57.5kg 84
4 HONG KONG CAPTAIN David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 4 57.5kg 74
5 MAGICOOL Mark Kavanagh 5 57kg 78
6 BONDEIGER Danny O’Brien 6 56kg 98
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
10 SARAJEVO John O’Shea 10 56kg 75
11 AFFIRMATION Tony McEvoy 11 56kg 72
12 ZEBULON (NZ) Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 12 56kg 70
13 CONVINCIBLE Dean Howard 13 56kg 71
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
17 BELFLYER John Moloney 17 56kg 70
18 THE ULTIMATUM Michael Hibbs 18 56kg 63
19 EVERYONE’S TALKING (NZ) Paul Rocke 19 56kg 63

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