After a successful race meeting at Royal Randwick last Saturday, autumn racing continues in Sydney but this time at Rosehill Gardens.
Five black-type races will take place this Saturday, including the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m), which has attracted a top-notch field of 17 resuming sprint-mile runners in Monday morning’s nominations.
Headlining the field are the equally classy Hallowed Crown and Shooting To Win.
The Bart & James Cummings-trained Hallowed Crown won four of his five starts last year, including the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m). The colt was last seen in the Group 2 Roman Consul (1200m) last October, in which he half missed the start and found himself in a bad spot without much room, finishing two and a half lengths behind winner Brazen Beau in fourth.
Hallowed Crown returned to track work on February 2 in a pleasing hit out that saw the colt produce good acceleration.
Peter & Paul Snowden’s Shooting To Win ended his spring season with a win in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on the back of a win in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1400m) and placings in both the Golden Rose and Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m).
Shooting To Win has had two official trials since last month, impressing in his latest effort at Randwick on February 2 after ticking over well and running a smart time.
Peter & Paul Snowden have also nominated Diamond Valores for the 2015 Hobartville Stakes. The three-year-old gelding was runner-up in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) last September but failed to impress in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) when resuming on February 7, finishing second last.
The 2015 Eskimo Prince Stakes winner Scissor Kick is also nominated for the race, along with all other first four runners home.
The Paul Messara-trained colt finished runner-up to Hobartville Stakes potential rivals Hallowed Crown and Shooting To Win in both the Golden Rose and Stan Fox Stakes, but resumed solidly on February 7 winning half a length clear of Delectation after the leader faltered.
Chris Waller enjoyed second, third, and fourth place in the Eskimo Prince with Delectation, Harrier Jet, and Kermadec – who all find themselves nominated for the Hobartville Stakes.
Delectation is searching for his first win since July last year, finishing runner-up in both the Roman Consul and Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) during the spring and again first-up in the pre-autumn.
Harrier Jet has placed in eight of his ten career starts and proved well in his first black-type race earlier this month. Kermadec won the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) in November before just missing out on a placing in the Eskimo Prince Stakes.
Waller has also nominated Preferment for the Hobartville Stakes. The three-year-old colt won the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) last November but will need to improve on his two end of the field barrier trials within the past month.
Other top nominated horses for the Hobartville Stakes include Gai Waterhouse’s Group One winner Hampton Court, Paul Messara’s Panzer Division, and Gloaming Stakes winner Sweynesse.
Check out the complete list of 2015 Hobartville Stakes nominations below. Betting markets are due to open at Ladbrokes.com.au shortly. Open your betting account today to receive a $250 bonus match on your first bet.
2015 Hobartville Stakes Nominations
|2||DIAMOND VALORES (NZ)||Peter & Paul Snowden||78|
|3||HALLOWED CROWN||Bart & James Cummings||105|
|4||HAMPTON COURT||Gai Waterhouse||104|
|5||HARRIER JET||Chris Waller||82|
|6||KERMADEC (NZ)||Chris Waller||88|
|9||PANZER DIVISION||Paul Messara||90|
|10||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||104|
|11||SAN NICASIO||Peter G Moody||86|
|12||SCISSOR KICK||Paul Messara||103|
|13||SHOOTING TO WIN||Peter & Paul Snowden||105|
|15||SWORN TO SILENCE (NZ)||Bryce Heys||65|
|17||THUNDER LADY (NZ)||John Sargent||97|