Peter Moody’s last star CF Orr Stakes winner Dissident is after another Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival Group 1 this weekend having been nominated for the Futurity Stakes 2015 at Caulfield Racecourse.
One of three elite level features on the Blue Diamond Stakes Day card, this year’s $400,000 Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) has attracted only eight early entries with nominations now extended until 10am (AEDT) on Tuesday.
Of those already entered the top-rated and sure to be favourite in the Ladbrokes.com.au markets if accepted is Sebring stallion Dissident.
The flying four-year-old enjoyed his fourth Group 1 victory on February 14 at the same track and distance as Saturday’s race having taken out the CF Orr Stakes second-up.
Last year Moody took out the CF Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes double with Moment Of Change, and 12 months on he’s out to do it again with promising young Dissident who boasts an outstanding record over the track and distance with two wins and a second from three attempts.
Of Dissident’s seven possible rivals, one of the biggest dangers looks to be the Gai Waterhouse-trained Driefontein.
Winner of the Group 1 Robert Sangster Classic (1200m) in Adelaide last April, Fastnet Rock mare Driefontein has been in good form again this summer in Sydney.
She ran second by the bob of the head to Weary in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill two back and then was runner-up again this time to Heart Testa on February 14 in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m).
Saturday will be her first run in Melbourne since the Melbourne Cup Carnival when 10th to Terravista in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington, and first Caulfield run since a sixth to Bel Sprinter in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1100m) in October.
Despite the small number of nominees, the Futurity Stakes entries are not short on Group 1 winners.
Along with Dissident and Driefontein, Smokin’ Joey and Bonaria have also won at the highest level.
Wez Hunter’s Encosta De Lago seven-year-old Smokin’ Joey won last year’s Group 1 The Goodwood in Adelaide as a 41-1 outsider and broke a lengthy winning drought with his first victory since last time out in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) at Caulfield on Valentine’s Day.
Pat Hyland’s Redoute’s Choice mare Bonaria meanwhile took out the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) on Derby Day before her first-up second to Tycoon Tara in the Group 3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) this autumn.
She, along with Nigel Blackiston’s multiple Group winning Thorn Park mare Suavito also headline the nominations for $150,000 Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) on the program.
Suavito is first-up here after a lovely spring that ended with wins in the Group 3 Tesio Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day and the Group 2 Momentum Energy Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on November 8.
Rounding out the original Futurity Stakes 2015 nominations are then the Team Hawkes-trained CF Orr Stakes runner-up Entirely Platinum, English import Guest Of Honour prepared by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig, and Sydney Cup third placegetter Sertorius.
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2015 Futurity Stakes Nominations
Caulfield Racecourse – 28/02/2015
|2||DISSIDENT||Peter G Moody||115|
|4||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||106|
|5||GUEST OF HONOUR (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||107|
|6||SERTORIUS||Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington||–|
|7||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Wez Hunter||107|
|8||SUAVITO (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston||100|