Reigning Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist headlines the Peter Young Stakes 2015 nominations for Caulfield this weekend with the now Kris Lees-trained import kicking off his Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival campaign.
A total of 16 stayers make up the early entries for this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m), the weight-for-age clash one of the key support races on Blue Diamond Stakes Day.
Of the 16 in the mix the most notable is former German stayer Protectionist who made headlines around the world with his barnstorming four length victory in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington in the spring.
The Monsun stallion won his official Newcastle trial at the start of the month leading into his first-up run in the Peter Young Stakes won last year by Fiorente.
Like Protectionist this year, last autumn Fiorente backed up from a Melbourne Cup triumph the November before with a first-up Peter Young run winning that and then the $1 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington a fortnight later.
Protectionist currently leads the all-in Australian Cup odds for the March 14 feature this year through Ladbrokes.com.au paying $3.80, a price set to firm if he’s successful on the weekend.
The next shortest priced 2015 Australian Cup hope nominated for the Peter Young clash is then the Paul Beshara-trained Happy Trails.
A seven-year-old son of Good Journey, Happy Trails won the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) last Derby Day before his first-up sixth to Dissident in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield a fortnight ago that he’ll be improving on with an extra 400m this weekend.
Also coming via a good CF Orr Stakes run is the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-rained Entirely Platinum who ran second.
The Pentire gelding however could miss the Peter Young in favour of taking on the small field in the $400,000 Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) over less distance, which drew only eight nominations including CF Orr Stakes winner Dissident.
Happy Trails meanwhile is a $10 Australian Cup chance and is followed in those futures markets by fellow Peter Young Stakes nominees Real Love ($13) and the aforementioned Entirely Platinum ($15).
Adam Durrant prepares visiting WA mare Real Love, the four-year-old daughter of Desert King having won three straight at Ascot including the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) in the summer.
She then travelled to Melbourne and made her intestate debut in the CF Orr Stakes but could only manage to run six lengths away 11th, the extra distance this Saturday to work to her advantage.
Sydney’s Chris Waller has two Peter Young Stakes nominees this year with CF Orr Stakes 12th placed Bagman and Doomben Cup winner Beaten Up who finished even further back in the field beating home just one other runner when 14th.
Other notable hopes meanwhile include Moody’s Sandown Classic winner Au Revoir, CF Orr Stakes third placed seven-year-old Mourinho for Moe trainer Peter Gelagotis and the Lindsay Park-raced import Spillway coming via a CF Orr fifth.
See below for the full Peter Young Stakes 2015 nominations, the final field out on Wednesday.
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2015 Peter Young Stakes Nominations
Caulfield Racecourse – 28/02/2015
|1||AKZAR (IRE)||Darren Weir||103|
|2||AU REVOIR (IRE)||Peter G Moody||107|
|4||BEATEN UP (GB)||Chris Waller||108|
|5||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||106|
|7||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||113|
|8||JACQUINOT BAY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||103|
|9||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody||105|
|11||PHANTOM BREW (NZ)||Colin Little||90|
|12||PROTECTIONIST (GER)||Kris Lees||116|
|13||REAL LOVE||Adam Durrant||99|
|15||SPILLWAY (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||103|
|16||STAR ROLLING||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||102|