Chris Waller’s fillies dominate the nominations...
The Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) is one of three Group One races running at Caulfield this Saturday, attracting just eight sprint-mile runners when nominations closed on Monday morning.
However nominations have since been boosted to 14 after they were extended until 10:00am (AEDT) this morning.
Chris Waller took advantage of the late entry option by putting Boban, Weary, and Bull Point in the mix for the $400,000 race.
Both Boban and Weary are already nominated for the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) in Sydney at Warwick Farm Racecourse while Bull Point is nominated for the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m), which means Waller is considering switching courses with three of his stable stars even though racing manager Liam Prior had ruled out the decision this morning.
Boban is the defending champion of the Chipping Norton Stakes but has been disappointing ever since, finishing outside the placings in all eight of his subsequent starts. The five-year-old gelding has won his two starts at Warwick Farm but could be sent to Melbourne for the smaller field and shorter trip.
French import Weary is in good form after winning the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) first-up on January 31 before running an honest third in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) on February 14, beating home his five stable mates.
The Futurity Stakes could suit the five-year-old gelding better than the Chipping Norton Stakes considering he’s only run over a mile once since arriving in Australia a year ago.
Bull Point placed in four of his six starts during the spring, including running second in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m), however a win eluded the four-year-old. He resumed in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) at Randwick a fortnight ago and was set to remain in Sydney for the Liverpool City Cup, however Waller couldn’t resist the chance to run him at the highest level of racing.
Joining Chris Waller’s trio of late entries is the Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington-trained Sertorius, who finished runner-up in last year’s Futurity Stakes.
The seven-year-old gelding went on to finish third in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) in April but finished outside the placings in all four of his spring starts.
The four 2015 Futurity Stakes late entries join the likes of four-time Group One winner Dissident, Carlyon Cup winner Smokin’ Joey, and tough mare Driefontein in the nominations.
The final field for the race will be released on Wednesday morning, after which the betting market will open at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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