First acceptances were taken for three of the feature races during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival this afternoon including the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m), running at Flemington on March 7.
Just 29 three-year-olds remain in contention for the $500,000 race, down a whopping 93 from the 122 horses that were nominated for the race on January 27.
David Hayes & Tom Dabernig dominated the nominations with 14 of their stable stars but the training duo accepted with just three on Tuesday – Firehouse Rock, Hong Kong Captain, and Petrology.
Firehouse Rock had his first black-type race test of the year on February 14 in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m), in which the colt managed to finish third while Hong Kong Captain finished outside the placings for the first time in the same race.
Petrology had a decent run of things at the end of spring-beginning of summer, winning both the Listed TV Stakes (1800m) and Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) in November before finishing runner-up in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1300m) on January 26 after a short two month spell.
The colt was stepped up to Group One racing for the first time in the CF Orr Stakes (1400m) on February 14 but finished midfield in ninth place.
Chris Waller had ten entries for the 2015 Australian Guineas but accepted with just three of them this afternoon – Amicus, Kermadec, and Winx.
Both Amicus and Winx were disappointing in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes first-up on February 14, finishing ninth and seventh respectively. Both fillies are nominated for the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m), which is running at Warwick Farm this Saturday, and will need to perform better than their first-up run two weeks ago to remain in contention for the Australian Cup in a fortnight.
Kermadec just missed out on a placing in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) first-up on February 7 before scoring third place in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) two weeks later, finishing just a quarter of a length behind winner Hallowed Crown.
Former Perth horse Disposition had his first start out east under the care of Wez Hunter on Saturday, finishing runner-up to Wandjina in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m). The pair both feature in the Australian Guineas first acceptances.
Other notable runners that remain in contention for the race include Lee & Anthony Freedman’s Minnesinger, Eskimo Prince Stakes winner Scissor Kick, Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) winner Shooting To Win, and Robert Smerdon’s Fontein Ruby, who was third in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) two weeks ago.
Check out the complete list of 2015 Australian Guineas first acceptances below.
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2015 Australian Guineas First Acceptances
|3||ALPINE EAGLE||Tony McEvoy|
|4||AMICUS Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Chris Waller|
|6||DIAMOND VALORES (NZ)||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|8||FIREHOUSE ROCK Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|9||FONTEIN RUBY Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Robert Smerdon|
|10||HONG KONG CAPTAIN Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|11||JAVA Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Lee & Anthony Freedman|
|12||KERMADEC (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|13||LUCKY LIBERTY Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Henry Dwyer|
|15||MASTER RESET Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Matt Laurie|
|16||MERION (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|17||MINNESINGER||Lee & Anthony Freedman|
|19||PANZER DIVISION||Paul Messara|
|20||PETROLOGY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|21||ROD’S OPINION Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||John Hickmott|
|23||SCISSOR KICK||Paul Messara|
|24||SHOOTING TO WIN||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|25||STRATUM STAR||Darren Weir|
|26||SWEET AND SPEEDY||Peter G Moody|