I Love It Features in 2015 Wenona Girl Handicap Nominations

John Salanitri’s smart mare I Love It continues her trip around the country with the Victorian-based last start Tasmanian winner nominated for the Wenona Girl Handicap 2015 in Sydney on Saturday.

Amanpour (inside)

Amanpour (inside) is out to continue the good form coming out of the Momentum Energy Stakes from the spring when she returns in the 2015 Wenona Girl Handicap. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

There are 12 mares currently nominated for the $150,000 Group 3 Wenona Girl Handicap (1200m) at Royal Randwick this weekend, entries extended until 11am (AEDT) on Tuesday.

There are already a host of in-form gallopers looking to continue nice runs with a win in the clash on Randwick Guineas Day including Artie Schiller four-year-old I Love It.

A winner of four of her eight starts to date she won at Ballarat in November before returning for a first-up victory in the Group 3 Bow Mistress Trophy (1200m) at Hobart on February 6 that she won by nearly four lengths.

Also coming off a recent win is the Luke Griffith-trained Just A Girl who has won her past two on the trot.

The Scone-based Not A Single Doubt five-year-old won first-up at Doomben on February 7 before a Benchmark 90 win over 1100m at Rosehill on the 21st she will be out to repeat it tougher company over more distance this weekend.

Others coming off good recent runs include David Brideoake’s Group 3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes fourth placed Griante, the Gerald Ryan-trained Minekio up in class after some nice runs at Canterbury of late and More Than Ready four-year-old Mihiri from Team Hawkes who ran third to Catkins in the Group 3 Breeders Classic (1200m) on February 7.

A host of quality mares are also down to resume racing in the Wenona Girl Handicap this year including the Gai Waterhouse-trained Amanpour last seen running third to Suavito in the Group 2 Momentum Energy Stakes (2000m) at Flemington during November’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Suavito franked the form of that race when winning the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1200m) first-up at Caulfield last Saturday defeating Group 1 winner’s Smokin’ Joey (2nd) and Dissident (3rd).

That bodes well for Northern Meteor four-year-old Amanpour resuming out of that same spring race, the mare after her maiden first-up win having run second in all three of her previous starts off a spell.

Newcastle’s Kris Lees meanwhile has three nominees with November’s Listed Tatt’s Classic winner at Doomben Brook Road, Group 3 winner at home at Newcastle Fine Bubbles and Group 1 performed Choisir six-year-old Scorpio Queen.

Completing the Wenona Girl Handicap nominations are then the Chris Waller-trained Kristy Lee, Liesele from the Scone stables of Rodney Northam and My Sabeel out to improve on a disappointing first-up 11th in the Group 3 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm last Saturday.

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2015 Wenona Girl Handicap Nominations

Randwick Racecourse – 07/03/2015

# Horse Trianer Hcp. Rating
1 AMANPOUR Gai Waterhouse 88
2 BROOK ROAD Kris Lees 90
3 FINE BUBBLES Kris Lees 91
4 GRIANTE David Brideoake 91
5 I LOVE IT John Salanitri 86
6 JUST A GIRL Luke Griffith 90
7 KRISTY LEE Chris Waller 87
8 LIESELE Rodney Northam 89
9 MIHIRI Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 82
10 MINEKO Gerald Ryan 76
11 MY SABEEL (NZ) Kevin Moses 89
12 SCORPIO QUEEN Kris Lees 92


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