First acceptances for all eight Group One races running during The Championships on April 4 and 11 closed this afternoon (Monday), including the ATC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) for two-year-olds.
There were initially 198 juveniles nominated for the race, which has since been whittled down to 70.
Included in the 2015 Sires Produce Stakes first acceptances is Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) winner Pride Of Dubai, who won the prestigious two-year-old race on February 28 on the back of a second placing in the Prelude nine days earlier. The first acceptances could also soon contain the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) winner, with the world’s richest two-year-old race set to run next Saturday.
Vancouver ($3.20) and Exopshere ($4.60) are the early Golden Slipper favourites in the betting at Ladbrokes.com.au on the back of last-start wins and both are contenders for the $1 million Sires Produce Stakes.
Gai Waterhouse’s Vancouver is riding high on the back of a strong three and a quarter length victory in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) on Saturday, his first start since winning the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) at the end of January.
Exosphere is currently Godolphin’s best chance of winning the race after blowing away his rivals in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) on February 28, winning by four lengths.
Other promising two-year-olds that feature in the Sires Produce Stakes first acceptances include Todman Stakes runner-up Furnaces, who also ran second in the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) on February 14, Les Ross’ Mishani Honcho, John O’Shea’s Sampeah, Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) winner Always Allison, Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) winner English, Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) winner Fireworks, who was last seen running third to English in the Reisling Stakes, and Blue Diamond runner-up Reemah.
The most surprising non-acceptor is Robert Smerdon‘s Fontiton, who was at the top of the nominations last month after winning the Group 3 Blue Diamond Fillies Preview (1000m) on January 26. The filly backed it up with another win in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude (1100m) on February 14, making her the favourite for the main event two weeks later. She got a good trip from her inside barrier racing in fourth place on the rails before switching into clear running on the turnfor home. She then met some interference at the 200m but just battled from that point, finishing three and a half lengths off winner Pride Of Dubai in fifth.
Check out the complete list of 2015 Sires Produce Stakes first acceptances below.
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2015 ATC Sires Produce Stakes First Acceptances
|2||ASTRO FAME||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||56.5kg|
|5||DAL CIELO (NZ)||Murray Baker||56.5kg|
|6||DELAWAR||Peter & Paul Snowden||56.5kg|
|7||DEVIL HAWK||Chris Waller||56.5kg|
|8||EXACTING||Peter G Moody||56.5kg|
|11||GOLD KRONER||Michael Moroney||56.5kg|
|13||INNER CIRCLE||John O’Shea||56.5kg|
|15||JADEER||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||56.5kg|
|17||LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||56.5kg|
|18||LOCAL AFFAIR||John P Thompson||56.5kg|
|19||MAYA MAYA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||56.5kg|
|20||MISHANI HONCHO||Les Ross||56.5kg|
|22||MULTIZONE||Bart & James Cummings||56.5kg|
|23||NORTHERN CONQUEROR||Gai Waterhouse||56.5kg|
|24||ODYSSEY MOON||Rodney Northam||56.5kg|
|25||PACEMAN||Peter & Paul Snowden||56.5kg|
|26||PRIDE OF DUBAI||Peter & Paul Snowden||56.5kg|
|27||RAGEESE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||56.5kg|
|28||RAPHAEL’S CAT||Gai Waterhouse||56.5kg|
|29||READY FOR VICTORY||Mick Price||56.5kg|
|30||RED KNOT||Gai Waterhouse||56.5kg|
|31||RUN LOUIE RUN||David Vandyke||56.5kg|
|33||SAN SIERRA||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||56.5kg|
|34||STREET RAPPER||Gai Waterhouse||56.5kg|
|35||SURF SEEKER||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||56.5kg|
|38||VALYRIAN STEEL||Paul Messara||56.5kg|
|41||WIND FORCE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||56.5kg|
|42||WOLF CRY||Peter & Paul Snowden||56.5kg|
|43||AIR APPARENT||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||54.5kg|
|44||ALWAYS ALLISON||Chris Waller||54.5kg|
|50||FITNAH||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||54.5kg|
|51||GLOBAL GOOD||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||54.5kg|
|52||HEAVENLY HAND||Gerald Ryan||54.5kg|
|53||HELL OR HIGHWATER||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||54.5kg|
|55||LAKE GENEVA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||54.5kg|
|56||LOOK TO THE STARS||Clarry Conners||54.5kg|
|59||QUEEN OF WANDS||Clarry Conners||54.5kg|
|60||REEMAH||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||54.5kg|
|62||RIGHT OF WAY||Gai Waterhouse||54.5kg|
|63||ROCK CANDY||Gai Waterhouse||54.5kg|
|64||ROSIE QUADRILLE||Gai Waterhouse||54.5kg|
|65||SEMPRE LIBERA||Gai Waterhouse||54.5kg|
|67||SINGLE GAZE||Nick Olive||54.5kg|
|68||SPEAK FONDLY||Gai Waterhouse||54.5kg|
|69||STAY WITH ME||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||54.5kg|
|70||TAP THIS||Peter & Paul Snowden||54.5kg|