John Thompson’s Group 1 winning filly First Seal is one of the headline nominations taken for the Coolmore Classic 2015 at Rosehill Gardens this weekend.
Winner of the Flight Stakes at Randwick during the spring, the three-year-old daughter of Fastnet Rock is set to run back in elite level company on Saturday taking on the older mares in the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m).
There are currently 15 fillies and mares nominated for the quality handicap clash, entries extended until 11am (AEDT) on Tuesday.
First Seal has had two runs this time in including an impressive two and three-quarter length victory in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on February 28.
She shoots for her fifth win at career start number nine in the Coolmore Classic where, if successful, she will be the first three-year-old to beat a field of older rivals in a Group 1 this season.
While First Seal has had just the one run at Rosehill before, she’s in top form for this assignment and impressed jockey Blake Shinn with her work last Saturday showing improvement out of the Surround Stakes win.
Thompson has also nominated for another last-start winner, one of First Seal’s major dangers being stablemate Danesiri on Saturday.
The six-year-old daughter of Home On The Grange was a first-up second to Thump in the Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on February 14 before her win in the Group 3 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) on the same day First Seal won the Surround.
Thompson is also pleased with Danesiri’s improvement since the Group 3 win and hopes she can step up to the Group 1 test on Saturday.
Also coming off a nice lead-up run is Peter Moody’s Mossman six-year-old Plucky Belle who was runner-up to the Chris Waller-trained Catkins in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill on February 21.
In the Coolmore Classic Sydney’s premier trainer Waller has two entries with Amicus and Winx.
Another three-year-old daughter of Fastnet Rock like First Seal, Amicus won the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield last October and is up over further than 1400m for the first time since in the Coolmore.
Her last start was a distant fourth to First Seal in the Surround Stakes when beaten four and a quarter lengths, a margin she’ll be looking to close in on in the Group 1 rematch.
Stablemate Winx meanwhile ran fifth in the Surround just a neck further back, the Street Cry filly having won the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) in the wet last September before seconds to First Seal in both the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) and the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m).
The highest-rated mare nominated for the Coolmore though is the Clarry Conners-trained Dear Demi, last seen in the winner’s stall for her Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) success at Moonee Valley during the spring.
She resumed on February 28 and ran fifth to Danesiri in the Guy Walter, her second-up record a fair one made up of two wins, a second and a third.
Other highly rated hopes in the mix include the David Vandyke-trained grey Arabian Gold who was runner-up to Tinto in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) last winter, Queensland Oaks winner Tinto who ran sixth in the Guy Walter off the back of a Magic Millions Stayers Cup win on the Gold Coast in November and Pat Hyland’s Myer Classic winner Bonaria coming off a fifth to Tycoon Tara in the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
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2015 Coolmore Classic Nominations
Rosehill Racecourse – 14/03/2015
|2||ADRIFT (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||90|
|4||ARABIAN GOLD||David Vandyke||105|
|6||DANESIRI||John P Thompson||99|
|7||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||109|
|8||DIAMOND DRILLE||Gai Waterhouse||105|
|9||FIRST SEAL||John P Thompson||106|
|10||MAHARA||Peter & Paul Snowden||97|
|11||PLUCKY BELLE||Peter G Moody||99|
|12||TARLOSHAN (NZ)||Graeme Boyd||94|