2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes First Acceptances Leave 60

First acceptances for the eight Group 1 The Championship races this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival closed on Monday with 60 fillies and mares left in contention for the Queen Of The Turf Stakes 2015.

First Seal

Flying filly First Seal leads the 2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes first acceptances and pre-field markets for the April 11 showdown in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart.

Last month there were 104 nominations taken for this year’s $1 million Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m), that figure reduced by 44 yesterday at first declaration stage.

Leading the first acceptances is the John Thompson-trained Fastnet Rock filly First Seal, the three-year-old Flight Stakes winner racing this weekend after another Group 1 win this time in the Coolmore Classic at Rosehill.

She leads the early Queen Of The Turf Stakes odds at bookmakers around the country and is also still in the mix for a host of other majors over the two days of The Championships on April 4 and 11 including the Australian Oaks on Day 2.

All of the season’s headline female gallopers are high up the Queen Of The Turf Stakes betting markets after the first acceptances including Cosmic Endeavour and Catkins who ran the quinella in last Saturday’s Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m).

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Northern Meteor four-year-old Cosmic Endeavour was impressive winning her second Group 1 after a Tattersall’s Tiara victory in Brisbane during the winter, while Chris Waller’s great grey Catkins was far from disgraced just a half-length off the winner.

Waterhouse has a total of 11 Queen Of The Turf Stakes entries still in contention this year including also her Light Fingers Stakes winner Adrift and Surround Stakes runner-up to First Seal last time out Supara.

Waller also has a host of livewire chances entered along with Catkins including last year’s Thousand Guineas winner Amicus, 2013 Australian Oaks winner Royal Descent and Flight Stakes runner-up Winx.

The other headline first acceptor for the weight-for-age classic is Lucia Valentina for Newcastle’s Kris Lees, the Savabeel four-year-old last seen running ninth in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m).

She’s tipped to improve on that getting out over more distance however after her third to the ill-fated Admire Rakti in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) during the spring on the back of a Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) victory at Flemington.

Other notable Queen Of The Turf Stakes hopes still in contention include Nigel Blackiston’s Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) winner form last month Suavito, last year’s Queensland Oaks runner-up Arabian Gold, Peter Moody’s Victorian-trained filly Thinking Of You and Pat Hyland’s Myer Classic winning six-year-old Bonaria.

The most notable non-acceptor meanwhile is last year’s Golden Slipper winning filly Mossfun who instead targets the $2.5 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) on Day 1 of The Championships over less distance.

Queen Of The Turf Stakes 2015 final acceptances close at 9am (AEDT) on Tuesday April 7.

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2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes First Acceptances

Randwick Racecourse – 11/04/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Weight (kg) Hcp. Rating
1 950x2123x6 AMANPOUR Gai Waterhouse 57 88
2 x73762x77x ANY DAY WILL DO David Vandyke 57 84
3 01112x10x8 ARABIAN GOLD David Vandyke 57 105
4 x684071x25 BONARIA Pat Hyland 57 106
5 x11x2231x0 BROOK ROAD Kris Lees 57 90
6 4x1233x112 CATKINS Chris Waller 57 110
7 213111×421 COSMIC ENDEAVOUR Gai Waterhouse 57 112
8 8x16838x21 DANESIRI John P Thompson 57 99
9 008x5217x5 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners 57 109
10 345x46143x DIADEME (NZ) Murray Baker 57 102
11 141x879x80 DIAMOND DRILLE Gai Waterhouse 57 105
12 27x20700x2 DOUBLE DEE Jason Warren 57 N/A
13 1x1121120x FOOTY FAN Wade Slinkard 57 82
14 x11226x782 GIRL GUIDE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 57 N/A
15 310x9652x4 GIRL IN FLIGHT Robbie Griffiths 57 N/A
16 12x50950x3 GYPSY DIAMOND Peter & Paul Snowden 57 N/A
17 x480x01x80 HERA (NZ) Kris Lees 57 94
18 41x4676x73 INTIMATE MOMENT (NZ) Chris Waller 57 87
19 x262x213x5 JIAYUGUAN (IRE) John P Thompson 57 72
20 827114×557 JUST A BLUR Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones 57 76
21 3x16130x49 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees 57 111
22 79x3553x9x LUCKY LAGO Peter & Paul Snowden 57 87
23 124x511x53 MAHARA Peter & Paul Snowden 57 97
24 12×212149 MARDI Gai Waterhouse 57 84
25 x22210x387 MARIANNE (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden 57 87
26 152355×304 MY SABEEL (NZ) Kevin Moses 57 89
27 0x24280x62 PLUCKY BELLE Peter G Moody 57 99
28 21x44571x3 POLITENESS Robert Smerdon 57 98
29 1084x1120x QUAYSIDE Peter G Moody 57 N/A
30 3x35150x08 QUEENSTOWN Gai Waterhouse 57 101
31 5x280x2715 ROLE MODEL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 57 81
32 25x22220x7 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller 57 111
33 6x97x654x9 SCORPIO QUEEN Kris Lees 57 91
34 31x2x2 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (NZ) Murray Baker 57 N/A
35 226x1107x6 STAR FASHION David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 57 N/A
36 6x12N311x1 SUAVITO (NZ) Nigel Blackiston 57 N/A
37 0112×91219 TARLOSHAN (NZ) Graeme Boyd 57 94
38 1259x25x14 TELEPATHIC (NZ) Chris Waller 57 85
39 7184x90x16 THUMP Kris Lees 57 101
40 1218×23116 TINTO Rex Lipp 57 105
41 4x121425x0 ABDUCTION John O’Shea 54.5 80
42 611×17 ADRIFT (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 54.5 90
43 16x3221x94 AMICUS Chris Waller 54.5 99
44 530154x BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 54.5 N/A
45 4x12112x21 FIRST SEAL John P Thompson 54.5 106
46 151160×320 FONTEIN RUBY Robert Smerdon 54.5 N/A
47 3215x57x40 PEGGY JEAN Gerald Ryan 54.5 92
48 211353×11 SABATINI Lee & Shannon Hope 54.5 N/A
49 161×33 SLIGHTLY SWEET Jason Coyle 54.5 86
50 212×02 SUPARA Gai Waterhouse 54.5 88
51 213×110 SWEET AND SPEEDY Peter G Moody 54.5 N/A
52 67x312526x TAHNI DANCER Clinton McDonald 54.5 76
53 113×65 THINKING OF YOU (NZ) Peter G Moody 54.5 76
54 1443x1x7 TOP SIGHT Ciaron Maher 54.5 N/A
55 326x2x9x43 TWIRL Gai Waterhouse 54.5 N/A
56 1x11x13 WAWAIL David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 54.5 85
57 12x2152x6 WINE TALES Chris Waller 54.5 76
58 WINTER SWEET Gai Waterhouse 54.5 N/A
59 11x122x75 WINX Chris Waller 54.5 96
60 222x6305x6 YGRITTE Gerald Ryan 54.5 77

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