Nominations for the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) closed yesterday morning, with 15 fillies and mares declaring their interest in the sprint race.
Featured in the field, just shy of headlining it, is the Team Hawkes-trained Mossfun. The three-year-old filly had a fantastic autumn campaign last autumn that saw her win the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on April 5.
Mossfun was due for a spring racing campaign but a virus in late August caused her trainers to spell her for the entire season. Therefore 10 months after she won the $3.5 million Golden Slipper, Mossfun resumed in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) on February 14. The filly ran a disappointing sixth in the race, three lengths behind winner Adrift, but was given a chance to redeem herself in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) on March 7. Once again the filly finished sixth in the race, this time four lengths behind winner Miracles Of Life.
Her trainers were disappointed by the result and have decided to drop a class for her next start in the 2015 Birthday Card Stakes.
Team Hawkes have also nominated Mihiri for the race. The four-year-old mare has placed in seven of her 13 career starts, which includes running third in the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) on February 7. Mihiri was last seen running seventh in the Group 3 Wenona Girl Handicap (1200m) on March 7 but was only two and three-quarter lengths behind winner Griante.
Both Peter Moody and Kris Lees have also nominated two horses each for the Birthday Card Stakes, which means they could deliver dual-pronged attacks on the race this Saturday.
Moody has nominated A Time For Julia and Peron while Lees could saddle both Brook Road and Fine Bubbles in the race.
A Time For Julia enjoyed runner-up finishes in both the Group 3 Sportingbet Sprint Series Heat 1 Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) during the spring before finishing end of the field in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Charity Cup (1400m). The five-year-old mare resumed in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) on February 28 but finished second-last to winner Shamal Wind.
Peron resumed in the Listed Bob Hoysted Handicap (1000m) on March 7, finishing runner-up to Chloe In Paris.
Lees’ Brook Road won the Listed Travel Associates Classic (1200m) on November 29 at Doomben but was last seen running third-last in the Wenona Girl Handicap. Stablemate Fine Bubbles finished eighth in the same race.
Headlining the 2015 Birthday Card Stakes nominations is the Les Bridge-trained Avoid Lightning, who also holds a nomination for the Group 1 Galaxy (1100m) on the same day. The six-year-old mare was last seen running third in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) on February 21.
Check out the complete 2015 Birthday Card Stakes nominations below. Open your Ladbrokes.com.au online betting account today to receive up to $250 in a bonus match on your first bet.
2015 Birthday Card Stakes Nominations
|1||A TIME FOR JULIA||Peter G Moody||100|
|2||ALL SALSA||Ron Quinton||72|
|4||AVOID LIGHTNING||Les Bridge||108|
|5||BOUND FOR EARTH||David Vandyke||92|
|6||BROOK ROAD||Kris Lees||90|
|7||FINE BUBBLES||Kris Lees||91|
|9||MIHIRI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||82|
|10||MOSSFUN||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||103|
|11||PERON||Peter G Moody||97|
|12||SHAMALIA||Bart & James Cummings||89|
|13||TAHNI DANCER||Clinton McDonald||76|
|14||TAWTEEN||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||88|