Catkins Included In 2015 Emancipation Stakes Nominations

Consistent mare Catkins has been included in the 2015 Emancipation Stakes nominations and will have the chance to record a second straight win in the Group 2 event at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

Catkins will defend her Emancipation Stakes title at Rosehill Gardens this weekend. Photo by: Steve Hart

Catkins will defend her Emancipation Stakes title at Rosehill Gardens this weekend. Photo by: Steve Hart

Catkins was sent to the spelling paddock after she finished a gallant third in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on November 1 last year and she returned to racing with a narrow win over Lilliburlero in the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on February 7.

The Dubawi mare maintained her winning form with a tough victory over Plucky Belle and Avoid Lightning in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill Gardens on February 21 and she was narrowly denied a maiden win at Group 1 level by Cosmic Endeavour in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Royal Randwick on March 7.

The five-year-old has been included in the nominations for a wide variety of races during The Championships and her performance in the Emancipation Stakes will decide which race she contests.

Another mare that will be dropping back to Group 2 level is Clarry Conners-trained Dear Demi.

Dear Demi started her 2015 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign with a credible fifth behind Danesiri in the Group 3 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on February 28, but she failed to fire in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and was never able to get into the race.

Like Catkins, Dear Demi has been included in the nominations for the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m), but Conners is yet to decide where the Dehere mare will have her next race start.

Mahara will also be backing up from the Coolmore Classic and will likely be better suited in the Emancipation Stakes after being outclassed in the Group 1 event.

The Hussonet mare is yet to record a race win this preparation, but she stamped herself as a horse to following during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival when she recorded an impressive victory in the Group 3 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.

Gypsy Diamond was beaten as favourite in the Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap (1400m) last weekend, but will have the chance to return to winning form in the Emancipation Stakes, while Peggy Jean is a chance of taking on older horses for the first time in her racing career.

Amanpour, Any Day Will Do, Dig A Pony, Entertains, Hera, Jacinta, Madam Gangster, My Sabeel, Quayside, Scorpio Queen and Thinking Of You round out the 2015 Emancipation Stakes nominations.

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2015 Emancipation Stakes Nominations

# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 AMANPOUR Gai Waterhouse 88
2 ANY DAY WILL DO David Vandyke 84
3 CATKINS Chris Waller 110
4 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners 107
5 DIG A PONY Peter G Moody 80
6 ENTERTAINS John O’Shea 82
7 GYPSY DIAMOND Peter & Paul Snowden 97
8 HERA (NZ) Kris Lees 95
9 JACINTA Matthew Dale 76
10 MADAM GANGSTER Lee & Shannon Hope 90
11 MAHARA Peter & Paul Snowden 97
12 MY SABEEL (NZ) Kevin Moses 89
13 PEGGY JEAN Gerald Ryan 92
14 QUAYSIDE Peter G Moody 90
15 SCORPIO QUEEN Kris Lees 93
16 THINKING OF YOU (NZ) Peter G Moody 76

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