The Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) is by no means the feature race at Royal Randwick on Saturday however the Group 3 event contested under set weights and penalties is shaping as one of the card’s most hotly-contested after 19 talented runners were included in nominations.
Team Hawkes have confirmed Our Boy Malachi will be set for major sprint events through the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival and have included the six-year-old for a return in 2015 Hall Mark Stakes nominations.
Posting an incredible race record of 16 wins and one minor place finish through his 18 career starts to date, Our Boy Malachi began his racing career under the guidance of North Queensland trainer John O’Sing before transferring to the care of the Hawkes’ at the conclusion of the 2014 winter.
Taking out his Sydney debut; the Turner Freeman Lawyers Handicap (1100m) on November 1st, the Top Echelon gelding made a successful transition to black type racing in taking out each of the Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) and Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m) most recently in December.
Having trialled well in the lead-up to his racing return, Our Boy Malachi will be difficult to beat this weekend.
Rebel Dane and Fast’N’Rocking have both been included in nominations for Saturday’s featured Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) and Hall Mark Stakes, and will use Wednesday’s final field and barrier draw to determine which event to contest.
Securing six wins and a further four minor places through his 21 career starts, Rebel Dane is a Group 1 winner having taken out the 2013 edition of the Sir Rupert Clarke (1400m).
Running third in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) and fourth in the talent-rich Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) most notably through spring, the California Dane entire placed a credible sixth in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) first-up this time and is more than capable of success in the Hall Mark Stakes should be accept into the final field.
Fast’N’Rocking has posted several commendable results this time in and is a leading chance for success in the 2015 Hall Mark Stakes, should that be the path trainers David Hayes and Tom Dabernig elect to take on Saturday.
Running third in each of the Listed Abell Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) upon resuming in February, the Fastnet Rock gelding was unlucky to be blocked for a run late when fourth in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) before running well for sixth in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) on Day 1 of The Championships.
Joe Pride is set to dominate the running of the 2015 Hall Mark Stakes after including four of his stable stars in nominations including Rain Affair and Target In Sight.
Rain Affair has won 12 of 32 starts to date and will be hard to beat in the Hall Mark Stakes should she find a wet track.
Arguably Pride’s best chance of success in the Hall Mark Stakes, Target In Sight won the Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes (1100m) first-up this time before running a close second to Generalife in the Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m) on March 28th.
The 2015 Hall Mark Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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2015 Hall Mark Stakes Nominations
|1||BIG MONEY||Rodney Northam||105|
|2||CHARLIE BOY||Peter & Paul Snowden||96|
|4||DECISION TIME||Clarry Conners||104|
|5||DOUBLE DEE||Jason Warren||76|
|6||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||102|
|8||HEART TESTA||Chris Waller||102|
|9||HIDDEN WARRIOR||Gordon Yorke||92|
|10||HOT SNITZEL||Peter & Paul Snowden||104|
|11||OUR BOY MALACHI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||105|
|12||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride||102|
|13||REBEL DANE||Gary Portelli||109|
|14||ROCK STURDY||Joseph Pride||101|
|15||SKIP TOWN||Tim Martin||88|
|16||TARGET IN SIGHT||Joseph Pride||102|
|19||WOULDNT IT BE NICE||Paul Perry||95|