2015 Auraria Stakes Nominations Feature Fontein Ruby

Robert Smerdon’s last start Moonee Valley winner Fontein Ruby is one of a number of smart interstate raiders nominated for the Auraria Stakes 2015 at Adelaide’s Morphettville Racecourse on Saturday.

Fontein Ruby

Fontein Ruby is the highest-rated filly nominated for the 2015 Auraria Stakes in Adelaide this weekend. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

There are two Group race features highlighting the early Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival meeting this weekend including the three-year-old fillies facing off in the Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m), known this year as the Schweppervescence Stakes.

Easily the highest-rated entry nearly 20 rating points clear of the next in line is Smerdon’s Melbourne-based daughter of Turffontein Fontein Ruby.

Winner of the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) – Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) double in Melbourne last October, the Group 1 performed filly failed when taking on the boys to run last (14th) in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) two back but atoned with a black type win last start.

She went to Moonee Valley and dropped down in class for the Listed Alexandra Stakes (1600m), which she won on way to her maiden interstate run this weekend.

Gai Waterhouse prepares the second highest rated hope among the Schweppervescence Stakes nominees, her Manhattan Rain filly Ondina shooting for back-to-back wins at the track after her victory in the Listed Laelia Stakes (1600m) here on March 28.

Also coming via a nice run in that traditional lead-up race are the lightly-raced Tony McEvoy-trained runner-up Into The Mist and third placegetter Cathy’s Mark prepared in Melbourne by Nigel Blackiston.

Along with his Redoute’s Choice filly Into The Mist who has had just the three career starts to date, local Angaston trainer McEvoy has also nominated for his daughter of High Chaparral Monopole.

While still a maiden after five starts the promising filly has form across three states and her latest was a nice third to Geegees Goldengirl in the Listed Tasmanian Oaks (2100m) at Launceston back in February.

Other headlining visitors meanwhile include Luke Oliver’s Flemington winner over the mile last Saturday Kansas Sunflower and the Team Hawkes-trained Maastricht.

A striking grey daughter of Mastercraftsman, Maastricht comes off a string of good third place autumn carnival runs including behind Chill Party in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) at Moonee Valley and her last start third to Candelara in the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 6.

Other notable Auraria Stakes nominees include Laeila Stakes fourth placegetter Regal Magnus and the Phillip Stokes-trained Coachella who ran third over 1400m at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day last November.

Check out the full Schweppervescence Stakes / Auraria Stakes 2015 nominations below, the final field of a capacity 18 runners announced on Wednesday.

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2015 Auraria Stakes Nominations

Morphettville Racecourse – 18/04/2015

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 FONTEIN RUBY Robert Smerdon 1 58.5kg 94
2 ONDINA Gai Waterhouse 2 55.5kg 76
3 KANSAS SUNFLOWER (NZ) Luke Oliver 3 55.5kg 70
4 SEBRELLA Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 4 55.5kg 66
5 MAASTRICHT (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 5 54kg 77
6 HIPSTER GIRL Jason Warren 6 54kg 67
7 REDASUN Greg Eurell 7 54kg 69
8 TRY YOUR BEST (NZ) Phillip Stokes 8 54kg 69
9 CHOIX DE MAIA (NZ) Pat Carey 9 54kg 67
10 PERPETUAL BLISS Scott Trenowden 10 54kg 67
11 REGAL MAGNUS Daniel Clarken 11 54kg 66
12 CATHY’S MARK Nigel Blackiston 12 54kg 66
13 FITOCRACY Jon O’Connor 13 54kg 65
14 DEANNA JEAN Shane Oxlade 14 54kg 65
15 COACHELLA (NZ) Phillip Stokes 15 54kg 65
16 INTO THE MIST Tony McEvoy 16 54kg 64
17 FINDA FITTER FILLY John & Chris Ledger 17 54kg 63
18 CASHLA BAY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 18 54kg 63
19 KEEP THE KLASS (NZ) Darren Weir 19 54kg 62
20 EXALTED HONEY Karen Byrnes 20 54kg 62
21 DIAVOLOU Darren Weir 21 54kg 62
22 PATTINI Mark Kavanagh 22 54kg 62
23 OKAHU BAY Phillip Stokes 23 54kg 61
24 MONOPOLE Tony McEvoy 24 54kg 61
25 ALBORBROWN John Hyam 25 54kg 61
26 DE LAGO HERIZ Lloyd Kennewell 26 54kg 60
27 UNFURL (NZ) Darren Weir 27 54kg 60
28 CINNAMON CARTER Robbie Laing 28 54kg 58
29 MIGHTY MAHER Gary Searle 29 54kg 58
30 PIAMINX Michael Kent 30 54kg 58
31 KIWI COLLEEN (NZ) Andrew Noblet 31 54kg 57
32 PRIDE OF AMERICA Claudette Rose 32 54kg 56

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