Tony Gollan’s Group 1 placed filly Traveston Girl is one of the headline nominations taken for the Gold Coast Guineas 2015 in Queensland this weekend.
There are 27 early entries for this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Attwood Marshall Lawyers Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) on AD Hollindale Stakes Day this Saturday, the race a nice lead-up for three-year-olds heading into the $400,000 Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) at Doomben on Stradbroke Handicap Day, June 6.
One of the big name nominees and top fillies down to take on the boys is Gollan’s Eagle Farm-based daughter of Flying Spur Traveston Girl, a winner of two of her six starts to date.
It has been a long time between runs for the filly however, Traveston Girl last seen running second to Amicus on October 11 at Caulfield in Melbourne’s Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).
Gollan has also nominated for his undefeated Real Saga gelding Bearskin coming off back-to-back 1000m wins at the Sunshine Coast, More Than Ready filly Feels Like Home with form at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day during the spring and a fellow daughter of the same sire Pienkna.
The other Group 1 placegetter last time out in the Gold Coast Guineas mix on the weekend aside from Traveston Girl is then New Zealand raider Huka Eagle.
The Cambridge-based Tony Pike prepares the visiting Kiwi who is sure to be among the top fancies in the Gold Coast Guineas odds at Ladbrokes.com.au should he line-up on Saturday.
The Swiss Ace gelding will return to racing having last been seen running third to Gaultier in the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) back home on January 17, Pike hoping he can be competitive at a similar level down under this winter chasing the three-year-old richest on offer in Brisbane.
One of the best last start winners nominated for the Gold Coast Guineas meanwhile is the Kelly Schweida-trained Miss Cover Girl.
The Monashee Mountain filly took her smart record up to seven wins at start number 11 on April 6 at Randwick on a Heavy (8) course when narrowly beating home Peeping in the Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m).
That followed on from her fifth over the 1400m at the Gold Coast, which was Miss Cover Girl’s first loss at Gold Coast.
She has won her three other starts at the track and has also won three of her five runs over the 1200m distance she should thrive over again on the weekend.
The PJ Bell Stakes is also the race the Bart & James Cummings-trained Encosta De Lago filly Sultry Feeling comes out of.
Runner-up in the Sapphire Stakes behind Eloping last October, Sultry Feeling has run fourth in her two lead-up runs in black type company in Sydney including the PJ Bell fourth when beaten only one and three-quarter lengths.
Last year’s Gold Coast Guineas winner was a Sydney raider with the Gerald Ryan-trained Dothraki coming off a fifth in the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.
This year other notable Sydney raiders entered for the Guineas include the Team Hawkes-trained Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes second placegetter Nostradamus and the John O’Shea-trained Sarajevo.
Medaglia D’Oro colt Nostradamus was last seen running sixth to Delectation in a race worth half-a-million, the Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) at Randwick a fortnight ago.
Sarajevo meanwhile is a son of top sire Lonhro who is out to atone for his second last when 13th to San Nicasio last time out on February 14 at Caulfield in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m).
Other notable Gold Coast Guineas nominees include the Robert Heathcote-trained Listed winner Pinch River, Mr Cha Cha who hasn’t raced in over a year and Stuart Kendrick’s Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner from last winter Time For War.
See below for the complete Gold Coast Guineas 2015 nominations.
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2015 Gold Coast Guineas Nominations
Gold Coast Racecourse – 25/04/2015
|4||BEAU JET||Steven O’dea||76|
|5||BETTER NOT BLUE||Michelle Ritchie||68|
|6||ELJETEM||Bruce W Hill||–|
|8||FEELS LIKE HOME||Tony Gollan||66|
|10||HUKA EAGLE (NZ)||Tony Pike||78|
|11||LAREBIL||Danny J Bougoure||–|
|12||MISS COVER GIRL||Kelly Schweida||90|
|13||MR CHA CHA||Brad Herne||70|
|14||NOSTRADAMUS||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||86|
|15||OUR LADY MAC||Steve Tregea||66|
|16||PALAZZO PUBBLICO||Sam Kavanagh||73|
|18||PINCH RIVER||Robert Heathcote||80|
|19||REAL GENE (NZ)||John Morrisey||60|
|20||RISING LUCK||Trevor Thomas||64|
|23||SULTRY FEELING||Bart & James Cummings||–|
|25||TIME FOR WAR||Stuart Kendrick||87|
|26||TRAVESTON GIRL||Tony Gollan||88|