Sadler’s Lake Heads 2015 Grand Prix Stakes Nominations

Sydney’s Chris Waller currently has the top two Queensland Derby hopes heading towards next month’s feature at Doomben and one of those, Sadler’s Lake, is the headline nominee for this weekend’s Grand Prix Stakes 2015.

Sadler's Lake

2015 Queensland Derby second favourite Sadler’s Lake is the headline nomination for Saturday’s Grand Prix Stakes at Doomben. Photo: Daniel Costello.

One of the major support acts on the nine-race Doomben 10,000 Day card for Saturday, this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Mullins Lawyers Grand Prix Stakes (2000m) attracted 21 nominations.

The likely favourite of those if accepted is Waller’s High Chaparral gelding Sadler’s Lake who currently occupies the second line of early betting at to win the traditional next-up assignment for Grand Prix graduates, the $600,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2200m) held this year at Doomben Racecourse on June 6.

Futures Queensland Derby odds are currently led by Waller’s Sunshine Coast Guineas winning filly Winx ($5.50) followed closely by Sadler’s Lake ($6.50) who will be out to become the third horse in four years to complete the Grand Prix – Queensland Derby double.

The last to do so was another Waller-trained galloper, Hawkspur (2013), and before that the Peter Moody-trained Brambles (2012).

Sadler’s Lake was last seen winning the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) at Doomben on May 9, an effort he’ll be out to repeat at the same track and distance on Saturday on way to his Group 1 test in the Derby.

Waller has also nominated for fellow High Chaparral gelding Quick Strike and Redoute’s Choice colt Redoutable Heart for the Grand Prix Stakes this year.

Quick Strike is current third favourite at $8.50 to win the Derby despite the galloper not having won a race since October last year over the mile at Warwick Farm.

He is already a Group 1 performed three-year-old however having run a brave fifth when beaten only two lengths by smart Kiwi Mongolian Khan in the Australian Derby over the mile and a half in Sydney in early April.

The next best fancied youngster in the latest Queensland Derby betting markets nominated for the Grand Prix is Master Of Arts ($9), the Darren Weir-trained Mastercraftsman colt boasting a nice record of two wins, a second and a third from four starts.

As yet unraced in black type company, the galloper was last seen winning over 2000m at Caulfield on May 2, form he’ll be out to bring to Brisbane on Saturday.

Also well liked in the early Derby markets is Sunshine Coast hopeful Worthy Cause ($10), the Choisir colt nominated for a short back-up into the Grand Prix Stakes.

Winner of the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1800m) at the Gold Coast two back, Worthy Cause raced last weekend at home when third to Winx in the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m).

Other in-form Grand Prix Stakes hopes who are Derby-bound this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival include the Gerald Ryan-trained Bachman and Michael Nolan’s Jumbo Prince.

All American colt Bachman ran third to Najoom in Rosehill’s Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) last time out while the consistent Toowoomba-trained Jumbo Prince won the Toowoomba Guineas two back before his brave third to Sadler’s Lake in the Rough Habit earlier this month.

Other notable Grand Prix nominees include Ben Ahrens’ Rough Habit fourth placed colt Chillin With Dylan and the Peter Moody-trained Upham who ran second in both the Gunsynd and the Rough Habit Plate.

See below for the full Grand Prix Stakes 2015 nominations, the field and barriers out on Wednesday.

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2015 Grand Prix Stakes Nominations

Doomben Racecourse – 23/05/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 19x0436x73 BACHMAN C 3 Gerald Ryan
2 3321×32334 CHILLIN WITH DYLAN C 3 Ben Ahrens 68
3 211246 DEE I CEE (NZ) G 3 Gai Waterhouse
4 7×06516216 FREEZELIGHTNING G 3 Chris Anderson 62
5 113 HARRY (NZ) G 3 Murray Baker
6 5055187×91 HEAVY G 3 Ciaron Maher
7 7x2141x395 INAUGURATION G 3 Peter G Moody 71
8 12012×1213 JUMBO PRINCE C 3 Michael Nolan 88
9 46×514 LORD DISICK G 3 Michael Moroney
10 24×5194 LUCOBLU (NZ) G 3 Paul H Duncan
11 155×846184 MAGICOOL G 3 Mark Kavanagh
12 1321 MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) C 3 Darren Weir
13 311×353457 QUICK STRIKE G 3 Chris Waller
14 31167×5046 RECKLESS ABANDON G 3 Liam Birchley 63
15 53252×3623 REDOUTABLE HEART C 3 Chris Waller
16 x37x156716 RHODIN DRIVE G 3 Helen Page 72.5
17 39546×8832 ROGALI G 3 Danny J Bougoure 57
18 511×421 SADLER’S LAKE G 3 Chris Waller 80
19 6x8202x37 SAM DE HERO G 3 Chris Anderson
20 217×3122 UPHAM (NZ) G 3 Peter G Moody 73
21 22×4362113 WORTHY CAUSE C 3 John Zielke 84


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