2015 Vain Stakes Nominations Feature 19 3YOs

August 10, 2015

2015 Vain Stakes Nominations Feature 19 3YOs

A bumper 19 three-year-olds are nominated for the Vain Stakes 2015 at Caulfield Racecourse on P.B. Lawrence Stakes Day in Melbourne this weekend.


Haptic is one of a number of 3YOs nominated for the San Domenico Stakes and the 2015 Vain Stakes across two states this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

While the major race for the youngsters in Sydney on Saturday is the Group 3 San Domencio Stakes (1100m) where Golden Slipper winner Vancouver has scared away much of the competition, in Victoria the $150,000 Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) is set to steal the show.

A number of progressive gallopers heading towards races like the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1200m) on September 12 and the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 10 – the Gai Waterhouse-trained Vancouver early favourite for both features at Ladbrokes.com.au – are dually nominated for both races this weekend.

In the mix for both the San Domenico in Sydney and Melbourne’s Vain Stakes are the likes of the John O’Shea-trained Haptic, Hawkes Racing’s Headwater and King’s Troop for Gerald Ryan.

The Godolphin-raced Haptic won his opening two races at Randwick in the autumn including the Listed Lonhro Stakes (1100m) before a 12th to Vancouver in the Golden Slipper on March 21.

A son of Exceed And Excel he has had two trials since the Slipper including a win over 1050m at Randwick on July 31 over Raphael’s Cat (2nd) and Furnaces (3rd) who was also runner-up to him in the Lonhro Stakes in mid-February.

Headwater is most likely to take on the undefeated Vancouver in Sydney, but co-trainer Michael Hawkes wasn’t ruling out a Vain Stakes return completely for the Exceed And Excel colt.

Winner of the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) first-up at Rosehill in February, Headwater was third to Vancouver in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) at Randwick before his Golden Slipper fifth last time out when beaten under two lengths in the world’s richest race for two-year-olds.

King’s Troop comes into Saturday on the back of a different lead-up and will be making his black-type debut in whichever race he starts in.

The Redoute’s Choice colt has had two starts so far for a first-up second behind Chris Waller’s flyer Japonisme in the mud at Rosehill on July 18 before a win at Warwick Farm by nearly four lengths on August 5.

Other Vain Stakes nominees coming off a win include O’Shea’s other entry Demonstrate who has won two of his seven starts to date including over 1000m at Moonee Valley on August 1 and the returning More Than Most for Lindsay Park’s David Hayes & Tom Dabernig who was last seen saluting over 1400m at Cranbourne in mid-May.

Also in the mix are the likes of the Peter Moody-trained Reward For Effort colt Gold Symphony, Mark Riley’s Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude winner Of The Brave and the John Sadler-trained Star Planet who is still a maiden after six career runs.

See below for the full Vain Stakes 2015 nominations, the final field and barriers out on Wednesday morning.

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2015 Vain Stakes Nominations

Caulfield Racecourse – 15/08/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 9x ASSERTIVE STAR C 3 Byron Cozamanis 60
2 51x709x7 BANTAM G 3 John O’Shea 66
3 3x56x BRACCENBY C 3 Peter G Moody 63
4 40×32151 DEMONSTRATE G 3 John O’Shea 70
5 7×8316 EQUINOVA G 3 Dean Binaisse 65
6 12 GOLD SYMPHONY C 3 Peter G Moody 65
7 110x HAPTIC G 3 John O’Shea 76
8 1135x HEADWATER C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 88
9 21 KING’S TROOP C 3 Gerald Ryan 66
10 2 LABUAN STAR C 3 Darren Weir 62
11 1 LOVE GOES ON G 3 Henry Dwyer 64
12 6341x MORE THAN MOST C 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 63
13 1x10x OF THE BRAVE C 3 Mark Riley 78
14 317x RAGAZZO DEL CORSA C 3 Danny O’Brien 68
15 0x8x ROYALIC G 3 Mark Riley 59
16 8×64442 STAR PLANET G 3 John Sadler 61
17 2317×6 STOKER G 3 Tony McEvoy 69
18 24×4 TOP ME UP G 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 65
19 1 TUSCANY HERO C 3 Wendy Kelly 62

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