Thurlow Tops 2015 Quezette Stakes Nominations

Robert Smerdon’s Group 1 performed Thurlow heads a quality list of three-year-old fillies nominated for Saturday’s Quezette Stakes 2015 at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne.


Thurlow is the highest rated filly nominated for the 2015 Quezette Stakes in Melbourne on Saturday. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

One of the key support races on the PB Lawrence Stakes Day program this weekend, the $150,000 Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) has attracted 18 fillies at nomination stage on Monday.

The top-rated of those is Smerdon’s daughter of Sebring who has won two of her five starts to date including the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) at Sandown-Hillside in February.

Eleventh after that behind Pride Of Dubai in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), Thurlow was last seen on May 2 racing in Adelaide’s Listed Queen Adelaide Stakes (1050m) when a close second behind Strykum.

The Quezette Stakes is a nice early lead-up for fillies heading towards some of the bigger races of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival including the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) back at Caulfield on October 10.

Last year’s Quezette Stakes winner was Sabatini (2014) who went on to run third to Amicus in the Thousand Guineas as a 20/1 shot before more Group glory in the autumn.

This year the shortest-priced of the early 2015 Thousand Guineas-bound fillies nominated for the Quezette in the futures markets for the Group 1 on Caulfield Guineas Day is the Phillip Stokes-trained Miss Gunpowder.

The Adelaide-based Pendragon filly is undefeated with two wins back home to date including her first-up success over 1100m on July 25, form she’ll look to bring to Melbourne this weekend to stakes her claims for an interstate spring campaign.

The other unbeaten fillies nominated for Saturday’s showdown are the Robbie Griffiths-trained Don’t Doubt Marley who has wins from Geelong and Sale, and Street Boss filly Petitis Filous for Ciaron Maher who was last seen winning over 1000m at Moonee Valley on August 1.

Runner-up in that same Valley lead-up, Stream Ahead is also nominated for the Vain Stakes on Saturday.

Prepared at Cranbourne by Doug Harrison, Dane Shadow filly Stream Ahead won at Bendigo in April before her second last time out and is on the up-and-up according to her trainer who likes the form coming out of the Valley race.

Other promising types in the mix include the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Blue Diamond Stakes sixth placed Air Apparent who was last seen running fourth in the Group 3 Breeders Stakes at Morphettville when beaten only a quarter length in late March, Colin Little’s Foreplay filly Jalan Jalan coming off a win down the Flemington straight from last month, stakes winning Star Witness filly Pearl Star whose last start was a third in the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in early May and the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Queen Adelaide Stakes winner Strykum.

See below for the full Quezette Stakes 2015 nominations, then head to to open your account with the country’s leading online bookie before Saturday’s final fields are out on Wednesday and betting opens on the weekend’s features.

2015 Quezette Stakes Nominations

Caulfield Racecourse – 15/08/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 224624x AIR APPARENT F 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 69
2 11 DON’T DOUBT MARLEY F 3 Robbie Griffiths 67
3 9x EFFORTLESS MISS F 3 Shane Fliedner 60
4 1649x GIULIETTA F 3 Gai Waterhouse 68
5 46×1173 GRISBI’S RUN F 3 John McArdle 67
6 131 JALAN JALAN F 3 Colin Little 72
7 4 MADONNA LILY F 3 John Salanitri 61
8 1×1 MISS GUNPOWDER F 3 Phillip Stokes 68
9 11L3x MISTY WATERS F 3 Michael Moroney 70
10 17x OUR VIDIA (NZ) F 3 Byron Cozamanis 66
11 9x37413x PEARL STAR F 3 Matt Laurie 70
12 11 PETITS FILOUS F 3 Ciaron Maher 73
13 303x PURSUITS F 3 John O’Shea 65
14 74 SAGITTARIAN F 3 Henry Dwyer 59
15 1×2 STREAM AHEAD F 3 Doug Harrison 65
16 4x14x STRYKUM F 3 Lee & Anthony Freedman 70
17 11038x TAKE PRIDE F 3 Murray Johnson 68
18 21x10x2x THURLOW F 3 Robert Smerdon 75


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