Gai Waterhouse’s Group 1 winner Cosmic Endeavour is the top-rated nominee for Saturday’s Cockram Stakes 2015 at Caulfield Racecourse this Memsie Stakes Day.
One of a host of support acts on the Melbourne race card this weekend, the Cockram Stakes is registered this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival as the $150,000 Group 3 William Hill Sprint Series Heat 1 Stakes (1200m).
The set weights plus penalties clash for mares features 28 nominations including Northern Meteor five-year-old Cosmic Endeavour who hasn’t won since her half-length victory over Catkins in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick back in March.
She ran a disappointing 14th in two more Group 1s after that during the autumn before a last start fifth to her stablemate Amanpour in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) on April 11.
She has twice trialled at Randwick since then including a 1250m victory over Bohemian Lily on August 10 and looks set for a good return in the Cockram.
After Cosmic Endeavour the other highest rated Cockram Stakes nominees this season include the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Bounding, Griante and Hazard.
The super-consistent Bounding is yet to run outside the top two boasting seven wins and six seconds from her 14 career starts to date.
A five-year-old daughter of Lonhro, she missed the autumn but looks race fit after two good trials at Rosehill this month including a narrow victory on August 17 where she beat home Group 1 winner Happy Galaxy over 1030m.
Her last official start was a second at Flemington last November in the Group 3 GH Mumm Stakes (1100m) and Saturday will be her maiden look at Caulfield.
Bounding is one of a host of mares who are dually nominated on the Caulfield card this weekend also holding an entry for the $150,000 Group 3 The Heath 1100m Stakes (1100m) in open-gender company.
Another dual nominee for both sprint races, Griante is looking to atone for her disappointing first-up ninth to Setinum at the track on August 15 in the Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m).
The David Brideoake-trained Good Journey mare was on fire during the autumn though including a third to Lucky Hussler in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley and a second to Avoid Lightning in Randwick’s Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) in April.
Hazard represents Godolphin and is prepared by Lee & Anthony Freedman, the six-year-old daughter of Flying Spur boasting three previous Caulfield wins from eight runs.
She won three on the trot during a strong winter prep including the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on June 6 before her distant sixth to Srikandi in the Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara (1400m) on the Gold Coast a fortnight later in her latest start.
Other headline Cockram Stakes entries include the Robbie Griffiths-trained Nadeem Lass, Group 1 performer Miss Steele and the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Miss Promiscuity coming off a July 4 win at the track in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m).
A winner of two of her previous four Caulfield runs, five-year-old Magnus mare Miss Promiscuity won the Monash by nearly three lengths from barrier 12 of 12 and is livewire hope of going back-to-back this Saturday.
Check out the full 2015 William Hill Sprint Series Heat 1 Stakes nominations below, staying tuned for the final field and barrier draw on Wednesday morning.
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2015 Cockram Stakes Nominations
Caulfield Racecourse – 29/08/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||21x12x202x||BOUNDING||M||5||Peter & Paul Snowden||104|
|2||339x62609x||CLOVER LANE (NZ)||M||4||Peter G Moody||69|
|3||11x421005x||COSMIC ENDEAVOUR||M||5||Gai Waterhouse||111|
|5||700x2348x1||DOUBLE DEE||M||6||Jason Warren||81|
|6||1×32095510||ESPRIT’S CHOICE||M||6||Heath Conners||74|
|7||524×200060||ESTONIAN PRINCESS||M||5||Mark Young||92|
|8||1226x7820x||GIRL GUIDE||M||6||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||96|
|10||50x171117x||HAZARD||M||6||Lee & Anthony Freedman||101|
|12||650×342711||JESSY BELLE||M||5||Luke Oliver||90|
|13||267×625046||JUDICIAL ROCK||M||5||Leon & Troy Corstens||72|
|14||16x811621x||LOVED UP||M||4||Brett Cavanough||87|
|15||7x2111x14x||MADAM GANGSTER||M||5||Lee & Shannon Hope||93|
|16||31x7348x0x||MAY’S DREAM||M||5||Darren Weir||101|
|17||4377×12281||MISS PROMISCUITY||M||5||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||100|
|18||x3845x344x||MISS STEELE||M||5||Michael Kent||88|
|19||323x1310x2||MORE RADIANT||M||4||Mick Price||78|
|20||3313322559||NADEEM LASS||M||6||Robbie Griffiths||89|
|22||5x8x11650x||PETITE DIABLESSE||M||6||Greg Eurell||78|
|23||x14125277x||SCARLET BILLOWS||M||5||Darren Weir||86|
|24||01196550×8||SNIPPETEE BEE||M||6||Patrick Payne||83|
|25||8x544154x6||SOOSA RAMA||M||5||Colin Little||79|
|26||14524x044x||SULTRY FEELING||M||4||Bart & James Cummings||78|
|27||1x2538x1||VEZALAY||M||4||Leon & Troy Corstens||81|
|28||387091400x||VIBRANT ROUGE||M||7||Anthony Sexton||90|