2015 Concorde Stakes Nominations Feature Ball Of Muscle

Joe Pride’s returning Group 2 winner Ball Of Muscle is one of the headline nominations taken for the Concorde Stakes 2015 in Sydney this weekend at Randwick Racecourse.

Ball Of Muscle

Ball Of Muscle is nominated to return at Randwick in the 2015 Concorde Stakes this Saturday in Sydney. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The consistent Dubawi five-year-old is yet to finish out of the money in 13 starts boasting eight wins, four seconds and a third including his last start victory at Doomben on May 30 in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1200m) during the winter.

A winner of both of his previous Randwick starts, Ball Of Muscle is one of 14 nominations taken for the $125,000 Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) on Chelmsford Stakes Day, entries for which have been extended until 11am on Tuesday morning.

Pride has also entered his fellow five-year-old gelding Craftiness, the son of Starcraft out to atone for a dead last at Rosehill last time out when extended out to 1350m.

A genuine sprinter who is yet to win over further than 1100m, Craftiness also boasts an imposing Win / Place rate with six wins and two seconds from nine starts including three form four over the Concorde distance of 1000m.

Pride’s two ran one-two in a recent trial at Warwick Farm last Friday and both look genuine hopes this weekend first-up.

The trainer saddled-up his multiple Group 1 placegetter Rain Affair in the race last year where he ran third behind Wouldn’t It Be Nice.

Along with Ball Of Muscle other last start winners nominated for the Concorde on Saturday include the Clarry Conners-trained veteran Decision Time coming off a victory in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) from August 22, the in-form four-year-old Fell Swoop who has won his past two on the trot in easier company and Shiraz.

Prepared by Tony McEvoy at Hawkesbury, six-year-old Zariz has won his past three on the trot, the latest of which was at Flemington at the start of August in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m).

Chris Waller, who dominates the Chelmsford Stakes entries on the card with a dozen nominations, meanwhile has just the one hope for the Concorde in Heart Testa.

The six-year-old shoots for his first win since the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) at the track over Driefontein in mid-February and comes off a nice first-up fourth when beaten only half a length in the Show Country a fortnight ago.

Likely next-up options for the Concorde Stakes runners after Saturday include the $200,000 Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) and the $200,000 Group 2 Premiere’s Stakes (1200m) both run back at Randwick on September 19 and October 3 respectively.

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2015 Concorde Stakes Nominations

Randwick Racecourse – 05/09/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 654825067x AERONAUTICAL G 7 David Payne 95
2 311x35983x ATMOSPHERICAL M 5 David Pfieffer 99
3 x1121x221x BALL OF MUSCLE G 5 Joseph Pride 103
4 x2111x120x CRAFTINESS G 5 Joseph Pride 95
5 7×00906641 DECISION TIME G 8 Clarry Conners 97
6 2x1111x411 FELL SWOOP G 4 Matthew Dale 84
7 93x0x9289x HAPPY GALAXY H 6 Gary Moore 90
8 6210x9050x HAVANA G 5 Paul Messara 85
9 31046150×4 HEART TESTA G 6 Chris Waller 101
10 x5229x666x I’M ALL THE TALK H 5 Gary Portelli 95
11 x41215x111 SHIRAZ G 6 Tony McEvoy 100
12 x321114x4x SKIP COURSE G 5 Donna Grisedale 70
13 63x221175x UNANIMOUSLY G 8 Matthew Dale 99
14 x003158388 WOULDNT IT BE NICE G 5 Paul Perry 95


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