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.
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|
|3||x1121x221x||BALL OF MUSCLE||G||5||Joseph Pride||103|
|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|
|9||31046150×4||HEART TESTA||G||6||Chris Waller||101|
|10||x5229x666x||I’M ALL THE TALK||H||5||Gary Portelli||95|
|12||x321114x4x||SKIP COURSE||G||5||Donna Grisedale||70|
|14||x003158388||WOULDNT IT BE NICE||G||5||Paul Perry||95|