The Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained TJ Smith Stakes winner Chautauqua is the headline nomination for the McEwen Stakes 2015 at Moonee Valley Racecourse this weekend.
The key support race on the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes Day program, this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Mitty’s McEwen Stakes (1000m) has attracted a bumper 22 nominations.
A weight-for-age sprint for short distance specialists tracking towards the better Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival 1200m classics like the $1 million Group 1 Darley Classic at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day, the McEwen Stakes features a class line-up this season.
Sitting top of the entries, five-year-old Encosta De Lago stallion Chautauqua won the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) in Sydney back in April during a magic run that ended with a third to Dissident in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) a fortnight later.
Runner-up to Terravista in last year’s Darley Classic during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Chautauqua also boasts an imposing first-up record of three wins and a second from four runs when resuming that he’ll look to add to this weekend in the McEwen.
Hawkes Racing have also nominated for young Headwater, one of only three three-year-olds in the mix.
Lightly raced with five runs for two wins on his record, the Exceed And Excel colt was fifth to Vancouver in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) during the autumn and is looking to improve on a first-up seventh to Japonisme in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) from mid-August.
The other three-year-olds nominated to take on the older sprinters in the McEwen are the John O’Shea-trained Furnaces who won the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) at Randwick last start and Wez Hunter’s Beneteau filly Parcel.
Along with Chautauqua other notable gallopers returning in the McEwen Stakes include Peter Moody’s Group 1 The Goodwood winning six-year-old Flamberge and Kuro who is now prepared in Melbourne by Lee & Anthony Freedman.
Under former trainer Joe Pride Denman stallion Kuro, now four, won six of his 13 starts and was last seen running a close third when beaten under half a length by stablemate Ball Of Muscle in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1200m) in Brisbane in late May.
Kuro is scheduled for a track gallop on Tuesday morning and his performance there will determine whether his Hall of Fame co-trainer Lee Freedman decides to kick him off in the McEwen Stakes this Saturday.
Other noteworthy McEwen Stakes entries include Michael Kent’s Sebring four-year-old Supido who has won two of his four starts so far, Robert Sangster Stakes fourth placed mare Miss Steele who is a three time winner at Moonee Valley and the Mick Price-trained Le Bonsir.
An eight-year-old son of Choisir, Le Bonsir ran third at Flemington two back when beaten just three quarters of a length by winner Shiraz in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) before taking out the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on August 22.
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2015 McEwen Stakes Nominations
Moonee Valley Racecourse – 05/09/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x112x1213x||CHAUTAUQUA||H||5||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||114|
|2||7643x2301x||FLAMBERGE||G||6||Peter G Moody||109|
|4||16x3x19x||GOLD RORY||G||6||Mark Riley||72|
|5||650x2326x7||GREGERS||M||5||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||103|
|7||1135×7||HEADWATER||C||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||85|
|8||x5229x666x||I’M ALL THE TALK||H||5||Gary Portelli||95|
|9||671217490x||IT IS WRITTEN||G||7||Robbie Griffiths||101|
|11||113x32813x||KURO (NZ)||H||4||Lee & Anthony Freedman||101|
|12||276x520x31||LE BONSIR||G||8||Mick Price||96|
|13||32212x167x||LUCKY HUSSLER||G||6||Darren Weir||109|
|14||x3845x344x||MISS STEELE||M||5||Michael Kent||88|
|16||1140x||SISTONIC||M||4||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||70|
|18||1113163×68||SWEET EMILY||M||5||Phil Sweeney||82|
|19||x21631166x||THE QUARTERBACK||G||5||Robbie Griffiths||93|
|20||x12121145x||TYCOON TARA||M||5||Symon Wilde||98|
|22||1277189×08||WRITTEN DASH||M||4||Danny Curran||76|