Chris Waller’s progressive grey import Silverball is the top rated nominee for the Kingston Town Stakes 2015 running at Sydney’s Rosehill Racecourse on Golden Rose Day this Saturday.
The Kahyasi seven-year-old, winner of the Listed Lord Mayors Cup (2000m) at Rosehill back in May, was last seen crossing a close second when just nosed out of the win by Magic Hurricane in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) at the same track on August 29.
Now the gelding is one of a dozen early entries for the $125,000 Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m), nominations for which are extended until 11am (AEST) on Tuesday morning.
In the original 12 nominations Waller also has his former Queensland Derby winning Purrealist gelding Hawkspur in the mix, the now six-year-old having run a disappointing 11th in both his other runs this spring.
Waller won last year’s Kingston Town Stakes with He’s Your Man (2014) who backed up to win the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick.
This year’s Epsom Handicap is worth an increased $1 million in prize money running on October 3 and could be on the agenda for the better Kingston Town Stakes performers this weekend.
Along with Waller’s duo the other highly rated Kingston Town Stakes nominees this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival include the John Sargent-trained Gust Of Wind and Brigantin.
Winner of the Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) back in April at Randwick, Sargent’s four-year-old Darci Brahma mare Gust Of Wind ran first-up in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) on August 22 but could only manage to finish four lengths away ninth behind Royal Descent.
She is yet to race at Rosehill but the step up in distance this weekend will suit if she’s accepted.
Jim Litt’s veteran nine-year-old Cozzene stallion Brigantin is also looking to improve on a first-up run when dead last, crossing 12 lengths away seventh in the Premier’s Cup.
Hopefuls coming off better lead-up form include the three last start winners in the mix, one of which is the Gai Waterhouse-trained import King Kinshasa.
The former European stayer has had just the one run down under when debuting for Waterhouse at Hawkesbury late last month winning over 1800m by an easy two and a half lengths.
Also coming off winning form are David Vandyke’s Medicean five-year-old Maurus who saluted over 1900m with a gutsy win over Zee Zeely carrying 60.5kg on September 2 and the flying Skyline Blush.
Prepared by the late great Bart Cummings’ son Anthony, nicely-bred Northern Meteor mare Skyline Blush has won her past three starts in Sydney, the latest of which was over the Wyong mile on August 30 by two and a quarter lengths.
Also nominated for a short back-up after running at Wyong last Friday is the John O’Shea-trained Havana Cooler, the Hurricane Run six-year-old running a disappointing last when 13th to Beyond Thankful as a $2.80 top fancy in betting for the Listed Wyong Cup (2080m).
The Kingston Town Stakes 2015 field and barriers are out on Wednesday and will be published right here at Races.com.au so stay tuned.
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2015 Kingston Town Stakes Nominations
Rosehill Racecourse – 12/09/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||664x0726x7||BRIGANTIN (USA)||H||9||Jim Litt||99|
|2||11x245x0x8||DOUMARAN (FR)||G||5||Robert Hickmott||84|
|3||5x12x009x8||FOUNDRY (IRE)||G||6||Robert Hickmott||99|
|4||4x1141x9||GUST OF WIND (NZ)||M||4||John Sargent||100|
|5||33x362Lx60||HAVANA COOLER (IRE)||G||6||John O’Shea||85|
|7||44117x28x1||KING KINSHASA (GB)||G||5||Gai Waterhouse||80|
|8||7x125236x3||KINGDOMS (NZ)||G||6||Brian Smith||98|
|9||14x21221x1||MAURUS (GB)||G||5||David Vandyke||82|
|10||0x21141x62||SILVERBALL (FR)||G||7||Chris Waller||101|
|11||38×1413111||SKYLINE BLUSH||M||4||Anthony Cummings||80|
|12||12x0535x86||THUNDER LADY (NZ)||M||4||John Sargent||93|