Chris Waller’s classy Group 1 winning mare Royal Descent is the top-rated George Main Stakes 2015 nomination for this Saturday’s feature race at Randwick Racecourse.
Waller prepared three of the first four over the line in last year’s race with Sacred Falls (2014) beating home stablemate Royal Descent for the win while Hawkspur crossed four fourth.
This weekend last year’s runner-up Royal Descent is back looking to go one better in the $500,000 Group 1 Colgate Optic White George Main Stakes (1600m), nominations for which have been extended until 11am on Tuesday morning.
There are currently 14 gallopers entered for the weight-for-age feature, four of which come from last year’s winning stable.
Waller, who also won the 2012 George Main Stakes with Shoot Out, has his recent Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) winning Redoute’s Choice mare Royal Descent joined by three stablemates.
His other nominees this spring are six-year-old European import Flamingo Star, veteran eight-year-old Moriarty and Doncaster Mile winner Teofilo stallion Kermadec who ran second in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) on September 5.
The Chelmsford Stakes produced last year’s George Main Stakes winner with Sacred Falls running fourth as the beaten favourite in the Group 2 lead-up before his improved run from barrier one in the Group 1 with Zac Purton in the saddle.
Along with runner-up Kermadec other Chelmsford Stakes runners nominated for a George Main back-up this weekend are the aforementioned Royal Descent (3rd) and the Gai Waterhouse-trained French import Pornichet (6th).
Vespone stallion Pornichet won the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in Brisbane back in May before a first-up second in the Warwick Stakes and then the Chelmsford sixth on a Soft Randwick track.
There are two last start winners in the mix this season, the last horse to win the George Main on the back of a last start victory being Sincero (2011).
Looking to possibly be the next are the John Thompson-trained Hooked and Magic Hurricane representing Godolphin.
Casino Prince five-year-old Hooked won the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) first up a fortnight ago by half a length from the outside barrier (14 of 14) while John O’Shea’s imported six-year-old Magic Hurricane beat home subsequent Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes winner Silverball in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) at Rosehill on August 29.
O’Shea also has Reset four-year-old Hauraki, Dynaformer gelding It’s Somewhat and Randwick Guineas runner-up Sweynesse nominated for the George Main this weekend on the back of unplaced Tramway Stakes runs.
Other notable George Main Stakes entries for Saturday’s Sydney major include Melbourne visitor Kenjorwood last seen running fourth to The Cleaner in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley and last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist.
See below for the current George Main Stakes 2015 nominations then head to Ladbrokes.com.au to open an account ahead of the weekend for the guaranteed hottest spring racing markets!
2015 George Main Stakes Nominations
Randwick Racecourse – 19/09/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||41411x82x0||FLAMINGO STAR (GER)||H||6||Chris Waller||104|
|3||315x4700x1||HOOKED||H||5||John P Thompson||108|
|4||3350x19x87||IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA)||G||5||John O’Shea||103|
|5||3×33123144||KENJORWOOD||G||6||Peter G Moody||101|
|6||1x43431x52||KERMADEC (NZ)||H||4||Chris Waller||112|
|7||11x6650x55||KIRRAMOSA (NZ)||M||5||John Sargent||103|
|8||30x49376x6||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||M||5||Kris Lees||111|
|9||13955×1431||MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE)||G||6||John O’Shea||95|
|10||1x80429x00||MORIARTY (IRE)||G||8||Chris Waller||107|
|11||x951511x26||PORNICHET (FR)||H||5||Gai Waterhouse||112|
|12||141x6857x0||PROTECTIONIST (GER)||H||6||Kris Lees||114|
|13||20x7433x13||ROYAL DESCENT||M||6||Chris Waller||115|