Hazard Heads 2015 How Now Stakes Nominations

Lee & Anthony Freedman’s class mare Hazard is the headline nomination for the How Now Stakes 2015 running at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday in Melbourne.


Hazard is one of the headlining mares nominated for Saturday’s 2015 How Now Stakes at Caulfield. Photo: Daniel Costello.

A lead-up to later Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival features including the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, this year’s How Now is registered as the $150,000 Group 3 William Hill Sprint Series Heat 2 Stakes (1200m).

There are a bumper 24 early entries for the set weights plus penalties sprint for the older mares, including Flying Spur six-year-old Hazard who comes off a first-up second in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) at the same track and distance from August 29.

Before that during the winter she won three on the trot including the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) at Doomben before a midfield finish in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at the Gold Coast.

She has a solid Caulfield record heading into Saturday of three wins and two seconds from nine previous runs at the track and is joined in the entries by her four-year-old stablemate Matilija.

The other highest rated mares in the mix are the David Brideoake-trained Griante and Miss Promiscuity for David Hayes & Tom Dabernig.

Griante, third to Lucky Hussler in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley back in late March, improved on two failed ninths including in the Cockram Stakes before a third to Fell Swoop in a Listed Moonee Valley race on September 5.

Miss Promiscuity comes via a different lead-up, the Magnus mare having won Caulfield’s Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) back in early July before a brave third to Bounding in the Group 3 The Heath 1100 (1100m) late last month.

Hayes & Dabernig have a total of three nominations with Miss Promiscuity joined by stablemates Girl Guide and Wawail.

Churchill Downs six-year-old Girl Guide defends her How Now Stakes title if accepted having won the race last spring narrowly, but hasn’t won again since.

Her return was an eighth in the Cockram, still only beaten under two lengths in the traditional How Now Stakes lead-up.

Wawail is a four-year-old daughter of Lonhro who won the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) at Flemington in mid-March and who hasn’t raced since a ninth in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide in early May when beaten two and a half lengths by the winner Miracles Of Life.

Other notable first-up hopes include Group 2 Queen Of The South winner on Robert Sangster Day Atlantic Dream, Robert Sangster fourth placed grey Miss Steele and local Sebring four-year-old Tahini Dancer.

Boasting a fitness edge and coming off nice lead-up runs meanwhile are the likes of Lesley’s Choice who won back-to-back Doomben races in August and Cockram Stakes third placegetter Vezalay who ran sixth when beaten only three quarters of a length last weekend in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.

Check out the full How Now Stakes 2015 nominations below, the final field and barriers out on Wednesday morning.

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2015 How Now Stakes Nominations

Caulfield Racecourse – 19/09/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 0x171117x2 HAZARD M 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 1 58kg 101
2 353x11250x SABATINI M 4 Lee & Shannon Hope 2 58kg 94
3 x11x13139x WAWAIL M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 3 58kg 94
4 12124x621x ATLANTIS DREAM (NZ) M 7 Darren Weir 4 58kg 96
5 0x4132x993 GRIANTE M 5 David Brideoake 5 57kg 101
6 1x3x16000x POLITENESS M 5 Robert Smerdon 6 57kg 99
7 226x7820x8 GIRL GUIDE M 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 7 57kg 96
8 377×122813 MISS PROMISCUITY M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 8 57kg 100
9 12121145×6 TYCOON TARA M 5 Symon Wilde 9 57kg 98
10 x3845x344x MISS STEELE M 5 Michael Kent 10 57kg 88
11 277189×080 WRITTEN DASH M 4 Danny Curran 11 57kg 76
12 50×3427115 JESSY BELLE M 5 Luke Oliver 12 55kg 90
13 42532x40x5 DANESTROEM M 6 Michael Kent 13 55kg 81
14 253345×702 BEACH FRONT M 6 Brent Stanley 14 55kg 82
15 33240×1311 LESLEY’S CHOICE M 5 Toby Edmonds 15 55kg 87
16 14125277×0 SCARLET BILLOWS M 5 Darren Weir 16 55kg 85
17 20×3127115 FORGERESS M 6 Quinton Scott 17 55kg 81
18 x544154x60 SOOSA RAMA M 5 Colin Little 18 55kg 78
19 2526x7574x TAHNI DANCER M 4 Clinton McDonald 19 55kg 75
20 1x2538x136 VEZALAY M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 20 55kg 88
21 1x1330x MATILIJA M 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 21 55kg 76
22 x440241535 I’M A FLYING STAR M 4 Mark Riley 22 55kg 70
23 1x120x1 AZKADELLIA (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher 23 55kg 73
24 3×1 SATYA M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 24 55kg 65


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