A host of promising Sydney Spring Racing Carnival staying types are nominated to face off at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday in the Colin Stephen Quality 2015 on Golden Pendant Day.
Nominations for this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality Handicap (2400m) over the mile and a half have been extended until 11am (AEST) on Tuesday with just 12 early entries taken for the feature.
Of those a number are nominated also for the $750,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) over the same distance at Royal Randwick on October 3 including Bohemian Lily who is the shortest priced in the futures Metropolitan odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
The last The Metropolitan winner to come out of the Colin Stephen Quality was fifth-placed Herculian Prince (2010) for Gai Waterhouse five years ago.
Bohemian Lily is another Waterhouse-trained Metropolitan hope, the four-year-old daughter of O’Reilly paying $26 in the all-in odds for next month’s Group 1.
Winner of the Group 2 The Roses (2020m) at Doomben back in May she comes off two unplaced runs she is out to atone for including her ninth last Saturday to Spring Cups hope Preferment in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) when only beaten two lengths.
Waterhouse also has King Kinshasa, a $34 hope for The Metropolitan 2015, nominated for the Colin
Stephenson this weekend.
The imported Pivotal five-year-old has had two official runs down under for an impressive two and a half length first-up win at Hawkesbury over 1800m in late August and then a brave fourth when beaten under a length by Silverball in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill, where he returns on Saturday, from September 12.
There is just one last start winner nominated for the Colin Stephen Quality at this stage with the David Vandyke-trained Emerald City.
A five-year-old son of Bernardini, Emerald City has won his past two on the trot including a narrow victory from late last month over the same track and distance as this weekend when saluting over 2400m at Rosehill Gardens.
Also The Metropolitan-bound and coming via the Colin Stephen are the likes of Robert Hickmott’s Montjeu stallion Gallante who has Group 1 winning form over 2400m in Paris but is yet to run a place in three starts down under and Kingdoms.
Gallante has been well beaten in all his runs over unsuitably short distances in Australia including a Hill Stakes 10th from last weekend but his form is set to improve on further ground.
Kingdoms is prepared by Brian Smith, the High Chaparral six-year-old also boasting winning form up to 2400m.
Fifth last time out in the Kingston Town Stakes when beaten only one and a half lengths, Kingdoms was third to Opinion in The Metropolitan last year and is heading to the same Group 1 target this spring for his Brisbane-based trainer.
Other notable hopes for this weekend include the Kris Lees-trained Oriental Lady who ran fourth to Beyond Thankful in the Newcastle Gold Cup last Friday and third past the post in the same Group 3 over 2300m Rio Perdido also prepared by Broadmeadow’s Lees.
Check out the latest Colin Stephen Quality Handicap 2015 nominations below, the final field and barriers out on Wednesday.
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2015 Colin Stephen Quality Handicap Nominations
Rosehill Racecourse – 26/09/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||03×42111||AMELIE’S STAR||M||4||Peter G Moody||75|
|2||54x2121x69||BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ)||M||4||Gai Waterhouse||86|
|3||0755×99600||DISCLAIMER (GB)||G||6||Peter & Paul Snowden||90|
|4||2x530x4311||EMERALD CITY||G||5||David Vandyke||77|
|5||311x6x0x00||GALLANTE (IRE)||H||5||Robert Hickmott||106|
|6||4117x28x14||KING KINSHASA (GB)||G||5||Gai Waterhouse||88|
|7||x125236x35||KINGDOMS (NZ)||G||6||Brian Smith||98|
|8||235748×764||ORIENTAL LADY (GER)||M||6||Kris Lees||87|
|10||2611×80373||RIO PERDIDO (FR)||G||7||Kris Lees||85|
|12||x078160x00||TREMEC (NZ)||G||7||John P Thompson||97|