Former New Zealand-trained three-year-old He’s Our Rokkii is one of the headline Victoria Derby nominated youngsters heading into the Group 1 via a Stutt Stakes 2015 run at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
One of the key support acts on the Moir Stakes Night program, this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Jeep Stutt Stakes (1600m) has drawn 13 early entries the majority of which also hold a nomination for the $1.5 million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on October 31 during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
A promising staying type originally raced in New Zealand who is now trained in Melbourne by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig, Roc De Cambes gelding He’s Our Rokkii is Group 1 performed back in NZ when fourth in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce (1400m) back in March.
He broke his maiden status on debut down under at Benalla on September 15 and goes back up in class for his first Australian Group assignment in the Stutt Stakes.
He’s Our Rokkii pays around $15 in the futures Victoria Derby odds for the staying showdown later this season with the shortest priced of the early Derby hopes among the Stutt Stakes nominations being the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Ragnaar.
A lightly raced son of the same sire (Roc De Cambes), Ragnaar also kicked off his career in New Zealand with two top three runs before enjoying his first win at Bendigo over 1400m on September 17.
The other best fancied early Victoria Derby entries in the Stutt Stakes mix this season include the Michael Moroney-trained High Chaparral colt Tivaci, Stuart Webb’s consistent Excellent Art colt Get The Picture and Polish Tiger coming off a 1400m win at Sale from September 24.
Other notable Stutt Stakes hopes in 205 include the Peter Moody-trained Admirabeel who won on debut at Cranbourne in mid-September, Moroney’s other hopeful in Fastnet Rock gelding Loyalty Man and Overstay who won over the Bendigo mile by a notable two and three-quarter length margin on September 17.
Check out the full Stutt Stakes 2015 nominations below, the final field and barriers due out on Wednesday so stay tuned.
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2015 Stutt Stakes Nominations
Moonee Valley Racecourse – 02/10/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trianer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||1||ADMIRABEEL (NZ)||G||3||Peter G Moody||63|
|2||0x78||BATTLE ZONE (NZ)||C||3||Michael Moroney||55|
|3||221||GET THE PICTURE||C||3||Stuart Webb||62|
|5||324×1||HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ)||G||3||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||65|
|6||23||LOYALTY MAN||G||3||Michael Moroney||60|
|8||8×281||OVERSTAY||F||3||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||63|
|9||8x5x413244||PATCH ADAMS||C||3||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||66|
|10||5521||POLISH TIGER||G||3||John Sadler||63|
|11||23×1||RAGNAAR (NZ)||G||3||Lee & Anthony Freedman||64|
|12||17||SOVEREIGN NATION||C||3||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||63|