Exosphere Tops 2015 Premiere Stakes Nominations

The John O’Shea-trained Golden Rose winning three-year-old Exosphere is one of the headline nominations taken for the Premiere Stakes 2015 sprint feature at Randwick Racecourse this weekend in Sydney.


Golden Rose winner Exosphere is a headline 2015 Premiere Stakes nominee for Randwick Racecourse this Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Lonhro colt has a tidy four-from-six record to date and could add to that on Epsom Handicap Day in this year’s $300,000 Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) that has attracted 13 early entries.

Premiere Stakes nominations for the weight-for-age showdown are extended until 11am (AEST) on Tuesday, Exosphere one of just two last start winners among the original nominees.

Along with the flying Exosphere who also won the Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens this time in against his own age, O’Shea has also nominated for Generalife.

The Godolphin-raced six-year-old son of Lonhro was on fire during his autumn – winter campaign that included a Group 3 Rosehill win as well as back-to-back Group 1 thirds in Brisbane in the Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke Handicap both over 1350m.

He won a trial over 1045m at Randwick on September 17 and has won two of his seven previous first-up assignments ahead of his possible clash with star young stablemate Exopshere on the weekend.

The race was won last Sydney Spring Racing Carnival by Famous Seamus (2014) who came off a third in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) and later went to Melbourne for a Manikato Stakes third and Darley Classic sixth.

This year’s The Shorts winner from September 19 at Randwick was the Gary Portelli-trained Rebel Dane who is also nominated for a Premiere Stakes rematch this weekend along with third placegetter Shiraz.

Before his close third when under a length off Rebel Dane in The Shorts, the Tony McEvoy-trained Zariz six-year-old Shiraz won four on the trot including the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington and the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Randwick.

Lightly-raced for his age, the Hawkesbury-based galloper now boasts 10 wins from 16 starts and is undefeated at two previous runs over Saturday’s distance of 1200m.

Also coming off a nice lead-up run is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Group 1 winning Snitzel seven-year-old Hot Snitzel who ran a first-up fourth in The Shorts only a length away from the winner.

Team Snowden also have Flying Spur six-year-old That’s A Good Idea entered for the feature, the gelding last seen running second to the always honest Ball Of Muscle in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1200m) in

Many of the other star Premiere Stakes entries this year are first-up for the season including the Joe Pride-trained duo of Terravista and Tiger Tees.

Both Group 1 winners are also nominated for Friday night’s Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley with a decision pending on what race the stablemates will run in.

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2015 Premiere Stakes Nominations

Randwick Racecourse – 03/10/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trianer Hcp. Rating
1 8740x2497x BRING ME THE MAID M 4 Peter G Moody 100
2 2x207139x6 DELECTATION G 4 Chris Waller 102
3 7x110x11 EXOSPHERE C 3 John O’Shea 105
4 136x5979x5 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) G 7 Noel Mayfield-Smith 108
5 3324x1533x GENERALIFE G 6 John O’Shea 106
6 89x70315x4 HOT SNITZEL G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden 107
7 x3347x60x1 REBEL DANE H 6 Gary Portelli 110
8 1421x827x5 ROCK STURDY H 5 Joseph Pride 102
9 4125277×00 SCARLET BILLOWS M 5 Darren Weir 85
10 1215×11113 SHIRAZ G 6 Tony McEvoy 105
11 x1151x330x TERRAVISTA G 6 Joseph Pride 112
12 278220x12x THAT’S A GOOD IDEA G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 102
13 37x112x80x TIGER TEES (NZ) G 8 Joseph Pride 109


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