The Gwenda Johnstone-trained Precious Gem is one of the headline Stocks Stakes 2015 nominations taken for the mares’ feature at Moonee Valley under the lights on Friday night.
One of four black-types on the Moir Stakes Night program, nominations for this year’s $200,000 Group 2 StrathAyr Track Stocks Stakes (1600m) are extended until 10am (AEST) on Tuesday after 13 early entries were taken for the mile weight-for-age showdown.
Last year’s Stocks Stakes winner Dear Demi (2014) came off a second in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington three weeks earlier, and that’s the same lead-up form of Enconsul six-year-old Precious Gem for Echuca trainer Johnstone.
Beaten only a quarter length by Chris Waller’s Let’s Elope winner Amicus, on Saturday Precious Gem shoots for her first win since November last year and her maiden black-type victory over her career that will hit 27 runs if she lines-up on the weekend.
Also coming off a good Let’s Elope run this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is third placed May’s Dream for Darren Weir.
It has also been a long time between drinks for the New Approach five-year-old whose last victory was the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) in Adelaide in April of 2014.
Her form this time in has been good and before the Let’s Elope she was beaten under a length by Madam Gangster in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m).
The Wangoom-based Weir has also nominated for Lady Cumquat who was dead last when 16th in the Let’s Elope and out to atone this weekend.
Coming off better lead-up runs into the Stocks Stakes are the likes of Sardaaj for Team Hawkes who ran second in her first Moonee Valley assignment two back behind subsequent Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) winner Churchill Dancer, the recent Ciaron Maher-trained Ballarat winner Azkadellia and Kayjay’s Joy.
Prepared by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig, five-year-old Snitzel mare Kayjay’s Joy has won five of her 13 starts to date including a Benchmark 90 for mares over the 1400m at Caulfield last time out before her maiden Moonee Valley run this weekend.
Other notable hopes include Group 1 winners Gai Waterhouse-trained Amanpour and Fenway for Lee & Shannon Hope.
A five-year-old daughter of Northern Meteor, Amanpour won the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Randwick back in April but is unplaced in her two runs this time in.
Last Saturday she lined-up in the Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) at Rosehill running sixth to Peeping, Waterhouse hoping she can handle a short turnaround and a change of states for the Stocks Stakes.
Winner of the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill in late March as a three-year-old, the now 4YO High Chaparral mare Fenway was runner-up in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) in May before a failed ninth in the Let’s Elope she’ll be improving on over the extra distance on Saturday.
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2015 Stocks Stakes Nominations
Moonee Valley Racecourse – 02/10/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trianer||Hcp. Rating|
|2||10×0628310||AMARELA (NZ)||M||4||Nigel Blackiston||68|
|3||1x120x12||AZKADELLIA (NZ)||M||4||Ciaron Maher||–|
|4||143x4412x9||FENWAY||M||4||Lee & Shannon Hope||102|
|5||518549×131||KAYJAY’S JOY||M||5||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|6||0x888332x0||LADY CUMQUAT||M||5||Darren Weir||–|
|7||x7348x0x43||MAY’S DREAM||M||5||Darren Weir||101|
|8||4216064167||NO TRICKS (NZ)||M||4||Wayne Walters||90|
|9||1324x113x0||NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB)||M||6||Robert Smerdon||105|
|10||1x57540x42||PRECIOUS GEM||M||6||Gwenda Johnstone||90|
|11||1122×26||SARDAAJ (NZ)||M||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–|
|12||x086x014x0||SCRATCHY BOTTOM||M||5||Michael Kent||90|
|13||04x31532x8||UNGRATEFUL ELLEN||M||4||Robert Smerdon||82|