2015 Craven Plate Nominations Feature Royal Descent

Group 1 winning mare Royal Descent is the top rated Craven Plate 2015 nomination taken for the Epsom Handicap Day showdown in Sydney on Saturday, but is more likely to head to Melbourne on Sunday on way to the Caulfield Cup.

Royal Descent (outside)

Royal Descent (outside) is unlikely to accept for the Craven Plate in Sydney with Sunday’s 2015 Turnbull Stakes the preferred option for Waller’s Group 1 winning mare. Photo: Steve Hart.

The six-year-old daughter of Redoute’s Choice took out the Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) in Sydney as a filly back in 2013 and didn’t win again until her successful first-up effort this season in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) on August 22.

She has run in the money twice since including her brave second to stablemate Kermadec in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) over the Randwick mile.

Now her trainer Chris Waller is weighing up his options with the $2.6 million earner, Sydney’s premier horseman throwing in a nomination for the weight-for-age $125,000 Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) that he won last year with Moriarty (2014).

He is leaning towards sending her to Melbourne for the feature race a day later however, Royal Descent to take part in the $500,000 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) ahead of an October 17 run in the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) that she pays $41 through Ladbrokes.com.au to win.

Along with Royal Descent, Waller has a bumper 10 other Craven Plate nominees this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

Many are unlikely accepted with the Sydney Group 1 races and trips to Melbourne calling including his Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) winning Zabeel four-year-old Preferment who is also Turnbull Stakes bound and Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) accepted Silverball.

Aside from the Waller contingent the other highest rated Craven Plate entry this season is the John O’Shea-trained Complacent.

Runner-up in the 2013 Victoria Derby before spending over a year on the sidelines, the now five-year-old Authorized stallion has had three runs this preparation including an upset win as a 31/1 shot in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on September 5.

His latest run was a third to Preferment in the Hill Stakes when beaten only a length, the Godolphin galloper rated a $26 chance in the all-in Caulfield Cup odds and $34 for the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) a week later at Moonee Valley that is also still on the cards.

O’Shea also has Hauraki nominated for the Craven Plate, the four-year-old son of Reset looking to return to his three-year-old form from the autumn when runner-up in the Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m).

Other noteworthy Craven Plate nominees include Robert Hickmott’s last start Morphettville winner over 1800m Amralah and the James Cummings-trained improving Medaglia D’Oro four-year-old Ruling Dynasty in his first black-type test since an ATC Derby sixth back in April.

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2015 Craven Plate Nominations

Randwick Racecourse – 03/10/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 0x7433x132 ROYAL DESCENT M 6 Chris Waller 1 57kg 115
2 221112×013 COMPLACENT H 5 John O’Shea 2= 59kg 109
3 03x5442x75 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 2= 59kg 109
4 21x0628x01 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 2= 58kg 109
5 800530×484 BEATEN UP (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 5= 59kg 107
6 x80429x007 MORIARTY (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 5= 59kg 107
7 311x6x0x00 GALLANTE (IRE) H 5 Robert Hickmott 7= 59kg 106
8 x889431x07 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 7= 59kg 106
9 160x82Px00 OPINION (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 7= 59kg 106
10 30082×2490 WEARY (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 7= 59kg 106
11 36211x0x01 AMRALAH (IRE) H 6 Robert Hickmott 11 59kg 105
12 698464×790 FORETELLER (GB) G 9 Chris Waller 12= 59kg 104
13 1x03336x98 I’M IMPOSING (GB) G 10 Chris Waller 12= 59kg 104
14 x21141x621 SILVERBALL (FR) G 7 Chris Waller 12= 59kg 104
15 14x2614x24 ECUADOR (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 15= 59kg 103
16 1x6650x555 KIRRAMOSA (NZ) M 5 John Sargent 15= 57kg 103
17 1x60212x07 HAURAKI G 4 John O’Shea 17 58kg 96
18 6x12212x08 SENSE OF OCCASION G 5 Joseph Pride 18 59kg 95
19 2x96834x70 CELTIC PRINCE (NZ) H 6 Bjorn Baker 19 59kg 93
20 2x0535x868 THUNDER LADY (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 20 56kg 91
21 4612156×21 RULING DYNASTY H 4 James Cummings 21 58kg 81


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