Hazard Heads 2015 Blazer Stakes Nominations

The Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Hazard is the top rated mare nominated for the Blazer Stakes 2015 on Turnbull Stakes Day at Flemington Racecourse this Sunday over a bumper long weekend of racing.


Hazard is the highest rated mare in the mix for Sunday’s 2015 Turnbull Stakes in Melbourne. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The ninth race on a massive line-up in Melbourne, this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) attracted a total of 19 nominations on Monday including Flying Spur six-year-old Hazard.

Hazard hasn’t won a race since early June in Brisbane when beating home the super-consistent Catkins in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m).

This time in she has had two runs at Caulfield for a Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) second and then a mid-field finish when still only beaten one and a half lengths when running seventh to Politeness in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) on September 19.

Hazard, like the majority of the Blazer Stakes entries this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, has an eye on a run back at the track over the mile on Victoria Derby Day (October 31) in the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m).

Team Freedman have also nominated for Lucky Lago who won at Sandown-Lakeside two back before a disappointing dead last when 13th in a BM90 for mares over 1400m a fortnight back.

Winner of that race at Caulfield was the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained daughter of Snitzel Kayjay’s Joy who is also nominated for the Blazer Stakes where she’ll shoot for her third win in four starts at her maiden Flemington start if accepted.

The other Hayes & Dabernig-trained Blazer Stakes entry this year is Girl Guide, the six-year-old out to atone for two eighth place runs in the Cockram and How Now Stakes when beaten under two lengths both times.

Along with Kayjay’s Joy the other last start winners nominated for the Blazer this weekend are the returning Brian Cox-trained Minnie Downs who won the Swan Hill Cup over the mile from a wide barrier last time out and the Colin & Cindy Alderson-trained four-year-old Manageress who saluted over 2000m at Flemington on August 8 by two lengths.

Other mares coming off nice lead-up form include How Now Stakes third placegetter Jessy Belle prepared by Caulfield’s Luke Oliver, the Michael Kent-trained Danestroem who ran second to Kayjay’s Joy defeated only a neck on September 19, the Ciaron Maher-trained improver Azkadellia and the Darren Weir-trained veteran seven-year-old Atlantis Dream.

Winner of the Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m) in Adelaide back in the winter, Atlantis Dream returned to run fifth in the How Now Stakes crossing just a length off the winner when carrying 58kg, a kilo more than her Blazer Stakes weight this weekend.

See below for the full Blazer Stakes 2015 nominations and weights, the final field and barriers out on Wednesday so stay tuned.

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2015 Blazer Stakes Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 04/10/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x171117x27 HAZARD M 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 1 58kg 101
2 2111x14x10 MADAM GANGSTER M 5 Lee & Shannon Hope 2 58kg 100
3 2121145×60 TYCOON TARA M 5 Symon Wilde 3 58kg 98
4 26x7820x88 GIRL GUIDE M 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 4 57kg 96
5 2124x621x5 ATLANTIS DREAM (NZ) M 7 Darren Weir 5 57kg 96
6 652x42556x GIRL IN FLIGHT M 5 Robbie Griffiths 6 55.5kg 94
7 0x34271153 JESSY BELLE M 5 Luke Oliver 7 55kg 90
8 901x85531x MINNIE DOWNS M 7 Brian Cox 8 55kg 88
9 2532x40x52 DANESTROEM M 6 Michael Kent 9 55kg 81
10 8652436×10 LUCKY LAGO M 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 10 55kg 90
11 10×9483141 MANAGERESS M 4 Colin & Cindy Alderson 11 55kg 77
12 83×1210418 LILLY DAZZLER M 5 Monica Croston 12 55kg 79
13 518549×131 KAYJAY’S JOY M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 13 55kg 81
14 1122×26 SARDAAJ (NZ) M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 14 55kg 82
15 x213164414 LA PASSE M 5 Darren Weir 15 55kg 75
16 1x120x12 AZKADELLIA (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher 16 55kg 73
17 10×0628310 AMARELA (NZ) M 4 Nigel Blackiston 17 55kg 68
18 270x3348x3 CATHY’S MARK M 4 Nigel Blackiston 18 55kg 66
19 3×16 SATYA M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 19 55kg 70


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