Darren Weir’s last start Group 3 winner Scarlet Billows is one of the headline nominations for the Summoned Stakes 2015 at Sandown Hillside this weekend for Zipping Classic Day.
A mares’ only set weights plus penalties race, this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Le Pine Funerals Summoned Stakes (1500m) features 27 early entries.
Last year’s Summoned Stakes winner was Politeness who won the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) this spring two back before her fast-finishing second to Turn Me Loose in last weekend’s Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) back at Flemington.
Hoping to uncover another future Group 1 winner in the race this season is Melbourne Cup winning horseman Weir who has two nominees including Street Boss five-year-old Scarlet Billows.
She comes off a Group 3 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m) win at Flemington last Tuesday at the same meeting her Ballarat-based trainer took out the ‘race that stops a nation’ with 101/1 shot Prince Of Penzance winning the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).
Scarlet Billows has had one previous run at Sandown Hillside for a third over 1400m back in April last year.
Weir’s other entry is fellow last start winner Felicienne, the Al Maher four-year-old taking out a Benchmark 64 at Ballarat the day before the Melbourne Cup.
Third to Weir’s winner in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes on November 3 was the Chris Waller-trained Redoute’s Choice seven-year-old She’s Clean who is also nominated for Saturday’s rematch.
She was beaten over four lengths and shoots for her first win since taking out Newcastle’s Group 3 Tibbie Stakes (1400m) back in September.
Waller has a total of three Summoned Stakes entries with She’s Clean joined in the possible line-up by stablemates Ballet Suite and Telepathic.
High Chaparral four-year-old Ballet Suite could run in the Eclipse Stakes instead and comes off a Group 3 Tesio Stakes (1600m) fourth from Cox Plate Day while Mossman mare Telepathic was runner-up at Rosehill over 1500m carrying 60.5kg last time out.
Along with Scarlett Billows a host of last start winning mares are nominated for the Summoned Stakes including Tycoon Tara, the in-form Andrassy shooting for her third on the trot and Anfitriona.
Peter Moody prepares Host mare Anfitriona who won over the mile at Moonee Valley on October 30 and who is a triple nominee for Saturday also holding entries for the Sandown Stakes and Eclipse Stakes.
Also coming into the Summoned on the back of nice lead-up form are the likes of Gwenda Johnstone’s Melbourne Cup Day runner-up to Zarzali Precious Gem, Geelong’s Listed Black Pearl Stakes third placed four-year-old Mossbeat and Group 3 G.H. Mumm Stakes fourth placegetter in the wet on Crown Oaks Day Matilija.
Casino Dancer also holds an Eclipse Stakes entry and comes off a short back-up having crossed third to Lucia Valentina in last Saturday’s Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m), while Brett Scott’s recent Tesio Stakes winner Coronation Shallan also ran that day when seventh in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) in elite level company.
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2015 Summoned Stakes Nominations
Sandown Racecourse – 14/11/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|2||460600×321||ANFITRIONA||M||5||Peter G Moody||78|
|3||14817×5504||BALLET SUITE||M||4||Chris Waller||86|
|4||10×8905357||BET YOU SHE ROCKS||M||6||Matt Laurie||72|
|5||7522505133||CASINO DANCER||M||5||Mike Van Gestel||95|
|6||62313×4317||CORONATION SHALLAN||M||6||Brett Scott||95|
|7||51783×2783||COUP DE BEEL (NZ)||M||5||Matt Laurie||65|
|9||411x4x5905||HOLY COW||M||5||Michael Kent||70|
|10||16204×1129||INTO THE MIST||M||4||Tony McEvoy||77|
|12||x121041803||LILLY DAZZLER||M||5||Monica Croston||79|
|13||x1330x3754||MATILIJA||M||4||Lee & Anthony Freedman||80|
|15||1x85531x89||MINNIE DOWNS||M||7||Brian Cox||88|
|17||1606416765||NO TRICKS (NZ)||M||4||Wayne Walters||89|
|18||7540×42602||PRECIOUS GEM||M||6||Gwenda Johnstone||88|
|19||314100×014||QUICKSILVER LASS||M||7||Tony Noonan||79|
|20||2121469×21||SAMERTHA HEIGHTS||M||5||Trent Pennuto||68|
|21||5277×00451||SCARLET BILLOWS||M||5||Darren Weir||97|
|22||620×004368||SENTFROMTHESTARS||M||5||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||72|
|23||241x54x153||SHE’S CLEAN||M||7||Chris Waller||100|
|25||x7574x0840||TAHNI DANCER||M||4||Clinton McDonald||75|
|26||5x14304x32||TELEPATHIC (NZ)||M||5||Chris Waller||88|
|27||1145×60771||TYCOON TARA||M||5||Symon Wilde||100|