John Sadler’s last start Cranbourne Cup winner Digitalism is one of the in-form nominations taken for Saturday’s Eclipse Stakes 2015 at Sandown Racecourse.
A total of 31 horses are entered for this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) on Zipping Classic Day at Sandown Hillside including Fastnet Rock six-year-old Digitalism.
The 38-start veteran has won back-to-back races over just more than 2000m including the Listed Cranbourne Cup (2020m) on October 11.
Last year’s Eclipse Stakes winner Sonntag (2014) came off a Listed Sale Cup (1600m) win, with Digitalism looking to frank the form of a different Cup lead-up this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The best over the line behind Evangelist in this year’s Sale Cup nominated for the Eclipse Stakes on the weekend is the John, Dan & Chris Meagher-trained Brisbane galloper Harada Bay.
The Haradasun six-year-old ran second in the Sale Cup beaten by the barest of margins, but will step out over further than a mile for the first time if he runs over the 1800m in the Eclipse.
Also coming off a win are the likes of Peter Moody’s Host mare Anfitriona who is also nominated for both the Summoned Stakes and Sandown Stakes at the meeting, Subzero Challenge hero on Crown Oaks Day Slate On Edge and last start Kyneton Cup winner Tristram’s Sun.
Along with the Robbie Laing-trained Tristram’s Sun other seven-year-olds in the Eclipse Stakes mix this season include Robert Smerdon’s Seymour Cup runner-up behind subsequent Emirates Stakes winner Turn Me Loose Scream Machine and last start winning Bianconi mare Iceconi.
Sydney’s flying trainer Chris Waller will look to keep the good times coming at Sandown on Saturday including in the Eclipse Stakes where he has nominated for Ballet Suite.
A four-year-old daughter of High Chaparral, Ballet Suite was last seen running fourth to Coronation Shallan in the Group 3 Tesio Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day.
Other notable mares among the nominations include Michael Kent’s Tesio Stakes fifth-placed Holy Cow and the Mike Van Gestel-trained five-year-old Casino Dancer.
Casino Dancer won the Group 3 Angst Stakes (1600m) in Sydney three back and was last seen crossing a brave third behind Lucia Valentina last weekend on Emirates Stakes Day in the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m).
Other headline entries include Nigel Blackiston’s JRA Cup fourth placed Desert Jeuney, Seymour Cup third placed Garud who also ran third in Flemington’s Listed Cup Day Plate (1800m), fourth in the same race for David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Jacquinot Bay and the John O’Shea-trained Cup Day Plate runner-up Malice.
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2015 Eclipse 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||x23x11x5x8||ASSIGN (IRE)||G||5||Robert Hickmott||82|
|4||x6x1134222||BACK ON TARGET||G||7||Nick Smart||83|
|5||14817×5504||BALLET SUITE||M||4||Chris Waller||86|
|6||17x86233x8||CADILLAC MOUNTAIN||G||5||Peter G Moody||88|
|7||x5x95x0x00||CALVIN WILLIAMS (FR)||H||6||Darren Weir||96|
|8||7522505133||CASINO DANCER||M||5||Mike Van Gestel||95|
|9||0x48504410||DESERT JEUNEY||G||6||Nigel Blackiston||98|
|12||228×254597||EXTRA ZERO||G||9||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||103|
|13||x31687x333||GARUD (IRE)||G||8||Michael Moroney||90|
|14||39×7343322||HARADA BAY||G||6||John, Dan & Chris Meagher||89|
|15||411x4x5905||HOLY COW||M||5||Michael Kent||70|
|17||2789×27274||JACQUINOT BAY||G||8||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||100|
|18||116×577112||LORD ATHENAEUM (NZ)||G||5||Stuart Webb||81|
|20||9483141282||MANAGERESS||M||4||Colin & Cindy Alderson||93|
|21||1606416765||NO TRICKS (NZ)||M||4||Wayne Walters||89|
|22||12x47x||OUR POSITIVE MOVE (GB)||G||5||Tony Noonan||72|
|23||3216×112||PLOT THE COURSE||G||4||Michael Trotter||78|
|24||18040×0008||PUCCINI (NZ)||H||5||Darren Weir||102|
|26||2504×05025||SCREAM MACHINE||G||7||Robert Smerdon||94|
|27||2101×01221||SLATE ON EDGE||G||6||Brett Thompson||92|
|29||44550×4351||TRISTRAM’S SUN (NZ)||G||7||Robbie Laing||94|
|31||1375×17145||WORTHY CAUSE||H||4||John Zielke||98|