2016 Standish Handicap Nominations & Weights

Racing action on New Year’s Day this Friday, January 1, is headlined by the Standish Handicap 2016 at Flemington Racecourse where Churchill Dancer is allocated equal top weight of the nominations taken.

Churchill Dancer

Churchill Dancer is equal 59kg top weight for Friday’s 2016 Standish Handicap at Flemington on New Year’s Day. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

A total of 15 early entries are in the mix for this summer’s $150,000 Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) with the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Churchill Dancer heading the nominations and weights for the sprint showdown.

The five-year-old gelding hasn’t won a race since the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) over the same track and distance as Friday’s feature, but was beaten only 1.3 lengths in his last two runs including over the 1200m at Flemington again when fourth to Durendal on December 12.

He is four-from-nine over the track and distance, but will need to be at his best with the 59kg and no claim for apprentice jockeys in the Standish.

Also on 59kg if accepted into the Standish Handicap field is the Robbie Griffiths-trained It Is Written, the seven-year-old returning off a short let-up with his last run being a fifth to Reldas over 1200m at Moonee Valley on October 23.

The horse that won the race Churchill Dancer was last seen running in, the Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained Durendal meanwhile is also in the mix this Friday.

An in-form Medaglia D’Oro four-year-old, Durendal chases his third win on the trot having won at Flemington last time out on the back of a 1400m Ballarat win in November.

He rises notable in class this weekend and is also up in the weights from 54.5kg to 55.5kg over the long weekend.

The only other last start winner nominated for the Standish Handicap is the Leon & Troy Corstens-trained Del Prado who won over 1300m at Sandown-Hillside first-up on December 5.

The Corstens have also nominated for Tried And Tired and General Groove.

Niello six-year-old Tried And Tired is second-up on the weekend with a 50% second-up strike rate to date.

He comes off a nice returning run at Sandown at the start of December when third to Wild Rain in the Listed Doveton Stakes (1000m) and will appreciate the extra 200m in the Standish if accepted having won three from six of the distance to date.

General Groove meanwhile ran on Boxing Day at Caulfield and finished just over two lengths away fifth to Tuscan Sling in the Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) in a nice run as a 15/1 chance.

Other notable Standish Handicap nominees include runner-up to Durendal last time out the John O’Shea-trained Lonhro four-year-old Sarajevo and the defending Danny O’Brien-trained winner Decircles.

Stay tuned for the full Standish Handicap 2016 field and barriers out later in the week.

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2016 Standish Handicap Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 01/01/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 41×2115754 CHURCHILL DANCER G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 1 59kg 100
2 7490x9835x IT IS WRITTEN G 7 Robbie Griffiths 2 59kg 100
3 3x464029x3 TRIED AND TIRED G 6 Leon & Troy Corstens 3 57kg 96
4 x186x028x7 BARBED G 5 John O’Shea 4 56kg 94
5 9113×81511 DURENDAL G 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 5 55.5kg 93
6 98x348x327 OFFICE BEARER H 6 Peter G Moody 6 55.5kg 93
7 x9902768x8 DECIRCLES G 7 Danny O’Brien 7 54.5kg 91
8 28535125×9 LONROCKSTAR G 6 John Sadler 8 54kg 90
9 01081416×1 DEL PRADO G 5 Leon & Troy Corstens 9 54kg 89
10 1126x80x45 GENERAL GROOVE G 6 Leon & Troy Corstens 10 54kg 89
11 x10x24x042 SARAJEVO G 4 John O’Shea 11 54kg 84
12 175218157x NOELA’S CHOICE M 5 Peter G Moody 12 54kg 83
13 x1197x1508 VILLOPOTO G 5 Paul A Jones 13 54kg 80
14 x220537x86 BOOMWAA G 4 Henry Dwyer 14 54kg 79
15 0141316×73 ZUPACHARGED G 6 Kylie Vella 15 54kg 78

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