Chris Waller dominates the Eskimo Prince Stakes 2016 nominations for Royal Randwick this Saturday entering seven of his best three-year-old sprinters.
A lead-up to some of the top three-years-old races of the Sydney and Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnivals, this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) attracted 23 early entries.
Seven come from the top Sydney stables of Waller including a host of Group 1 winners.
The top-rated chances are returning Hinchinbrook colt Press Statement and Japonisme.
Press Statement is a dual Group 1 winner who has saluted in five of his seven starts to date.
As a two-year-old last June in Brisbane he took out the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) before another elite level win last time out in October’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
He is in the mix for all of the autumn’s upcoming majors including the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 5, for which he is the $8 third favourite in futures betting to win at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Stablemate Japonisme is another returning Group 1 winner, the Choisir gelding last seen scoring an upset in Flemington’s Coolmore Stud Stakes as a $21 outsider in betting.
Third in the same Victoria Derby Day classic was the fellow Waller-trained Redoute’s Choice colt Counterattack, another Eskimo Prince Stakes hope this weekend.
Waller’s contingent is rounded out by former New Zealand-trained Dubaiinstyle debuting down under if accepted, black-type Flemington winner Hursley, progressive Pins colt Torgersen and Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes winner over 2000m at Randwick last time out Vanbrugh.
The next best represented trainer in the Eskimo Prince Stakes nominations this season is Godolphin’s John O’Shea with six nominees.
The best of the O’Shea – Godolphin entries is Hard Spun colt Tarquin, winner of the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill last March.
He has had two subsequent runs in Group 1 company when fifth to Pride Of Dubai in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes and third in Randwick’s Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) last April before his second over 1400m at the track on December 5.
The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Pride Of Dubai is the other big name colt nominated for an Eskimo Prince return, the son of Street Cry running for the first time since the Sires’ Produce success.
That was his second Group 1 win from as many starts following his victory in the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield, the 2016 Australian Guineas also on the agenda for the $1.33 million earner.
Other notable Eskimo Prince Stakes nominations include the Gai Waterhouse-trained Zizou colt Zoutenant and Team Snowden’s last start Gold Coast winner on Magic Millions Day Wolf Cry.
See below for the full Eskimo Prince Stakes 2016 nominations, the final field of acceptances out on Wednesday morning.
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2016 Eskimo Prince Stakes Nominations
Randwick Racecourse – 06/02/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||5251x||ART NOUVEAU||G||3||John O’Shea||65|
|4||834122x||DUBAIINSTYLE (NZ)||C||3||Chris Waller||66|
|5||7x6131x||HURSLEY (NZ)||C||3||Chris Waller||73|
|6||148x3849x4||INNER CIRCLE||G||3||John O’Shea||66|
|8||312×1||LE ROMAIN||G||3||Kris Lees||68|
|9||23x71326x||LET’S MAKE IT RAIN||C||3||Ron Quinton||74|
|10||154013x90x||LOOK TO THE STARS||F||3||David Vandyke||84|
|12||1x3x2||PAINTED FIRETAIL||F||3||John O’Shea||70|
|13||111x2511x||PRESS STATEMENT||C||3||Chris Waller||109|
|14||3211x||PRIDE OF DUBAI||C||3||Peter & Paul Snowden||101|
|16||11x623x||SPILL THE BEANS||C||3||Gerald Ryan||77|
|18||1×4||TOP SCORE||C||3||John Sargent||66|
|19||55x416211x||TORGERSEN (NZ)||C||3||Chris Waller||78|
|22||3x335x1||WOLF CRY||C||3||Peter & Paul Snowden||69|