2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Nominations Attract 96

Nominations for all of the Group 1 The Championships races taking place at Randwick in April are now out including the Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2016 that attracted 96 early entries.

Criteiron (centre)

Criterion (centre) and Mongolian Khan (outside) are two of the headline 2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes nominees this autumn. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The richest race of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the $4 million Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) drew less than the 120 that were nominated for last season.

The class of possible contenders for the weight-for-age classic is still top notch however including the reigning Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Criterion.

The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained international performer beat home triple Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux in the classic last season before becoming a four-time Group 1 winner in the Spring with success in the Caulfield Stakes.

He was runner-up to Winx in the Cox Plate and then a brave third over the two miles in the iconic Melbourne Cup before travelling overseas for a luckless ninth in the Hong Kong Cup in December.

The five-year-old son of Sebring hasn’t raced again since, but is on track to score successive Queen Elizabeth Stakes victories for the first time since Grand Armee (2004 – 2005).

Hayes & Dabernig have also nominated for the likes of Geelong Cup – Sandown Cup double winner Almoonqith and 2014 Australian Oaks winner Rising Romance who also boasts a host of Group 1 seconds including in that year’s Caulfield Cup and the Mackinnon Stakes last spring.

The shortest-priced of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes nominees aside from Criterion is Winx for Chris Waller.

Sydney’s leading trainer Waller has won two editions of the race with My Kingdom Of Fife (2011) and Reliable Man (2013) and has his Cox Plate winning mare Winx on the Queen Elizabeth path this year.

Resuming this Saturday in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m), Winx is nominated for a host of Group 1 autumn features including the Doncaster Mile, TJ Smith Stakes and Queen Of The Turf Stakes but Waller has confirmed the Queen Elizabeth Stakes is the number one target.

Also right up the top of all-in Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting for Waller is the English import Storm The Stars who is yet to race down under.

A Group 2 winner and Group 1 placegetter back in Europe, the Sea The Stars stallion isn’t going under the bookmakers’ radar this autumn based on his form overseas.

Waller has a total of 15 Queen Elizabeth Stakes entries this year with other notable hopes including his Blue Diamond Stakes – Caulfield Guineas winning colt Press Statement, the reigning Doncaster champ Kermadec and four-year-old Turnbull Stakes winning Zabeel stallion Preferment.

New Zealander Murray Baker has both his Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan and Emirates Stakes winner Turn Me Loose in the mix after the trainer’s win in 2014 with It’s A Dundeel.

There is also a strong international presence this year with four Japanese-trained horses in the mix including Deep Impact stallion Tosen Stardom who ran fifth to Criterion last year on the back of a Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) second in Rosehill to the same galloper.

A notable omission from the race is the Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish galloper Highland Reel, third to Winx in the Cox Plate before a Hong Kong Vase win at Sha Tin, who was missing from all The Championships nominations.

The 2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes first acceptances close at midday on Tuesday March 8 followed by the final field and barriers on Tuesday April 5.

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2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Nominations

Randwick Racecourse – 09/04/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 x29071311x ADDICTIVE HABIT (NZ) G 6 Lee Somervell
2 515x35578x ADORABEEL (NZ) M 6 Joseph Pride 87
3 6x5067101x ALMOONQITH (USA) H 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
4 7x60x7x13x ALPHA BEAT G 5 Anthony Cummings 86
5 0x5797x60x AOMEN (IRE) G 8 Anthony Cummings 98
6 411150311x AUVRAY (FR) G 5 John P Thompson
7 034x30721x AWESOME ROCK H 4 Leon & Troy Corstens
8 120x12123x AZKADELLIA (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher
9 3x217113x BADAWIYA F 3 Mick Price
10 30x484256x BEATEN UP (GB) G 8 Chris Waller
11 21x692330x BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ) M 4 Gai Waterhouse 98
12 11x6x6x20x BOW CREEK (IRE) H 5 John O’Shea
13 65x890x01x BULL POINT H 5 David Vandyke 99
14 x711x6013x CENTRE PIVOT G 5 Peter Robl 102
15 x111x5653x CONTRIBUTER (IRE) H 6 John O’Shea
16 135x61239x CRITERION (NZ) H 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
17 2251x9x CROSLEY HOTSHOT G 3 Bjorn Baker 66
18 52x0x3399x DIBAYANI (IRE) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 105
19 2460x2357x ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
20 2120x1266x FAWKNER G 8 Robert Hickmott
21 4412x9102x FENWAY M 4 Lee & Shannon Hope
22 112x21226x FIRST SEAL M 4 John P Thompson 107
23 1x69358x8x GOLD AMBITION (NZ) G 3 Bjorn Baker 71
24 11x111x4x GOLDSTREAM (ITY) H 4 Kris Lees
25 57x123121x GOOD PROJECT H 4 Chris Waller
26 57x157x80x GUARDINI (FR) H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman
27 141x98046x GUST OF WIND (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 105
28 111x5x111x HAPPY CLAPPER G 5 Patrick Webster 100
29 7x6050208x HAPPY TRAILS G 8 Paul Beshara
30 2114x4650x HARTNELL (GB) G 5 John O’Shea
31 11x11x114x HASSELHOOF (NZ) G 4 Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs 96
32 0212x0728x HAURAKI G 4 John O’Shea 104
33 075x00035x HAWKSPUR G 6 Chris Waller
34 8x52415x2x HE OR SHE G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
35 8140x6x HIERARCHAL C 3 Anthony Cummings 67
36 139x5x333x ISLA BONITA (JPN) H 5 Hironori Kurita
37 x19x87x23x IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 5 John O’Shea 104
38 431x52140x KERMADEC (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller
39 5x10042x5x KOOL KOMPANY (IRE) H 4 Chris Waller
40 210x09936x LEEBAZ (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 104
41 260x900x2x LIDARI (FR) H 7 Darren Weir
42 72827x439x LOGOTYPE (JPN) H 6 Tsuyoshi Tanaka
43 76x648915x LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) M 5 Kris Lees
44 x1255x440x MAGIC ARTIST (IRE) H 5 Kris Lees
45 55x143121x MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) G 6 John O’Shea 107
46 5x1371330x MAN OF CHOICE G 3 Luke Price
47 13213x MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) H 4 Darren Weir
48 9x5383482x MESSENE G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 107
49 264x43151x MIGHTY LUCKY G 6 Fred Cowell 101
50 3x122x472x MILITARY ATTACK (IRE) G 8 Caspar Fownes
51 x14291410x MISS ROSE DE LAGO M 5 Danny O’Brien
52 1151x7431x MONGOLIAN KHAN H 4 Murray Baker
53 211x MONTAIGNE (NZ) G 3 Anthony Cummings 73
54 10x1610x7x MOURINHO G 8 Peter Gelagotis
55 1117x2x MURAQABA G 4 Anthony Cummings 75
56 6416765x3x NO TRICKS (NZ) M 4 Wayne Walters
57 16x7x9230x OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman
58 211x7x PALENTINO C 3 Darren Weir
59 11111x PERFECT REFLECTION F 3 Darren Weir
60 11x263849x PORNICHET (FR) H 5 Gai Waterhouse
61 28x011907x PREFERMENT (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller
62 111x2511x PRESS STATEMENT C 3 Chris Waller 109
63 40x000820x PUCCINI (NZ) H 5 Darren Weir 101
64 22x620027x RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
65 827x57523x ROCK STURDY H 5 Joseph Pride
66 3x31324x SAILING BY F 3 Mick Price
67 229x15450x SCISSOR KICK H 4 Paul Messara
68 x172029x4x SHARDS C 3 John O’Shea 82
69 92314x8x1x SIGNOFF (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir
70 21141x621x SILVERBALL (FR) G 7 Chris Waller 104
71 x2532x145x SINGING (FR) H 6 Kris Lees
72 32098x402x SINGLE GAZE F 3 Nick Olive
73 1x1x1x141x START WONDERING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 89
74 512132314x STORM THE STARS (USA) H 4 Chris Waller
75 32x731310x STRATUM STAR H 4 Darren Weir
76 2N311x117x SUAVITO (NZ) M 5 Nigel Blackiston 109
77 52215x1x TALLY C 3 John O’Shea
78 x2x65x0x0x TAP THAT (JPN) H 4 Darren Weir
79 1153x2x0x TARQUIN C 3 John O’Shea 87
80 311731x TARZINO (NZ) C 3 Mick Price
81 123x12310x TERRUBI (IRE) H 6 Kris Lees
82 35x868268x THUNDER LADY (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 91
83 167x70211x TINTO M 5 Rex Lipp
84 12205x1x TIVACI C 3 Michael Moroney
85 x416211x8x TORGERSEN (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 78
86 0x3x0x116x TOSEN REVE (JPN) H 8 Yasutoshi Ikee
87 25x0x5170x TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 5 Yasutoshi Ikee
88 3x1628x8x TULSA G 3 Michael Moroney
89 131x62111x TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker
90 5x2462111x VANBRUGH C 3 Chris Waller 101
91 213x70590x VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ) G 4 Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs
92 872447201x WALES H 6 Richard Laming
93 82x249000x WEARY (FR) G 6 Chris Waller
94 42x758701x WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 110
95 15211x111x WINX M 4 Chris Waller 116
96 00549x149x ZANBAGH M 5 John P Thompson 93


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