Super consistent colt Mahuta headlines the Autumn Stakes 2016 nominations for the Australian Guineas lead-up at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne this weekend.
One of the key CF Orr Stakes Day support races, the $200,000 Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) attracted 23 three-year-olds at nomination stage on Monday.
Of those the best are heading towards Flemington’s $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) next month, including the Darren Weir-trained Mahuta.
A winner of his past five starts on the trot including the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) in the spring, Flying Spur colt Mahuta was last seen taking out the Gold Coast Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) in Queensland last month.
Mahuta is the shortest-priced of the Autumn Stakes entries in futures Australian Guineas odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $8 in markets led by his now stablemate, Perth Group 1 winning filly Perfect Reflection ($7).
The other best fancied in the all-in Australian Guineas betting markets nominated for the Autumn Stakes is the Chris Waller-trained Press Statement.
A dual Group 1 winner, Hinchinbrook colt Press Statement was last seen winning the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) last October.
He is currently rated an $8 fancy for the Australian Guineas, but is also nominated for the $500,000 Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday as well as the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) in Sydney.
Waller has a total of five Autumn Stakes nominees this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
His other possible runners are Devil Hawk, black-type Melbourne Cup Carnival winner Hursley, Northern Meteor colt Metallic Crown and Vanbrugh.
A $13 hope for the upcoming Australian Guineas, Encosta De Lago colt Vanbrugh has won his past three starts all in Sydney last time in including Randwick’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) and will improve as he steps up in distance.
Mick Price has nominated for his returning 2016 ATC Derby-bound Victoria Derby champion Tarzino, but he is a likely non-acceptor with the CF Orr Stakes the preferred first-up option for the Tavistock colt.
There is just one filly in the Autumn Stakes mix this year with Tarzino’s stablemate Sailing By who was last seen running fourth to Badawiya in Flemington’s Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) before her February 1st trial win at Geelong by three lengths.
Price’s third nominee is Celtic Tiger, a son of O’Reilly who won Adelaide’s Listed Morphettville Guineas (1600m) last September.
Godolphin’s head trainer John O’Shea also has three Autumn Stakes nominations including Holler.
The Commands colt took out the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) on Cox Plate Day in the spring before resuming with a one length win in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) on January 23 over his older rivals.
He is joined by stablemates Inner Circle and Medaglia D’Oro colt Shards who ran fourth last Saturday to TJ Smith Stakes-bound Spill The Beans in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) in Sydney.
Other notable hopes include the Team Hawkes-trained Caulfield Guineas fifth placegetter Rageese looking to improve on his Australia Stakes 11th of 12 runners and Robert Smerdon’s undefeated gelding Popovich.
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2016 Autumn Stakes Nominations
Caulfield Racecourse – 13/02/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||08182170×7||AYERS ROCK||G||3||Shawn Mathrick||73|
|2||2x510x||CELTIC TIGER (NZ)||G||3||Mick Price||73|
|3||5×1||COOL CHAP||G||3||Peter G Moody||62|
|4||783x15167x||DEVIL HAWK||G||3||Chris Waller||77|
|5||195×1||DEVILS PINCH||G||3||Peter G Moody||66|
|6||05x110010x||EXTRA CHOICE (NZ)||G||3||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||73|
|8||324x16248x||HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ)||G||3||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||67|
|10||7x6131x||HURSLEY (NZ)||C||3||Chris Waller||74|
|11||48x3849x46||INNER CIRCLE||G||3||John O’Shea||64|
|13||321105x||METALLIC CROWN||C||3||Chris Waller||76|
|14||6x6x115||POLAR VORTEX||G||3||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||65|
|15||11||POPOVICH (NZ)||G||3||Robert Smerdon||69|
|16||111x2511x||PRESS STATEMENT||C||3||Chris Waller||109|
|17||22x41435x0||RAGEESE||C||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||80|
|18||3x31324x||SAILING BY||F||3||Mick Price||68|
|20||1x11940x1||SNOOPY||C||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||78|
|21||312||SOLAR IMPULSE||G||3||Patrick Payne||64|
|22||311731x||TARZINO (NZ)||C||3||Mick Price||107|