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The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Thousand Guineas winner Stay With Me is the top-rated nomination taken for the Light Fingers Stakes 2016 this Saturday at Royal Randwick.
One of two Group 2 features on the Apollo Stakes Day card, this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) attracted 13 early entries with nominations extended until 11am (AEDT) on Tuesday.
Street Cry filly Stay With Me won the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) over the Caulfield mile last season before a last start sixth to Politeness in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m).
She is first-up since that Melbourne Cup Carnival run, racing in Sydney for the first time since her fifth to English in last autumn’s Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m).
Another top elite level performer in the Light Fingers Stakes mix this year is the John Thompson-trained local daughter of Monaco Consul Honesta.
The ultra-consistent grey has run second in her four most recent runs including two in Group 1 company.
The first was a narrow nose loss to Speak Fondly in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick followed by finishing runner-up to Jameka two runs later in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington in November.
She trialled at Randwick over 839m on January 29 and crossed third to Spill The Beans who franked the form coming out of the hit-out when winning the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at the same track last Saturday.
Last autumn Gai Waterhouse won the Light Fingers Stakes in an upset with Adrift (2015) and she returns in 2016 with Harlem River, the Fastnet Rock filly coming off a winning trial at the track and looking to improve on her sixth to Lake Geneva in the Listed Crockett Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day.
Following Stay With Me in the Light Fingers Stakes handicap ratings is the Gerald Ryan-trained Perignon, a young daughter of Snitzel with form around the best.
Her last start was on October 3 when third in the Flight Stakes beaten only a neck, however she is yet to win at Randwick from four previous starts at the track and is also yet to win first-up.
The Godolphin stable is represented in the entries by undefeated Lonhro filly Ghisoni who is as yet untested in black-type company as well as the fellow John O’Shea-trained Pearls.
Pearls is by Exceed And Excel and won the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) at Randwick last September before her Flight Stakes fourth, form that could stand-up in the Light Fingers on Saturday.
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2016 Light Fingers Stakes Nominations
Randwick Racecourse – 13/02/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||11×6||CANA||F||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||68|
|3||221x36x||HARLEM RIVER||F||3||Gai Waterhouse||73|
|5||x42112222x||HONESTA||F||3||John P Thompson||95|
|6||16×11||KANGARILLA JOY||F||3||Peter & Paul Snowden||76|
|7||154013x90x||LOOK TO THE STARS||F||3||David Vandyke||84|
|11||6159x3346x||QUEEN OF WANDS||F||3||Clarry Conners||66|
|12||25x11616x||STAY WITH ME||F||3||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||104|
|13||418x21432x||TEMPT ME NOT||F||3||James Cummings||75|
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