First Seal Leads 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes Nominations

John Thompson’s consistent Group 1 performing mare First Seal is the headline nomination taken for the Queen Of The Turf Stakes 2016 at Royal Randwick this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Fenway (inside), First Seal (outside)

Fenway (inside) and First Seal (outside) are two of the headline 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes nominees for April 9 at Royal Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart.

Nominations closed on Monday for all of the elite level The Championships features this season including those for the $1 million Group 1 Cellarbrations Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) run on Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day, April 9.

The weight-for-age fillies-and-mares’ classic drew a total of 100 nominations and early pre-field favourite in the latest Queen Of The Turf Stakes odds is First Seal.

Winner of the 2014 Flight Stakes, the four-year-old daughter of Fastnet Rock enjoyed a stellar autumn last year including seconds in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m).

She ran sixth to Amanpour in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes last April, but hasn’t raced again since.

Nearing her much awaited return from injury the bookies are taking no chances with First Seal in futures markets for her upcoming Group 1 assignments including another shot at the Queen Of The Turf Stakes.

Gai Waterhouse continued her ace record in the race with Amanpour (2015) her eighth Queen Of The Turf Stakes winner and fourth in the past five years.

Waterhouse is back in 2016 with six entries including last year’s Golden Slipper runner-up, Encosta De Lago filly English who recent beat home First Seal in a Randwick trial (839m) on January 29.

English is out to become the first three-year-old Queen Of The Turf Stakes winner since Forensics (2008).

The other key Waterhouse-trained hope is Northern Meteor filly Speak Fondly who was second in the Golden Rose Stakes last September before her Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) win over the Randwick mile in October.

Stay With Me is equal second favourite in Queen Of The Turf Stakes betting with the Ciaron Maher-trained four-year-old Azkadellia, last seen crossing under a length away third in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington last Victoria Derby Day.

Prepared by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig, Street Cry filly Stay With Me won the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) in October defeating subsequent Crown Oaks champ Jameka before her sixth in the Myer Classic.

Robert Smerdon’s Myer Classic winning mare Politeness is another top Queen Of The Turf Stakes hope in 2016, the five-year-old daughter of Street Sense last seen running second to Turn Me Loose in a brave Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) effort on November 7.

Myer Classic runner-up Fenway is also in the mix, the Lee & Shannon Hope-trained High Chaparral four-year-old also runner-up in Adelaide’s Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville behind Delicacy last May.

Also nominated for the $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at the meeting, the Kris Lees-trained Lucia Valentina is one of the best performed mares in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes mix.

The dual Group 1 winner has been hit and miss over the past few seasons, but ran a brave fifth last time out overseas in the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup (2000m) in December.

Other notable Queen Of The Turf Stakes nominees include the Peter Moody-trained Savabeel filly Pasadena Girl who ran fourth to Jameka in the VRC Crown Oaks last time out and the Chris Waller-trained Dubawi six-year-old Catkins who was runner-up in the race 12 months ago.

First acceptances for the 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes close at midday (AEDT) on Tuesday March 8 followed by the release of the final field on Tuesday April 5.

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2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes Nominations

Randwick Racecourse – 09/04/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 240417x11x A LOTTA LOVE M 4 Sam Pritchard-Gordon
2 4361x1860x ABIDEWITHME (NZ) M 6 Peter G Moody
3 062831013x AMARELA (NZ) M 4 Nigel Blackiston
4 2x311313x AMBIENCE F 3 John O’Shea
5 0x11005x1x AMICUS M 4 Chris Waller 108
6 150x23221x ANAPHORA M 4 Tony Noonan
7 132x14111x ARTISTRY M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 84
8 11x ASINARA F 3 John O’Shea 68
9 x621x5079x ATLANTIS DREAM (NZ) M 7 Darren Weir
10 120x12123x AZKADELLIA (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher
11 3x217113x BADAWIYA F 3 Mick Price
12 817x55048x BALLET SUITE M 4 Chris Waller
13 51x BRIGADOON RISE F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 66
14 x2497x380x BRING ME THE MAID M 4 Peter G Moody
15 11x6x CANA F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 68
16 250513310x CASINO DANCER M 5 Mike Van Gestel 100
17 21226x159x CATKINS M 6 Chris Waller
18 323x24226x CHASTENED M 5 David Vandyke 71
19 5591128x1x CHOOSE M 5 Lee & Shannon Hope
20 313x43175x CORONATION SHALLAN M 6 Brett Scott
21 42x1x DAISY DUKE M 4 Tony McEvoy 65
22 x84315x54x DIG A PONY M 5 Peter G Moody
23 11x DIXIE BLOSSOMS F 3 Ron Quinton 72
24 13x341613x DON’T DOUBT MAMMA F 3 Tony McEvoy
25 1x11233x EGYPTIAN SYMBOL F 3 Bjorn Baker
26 1126x ENGLISH F 3 Gai Waterhouse 95
27 1x EURO ANGEL (NZ) F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 67
28 28x321016x EXCLUSIVE LASS M 4 Nigel Blackiston
29 22x FALKENBERG F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
30 4412x9102x FENWAY M 4 Lee & Shannon Hope
31 112x21226x FIRST SEAL M 4 John P Thompson 107
32 11x FLASHING SPEED M 4 Anthony Cummings 70
33 4211x9x14x FLIPPANT F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
34 11x GHISONI F 3 John O’Shea 72
35 3x3x GLOBAL GOOD F 3 Jim Conlan
36 221x36x HARLEM RIVER F 3 Gai Waterhouse 73
37 0130x2231x HEAVENS ABOVE M 4 Tim Martin 82
38 1x4x59058x HOLY COW M 5 Michael Kent
39 6204x1129x INTO THE MIST M 4 Tony McEvoy
40 1312x JALAN JALAN F 3 Colin Little
41 271153337x JESSY BELLE M 5 Luke Oliver
42 386210287x JUST A BLUR M 5 Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones 82
43 431112336x KIMBERLEY STAR F 3 Gai Waterhouse 84
44 164414110x LA PASSE M 5 Darren Weir
45 319x11x33x LADY LE FAY (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 89
46 154013x90x LOOK TO THE STARS F 3 David Vandyke 84
47 76x648915x LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) M 5 Kris Lees
48 36x103438x LUCKY LAGO M 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman
49 x511x5305x MAHARA M 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 96
50 6x71x MALI ROSE F 3 Gai Waterhouse 62
51 348x93252x MARY LOU M 5 Anthony Cummings 76
52 8x0x43240x MAY’S DREAM M 5 Darren Weir
53 x14291410x MISS ROSE DE LAGO M 5 Danny O’Brien
54 121x251x NANCY M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 77
55 6416765x3x NO TRICKS (NZ) M 4 Wayne Walters
56 24x113x00x NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) M 6 Robert Smerdon
57 18157x554x NOELA’S CHOICE M 5 Peter G Moody
58 48x764430x ORIENTAL LADY (GER) M 6 Kris Lees
59 1x3x29x PAINTED FIRETAIL F 3 John O’Shea 70
60 141x25444x PASADENA GIRL (NZ) F 3 Peter G Moody
61 1214x PEARLS F 3 John O’Shea 89
62 2125x1918x PEEPING M 4 Ron Quinton 102
63 11111x PERFECT REFLECTION F 3 Darren Weir
64 41572x253x PERIGNON F 3 Gerald Ryan 90
65 6000x1112x POLITENESS M 5 Robert Smerdon
66 116617x62x PRIVATE SECRETARY M 6 Gregory Hickman 89
67 116x75544x QUEEN OF KARIBA M 4 John Sargent 80
68 41x RAVI F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 67
69 81150x162x REDASUN M 4 Greg Eurell
70 2x61211x RISQUE (NZ) F 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
71 3x31324x SAILING BY F 3 Mick Price
72 8x21x0125x SANTA ROCKS M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 68
73 1122x267x SARDAAJ (NZ) M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
74 3x169x5x SATYA M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
75 48x054152x SAVANNAH ROSE F 3 Gary Nickson 66
76 77x004510x SCARLET BILLOWS M 5 Darren Weir
77 2x1613x SERENE MAJESTY F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
78 64x1x SHOTGUN ROULETTE F 3 Wayne Wilkes 52
79 32098x402x SINGLE GAZE F 3 Nick Olive
80 3171x4740x SLIGHTLY SWEET M 4 Jason Coyle 92
81 120x281x2x SOLICIT M 5 Gerald Ryan 104
82 4x113310x SOMETHING SECRET M 4 Jason Coyle 72
83 x210x1121x SPEAK FONDLY F 3 Gai Waterhouse
84 1102320x3x SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (NZ) M 5 Murray Baker
85 25x11616x STAY WITH ME F 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 104
86 2N311x117x SUAVITO (NZ) M 5 Nigel Blackiston 109
87 2349x9700x SUPARA M 4 Gai Waterhouse 79
88 21213x661x SWEET FIRE M 4 Chris Waller 85
89 86190x909x SWIFT LADY (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 68
90 114x2x10x TAKENJA (GER) M 6 Mick Price
91 13x25x58x TAP THIS F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 65
92 4x3211664x TELEPATHIC (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 98
93 x6535x470x THINKING OF YOU (NZ) M 4 Peter G Moody
94 167x70211x TINTO M 5 Rex Lipp
95 1x6x2x31x TROIS CHOIX M 4 Joseph Pride 69
96 102x15460x VERGARA M 5 Anthony Cummings 93
97 15211x111x WINX M 4 Chris Waller 116
98 00549x149x ZANBAGH M 5 John P Thompson 93
99 30x2210x ZARA BAY F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
100 5734x7317x ZARZALI M 4 James Cummings


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