2016 Hobartville Stakes Nominations Feature Press Statement

A host of Randwick Guineas-bound three-year-olds are nominated for the Hobartville Stakes 2016 at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday in Sydney including Chris Waller’s returning Caulfield Guineas winner Press Statement.

Press Statement

Chris Waller’s dual Group 1 winner Press Statement returns for the autumn in the 2016 Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

A bumper 19 three-year-olds are nominated for this season’s $400,000 Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) including five for master Sydney horseman Waller.

The top-rated of the early entries is Hinchinbrook colt Press Statement, a dual Group 1 winner over the mile who kicks off his Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign.

Waller resisted the urge to bring the $1.27 million earner back early with a run in Caulfield’s Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) last Saturday, and keeps the colt on a Sydney-only autumn bid this season.

He heads towards the $1 million Group 1 Royal Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 5.

Last year Hallowed Crown (2015) won the Hobartville Stakes – Randwick Guineas double, which Press Statement will look to win the first leg of this weekend in his first run since taking out Melbourne’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) last October.

Another Group 1 returning star for Waller in the Hobartville this autumn is classy Encosta De Lago colt Vanbrugh whose last start produced a win in Randwick’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) on October 10.

Waller has also nominated for his Pins colt Torgersen, former New Zealand-trained Dubaiinstyle and Counterattack.

Redoute’s Choice colt Counterattack was third to stablemate Japonisme back on Victoria Derby Day in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington and ran third again first-up at Randwick on February 6 in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m).

Eskimo Prince Stakes winner Spill The Beans and runner-up Le Romain are also both nominated for a Hobartville Stakes rematch on the weekend.

Gerald Ryan prepares the progressive Spill The Beans who could target the $2.5 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick during April’s The Championships later in the autumn.

The Snitzel colt has won three from six to date and had nearly two lengths to spare on his closest rival first-up winning the Eskimo Prince Stakes.

Second past the post in that race, the Kris Lees-trained Hard Spun gelding Le Romain is yet to finish out of the money in his five career starts, his only black-type assignment so far being the Eskimo Prince Stakes.

Adding interest to the Hobartville this season is the Murray Baker-trained New Zealand entry Dal Cielo, the Per Incanto colt last seen running second to Mahuta in the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) last November.

2016 Australian Guineas-bound Mahuta has since franked the Sandown Guineas form going on to win his two subsequent runs including the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) last weekend.

Godolphin and John O’Shea are represented by another returning galloper, Etymology, who hasn’t raced since his second to Tarzino in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2400m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

He is joined in Saturday’s possible runners by stablemates Shards and Tarquin who ran fourth and 11th (last) respectively in the Eskimo Prince Stakes.

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2016 Hobartville Stakes Nominations

Rosehill Racecourse – 20/02/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 04711×4 BALMAIN BOY G 3 Les Bridge 72
2 447x1513x3 COUNTERATTACK C 3 Chris Waller 92
3 131x43062x DAL CIELO (NZ) C 3 Murray Baker 85
4 1×2 DATA POINT C 3 Michael Kent 64
5 834122×8 DUBAIINSTYLE (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 66
6 313632x ETYMOLOGY C 3 John O’Shea 90
7 312×12 LE ROMAIN G 3 Kris Lees 76
8 5x1371330x MAN OF CHOICE G 3 Luke Price 78
9 211 MONTAIGNE (NZ) G 3 Anthony Cummings 73
10 111x2511x PRESS STATEMENT C 3 Chris Waller 109
11 1x172029x4 SHARDS C 3 John O’Shea 82
12 11x623x1 SPILL THE BEANS C 3 Gerald Ryan 85
13 1153x2x0 TARQUIN C 3 John O’Shea 87
14 12205×1 TIVACI C 3 Michael Moroney 72
15 x173115x34 TOO GOOD TO REFUSE C 3 Desleigh Forster 74
16 5x416211x8 TORGERSEN (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 78
17 3x1628x8 TULSA G 3 Michael Moroney 73
18 5x2462111x VANBRUGH C 3 Chris Waller 101
19 3x335x15 WOLF CRY C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 70


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