John O’Shea’s Golden Slipper bound colt Telperion is the headline entry for the Skyline Stakes 2016 at Randwick on Chipping Norton Stakes Day this weekend in Sydney.
One of the key support acts on the card, this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Pro-Ride Skyline Stakes (1200m) nominations are extended until 11am on Tuesday after 11 two-year-old colts and geldings were entered.
Of those two hail from the Godolphin stable representing trainer O’Shea who saddled-up gun colt Exosphere for his win in the race 12 months ago.
Exosphere failed next start in the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) finishing dead last, but returned in the spring to string together a host of wins including the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m).
This year O’Shea has two Golden Slipper Stakes hopes in the Skyline Stakes mix, the winner of which is exempt from ballot for the Group 1 at Rosehill Gardens on March 19, nominating for Telperion and Souchez.
Telperion is the shortest priced Skyline Stakes nominee in futures Golden Slipper Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au currently paying $15 in markets led by Capitalist ($3.80) for Team Snowden.
Street Cry colt Telperion ran third to boom filly Yankee Rose on debut at Rosehill last October and returned on February 13 over 1100m at Randwick to win in the Listed Lonhro Plate by one and a quarter lengths.
Stablemate Souchez is rated a $26 hope in all-in Golden Slipper odds after the son of Lonhro won his race debut at Rosehill last December.
He has since trialled well and returns in the Skyline Stakes seeking his first black-type success.
The other most notable 2016 Golden Slipper hope in the possible line-up on Saturday is Good Standing ($41) representing James Cummings.
The Artie Schiller colt was runner-up to Yankee Rose on debut last November in the Golden Gift (1100m) beaten only a neck, and won his latest trial over 1050m at Randwick on February 19 in the perfect lead-up to the Skyline.
There are just two other juveniles with previous race experience with the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Lionhearted and Revolving Door for Melbourne’s Clinton McDonald.
Fastnet Rock colt Lionhearted ran seventh to Mick Price’s 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes-bound Flying Artie in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) on February 13, while Sebring colt Revolving Door comes off a fourth in the same race.
Other notable Skyline Stakes entries this season include recent Rosehill trial winning All In Rhythm, unraced Gerald Ryan-trained Snitzel colt Aviator, Hinchinbrook colt Hayman who blitzed a recent 900m trial by over four lengths in Sydney and third in the same hit-out Mediterranean for Peter & Paul Snowden.
See below for the current Skyline Stakes 2016 nominations, with final acceptances and barriers for the set weights clash out on Wednesday.
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2016 Skyline Stakes Nominations
Randwick Racecourse – 27/02/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer|
|1||–||ALL IN RHYTHM||G||2||Amanda Turner & Mauro Poletti|
|3||2x||GOOD STANDING||C||2||James Cummings|
|5||7||LIONHEARTED||C||2||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|6||–||MEDITERRANEAN||C||2||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|7||–||MILITARY MACHINE||G||2||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|8||4||REVOLVING DOOR||C||2||Clinton McDonald|