The Nikki Burke-trained Group 3 winner in Tasmania last time out Nautical is one of the key nominees for the Frances Tressady Stakes 2016 at Flemington Racecourse this weekend.
A total of 18 fillies and mares were entered on Monday for this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes (1400m).
Just two last start winners are in the mix including the Cranbourne-based Nautical, the six-year-old daughter of Niello last seen winning Hobart’s Group 3 Bow Mistress Trophy (1200m) on February 5.
She has winning form up to a mile so the extra metres this weekend look a non-issue, but she has had just the one win from 11 previous Flemington runs.
The other runner coming off a victory is Brendan McCarthy’s Magnus four-year-old Abohar who took out a Benchmark 70 over 1300m at Sandown-Hillside on February 17 and who is yet to race in black-type company.
The highest-rated of the nominees is the Peter Moody-trained Abidewithme, last seen running 10th beaten just over four lengths in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) back in October last Spring.
The Redoute’s Choice mare chases her first win since August last year and has a gun record over the 1400m of four wins and a second from eight starts over the distance.
The next highest rated is the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Wawail who is third-up on Saturday.
A four-year-old daughter of Lonhro, she is yet to finish out of the money at Flemington (4-2-1-1) and is looking to improve on her sixth to Azkadellia in the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) just last Saturday at Caulfield on Blue Diamond Stakes Day.
Last year’s Frances Tressady Stakes winner Madam Gangster (2015) was prepared by Lee & Shannon Hope, the stable represented in this year’s nominations by Choose.
The Starcraft five-year-old ran third two back behind Tuscan Sling in the Group 3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) before her eighth when still only beaten two and a half lengths in the Mannerism.
The best over the line in last Saturday’s Mannerism Stakes and nominated for the quick back-up in the Tressady Stakes is fourth-placed My Sister Lil.
Trained at Cranbourne by John Price the Snitzel five-year-old was beaten only a quarter lengths at her second start in Melbourne, the former Perth-based mare chasing her first black-type win since March of 2014 in WA.
Multiple Group 2 placegetter and Group 1 performer Jessy Belle represents Luke Oliver and is out to continue her good form over the distance (9-3-2-2), while Pat Carey has entered his recent Listed WJ Adams Stakes winning four-year-old Shakespearean Lass.
Perth’s Neville Parnham continues his Melbourne raid this summer – autumn season with Vital Importance, and the Robbie Griffiths-trained Mossbeat faces her last start conqueror Nautical after a fourth in Tasmania’s Bow Mistress.
A four-year-old daughter of Mossman, Mossbeat is second-up on the weekend with her last start last time in being a good third to Solicit in the Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m) in mid-November.
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2016 Frances Tressady Stakes Nominations
Flemington Racecourse – 05/03/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||60x2357x09||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||G||6||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||1||59kg||104|
|2||10x09936x5||LEEBAZ (NZ)||G||6||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||2||58.5kg||103|
|3||0x000820x0||PUCCINI (NZ)||H||5||Darren Weir||3||58kg||102|
|4||x0111x76x0||RED BOMBER||G||5||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||4||57.5kg||101|
|5||3153312311||BURNING FRONT||G||5||Darren Weir||5||57kg||100|
|6||43028x486x||BIG MEMORY (FR)||G||6||Tony McEvoy||6||56.5kg||99|
|7||4361x1860x||ABIDEWITHME (NZ)||M||6||Peter G Moody||7||54.5kg||99|
|9||1x67x1x0x0||OBSERVATIONAL (GB)||G||5||Robert Hickmott||9||55.5kg||97|
|10||4029×34228||TRIED AND TIRED||G||6||Leon & Troy Corstens||10||55kg||96|
|11||0321359111||DAN ZEPHYR||G||5||Pat Carey||11||54kg||94|
|12||0451395163||MIGHTY LIKE||G||6||Mick Price||12||54kg||93|
|13||71153337×8||JESSY BELLE||M||5||Luke Oliver||13||54kg||92|
|14||1x646531x9||ZEBRINZ||G||5||Leon & Troy Corstens||14||54kg||90|
|16||x9707334x0||HENWOOD (NZ)||G||7||John Sadler||16||54kg||89|
|17||16x1x8x1x7||NEVIS (IRE)||G||6||Robert Hickmott||17||54kg||88|
|18||26x80x4573||GENERAL GROOVE||G||6||Leon & Troy Corstens||18||54kg||87|
|19||02390×5800||CHILE EXPRESS (NZ)||G||7||Robbie Griffiths||19||54kg||83|