2016 Rewards Stakes Nominations Feature Burning Front

Darren Weir’s in-form five-year-old Burning Front is one of the top rated nominees taken on Monday for the Rewards Stakes 2016 on the Australian Guineas Day card for this weekend at Flemington Racecourse.

Burning Front

Carlyon Cup winner Burning Front is nominated for a Flemington run in Saturday’s 2016 Rewards Stakes on Australian Guineas Day. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Racing Victoria received 19 nominations for this season’s $150,000 Group 3 TAB Rewards Stakes (1400m), one of two Group 3 support races in Melbourne this Saturday.

The handicap clash includes two possible runners for Melbourne Cup winning trainer Weir who has entered former NZ Derby winner Puccini after his first win since a Group 1 in New Zealand last January and Burning Front.

Primus gelding Burning Front has won his past two on the trot including the Croup 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) over the Caulfield mile on February 13.

He won that by one and three quarter lengths and will be chasing back-to-back Group 3 wins if accepted into the Rewards Stakes field this Saturday.

The only other last start winner in the mix is the Pat Carey-trained Dan Zephyer, the Danbird five-year-old coming off a trio of 1400m wins in Melbourne.

Allocated the 59kg top weight in the Rewards Stakes this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival is the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Entirely Platinum.

It has been a long time between drinks for the Pentire six-year-old who hasn’t won since a Rosehill success back in August of 2014.

He has placed in multiple Group 1 races since however when runner-up in last year’s CF Orr Stakes, second to the recently retired Boban in the Memsie Stakes and third to Fawkner in the Makybe Diva Stakes over the mile.

His latest run was a ninth beaten five lengths by Turn Me Loose in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) just last weekend that he’ll be out to improve on should he run on the short back-up into the Group 3.

Team Hawkes have also nominated for Leebaz (58.5kg) who follows in the Rewards Stakes weights, the fellow six-year-old gelding second-up after a Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) fifth to Winx three weeks ago.

Gerald Ryan has his All American four-year-old Bachman in the mix nominated for his Flemington debut after crossing eighth from a wide gate last time out in January’s Magic Millions Cup on the Gold Coast behind Lucky Hussler.

Also eighth last time out behind boom filly Heatherly in the Group 3 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) from February 13 is the Leon & Troy Corstens-trained Tried And Tired.

The Corstens have a total of three nominees with Zebrinz up in class and General Groove coming off a third to Dan Zephyr from early February.

Other notable Rewards Stakes hopes include the Mick Price-trained Mighty Like who won January’s Listed Barton Stakes (1400m) defeating Tried And Tired at Caulfield and Chester Manifold Stakes winning Strategic stallion Tudor.

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2015 Rewards 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
8 x73026x118 BACHMAN G 4 Gerald Ryan 8 55.5kg 97
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
15 x420994140 TUDOR H 4 Doug Harrison 15 54kg 89
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

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