2016 Phar Lap Stakes Nominations

Fifteen three-year-olds are poised to line up at Rosehill Gardens this weekend following the release of 2016 Phar Lap Stakes nominations this morning, highlighted by the inclusion of a number of runners targeting Group 1 feature races further into the Autumn Carnival.

Pearls is one of four Godolphin runners included in 2016 Phar Lap Stakes nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Pearls is one of four Godolphin runners included in 2016 Phar Lap Stakes nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Ghisoni and Italy have both also been included in nominations for the Group 1 Coolmore Classic and are likely to be confirmed in the final field for that races, however Godolphin will still have a strong presence in the Phar Lap Stakes after trainer John O’Shea also included Old North and Pearls in nominations.

Old North will make his black type debut in the 2016 Phar Lap Stakes but carries exceptional form into the race having won both the All Too Hard @ Vinery Maiden (1400m) and Café Culture + Insitu BM67 (1400m) most recently.

Pearls has posted two wins and a minor through six competitive starts since debuting at the beginning of the Spring Carnival.

While fading late to beat only one runner home in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) first-up this time, the Exceed And Excel filly has clearly taken benefit from the hit-out when savaging the line for fourth in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) last time out.

Chris Waller has included three of his runners in Phar Lap Stakes nominations including Encosta Line.

Encosta Line is also yet to step out at black type level, but followed up a number of strong trials with a close second in the Coca Cola BM70 (1350m) first-up on February 23rd.

Hattori Hanzo has returned to racing in exceptional form this time and has also been included in 2016 Phar Lap Stakes nominations.

Resuming for third in the Bruce Clough Mazda Maiden (1200m) on February 4th, Hattori Hanzo broke through for a maiden win in the Subway Sale Plate (1423m) on February 16th.

Having repeated the dose in the Ranvet BM64 (1514m) most recently on February 26th, the gelding is proven over the distance and will be a serious chance of success should he draw well at Wednesday’s barrier allocation.

The Lindsay Park operation have a big opinion of Sacred Eye and have included in the filly in Phar Lap Stakes nominations.

Winner of the Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) and finishing second in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) most notably in spring, Sacred Eye is sure to have taken plenty of benefit from a first-up run for fifth in the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) on February 20th.

The 2016 Phar Lap Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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2016 Phar Lap Stakes Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 1180×667 ALASKAN ROSE (NZ) F 3 Michael Moroney 72
2 11 BELIEVE F 3 Anthony Cummings 68
3 834122×89 DUBAIINSTYLE (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 65
4 822x3314x2 ENCOSTA LINE G 3 Chris Waller 68
5 11×1 GHISONI F 3 John O’Shea 92
6 49×311 HATTORI HANZO G 3 Michael Kent 66
7 8140×630 HIERARCHAL C 3 Anthony Cummings 67
8 31412560×6 INTREPID WAY (NZ) G 3 Amanda Turner & Mauro Poletti 71
9 9x5482x671 ITALY F 3 John O’Shea 78
10 6x61x1 OLD NORTH C 3 John O’Shea 71
11 1214×64 PEARLS F 3 John O’Shea 89
12 12217×5 SACRED EYE F 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 86
13 32098×4022 SINGLE GAZE F 3 Nick Olive 83
14 32542229×9 TATOOSH G 3 Paul Perry 77
15 x416211x88 TORGERSEN (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 77


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