First Seal Heads 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes First Acceptances

John Thompson’s in-form Group 1 winner First Seal is the best fancied of the 60 fillies and mares making up the Queen Of The Turf Stakes 2016 first acceptances this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

First Seal

First Seal is early favourite of the 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes first acceptances for the April 9 at Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart.

On Tuesday first declarations for all of ‘The Championships’ races at Randwick Racecourse on April 2 and 9 closed including those for the $1 million Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) on Day 2.

The weight-for-age mile feature drew 100 nominations earlier in the season, a figure cut by 40 at first acceptance stage.

Leading the all-in Queen Of The Turf Stakes odds at paying $4.80 for the win is Fastnet Rock four-year-old First Seal out to improve on her sixth to Amanpour in the race last year.

That followed her Group 1 seconds in the Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m), First Seal best known for her Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) win in 2014.

She has had two runs this time in for a first-up Rosehill win in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) before her second in last Saturday’s Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) behind Holler.

Thompson has also paid the Queen Of The Turf Stakes first acceptance fee for Bernardini five-year-old Zanbagh who ran second to Solicit first-up in the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) on February 27.

Following First Seal in futures Queen Of The Turf Stakes betting are the Chris Waller-trained Winx ($6) and Azkadellia ($8) for Melbourne trainer Ciaron Maher.

Winx posted her fourth Group 1 victory in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) over the Queen Of The Turf Stakes track and distance last start.

The Cox Plate champion however is more likely to step out over more distance on the same day as this year’s Queen Of The Turf Stakes for a shot at the lucrative $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).

Azkadellia is also in the mix for the same too races, the consistent daughter of Shinko King last seen winning the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

Third to Politeness in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) in the spring, the four-year-old races again this Saturday heading to Sydney for a shot at the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m).

Gai Waterhouse has prepared an impressive eight previous Queen Of The Turf Stakes winners including the past two on the trot with Diamond Drille (2014) who scored the upset as a 40/1 shot and Amanpour (2015) last autumn who was also at a roughies’ price of $20.

Waterhouse has three first acceptances this season looking to continue her gun run in the race with Supara, Kimberley Star and Speak Fondly still in the mix.

The best fancied of the three at $17 for the win is three-year-old Northern Meteor filly Speak Fondly.

She has a great Randwick record of three wins and a third from five starts including the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes – Furious Stakes double last season, and was one of the best in the spring with a Golden Rose second and Flight Stakes win.

Her return was a ninth beaten four lengths to beat home just one other runner in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) last weekend won by stablemate English, which she will improve on getting out over further.

Other notable hopes include the undefeated John O’Shea-trained Surround Stakes winning filly Ghisoni ($13), Kris Lees’ dual Group 1 winner Lucia Valentina ($13), the Robert Smerdon-trained third placegetter last year Noble Protector ($13), her Myer Classic winning stablemate Politeness ($13) and last start Guy Walter winner Solicit ($13).

Check out the full Queen Of The Turf Stakes 2016 first acceptances below, the final field and barrier draw released on Tuesday April 5.

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2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes First Acceptances

Randwick Racecourse – 09/04/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Weight Hcp. Rating
1 361x1860x0 ABIDEWITHME (NZ) M 6 Peter G Moody 57kg
2 0x11005x19 AMICUS M 4 Chris Waller 57kg
3 150×232215 ANAPHORA M 4 Tony Noonan 57kg
4 32x14111x4 ARTISTRY M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 57kg 84
5 0x12123x21 AZKADELLIA (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher 57kg
6 x2497x380x BRING ME THE MAID M 4 Peter G Moody 57kg 98
7 250513310x CASINO DANCER M 5 Mike Van Gestel 57kg 100
8 91128×1383 CHOOSE M 5 Lee & Shannon Hope 57kg
9 313x43175x CORONATION SHALLAN M 6 Brett Scott 57kg
10 x84315x544 DIG A PONY M 5 Peter G Moody 57kg
11 12x9102x92 FENWAY M 4 Lee & Shannon Hope 57kg
12 2x21226x12 FIRST SEAL M 4 John P Thompson 57kg 109
13 11×3 FLASHING SPEED M 4 Anthony Cummings 57kg 70
14 0130×22311 HEAVENS ABOVE M 4 Tim Martin 57kg 82
15 1x4x59058x HOLY COW M 5 Michael Kent 57kg
16 3862102872 JUST A BLUR M 5 Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones 57kg 82
17 319x11x33x LADY LE FAY (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 57kg 89
18 76x648915x LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) M 5 Kris Lees 57kg 110
19 511x5305x0 MAHARA M 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 57kg
20 48×9325215 MARY LOU M 5 Anthony Cummings 57kg 80
21 14291410×3 MISS ROSE DE LAGO M 5 Danny O’Brien 57kg
22 121x251x3 NANCY M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 57kg 78
23 24x113x00x NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) M 6 Robert Smerdon 57kg
24 18157x554x NOELA’S CHOICE M 5 Peter G Moody 57kg 83
25 25x1918x23 PEEPING M 4 Ron Quinton 57kg
26 00x1112x27 POLITENESS M 5 Robert Smerdon 57kg
27 116617×622 PRIVATE SECRETARY M 6 Gregory Hickman 57kg 89
28 116×755448 QUEEN OF KARIBA M 4 John Sargent 57kg
29 8x21x0125x SANTA ROCKS M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 57kg 68
30 1122x267x SARDAAJ (NZ) M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 57kg 82
31 7x004510x5 SCARLET BILLOWS M 5 Darren Weir 57kg
32 71x4740x66 SLIGHTLY SWEET M 4 Jason Coyle 57kg
33 20x281x221 SOLICIT M 5 Gerald Ryan 57kg
34 4x113310x0 SOMETHING SECRET M 4 Jason Coyle 57kg 72
35 311x117x13 SUAVITO (NZ) M 5 Nigel Blackiston 57kg
36 349x9700x7 SUPARA M 4 Gai Waterhouse 57kg 79
37 1213×66166 SWEET FIRE M 4 Chris Waller 57kg 85
38 4×32116642 TELEPATHIC (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 57kg 99
39 6535x470x3 THINKING OF YOU (NZ) M 4 Peter G Moody 57kg
40 167×702117 TINTO M 5 Rex Lipp 57kg
41 2x15460x44 VERGARA M 5 Anthony Cummings 57kg
42 211x111x11 WINX M 4 Chris Waller 57kg
43 0549x149x2 ZANBAGH M 5 John P Thompson 57kg
44 2x311313x8 AMBIENCE F 3 John O’Shea 54.5kg 90
45 114 ASINARA F 3 John O’Shea 54.5kg 68
46 3x217113x BADAWIYA F 3 Mick Price 54.5kg 88
47 11×634 CANA F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 54.5kg
48 1142 DIXIE BLOSSOMS F 3 Ron Quinton 54.5kg 73
49 3x341613x1 DON’T DOUBT MAMMA F 3 Tony McEvoy 54.5kg
50 11×1 GHISONI F 3 John O’Shea 54.5kg 92
51 31112336×4 KIMBERLEY STAR F 3 Gai Waterhouse 54.5kg 84
52 154013x90x LOOK TO THE STARS F 3 David Vandyke 54.5kg 84
53 41x25444x3 PASADENA GIRL (NZ) F 3 Peter G Moody 54.5kg
54 1214×64 PEARLS F 3 John O’Shea 54.5kg 89
55 2x61211x13 RISQUE (NZ) F 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 54.5kg 92
56 3x31324x20 SAILING BY F 3 Mick Price 54.5kg 77
57 8x054152x6 SAVANNAH ROSE F 3 Gary Nickson 54.5kg 66
58 32098×4022 SINGLE GAZE F 3 Nick Olive 54.5kg 83
59 210x1121x9 SPEAK FONDLY F 3 Gai Waterhouse 54.5kg 105
60 x11616x534 STAY WITH ME F 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 54.5kg 102


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