Protest winner of last weekend’s Australian Cup Preferment has been nominated for a possible quick back-up into this Saturday’s Ranvet Stakes 2016 in Sydney.
Chris Waller’s Zabeel four-year-old was second past the post behind roughie hope Awesome Rock in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington second-up, but was awarded the Group 1 title on protest.
The star stallion is now one of 19 weight-for-age hopefuls nominated for this Saturday’s $700,000 Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on Golden Slipper Stakes Day.
Waller prepared the 2013 Ranvet Stakes winner Foreteller, who ran seventh in the Australian Cup in the lead-up, and is in with seven nominations for this year’s edition led by Preferment.
Preferment hasn’t raced at Rosehill Racecourse since his second in last year’s Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on the same day 12 months ago and shoots for the Australian Cup – Ranvet Stakes double last achieved by Manighar (2012).
The original Australian Cup winner Awesome Rock is also nominated for a rematch this weekend, the Leon & Troy Corstens-trained four-year-old losing lot of potential value at stud after the Group 1 win was awarded to Preferment last Saturday.
The son of Fastnet Rock is after his first official win since Melbourne Cup Day last November and his only previous Rosehill assignment produced a ninth in the 2014 Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m).
Waller meanwhile plays a strong hand with the other headline entries from the stable including Kool Kompany, Who Shot Thebarman and Press Statement.
Irish import Kool Kompany ran fourth in last weekend’s Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m), while his proven two miler Who Shot Thebarman comes off a nice third to Sir John Hawkwood in the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (2000m) at the same meeting.
Press Statement is a dual Group 1 winning son of Hinchinbrook, the three-year-old colt’s last run producing a shock loss to Le Romain in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m).
He features in the nominations for three races at Rosehill on Saturday also holding entries for the $600,000 Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and $1 million Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) as well as the Ranvet Stakes.
Last year’s Ranvet Stakes winner was the John O’Shea-trained Contributer (2015) who came off a win in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m).
O’Shea and Godolphin are back this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival shooting for back-to-back wins for the first time since Gai Waterhouse made it four on the trot from 2007 – 2010 with smart Reset four-year-old Hauraki.
He will be third-up on the weekend following two good third place efforts behind Waller’s star mare Winx in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) and Chipping Norton Stakes.
This year’s Chipping Norton Stakes runner-up Dibayani also features in the Ranvet Stakes nominations, the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Shamardal six-year-old out to break a lengthy drought with his last win being in Europe in June of 2013.
Seven-time Ranvet Stakes winning trainer Waterhouse meanwhile shoots for her eighth success with just the one entry this autumn, her four-year-old O’Reilly mare Bohemian Lily out to become the first mare to win since Silent Achiever (2014).
Other notable Ranvet Stakes nominees include the Hayes & Dabernig-trained champion Criterion, Murray Baker’s Caulfield Cup winner from the spring Mongolian Khan and The United States who ran a brave second in last Saturday’s Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.
See below for the full Ranvet Stakes 2016 nominations, the field and barriers out on Wednesday.
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2016 Ravent Stakes Nominations
Rosehill Racecourse – 12/03/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x30721x042||AWESOME ROCK||H||4||Leon & Troy Corstens||104|
|2||x692330x65||BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ)||M||4||Gai Waterhouse||97|
|3||35x61239x7||CRITERION (NZ)||H||5||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||115|
|4||x0x3399x42||DIBAYANI (IRE)||G||6||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||107|
|5||6x0x0069x0||GALLANTE (IRE)||G||5||Robert Hickmott||99|
|6||1x98046x00||GUST OF WIND (NZ)||M||4||John Sargent||106|
|8||10042x5x84||KOOL KOMPANY (IRE)||H||4||Chris Waller||103|
|9||312×1221||LE ROMAIN||C||3||Kris Lees||104|
|10||151x7431x0||MONGOLIAN KHAN||H||4||Murray Baker||114|
|11||21135||MONTAIGNE (NZ)||G||3||Anthony Cummings||78|
|12||x011907x41||PREFERMENT (NZ)||H||4||Chris Waller||114|
|13||11x2511x12||PRESS STATEMENT||C||3||Chris Waller||108|
|14||84151||SPANISH STRIDE||G||3||Amanda Turner & Mauro Poletti||66|
|15||12132314×7||STORM THE STARS (USA)||H||4||Chris Waller||110|
|16||x122610x52||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||H||6||Robert Hickmott||105|
|18||x249000x98||WEARY (FR)||G||6||Chris Waller||102|
|19||758701×903||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||G||7||Chris Waller||110|