Palentino Tops 2016 Alister Clark Stakes Nominations

Darren Weir’s Australian Guineas champion Palentino is the headline nominee for the Alister Clark Stakes 2016 to run under the lights at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Friday night in Melbourne.

Palentino (middle)

Australian Guineas winner Palentino (middle) is the top-rated 2016 Alister Clark Stakes nominee for Moonee Valley this Friday night. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The latest three-years-old feature of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) attracted a total of 17 entries.

Leading the early nominations as the highest-rated of the hopefuls is Teofilo colt who lost the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) on protest two back before winning the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 5.

Friday sees the three-time winner have his seventh career start, his first at Moonee Valley, and his first over further than a mile where the distance will be the test in the Alister Clark Stakes.

Five other last start winners also feature in the nominations including the flying John O’Shea-trained Tally who has won his past three on the trot this time in.

The Godolphin-raced Street Cry colt’s last start produced a February 27 win at Caulfield in the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m), and he also has form at the track / distance when fifth to subsequent Crown Oaks winning filly Jameka in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) from last October.

Also on a three-straight winning streak heading into Friday night’s feature is the Michael Kent-trained Cranbourne galloper Hattori Hanzo.

The son of Sebring posted his first black-type win only last Saturday at Rosehill when scoring a narrow victory over Man Of Choice in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m).

Prior to that he saluted over 1514m at Moonee Valley where, if accepted, he’ll be running at on a short back-up in the Alister Clark.

The best represented stable is Lindsay Park’s David Hayes & Tom Dabernig with three hopefuls.

Encosta De Lago colt Sovereign Nation comes off an Australian Guineas ninth, Kiwi import He’s Our Rokki won over the Sandown-Lakeside mile on March 2 while Flying Light saluted over the 2040m at Moonee Valley before a second to Tally in the Autumn Classic last time out.

Along with Tally (1st) and Flying Light (2nd) the other best Autumn Classic graduates nominated for the Alister Clark this season are third-placed Top Ravine for Blue Diamond Stakes winning trainer Mick Price and fourth placegetter Patch Adams.

Other notable hopefuls include Lonhro colt Data Point coming off a Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) sixth from March 5 and Peter Moody’s dual winner over the distance in easier company Last Typhoon.

See below for the full Alister Clark Stakes 2016 nominations, the final field and barrier draw set for release on Wednesday.

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2016 Alister Clark Stakes Nominations

Moonee Valley Racecourse – 18/03/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 211×721 PALENTINO C 3 Darren Weir 1 57kg 105
2 17148×659 SOVEREIGN NATION C 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 2 57kg 84
3 52215×111 TALLY C 3 John O’Shea 3 57kg 84
4 49×3111 HATTORI HANZO G 3 Michael Kent 4 57kg 85
5 8182170×70 AYERS ROCK G 3 Shawn Mathrick 5 57kg 72
6 1436532212 FLYING LIGHT G 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 6 57kg 74
7 244527×094 PATCH ADAMS C 3 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 7 57kg 71
8 x212543165 HARDERN G 3 David Brideoake 8 57kg 68
9 4x16248x41 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 9 57kg 72
10 1721620×96 JADEER C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 10 57kg 69
11 923×44113 TOP RAVINE C 3 Mick Price 11 57kg 70
12 7x10343x81 WAR LEGEND (NZ) G 3 Michael Moroney 12 57kg 68
13 1×226 DATA POINT C 3 Michael Kent 13 57kg 66
14 02321×51 LAST TYPHOON C 3 Peter G Moody 14 57kg 65
15 5×132 COOL CHAP G 3 Peter G Moody 15 57kg 62
16 6x8214x3 SKULDUGGERY G 3 Danny O’Brien 16 57kg 62
17 16 CHARLEVOIX C 3 Michael Kent 17 57kg 64


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