2016 Frank Packer Plate Nominations Feature He’s Our Rokkii

The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained He’s Our Rokkii is one of the headline nominations for the Frank Packer Plate 2016 at Royal Randwick Racecourse this weekend in Sydney.

He's Our Rokkii

He’s Our Rokkii could shoot for back-to-back autumn Group 3 wins in Randwick’s 2016 Frank Packer Plate this Saturday in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart.

The three-year-old son of Roc De Cambes hails from New Zealand originally, and comes off a winning Sydney debut from April 2 in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) over the mile.

He’ll step out over more distance for the first time on Saturday if accepted into the $150,000 Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) field, the race attracted a total of 16 early entries.

Co-trainer Dabernig is confident He’s Our Rokkii can handle the extra metres, with the intention always to give him a shot at the staying distance.

“He’s had a great foundation for it,” Dabernig told AAP.

“He’s very fit and the way he covered ground and was still strong on the line last start, you would think it wouldn’t be a problem.

“He was bought with the intention of being a middle-distance horse.”

Also coming off a last start win are the Joe Pride-trained Authorized filly Sheilarized who saluted over the Wyong mile on April 7 by over four lengths and Old North for the Godolphin stable.

John O’Shea’s in-form Lonhro colt Old North made it three-from-six for his career on March 26 at Rosehill when putting one and a quarter lengths on Torgersen to win the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m).

He is proven over Saturday’s distance then, which could prove a winning advantage in the Frank Packer Plate this All Aged Stakes Day.

Chris Waller’s Pins colt Torgersen backed up from his Tulloch Stakes second to Old North on April 2 in the Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m), but was outclassed over the mile and a half beaten over 13 lengths when 10th to the New Zealand-trained winner Tavago.

Torgersen drops back in distance and class then if Waller accepts him for the Frank Packer Plate this weekend.

Along with Old North, O’Shea has also nominated for the stable’s Teofilo filly Asinara who is down in class on the back of a seventh behind Single Gaze in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) in late March.

Another class filly in the mix is the Clarry Conners-trained daughter of Not A Single Doubt, Queen Of Wands.

She won two on the trot in March before stepping up in class for the Carbine Club Stakes on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’ finishing one and a quarter lengths off He’s Our Rokkii who she is set to clash against again on the weekend.

Zasorceress is also coming off a third at the track from April 2, Jason Warren’s nicely-bred Zabeel filly defeated just over a length by Diamond Made in the Group 2 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m).

See below for the full Frank Packer Plate 2016 nominations, the final field and barrier draw set for release on Wednesday.

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2016 Frank Packer Plate Nominations

Randwick Racecourse – 16/04/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 11437 ASINARA F 3 John O’Shea 77
2 0x51810 AURORA’S STAR F 3 Anthony Cummings 66
3 5×13212 COOL CHAP G 3 Lee & Anthony Freedman 70
4 9358×82307 GOLD AMBITION (NZ) G 3 Bjorn Baker 80
5 16248×4121 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 82
6 140×630695 HIERARCHAL C 3 Anthony Cummings 67
7 x51x652356 MANHATTAN SON G 3 Clarry Conners 62
8 6x61x141 OLD NORTH C 3 John O’Shea 87
9 77×424 O’REILLY’S ANGEL (NZ) F 3 Bryce Heys 55
10 x3346x5113 QUEEN OF WANDS F 3 Clarry Conners 74
11 6L441x114 RONG DOOR REGGIE G 3 Matt Laurie 69
12 862220×730 SEA OF TRANQUILITY G 3 Matt Laurie 66
13 9x4421x531 SHEILARIZED F 3 Joseph Pride 71
14 42229×9689 TATOOSH G 3 Paul Perry 74
15 6211×88720 TORGERSEN (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 83
16 44×4633 ZASORCERESS (NZ) F 3 Jason Warren

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