The headline race on the Flemington Racecourse card this Monday for the Anzac Day public holiday racing program is the VRC St Leger 2016, nominations for which feature ATC Derby graduate Etymology.
First run in 1886 and one of two black-types on the card, this year’s $200,000 Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) has attracted 15 three-year-olds at nomination stage.
Included in the early entries is the John O’Shea-trained New Approach colt Etymology coming off a brave fifth to Tavago in Randwick’s Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) from April 2.
A proven stayer, the Godolphin-raced Etymology is best known for his second to Tarzino in last October’s Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m).
He will relish a step back in class on Monday should he be accepted into the VRC St Leger field, where he will return to Flemington for the first time since his Group 1 second.
Another exciting nominee is the James Cummings-trained Casino Prince gelding Joueur coming off a 2600m win by nearly two lengths at Gosford on April 12.
Cummings enjoyed his maiden Group 1 win as a solo trainer last Saturday in Sydney with two-year-old Prized Icon taking out the Champagne Stakes and will be hoping the good run continues on Monday.
The only other last start winner along with Joueur nominated for the set weights plus penalties clash is Fiefdom from the Mornington stables of Shane Nichols.
The Domesday filly saluted over 2455m at Geelong on the same day Joueur posted his win at Gosford, breaking through for her first turf triumph at her ninth career start showing an affinity for genuine staying races.
The other fillies nominated to take on the boys this season are Alittle Loose who ran ninth in the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) at Randwick last start, Robbie Laing’s daughter of High Chaparral Cracklin’ Rose, Pat Carey’s Galilee Final third placegetter Meru on the improve, her stablemate Wintonia by Domesday and the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained daughter of Zabeel See Line Woman.
Last year’s winning trainers Lee and Anthony Freedman took it out with Authoritarian (2015) and are back 12 months on nominating Cool Chap.
A consistent son of High Chaparral, Cool Chap has finished out of the money just once in his six starts to date and comes off a second to Charlevoix in the Listed Galilee Final (2400m) at Sandown-Hillside from April 9.
Other notable hopes nominated for the capacity 16-starter VRC St Leger field this year include Galilee Final fourth placed Bullish Stock who shares the sire Tavistock with last year’s VRC Derby winner Tarzino and the David Brideoake-trained Group 2 placegetter Hardern.
See below for the full VRC St Leger 2016 nominations, the final field and barrier draw for which is out on Thursday morning.
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2016 VRC St Leger Nominations
Flemington Racecourse – 25/04/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer|
|1||3x18x39||ALITTLE LOOSE||F||3||Michael Kent|
|2||7180146304||BULLISH STOCK (NZ)||G||3||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|3||5×13212||COOL CHAP||G||3||Lee & Anthony Freedman|
|4||7523×08757||CRACKLIN’ ROSIE||F||3||Robbie Laing|
|9||565860||LASER SIGHT||G||3||Pat Carey|
|11||x452431380||SARIMANOK||C||3||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan|
|12||0x65109||SEE LINE WOMAN (NZ)||F||3||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|14||81×6445||TUFF BICKIE||G||3||Ken Keys|