2016 Redoute’s Choice Stakes Nominations feature Twenty

Twenty two-year-olds have been included in 2016 Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1200m) nominations, to be run as the feature race at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday.

David Hayes and Tom Dabernig have three runners included in 2016 Redoute's Choice Stakes nominations. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

David Hayes and Tom Dabernig have three runners included in 2016 Redoute’s Choice Stakes nominations. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

David Hayes and Tom Dabernig are poised to launch an impressive three-pronged attack on the black type race after including all of Highland Beat, Lionhearted and Tris in 2016 Redoute’s Choice Stakes nominations.

Highland Beat contested something of a busy summer and autumn preparation; charging home to finish second behind Extreme Choice in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) most notably, but failing to fire when tenth in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).

Returning from a brief freshen-up for second in the Robert Taranto Handicap (1100m), the Exceed And Excel colt savaged the line for a near-two length win in the Toronado @ Swettenham Handicap (1200m) on April 20th.

Lionhearted has produced four commendable performances through his short racing career without managing a win, but will relish a step back in class in the 2016 Redoute’s Choice Stakes.

Debuting for seventh in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) on February 13th, the son of Fastnet Rock progressed to second in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) before placing fourth in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) on March 12th.

Having run sixth in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) on Day 1 of The Championships, Lionhearted will be very tough to beat on Saturday should leading hoop Hugh Bowman retain the ride.

Tris will be aiming for a third-consecutive race win in the Redoute’s Choice Stakes and should prove tough to beat if fortunate at Wednesday’s barrier draw.

Failing to make much of an impact through two starts upon debut in November, Tris resumed this time for fourth in the Vobis Gold Rush (1000m) before taking out each of the Echuca Cup May 29 Book Now Maiden (1100m) and Group 3 Campolina Stud Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) most recently.

Dissolute is one of a plethora of standout two-year-olds currently in work for Godolphin and has been included in 2016 Redoute’s Choice Stakes nominations by trainer John O’Shea.

Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive debut, Dissolute immediately stamped himself as a colt to follow when fourth in the Schweppes Handicap (1200m) at Canterbury on January 9th.

Having immediately returned to the paddock, the son of New Approach appears to be on course for another big performance in the Redoute’s Choice Stakes after running a close second to Valliano in the Gold Ingot (1200m) at Caulfield a fortnight ago.

The 2016 Redoute’s Choice Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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2016 Redoute’s Choice Stakes Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ANNATTA LADY F 2 Luke Oliver
2 5×9 ATLANTIC EXPRESS G 2 Tom Hughes 61
3 4 BAROQUE (NZ) F 2 Lee & Anthony Freedman
4 CLIFF HANGER C 2 Lee & Anthony Freedman
5 22x CURVATURE C 2 Lee & Anthony Freedman 63
6 4×2 DISSOLUTE C 2 John O’Shea 64
7 EPIC MOMENT C 2 Mick Price
8 FLORIDA KEYS F 2 Pat Carey
9 8 FROMPARIS WITHLOVE F 2 Leon & Troy Corstens
10 9×1202021 HIGHLAND BEAT C 2 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 71
11 3x HOLLYWOODGIRL F 2 Clinton McDonald 61
12 7246 LIONHEARTED C 2 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 66
13 4 MIDTOWN F 2 Mick Price
14 6x MRS MARTIN F 2 Clinton McDonald 61
15 2 OREGON’S DAY F 2 Mick Price 61
16 9 RASTAFARIAN G 2 John Salanitri
17 SCHILLERAINE G 2 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
18 60×411 TRIS F 2 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 70
19 VANQUISH C 2 Michael Kent
20 WANGAALA F 2 Danny O’Brien

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