2016 AD Hollindale Stakes Nominations Feature Amovatio

Chris Waller’s Hawkesbury Cup winner from last weekend Amovatio is nominated for a possible seven-day turnaround into the AD Hollindale Stakes 2016 on the Gold Coast this Saturday in Queensland.

Amovatio (outside)

Hawkesbury Cup winner Amovatio (outside) is nominated for the quick back-up into the 2016 A.D. Hollindale Stakes on the Gold Coast this Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

The key race of the weekend at the Gold Coast Racecourse, this season’s $358,000 Group 2 A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) has attracted 21 nominations.

The weight-for-age clash is a traditional lead-up to the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in Brisbane on May 21, a double last achieved by Streama in 2014.

Last Saturday Waller saddled-up his Al Maher gelding Amovatio for a half-length win over Mighty Lucky in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Cup (1600m), and could now bring the five-year-old to the Sunshine State for a shot at the AD Hollindale Stakes.

Waller has prepared two recent Doomben Cup winners with Metal Bender (2010) and Beaten Up (2013), the former coming off an AD Hollindale Stakes win ahead of his Group 1 win six years ago.

The master Sydney horseman has a stranglehold over the AD Hollindale Stakes nominations again this year with eight of the early entries including also his 2013 Doomben Cup winner Beaten Up.

Along with Amovatio his other runners coming off a nice lead-up are veteran eight-year-old Index Linked who was runner-up to Guardini in the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) at Randwick on April 16, French import Weary coming off a second in the Anzac Day Handicap over 2000m and Hawkesbury Cup fourth placegetter Strawberry Boy.

Heading the AD Hollindale Stakes nominations for Saturday is the Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs-trained New Zealand raider Volkstok’n’barrell.

The four-year-old son of Tavistock is no stranger to Australian racing, but is as yet untested in Queensland.

As a three-year-old he won the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) in Sydney and ran third in the Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) behind subsequent Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan (3rd) in the latter.

This season he won back-to-back Group 1s at home during the summer – autumn before returning to Australia and failing to impress when 10th to runaway winner Winx in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).

Also right up the ratings is the John O’Shea-trained Reset four-year-old Hauraki, runner-up in last year’s ATC Derby.

Up until a seventh to Lucia Valentina in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) last start on April 9, Hauraki was in flying form this campaign including his third to Winx in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and second to The United States in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m).

O’Shea and the Godolphin stable have also nominated for recent Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) – Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) double winner It’s Somewhat who is out to improve on a Queen Elizabeth Stakes sixth, and smart young Lonhro colt Old North.

Three-year-old Old North has won three of his seven career starts to date including the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) in late March at Rosehill.

His latest run was at Randwick in mid-April when second to He’s Our Rokkii in the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) and is the only horse under four-years-old nominated for this year’s Hollindale.

Other notable hopes include Zabeel six-year-old Leebaz and the Steven O’Dea-trained Sir Moments who ran first and second respectively in last year’s Hollindale Stakes.

Check out the full A.D. Hollindale Stakes 2016 nominations below, the official field of acceptances and barriers out on Wednesday.

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2016 A.D. Hollindale Stakes Nominations

Gold Coast Racecourse – 07/05/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 70590×6110 VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ) G 4 Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs 1 59kg 109
2 x0728x3327 HAURAKI G 4 John O’Shea 2 59kg 107
3 9x00740x99 MORIARTY (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 3 59kg 104
4 1x572217x2 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 6 Gai Waterhouse 4 59kg 107
5 1x170x6351 AMOVATIO G 5 Chris Waller 5 59kg 106
6 09936×5610 LEEBAZ (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 6 59kg 107
7 x6712x2413 SIR MOMENTS G 5 Steven O’dea 7 59kg 106
8 4480x82x34 STRAWBERRY BOY G 7 Chris Waller 8 59kg 104
9 87x23x6116 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 5 John O’Shea 9 59kg 108
10 0042x5x848 KOOL KOMPANY (IRE) H 4 Chris Waller 10 59kg 103
11 76x4212x13 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) G 7 David Vandyke 11 59kg 102
12 16x5300x02 INDEX LINKED (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 12 59kg 103
13 9000×98682 WEARY (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 13 59kg 104
14 141×742121 HONEY TOAST G 5 Ben Currie 14 59kg 94
15 0x484256x7 BEATEN UP (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 15 59kg 105
16 0820×03044 PUCCINI (NZ) H 5 Darren Weir 16 59kg 103
17 31x7858x64 SAKHEE’S SOLDIER (NZ) G 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 17 59kg 100
18 190x09x088 TARLOSHAN (NZ) M 6 Graeme Boyd 18 57kg 94
19 0x6447204x SPIRITJIM (FR) H 6 Chris Waller 19 59kg 108
20 6x61x1412 OLD NORTH C 3 John O’Shea 20 56.5kg 89
21 x8x1x70115 NEVIS (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 21 59kg 96

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