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.
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|
|3||9x00740x99||MORIARTY (IRE)||G||8||Chris Waller||3||59kg||104|
|4||1x572217x2||EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB)||H||6||Gai Waterhouse||4||59kg||107|
|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|