John Zielke’s in-form filly from the Sunshine Coast Spot The Diff is the headline nomination for the Ken Russell Memorial Classic 2016 on the Gold Coast this Saturday on A.D. Hollindale Stakes Day.
This year’s $125,000 Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m) attracted 17 two-year-olds at nomination stage including two for Zielke.
He has entered two smart fillies including his daughter of Snitzel Spot The Diff who won three on the trot before a last start second behind Crack Me Up in Toowoomba’s Listed Dalrello Stakes (1200m) on April 16.
Her victories included a win over the same track and distance as the Ken Russell when putting three quarters of a length over Double Superlative at the Gold Coast on March 12 ahead of an 1100m Doomben win in early April.
Stablemate Royal Tithe is a promising Show A Heart filly who travels to the Gold Coast for the first time if accepted for Saturday’s Group 3, which will be her first Black-Type run since a second on debut behind Zelady’s Night Out at Doomben in December’s Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1u050m).
Since then she has posted two wins over 1300m and 1350m, the latest by nearly two lengths in Brisbane in early March with apprentice Luke Dittman in the saddle.
Other last start winners in the mix include the John O’Shea-trained Lonhro colt Impending who won on debut at Rosehill by two and a half lengths a fortnight ago, John Smerdon’s filly Starante who has winning form at the Gold Coast, the Gai Waterhouse-trained daughter of More Than Ready Purrari and Spring Tycoon for Sunshine Coast trainer Stuart Kendrick.
Local trainer Toby Edmonds is represented in this year’s Ken Russell Memorial nominations by his returning I Am Invincible colt Sundance.
The youngster won the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1050m) in December before a fifth in the Group 3 B.J. McLachlan Stakes (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Boxing Day.
He has trialled twice since ahead of his first-up run on Saturday including a big five and a half length win over 1000m at Deagon on April 26.
Other notable hopes include Ciaron Maher’s Group 3 placed Not A Single Doubt filly Emphatically, Toowoomba-trained Jet Spur filly Two Shoes coming off a Dalrello Stakes fourth and third in the same lead-up run Sugarparma trained by Randwick’s Peter Robl.
The Ken Russell Memorial classic is a key lead-up to the better juvenile races of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival including Saturday week’s Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben and even the $600,000 Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Handicap Day in June.
See below for the full Ken Russell Memorial Classic 2016 nominations, the final field and barriers out on Wednesday.
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2016 Ken Russell Memorial Classic Nominations
Gold Coast Racecourse – 07/05/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight|
|1||3167×1112||SPOT THE DIFF||F||2||John Zielke||1||55kg|
|2||223121x||ROYAL TITHE||F||2||John Zielke||2||55kg|
|6||1315×7||EMTEVEE QUEEN||F||2||Kevin Kemp||6||55kg|
|8||1×1694||TWO SHOES||F||2||Tony Sears||8||55kg|
|14||2×4||CHARNLEY RIVER||C||2||Stuart Kendrick||14||57kg|
|15||16x||YANKEE EXPRESS||C||2||Matthew Dunn||15||57kg|
|16||1||SPRING TYCOON||C||2||Stuart Kendrick||16||57kg|