After a tough run behind Group 1 winner Japonisme last start in Sydney the Gary Moore-trained Takedown is nominated to take on an easier field of rivals in the Gold Coast Guineas 2016 in Queensland on the weekend.
One of the key support races on the A.D. Hollindale Stakes Day card at the Gold Coast Racecourse on Saturday, this season’s $125,000 Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) attracted 24 nominations.
The highest-rated of those is Moore’s classy son of Stratum Takedown whose last start at Randwick on April 9 produced a close third when only a half-length off the Chris Waller-trained Japonisme in the Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m).
It has been a long time between drinks for Takedown who hasn’t won a race since the Group 3 Baillieu Handicap (1400fm) at Rosehill in March last year, but his last start suggested he is close to peaking again ahead of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival features.
Waller meanwhile is also represented in the Gold Coast Guineas nominations this weekend with his last start Rosehill winner Sir Bacchus.
The Sebring grey saluted over 1200m a fortnight back by two and a half lengths and returns to the Gold Coast where he finished four lengths away 10th to Mahuta in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas back in January.
Along with Sir Bacchus other GC Guineas hopes coming off a lead-up win include recent Doomben champ Perfect Dare, the Kelso Wood-trained Ipswich winner Hesitation, local gelding Always Sacred prepared by Toby Edmonds, Uno Best who comes off three straight Toowoomba wins and the Stuart Kendrick-trained Divine Centuri.
A nicely-bred daughter of I Am Invincible, Divine Centuri hails from the Sunshine Coast where she won the Listed Mick Dittman Plate (1000m) a fortnight ago.
Also graduates of the Mick Dittman Plate and nominated for a rematch run on Saturday include the Kevin Kamp-trained runner-up Sold For Song who won the Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m) at Doomben last December and third placegetter Big Tree.
Prepared by Peter Blazen on the Gold Coast, Big Tree is a consistent son of Snitzel who hasn’t finished out of the money since May last year.
Winner of the Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m) on Hollindale Stakes Day 12 months ago, the chestnut colt comes off a string of good runs including the Mick Dittman third, which was his first Black-Type assignment since an eighth to Blueberry Hill in last winter’s Group 2 Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Doomben.
The Liam Birchley-trained Champagne Stakes winner Blueberry Hill went on to run second to Look To The Stars in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) and sixth to Press Statement in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) as a two-year-old.
The now three-year-old Myboycharlie filly is another Gold Coast Guineas entry for Saturday and is looking to atone for her eighth when six lengths off the winner in the Mick Dittman last time out.
Other notable hopes include Mick Dittman fourth placed Mossman gelding Privlaka and the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Group 3 Caulfield winner Santa Ana Lane.
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2016 Gold Coast Guineas Nominations
Gold Coast Racecourse – 07/05/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|2||112126×68||BLUEBERRY HILL||F||3||Liam Birchley||2||55kg||82|
|3||8x2222x213||BIG TREE||C||3||Peter Balzen||3||57kg||82|
|4||1611841449||CRAIGLEA WANDOO||G||3||Krystle Johnston||4||57kg||75|
|5||114×1923||SANTA ANA LANE||G||3||Lee & Anthony Freedman||5||57kg||85|
|6||5x2110x1||SIR BACCHUS||G||3||Chris Waller||6||57kg||77.5|
|8||x0615088x5||IN HIS STRIDE||G||3||Rex Lipp||8||57kg||69|
|9||121×2||SOLD FOR SONG||F||3||Kevin Kemp||9||55kg||78|
|10||1×2131||DIVINE CENTURI||F||3||Stuart Kendrick||10||55kg||80|
|11||05×6530253||REDSSON||G||3||Bruce W Hill||11||57kg||65|
|12||16x4226x1||PERFECT DARE||G||3||Matthew Dunn||12||57kg||72.5|
|14||2415×33337||TAILLEVENT||G||3||Bruce W Hill||14||57kg||67|
|15||1353648×05||BANDA SPICE||F||3||Stuart Kendrick||15||55kg||67|
|16||51×164||BRIGADOON RISE||F||3||Peter & Paul Snowden||16||55kg||74|
|17||14x2153x1||ALWAYS SACRED||G||3||Toby Edmonds||17||57kg||73|
|18||424×127211||AUSSIE JACK||G||3||Barry Lockwood||18||57kg||70|
|19||434x116x36||WINNING ACCORD||G||3||Bruce W Hill||19||57kg||65|
|20||x4182x2111||UNO BEST||G||3||Paul Facoory||20||57kg||73|
|21||217×01||SPIETH (NZ)||C||3||Bryce Heys||21||57kg||66|
|22||5x52283x1||DEVIL’S FIRE||G||3||David Kelly||22||57kg||61|
|23||1×4||KERMANDIE STAR||F||3||Bruce W Hill||23||55kg||61|
|24||1||THE VIRGINIAN||G||3||Toby Edmonds||24||57kg||61|