Heatherly Heads 2016 McEwen Stakes Nominations

The Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained Heatherly is the top-rated of the McEwen Stakes 2016 nominations for the key Moonee Valley support act this Saturday in Melbourne.


Carlyon Stakes winner Heatherly is nominated for another Moonee Valley run on Saturday in the 2016 McEwen Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes Day features two Group highlights including the weight-for-age $200,000 Group 2 Mitty’s McEwen Stakes (1000m) that attracted 15 sprinters at nomination stage on Monday.

The McEwen Stakes is a key Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival lead-up to features including the $500,000 Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) back at the track and distance on September 30.

The Moir Stakes is one race firmly on the radar of four-year-old Lonhro mare Heatherly who was last seen winning the Listed Norman Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at the Valley first-up on August 20.

That was her first start since a third in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) in late February, the short-distance specialist boasting an outstanding record at Moonee Valley now of three wins and a third from four runs ahead of the weekend.

Third in the same lead-up was Street Boss six-year-old O’Malley who is also nominated for a rematch in the McEwen Stakes, won 12 months ago by super sprinter Chautauqua (2015), on the weekend.

Along with Heatherly the other two last start winners in the mix are the flying Jarrod McLean-trained Handsome Tycoon and Wild Rain prepared by Mark Kavanagh.

Not A Single Doubt six-year-old Handsome Tycoon has won his past six races on the trot, but they’ve all been at either Darwin or Alice Springs.

The Yangery-trained gelding is back in Melbourne for the first time since August last year, but does have a solid record over the distance (6-2-2-1) albeit in easier company.

Wild Rain is a five-year-old daughter of Manhattan Rain, Kavanagh’s classy mare a winner of two of her four starts at the Valley.

She was last seen posting a 1.75 length win at Caulfield in mid-July’s Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) and races at the Valley for the first time since June last year.

Lindsay Park have entered Group 2 winner Faatinah who hasn’t raced since a The Goodwood fifth in Adelaide back on May 21, along with returning Coolmore Stud Stakes runner-up Keen Array and Sheidel.

Holy Roman Emperor mare Sheidel ran second in Adelaide’s Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) before her last start The Goodwood seventh and has plenty of winning form over the 1000m (11-6-2-1).

Other notable hopes include last year’s third placegetter Furnaces from the Godolphin stable and the Robert Smerdon-trained Reldas.

Testa Rossa six-year-old Reldas boasts a 50% winning strike rate at the track so far (10-5-1-2) and was last seen finishing third at Flemington on July 9 in the Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m).

See below for the full McEwen Stakes 2016 nominations before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au for access to all the hottest spring betting odds and promotions (T&Cs apply).

2016 McEwen Stakes Nominations

Moonee Valley Racecourse – 03/09/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 30x424x19x ALPHA MISS M 5 Robert Smerdon 100
2 722512647x BEAU RADA G 5 John McArdle 91
3 12346x115x FAATINAH G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 90
4 261x3x015x FURNACES H 4 John O’Shea 90
5 3x2111x111 HANDSOME TYCOON G 6 Jarrod McLean 85
6 2x231113x1 HEATHERLY M 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 103
7 00x05459x9 ICONIC G 6 Mark Riley 89
8 12112x083x KEEN ARRAY G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 96
9 653113x67x NOZOMI G 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 86
10 22115x17x3 O’MALLEY G 6 Enver Jusufovic 84
11 74191011×0 PASSING SHOT (NZ) H 5 Stephen McKee 96
12 526515×603 RELDAS G 6 Robert Smerdon 98
13 52114160×8 SHAKESPEAREAN LASS M 5 Pat Carey 92
14 111x34127x SHEIDEL M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 103
15 21x22126x1 WILD RAIN M 5 Mark Kavanagh 100


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