2016 Tibbie Stakes Nominations Feature Fitou

The John O’Shea-trained mare Fitou is one of the headline nominations taken for the Tibbie Stakes 2016 held at Newcastle Racecourse this Friday.

Fitou (inside)

Last start stakes winner Fitou (inside) is one of the leading entries for the 2016 Tibbie Stakes at Newcastle Racecourse this Friday. Photo: Steve Hart.

One of three Group races on the Newcastle Gold Cup Day program, this season’s $125,000 Group 3 Tibbie Stakes (1350m) has attracted 16 fillies and mares at nomination stage.

Sitting high up the Tibbie Stakes ballot for the set weights plus penalties middle-distance sprint is the Godolphin-raced Fitou, the five-year-old daughter of Street Cry chasing back-to-back stakes wins.

She enjoyed a first-up victory at Wyong on September 2 in the Listed Mona Lisa Stakes (1350m) run on a Heavy (10) track, and will be right in the mix over the same distance in provincial NSW again if there’s rain around on Friday.

The Mona Lisa Stakes placegetters behind Fitou last start are also both nominated for a Friday rematch in the Tibbie Stakes with the Tracey Bartley-trained Tears In Heaven (2nd) and the Gerald Ryan-trained La Muse (3rd).

Heading the Tibbie Stakes order of entry and weights is the Kris Lees-trained Savoureux (57kg).

A five-year-old daughter of Nadeem, Savoureux chases her first win since the Group 3 Wenona Girl Handicap (1200m) at Randwick in early March and is out to atone for her last (14th) to Heavens Above in the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) last Saturday.

Local Newcastle trainer Lees has a total of four Tibbie Stakes nominees this year with Savoureux joined in the potential field by Fashion Sniptz, Oh So Assertive and Little Shocker.

The sole three-year-old nominated to take on the older mares in the race this spring, Shocking filly Little Shocker is a nicely-bred improver coming off back-to-back Class 1 and 2 wins.

The latest at Kempsey on September 5 saw her salute over 1250m by four lengths earning her a shot in tougher company this Friday.

Lees has confirmed all four of his nominees for the $175,000 Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2200m) on Friday would accept for the challenge, but he was unsure yet which of his mares he would accept into the Tibbie Stakes field.

“She didn’t have any luck on Saturday and it was a little bit inconclusive, so if she handles the back-up, she’s probably the one [to run on Friday],” he told The Herald Sun speaking of Savoureux.

Other notable hopes include Mona Lisa Stakes fourth-placegetter Frill Seeking, the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained New Zealand expat Replique in her first run down under and Cana who is a dual winner over the distance.

Also coming off gun lead-up form in easier class races is the Kristen Buchanan-trained five-year-old Oakfield Sunrise who saluted over 1300m and 1500m respectively at Hawksbury in her two latest runs.

Check out the full Tibbie Stakes 2016 nominations and ballot below before the final field and betting odds from Ladbrokes.com.au are released on Wednesday.

2016 Tibbie Stakes Nominations

Newcastle Racecourse – 16/09/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 0717319×30 SAVOUREUX M 5 Kris Lees 1 57kg 97
2 6622333×31 ROCKET COMMANDER M 5 Matthew Dale 2 56kg 90
3 4511x506x1 FITOU M 5 John O’Shea 3 56kg 84
4 322x0013x7 KELLYVILLE FLYER M 7 Jason Attard 4 55kg 82
5 444×958324 FRILL SEEKING M 6 Matthew Smith 5 55kg 78
6 6x94121x REPLIQUE (NZ) M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 6 56kg 75
7 x63464x269 CANA M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 7= 55kg 73
8 x8904x4212 TEARS IN HEAVEN M 6 Tracey Bartley 7= 55kg 73
9 22831168x NO PUSHOVER (NZ) M 4 Craig Ritchie 9= 56kg 72
10 42x224550x SPIRIT BIRD (NZ) M 4 James Cummings 9= 55kg 72
11 15147×633 LA MUSE M 5 Gerald Ryan 11 55kg 70
12 712135×955 TALTARNI M 5 Craig Carmody 12 55kg 68
13 x1496x6514 FASHION SNIPTZ M 4 Kris Lees 13= 55kg 66
14 x50280x550 OH SO ASSERTIVE (NZ) M 6 Kris Lees 13= 55kg 66
15 777×522211 OAKFIELD SUNRISE M 5 Kristen Buchanan 15= 55kg 64
16 4x43x1911 LITTLE SHOCKER (NZ) F 3 Kris Lees 15= 54kg 64


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