The undefeated Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Swear is among the diminutive but classy nominations taken for the Stan Fox Stakes 2016 in Sydney this weekend.
Just eight three-year-olds are among the early entries for the $200,000 Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m), one of three Group 2 races on the Golden Pendant Day program at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
With the bulk of the three-year-olds of this distance-range nominated for the Caulfield Guineas Prelude in Melbourne on the same day, the Stan Fox Stakes is depleted numbers-wise this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
One of the top contenders is Team Hawkes’ Redoute’s Choice colt Swear who has won his two career starts to date including the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) first-up at Randwick on September 3.
He sees the Rosehill track for the first time on the weekend and is up over further than 1400m for the first time, but drops from 57.5kg to 56.5kg under the set weights conditions of the Stan Fox Stakes.
Stablemate Divine Prophet is also nominated for the Sydney Group 2, but is more likely to head south for the Caulfield Guineas Prelude.
Winner of the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m) on August 20 before his brave fourth when under three lengths off the winner Astern in Rosehill’s Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m), Divine Prophet is early favourite for both the Stan Fox and Caulfield Guineas Prelude at Ladbrokes.com.au in futures betting.
Along with Swear the only other last start winner nominated for the Stan Fox Stakes this year is the Chris Waller-trained High Mist.
Waller won the race 12 months ago with Press Statement who went on to win the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) next time out.
In-form High Chaparral colt High Mist ran second first-up to Swear in the Ming Dynasty before winning a Benchmark 67 at Warwick Farm over the mile as the odds-on favourite on September 14.
He is on the short back-up if accepted into the Stan Fox Stakes field, but the distance looks ideal as does the drop from 59.5kg last start to 56.5kg on the weekend.
Last year’s winning trainer Waller has also nominated for Cellarman, the Mossman colt looking to improve on a close sixth when beaten only a length at Canterbury over 1550m on September 7.
Another dual Stan Fox – Prelude nominee across two states this Saturday is the James Cummings-trained Good Standing, the Group 2 winning Artie Schiller colt coming off a fifth in the Golden Rose when beaten 2.9 lengths as a $51 outsider in betting.
Golden Rose winning horseman John O’Shea also has a chance in the Stan Fox Stakes on Saturday with perennial placegetter Impending.
The Godolphin-raced Lonhro colt has run third in his past three starts including behind his stablemate in the Golden Rose Stakes a fortnight back.
Rounding out the Stan Fox Stakes early entries are the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained The Rosebud winner Thronum and Peter & Paul Snowden’s Smart Missile colt Mediterranean.
Check out the full Stan Fox Stakes 2016 nominations below before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au where first time depositing players (excluding NSW) that quote the code BETBONUS are eligible for up to $500 in bonus bets (T&Cs apply).
2016 Stan Fox Stakes Nominations
Rosehill Racecourse – 24/09/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||2x105x95||GOOD STANDING||C||3||James Cummings||1||56.5kg||82|
|2||5x13x14||DIVINE PROPHET||C||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||2||56.5kg||82|
|4||1×1||SWEAR||C||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||4||56.5kg||76|
|5||112130||THRONUM||C||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||5||56.5kg||78|
|6||8×164221||HIGH MIST||C||3||Chris Waller||6||56.5kg||74|
|8||55×1258||MEDITERRANEAN||C||3||Peter & Paul Snowden||8||56.5kg||73|