Don’t Doubt Mamma Tops 2016 Blazer Stakes Nominations

Tony McEvoy’s last start Let’s Elope Stakes winner Don’t Doubt Mamma headlines the Blazer Stakes 2016 nominations, ballot and all-in betting on the mares’ feature at Flemington on Turnbull Stakes Day this Sunday.

Don't Doubt Mamma

Don’t Doubt Mamma is early favourite to win the 2016 Blazer Stakes at Flemington Racecourse on Sunday in Melbourne. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Running as one of five Group status races on the Sunday race program in Melbourne, this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) attracted 20 quality nominations on Monday led by Not A Single Doubt four-year-old Don’t Doubt Mamma.

She has won three of her six starts at Flemington to date including the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) last start on September 10.

This weekend Don’t Doubt Mamma will chase back-to-back Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival Group 2 wins in either the Blazer Stakes or earlier on Friday night having also been nominated for the Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) over the Moonee Valley mile.

The bookies have her listed at an all-in price of $6.50 in pre-field Blazer Stakes odds at, followed closely by French Emotion ($7.50).

Chris Waller prepares Snitzel five-year-old French Emotion who ran seventh in the Let’s Elope in a blanket finish, beaten only 1.3 lengths, before a last start second just a week later behind Alaskan Rose at Caulfield in a mares’ Benchmark 90.

She had 58kg that day but will drop to 55kg in the Blazer Stakes under set weights plus penalties conditions.

After Don’t Doubt Mamma the other highest rated of the Blazer Stakes nominations is Miss Gunpowder trained by Phillip Stokes.

The Pendragon four-year-old is yet to race at Flemington, but ran a brave third under a length off the winner in the same race that produces French Emotion.

At an equal $8 in all-in Blazer Stakes markets are the Lindsay Park-trained Catch A Fire and Telopea for in-form Victorian master trainer Darren Weir.

Catch A Fire is a four-year-old daughter of Sebring who won over 1200m at Moonee Valley before a close sixth in the Let’s Elope, while Pivotal six-year-old Telopea comes off an eighth to Voodoo Lad in last weekend’s Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m).

She carried just 52kg and was beaten under three lengths as a $31 roughie, but will go up to 55kg if she is to run on the quick back-up in the Blazer Stakes field.

Manageress is the other most notable Let’s Elope Stakes graduate nominated for the Blazer Stakes on Sunday, the Cindy Alderson-trained Magnus five-year-old having run third just a half-length off Don’t Doubt Mamma.

That was her first run since the close second to Lucia Valentina in the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington last Emirates Stakes Day and she is out to go one better than her second to La Passe in last year’s Blazer Stakes.

See below for the complete Blazer Stakes 2016 nominations and ballot before the final field and updated markets at are released on Wednesday.

2016 Blazer Stakes Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 02/10/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 13x1210x51 DON’T DOUBT MAMMA M 4 Tony McEvoy 1 58kg 100
2 118x227x43 MISS GUNPOWDER M 4 Phillip Stokes 2 58kg 85
3 x311034x16 CATCH A FIRE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 3 58kg 88
4 100×071100 IGGIMACOOL M 6 Robert Smerdon 4 57kg 103
5 43175x380x CORONATION SHALLAN M 7 Brett Scott 5 57kg 93
6 326x611x50 ANTELUCAN M 4 John O’Shea 6 57kg 80
7 x0x6533316 VIBRANT ROUGE M 8 Michael Kent 7 56kg 91
8 4537635×04 JESSY BELLE M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 8 55kg 92
9 5x581804x2 EVERY FAITH M 6 Robert Smerdon 9 55kg 87
10 43242372×5 METAPHORICAL M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 10 55kg 92
11 83141282×3 MANAGERESS M 5 Cindy Alderson 11 55kg 93
12 4421221388 TELOPEA (GB) M 6 Darren Weir 12 55kg 90
13 111220×672 FRENCH EMOTION M 5 Chris Waller 13 55kg 85
14 221590×060 ANAPHORA M 5 Tony Noonan 14 55kg 78
15 x56324x759 ROCKOLICIOUS M 5 Darren Weir 15 55kg 85
16 3x115x11x7 CLEMENCY M 5 Robert Smerdon 16 55kg 81
17 x084247625 NIMINYPIMINY M 6 Russell Cameron 17 55kg 75
18 x152x11444 MAJESTIC LASS M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 18 55kg 75
19 13x12x EURO ANGEL (NZ) M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 19 55kg 73
20 4x150x72 PURE PRIDE (NZ) M 4 Murray Johnson 20 55kg 62


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