Zunbaqa Leads 2016 Edward Manifold Stakes Nominations

The Lindsay Park-trained Zunbaqa is the to-rated filly among the bumper Edward Manifold Stakes 2016 nominations for the Turnbull Stakes Day feature at Flemington Racecourse on Sunday.


Zunbaqa is one of the headline fillies nominated for the 2016 Edward Manifold Stakes at Flemington Racecourse on Sunday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

One of five Group races spread across the Melbourne card this NRL Grand Final day, the $200,000 Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) attracted 23 three-year-old fillies at nomination stage on Monday.

Sitting top of the Edward Manifold Stakes ballot is the consistent David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Zunbaqa who has won four of her six starts to date.

She was last seen crossing fourth only 1.25 lengths off the winner Detective when taking on the boys at Moonee Valley in the Listed Exford Plate (1400m) on September 10.

As well as the Edward Manifold Stakes, Zunbaqa is entered for three other races across the weekend including Friday’ night’s Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) back at the Valley.

She currently sits at $7.50 in the all-in Edward Manifold Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au, the bookies taking no chances with the up-and-comer.

The Lindsay Park stable have a total of three fillies entered for the Edward Manifold Stakes this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with Zunbaqa joined by last start Pakenham winner on the synthetic track Waterloo Sunset and Von Richter.

Leading the futures Edward Manifold Stakes odds at $4.80 is the Chris Waller-trained Awoke, the Sydney filly also nominated for the $500,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at home at Randwick on Saturday.

The daughter of Rip Van Winkle has run out of the money behind her 2016 Flight Stakes-bound stablemate Foxplay in her two Sydney runs this time in, and is set to head south to avoid a third clash.

Waller also has his Tea Rose Stakes fourth placegetter Sezanne nominated for both the Flight Stakes and Edward Manifold Stakes across two states this weekend.

The other best in the pre-field Edward Manifold Stakes markets meanwhile are the in-form Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Smart Missile filly Exocet ($6) and the Phillip Stokes-trained Serenely Discreet ($7.50).

Exocet has won her past two on the trot in non-black type company including over 1400m by 2.25 lengths from the outside alley (14 of 14) at Caulfield on September 17.

Serenely Discreet is a daughter of Exceed And Excel who is out to atone for her 10th behind Exocet last time out, which followed a 1250m win in Adelaide on September 3.

Looking to further frank the Kiwi form of the season’s three-year-olds in Australia this weekend is the Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-trained daughter of Makfi Eleonora.

She was placed four times back home in New Zealand before breaking her maiden status on debut down under on September 16 over 1300m at Geelong, a performance she’s out to emulate in tougher company at Flemington on Sunday.

Other notable nominees include So You Think filly Smart As You Think coming off a second in the Listed Morphettville Guineas (1600m) when beaten a whisker, runner-up to Exocet last start Outback Rain and the John O’Shea-trained daughter of Sepoy Chipanda.

Check out the full Edward Manifold Stakes 2016 nominations below then head to Ladbrokes.com.au who will match your first deposit dollar for dollar (excluding NSW) when you quote the code BETBONUS (T&Cs apply).

2016 Edward Manifold Stakes Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 02/10/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 911114 ZUNBAQA F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 1 55.5kg 76
2 3x3x14x79 CHIPANDA F 3 John O’Shea 2 55.5kg 72
3 11×07 AWOKE (NZ) F 3 Chris Waller 3 55.5kg 68
4 811 EXOCET F 3 Lee & Anthony Freedman 4 55.5kg 69
5 224×114 SEZANNE F 3 Chris Waller 5 55.5kg 70
6 1x4x10 SERENELY DISCREET F 3 Phillip Stokes 6 55.5kg 68
7 33×52 SMART AS YOU THINK F 3 John McArdle 7 55.5kg 67
8 232×21 ELEONORA (NZ) F 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 8 55.5kg 64
9 410×2 OUTBACK RAIN F 3 David Brideoake 9 55.5kg 65
10 7513×51 BELLA SORELLASTRA F 3 Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 10 55.5kg 65
11 4×212 GOGO GRACE F 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 11 55.5kg 64
12 7x1x28 PEEKING DUCK F 3 Trent Pennuto 12 55.5kg 63
13 1483 WHYOUASK F 3 Matt Laurie 13 55.5kg 64
14 321 WATERLOO SUNSET F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 14 55.5kg 62
15 361 BETTYRAE RUBY F 3 Tim Hughes 15 55.5kg 62
16 3961 ANOTHER BULLSEYE F 3 Danny O’Brien 16 55.5kg 62
17 631 CLASSIC DIVA F 3 Robbie Griffiths 17 55.5kg 62
18 3×10 SOGNANI F 3 Michael Moroney 18 55.5kg 62
19 83×9547 FROMPARIS WITHLOVE F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 19 55.5kg 61
20 7×45339 VAINGLORIOUS F 3 Steve Richards 20 55.5kg 59
21 42 VON RICHTER F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 21 55.5kg 59
22 2 CEYLON (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 22 55.5kg 60
23 60 KAMILI F 3 Nick Ryan 23 55.5kg 59


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