Flamberge Heads 2016 Schillaci Stakes Nominations

Darren Weir’s returning Group 1 champ Flamberge is the top-rated nomination taken for the Schillaci Stakes 2016 on the Caulfield Guineas Day card in Melbourne on Saturday.


Group 1 winner at the track / distance is one of the headline 2016 Schillaci Stakes nominees for the Caulfield sprint on Guineas Day. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

One of the key support acts on the line-up, this season’s $400,000 Group 2 Mitsubishi Electric Schillaci Stakes (1100m) attracted 16 sprinters at nomination stage on Monday.

Heading the line-up for the weight-for-age showdown is Exceed And Excel seven-year-old Flamberge who is a triple Group 1 winner.

In the autumn he completed the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) – Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) double, but was well beaten in his two subsequent runs.

He hasn’t raced since a 14th behind Black Heart Bart in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) on May 21 in Adelaide, an event he won the previous year, but Flamberge flies first-up (7-4-2-1) and has strong form over the track / distance (6-3-1-1).

At $9 the $1.7 million earner is also one of four single-figure hopes in the pre-field Schillaci Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, futures markets led by Star Turn ($3.20).

Taking on the older horses and getting the weight relief on 53kg, the Team Hawkes-trained Star Witness colt Star Turn is third-up for the season.

He resumed on August 13 at Rosehill and scored the upset win in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m), with Golden Slipper winner Capitalist placed fourth, and finished just a neck away second to subsequent Golden Rose winner Astern next start in the Group 2 Run To the Rose (1200m).

Freshened-up after that, Star Turn is set for a big run dropping back in distance in the Schillaci Stakes sound the team pay the final acceptance fee on Wednesday.

Just one nominee comes off a win with the Shea Eden-trained Ocean Embers after her third win on the trot.

The four-year-old Beneteau mare is undefeated at Caulfield boasting three wins from as many starts at the track, including her August 27 win in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m).

The only other mares in the mix are the John Salanitri-trained Robert Sangster Stakes third placegetter from the winter I Love It and Sheidel for the Lindsay Park stable.

The equal highest rated entry along with Flamberge is the Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-trained Turn Me Loose who hasn’t raced since suffering an injury post his 14th (of 15 runners) behind Winx in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 2.

He has Group 1 winning form at the Caulfield track in the Futurity Stakes (1400m) back in late February, and also won the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) over the Flemington mile last Melbourne Cup Carnival.

A five-year-old Iffraaj stallion, Turn Me Loose is yet to race over 1100m and whether or not the distance is too sharp for the Kiwi visitor is key to his chances.

Following Star Turn in the all-in Schillaci Stakes markets meanwhile are Matthew Dale’s TJ Smith Stakes runner-up from the autumn behind Chautauqua Fell Swoop ($6) and BTC Cup winner Malaguerra ($7).

Other notable hopes including Chris Waller’s reigning Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Japonisme, the Phillip Stokes-trained Hucklebuck coming off a close first-up fourth at the track and the John O’Shea-trained McEwen Stakes runner-up to Wild Rain last start Furnaces.

See below for the complete Schillaci Stakes 2016 nominations then head to Ladbrokes.com.au for access to the best all-in betting on the weekend’s feature races.

2016 Schillaci Stakes Nominations

Caulfield Racecourse – 08/10/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2617x1100x FLAMBERGE G 7 Darren Weir 1 58.5kg 114
2 2111x4160x TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 2 58.5kg 114
3 1x35313x60 JAPONISME G 4 Chris Waller 3 58.5kg 109
4 1x0x4388x4 HUCKLEBUCK G 6 Phillip Stokes 4 58.5kg 109
5 11x242156x FELL SWOOP G 5 Matthew Dale 5 58.5kg 108
6 13x73525x4 DOTHRAKI G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 6 58.5kg 106
7 211x11619x MALAGUERRA G 5 Peter Gelagotis 7 58.5kg 109
8 61x3x015x2 FURNACES H 4 John O’Shea 8 58.5kg 95
9 546x21x30x I LOVE IT M 6 John Salanitri 9 56.5kg 97
10 31x256x12 STAR TURN C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 10 53kg 92
11 156×1211 OCEAN EMBERS M 4 Shea Eden 11 56.5kg 95
12 1x34127x42 SHEIDEL M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 12 56.5kg 102
13 x476x12138 THE MONSTAR G 6 Brett Cavanough 13 58.5kg 97
14 2115x17x35 O’MALLEY G 6 Enver Jusufovic 14 58.5kg 84
15 x460347972 TADDEI TONDO G 7 Gerard Moloney 15 58.5kg 88
16 72x720143x ORUJO G 5 Shawn Mathrick 16 58.5kg 85


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