2016 Crystal Mile Nominations Feature Abbey Marie

2016 Crystal Mile nominations have been taken and released, and twenty-four runners subsequently remain in contention for a position in a capacity field of fourteen at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday.

Abbey Marie has been included in 2016 Crystal Mile nominations. Photo: Jenny Barnes

Abbey Marie has been included in 2016 Crystal Mile nominations. Photo: Jenny Barnes

Abbey Marie has not been seen at the races since breaking through for a maiden win at the highest level in autumn, but the mare is poised for a competitive return on Saturday after being included in 2016 Crystal Mile nominations.

Debuting to racing for a comfortable win in the Cove Hotel Maiden Plate (1300m) on March 23rd, Abbey Marie repeated the dose in the JRA BM70 (1440m) at Caulfield on April 23rd.

While never tested at the distance or the class, the Redoute’s Choice filly was thrown in the deep end in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) third-up, but justified trainer Mick Kent’s decision with an impressive win.

Happy Clapper has produced a number of typically-consistent performances this time in and should be well suited to the conditions of the 2016 Crystal Mile.

Running second in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and third in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) during The Championships, Happy Clapper resumed this time for fifth in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m).

Progressing to sixth in the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m), the Teofilo gelding was last seen running on for fourth in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).

Thunder Fantasy has returned to Australian shores following several seasons abroad in Hong Kong and has been included for his second-up appearance in 2016 Crystal Mile nominations.

Beginning his career under the guidance of Anthony Cummings, Thunder Fantasy ended his debut racing season third in the 2013 edition of the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2400m).

Resuming in 2014 for a smart win in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m), the Lucky Owners entire placed third in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) and second in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) most notably.

Winning the Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m) most notably in his time under the guidance of John Size, Thunder Fantasy was rated virtually no chance of success in the October Handicap (1400m) first-up this time but comfortably beat a classy field to the line.

The United States is sure to have taken plenty of benefit from a first-up run for sixth in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) and has also been included in 2016 Crystal Mile nominations.

Returning to racing in career-best form in autumn, the Galileo entire won the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) and finished second in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes most notably.

The 2016 Crystal Mile field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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2016 Crystal Mile Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 111x ABBEY MARIE M 4 Michael Kent 96
2 77×0002152 AKAVOROUN G 7 Ciaron Maher 99
3 2127x7354x CLOSING BELL (USA) H 5 Chris Waller 100
4 730x8011x0 COLDSTONE (FR) G 5 Michael Kent 85
5 044106x0x0 DESERT JEUNEY G 7 Nigel Blackiston 98
6 2x1442x233 FEDERAL G 5 John O’Shea 99
7 0007071162 GREAT ESTEEM G 6 Stuart Webb 100
8 1x4523x564 HAPPY CLAPPER G 6 Patrick Webster 107
9 08x0775x85 HAPPY TRAILS G 9 Paul Beshara 109
10 x2018x7323 HE OR SHE G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
11 5×11828447 JACQUINOT BAY G 9 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 102
12 12217×2225 LE ROMAIN G 4 Kris Lees 108
13 900x1xD2x0 LIDARI (FR) H 8 Darren Weir 102
14 x040412201 MR INDIVIDUAL H 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 84
15 113x67x661 NOZOMI G 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 89
16 0x0730x595 OBSERVATIONAL (GB) G 6 John Sadler 95
17 13111x9x00 RANGIPO G 4 Tony Pike 105
18 3217111114 ROYAL RAPTURE G 7 Darren Weir 103
19 7236033×85 STRATUM STAR H 5 Darren Weir 109
20 11246×3449 TASHBEEH H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 97
21 610x5212x6 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 7 Robert Hickmott 111
22 x4651818x1 THUNDER FANTASY H 6 Anthony Cummings 107
23 689×211521 ULMANN G 5 Darren Weir 98
24 155156×605 UN DE SCEAUX G 4 Todd Balfour 72


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