Seaburge Headlines 2016 Moonee Valley Vase Nominations

Twenty-four three-year-olds have been included in nominations for Saturday’s 2016 Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m), including several previous winners at the highest level of Australian racing.

Seaburge has been included in 2016 Moonee Valley Vase nominations. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Seaburge has been included in 2016 Moonee Valley Vase nominations. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Sacred Elixir was unable to overcome a tough run in transit when eight in the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) a fortnight ago, but will be given the opportunity to atone on Saturday after being included in Moonee Valley Vase nominations.

Ending his debut campaign sixth in the Listed Karaka Millions (1200m) in his native New Zealand on January 24th, Sacred Elixir debuted to Australia for an impressive win in the Bundaberg Rum Handicap (1400m) at Caloundra on May 11th.

Progressing to sixth in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) on May 28th, the Pour Moi gelding charged home to beat a number of talented runners to the line in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 11th.

Having returned this time for success in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) on September 24th, Sacred Elixir appears as though he will relish a step up in distance on Saturday.

Prized Icon was a standout for James Cummings in autumn and carries typically strong form into the Moonee Valley Vase.

Failing to finish outside the first three through six autumn starts, the More Than Ready colt broke through for a maiden race win in the Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) before repeating the dose in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) only one week later.

Resuming this time for fourth in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) on August 20th, Cummings elected to throw Prized Icon in the deep end amongst open company in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) on September 3rd, but the colt failed to make an impact or beat a runner home.

Having since finished third in each of the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) and Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), Prized Icon will have his first look at the Melbourne way of going in the Moonee Valley Vase, but undoubtedly has the class to figure in the dying stages of the race.

Seaburge ran an agonizingly-close second in the Caulfield Guineas a fortnight ago and should prove tough to beat in the Moonee Valley Vase.

Winner of the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) most notably in autumn, Seaburge resumed this time for fourth in the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) on August 27th.

Placing fifth in the Listed Express Room Stakes (1400m) and fourth in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude, the Sebring colt’s standout performance last start suggests he is the horse to beat in the pending Moonee Valley Vase field.

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2016 Moonee Valley Vase Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 6135902 BACK TO THE BOWLER G 3 Stuart Webb 63
2 1 EVELYN C 3 Robbie Laing 63
3 3×6115 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 72
4 43 JAMIESON C 3 Robbie Laing 59
5 608 KAMILI F 3 Nick Ryan 59
6 6x7431x223 MORVADA G 3 Peter Jolly 72
7 54262 NEMRUD C 3 John O’Shea 61
8 43×54 NINA PEAK F 3 Robbie Laing 59
9 7×44 NORTHERN CAPTAIN G 3 Mick Price
10 44×4211 PRETTY PUNK F 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 74
11 23211×4633 PRIZED ICON C 3 James Cummings 88
12 1×1348 RETALIATION C 3 John O’Shea 68
13 216x161x18 SACRED ELIXIR (NZ) G 3 Tony Pike 99
14 0431 SAYONARAMOSA (NZ) G 3 Ciaron Maher 62
15 1216×4542 SEABURGE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 102
16 0954 SHINE TAK STAR G 3 John Sargent 52
17 112 SILVERA C 3 Tony McEvoy 73
18 33×523 SMART AS YOU THINK F 3 John McArdle 67
19 26×165 SO SI BON C 3 Robbie Laing 72
20 5×221 THEANSWERMYFRIEND G 3 Robert Smerdon 66
21 5154656 TUMULTUOUS C 3 Chris Waller 64
22 634×1114 VELADERO C 3 Chris Waller 82
23 1x1111x273 WHISPERING BROOK F 3 Simon A Miller 92
24 8×63160 WIMBORNE C 3 Robbie Laing 62


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