Good Standing Heads 2017 Fred Best Classic Nominations

James Cummings’ highly-rated Sydney raider Good Standing is one of the early standouts among Saturday’s Fred Best Classic 2017 nominations for the Group 3 at Eagle Farm Racecourse.

Good Standing

Good Standing is one of the headline 2017 Fred Best Classic nominated three-year-olds for the Brisbane event this Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

A key support act on the Kingsford-Smith Cup Day program, this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1400m) drew 30 three-year-olds at nomination stage on Monday.

The set weights clash is a traditional lead-up to the lucrative $350,000 Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) over the Eagle Farm mile in a fortnight’s time as part of the Stradbroke Handicap Day line-up.

Dual Group winner Good Standing enjoyed a lead-up win in Brisbane taking out the Listed Queensland Day Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on May 13 by nearly three lengths.

He’ll be out to continue that form in his first Eagle Farm start at the roomier track over a similar distance on Saturday if accepted into the Fred Best Classic field.

The Queensland Day Stakes runner-up Sylpheed is also entered for a potential rematch with her last start conqueror on Saturday.

Prepared at the Gold Coast by Toby Edmonds, the Real Saga filly improved on a close sixth when only one and a half-lengths beaten in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) when second in the Queensland Day Stakes.

The best performed of the fillies featuring in this season’s Fred Best Classic nominations though is the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Prompt Response.

A well-bred daughter of Beneteau, Prompt Response has won only two of her 13 career starts but has finished runner-up in three of her latest four starts this campaign.

She was narrowly beaten by under a quarter-length in both the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) on April 29 and Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) at Scone on May 13 and could take on the boys in Queensland on Saturday.

The best out of the Gold Coast Guineas earlier in the month nominated for this weekend’s event is the New Zealand-trained Heroic Valour.

Group 1 placed back across the Tasman, the Fastnet Rock colt hails from the Matamata stables of Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards and comes off a second by the barest of margins behind the winner Savanna Amour in the Group 3 at the Gold Coast in his first run down under.

The other standout Fred Best Classic-bound three-year-old is the John Zielke-trained Dreams Aplenty from Toowoomba who chases a fifth win on the trot.

Two back the flying son of Dream Ahead won the Toowoomba Guineas (1625m) at his home track as the odds-on favourite.

Dreams Aplenty then brought that form to Eagle Farm in late April winning the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1600m) and taking his record at the track to two wins and a second from three runs.

See below for the full Fred Best Classic 2017 nominations, the field & barriers along with updated markets at Ladbrokes.com.au set for release on Wednesday.

2017 Fred Best Classic Nominations

Eagle Farm Racecourse – 27/05/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 x953717x71 GOOD STANDING C 3 James Cummings 1 57kg
2 45221×2422 PROMPT RESPONSE F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 2 55kg
3 1521x540x0 MORTON’S FORK C 3 Darren Beadman 3 57kg
4 1323x224x2 HEROIC VALOUR C 3 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards 4 57kg
5 8x122x71 FRANCE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 5 57kg
6 25x0x21111 DREAMS APLENTY G 3 John Zielke 6 57kg
7 4110115×55 HALL OF FAME (NZ) C 3 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards 7 57kg
8 x1135x7818 ACATOUR C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 8 57kg
9 2x131x106 CALANDA G 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 9 57kg
10 14x7270x23 TESSERA G 3 Darren Beadman 10 57kg
11 21x2526x27 RIVER RACER F 3 Les Ross 11 55kg
12 x41225x306 RINGO’S A ROCKSTAR G 3 Norm Stephens 12 57kg
13 x340x17x18 OINK G 3 Kelly Schweida 13 57kg
14 3x116x11 MISS DEBUTANTE F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 14 55kg
15 70x42602x4 CRACK ME UP (NZ) G 3 Liam Birchley 15 57kg
16 2x147x4662 SYLPHEED F 3 Toby Edmonds 16 55kg
17 24×161336 SIREN’S FURY F 3 Jason Coyle 17 55kg
18 x314436x39 SALSONIC G 3 Jason Coyle 18 57kg
19 23x113x27 BILLY THE KID G 3 John Meagher 19 57kg
20 11x74150x8 ASTARA (NZ) F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 20 55kg
21 6×11265 I THOUGHT SO C 3 David Pfieffer 21 57kg
22 5x11472x8 BELLA GIOIA (NZ) F 3 Shaune Ritchie 22 55kg
23 5x132715x0 VOLPINO G 3 Les Kelly 23 57kg
24 131×1 NICCANOVA G 3 Steve Tregea 24 57kg
25 1x11443x20 RUTHLESS AGENT (NZ) G 3 Kurt Goldman 25 57kg
26 13757×2511 DIVINE DICE G 3 John Meagher 26 57kg
27 17×021 SOCIAL CONQUEST G 3 Chris Munce 27 57kg
28 7×217 CRITICAL THINKING G 3 Brent Stanley 28 57kg
29 353334×1 LIMESTONE COWBOY G 3 Stuart Kendrick 29 57kg
30 65×0641 CHAMPAGNE CHARLEE F 3 Garnett Taylor 30 55kg

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