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Daniel Clarken’s Blue Diamond Stakes winner Miracles Of Life is nominated for a second-up run in the Champagne Stakes 2013 this Friday night under the lights at Moonee Valley.
One of the major support races of Moir Stakes Night, this year’s $150,000 Group 3 TBV / Gallagher Bassett Champagne Stakes (1200m) drew 15 three-year-old fillies at nomination stage.
The top-rated of those, and the one to beat should they accept, is Not A Single Doubt filly Miracles Of Life.
Based in Adelaide she was a superstar during her summer – autumn campaign winning her opening four career starts including a tidy win over Fast ‘N’ Rocking when she took on the boys in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield back in February.
After an extended six months spell she resumed at the same track, this time going down to the Blue Diamond runner-up when fourth to Fast ‘N’ Rocking in the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) on August 31.
Back against her own kind on Friday night the smart youngster could prove hard to run down as she heads toward a run in the $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 16.
In the latest Thousand Guineas odds Miracles Of Life is rated a $19 chance with markets led by the Peter Snowden-trained Guelph at $3.
While she’s well liked in the Thousand Guineas markets, Clarken also has his eyes on the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) for her at Flemington on Derby Day in November.
“She’ll go to the 1200m for three-year-old fillies,” Clarken told The Advertiser this week.
“She had a good jump out last Tuesday, and she’s just ticked over nicely here at home since.”
The two other most notable Thousand Guineas-bound fillies nominated for the Champagne Stakes this weekend are then Bulbula and The Huntress who pay $20 and $26 respectively to win the Group 1 next month.
David Hayes’ consistent Shamardal filly Bulbula was third to The Voice in Adelaide’s Group 3 SA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) last season and improved on her first-up eighth in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) to run second behind Miracle To Me in a 1100m sprint at Flemington last start.
The Huntress meanwhile also comes off a second when runner-up to $6 second elect for the Thousand Guineas Gregers at this track and distance on August 24.
There are then four last start winners entered for the event including the Clarry Conners-trained Fare Well and Mick Price’s Redoute’s Choice filly Tango’s Daughter after her third on the trot.
Other notable hopes then include the Gai Waterhouse-trained Hampden Stakes fourth placegetter from June Cosmic Endeavour, Snowden’s Chairman’s Stakes champ Metastasio, smart New Zealand raider Ruud Awakening and Silver Shadow Stakes winner Thump coming off a third to Bound For Earth in the Furious Stakes.
See below for the full Champagne Stakes 2013 nominations with the final field and barriers due for release on Wednesday.
In the meantime why not check out the juicy futures markets open on the Thousand Guineas at Ladbrokes.com.au before prices firm with the release of second acceptances at midday today.
2013 Champagne Stakes Nominations
Moonee Valley Racecourse – 27/09/2013
|3||COSMIC ENDEAVOUR||Gai Waterhouse||66|
|4||FARE WELL||Clarry Conners||71|
|5||GO AGAIN||Robert Smerdon||66|
|6||I LOVE IT||John Salanitri||63|
|7||KISS ME KETUT (NZ)||Stephen Theodore||61|
|8||LONGCHAMP BELLE||Jason Warren||65|
|10||MIRACLES OF LIFE||Daniel Clarken||100|
|11||RUUD AWAKENING||Stephen Marsh||94|
|12||TANGO’S DAUGHTER||Mick Price||70|
|13||THE HUNTRESS||Michael Kent||72|
|14||THUMP||John P Thompson||89|
|15||VIA LAURENTINA||Neville Parnham||–|
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