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A three-quarter sister to triple Melbourne Cup winning mare Makybe Diva, La Amistad will continue her own 2014 Spring Cups campaign in Sydney on Saturday in the Kingston Town Stakes 2014.
The Redoute’s Choice five-year-old is one of 17 hopefuls making up the early entries for the $125,000 Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) this year, nominations for the Golden Rose Day feature extended until 11am on Tuesday.
Impeccably bred the Team Hawkes-trained mare comes off a first-up third when beaten under a length by Mr Chard in the Listed Rowley Mile (1600m) at Hawkesbury, an effort she’s tipped to improve on when up in distance this weekend.
Lightly raced with just 12 starts on her record so far, La Amistad strung together three tidy wins on the trot during the autumn – winter season including a four length effort over Destiny’s Kiss in the Listed WJ McKell Cup (2400m).
She’s nominated for all the majors in both Sydney and Melbourne this spring including the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 18 for which she pays $17 as the equal third pick to win through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Also in the mix for the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) on the first Tuesday of November, the two mile classic her famous half-sister remains the only triple winner of in history, La Amistad is at $21 in the futures markets for the ‘race that stops a nation’.
She’s at the shortest price however for an earlier Sydney assignment and pays $4.40 to take out the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Royal Randwick on October 4.
Nine dollar second pick in The Metropolitan odds at Ladbrokes.com.au Greatwood is also nominated for the Kingston Town on the weekend.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained import has run well in both of his starts down under this season, the Manduro gelding most recently winning the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) here at Rosehill on August 30.
Waterhouse has also nominated Laidback Larry for Saturday, the O’Reilly five-year-old out to improve on a disappointing ninth behind Multilateral in last Friday’s Wyong Cup.
Third in the Premier’s Cup behind Greatwood was the Chris Waller-trained He’s Your Man, another import looking for success in the Kingston Town Stakes this year.
The Cape Cross six-year-old from France won the Listed Winter Challenge Stakes (1500m) at the start of August before his third in the Premier’s Cup and pays $21 to improve and win The Metropolitan next month.
Also at $21 in those markets and racing for Waller in the Kingston Town is Auckland Cup winner Who Shot Thebarman, a New Zealand-trained son of Yamanin Vital out to improve on a seventh in the Premier’s.
Waller’s other Kingston Town Stakes hopes are then Hoylonny, Lucky Chappy, Trade Commissioner and Premier’s Cup fifth placed six-year-old Opinion who is at $26 in The Metropolitan betting.
Other notable Group 1 hopefuls in the mix include Bjorn Baker’s Auckland Cup runner-up Celtic Prince who ran one worse than Opinion when sixth in the Premier’s Cup and the John Sargent-trained Iggi Pop who are both also on $26 to win The Metropolitan 2014.
Check out the full Kingston Town Stakes 2014 nominations below with final acceptances for all the Golden Rose Day races out on Wednesday.
In the meantime check out the futures odds on offer for the upcoming Group 1 races like The Metropolitan and enjoy top all-in prices on your early picks for the majors this carnival!
2014 Kingston Town Classic Nominations
Rosehill Racecourse – 13/09/2014
|1||CELTIC PRINCE (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||94|
|2||DEANE MARTIN (NZ)||Bruce Wallace||89|
|4||GREATWOOD (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||97|
|5||HE’S YOUR MAN (FR)||Chris Waller||98|
|8||IGGI POP (NZ)||John Sargent||93|
|9||KINGDOMS (NZ)||Brian Smith||96|
|10||LA AMISTAD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||100|
|11||LAIDBACK LARRY (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||89|
|12||LUCKY CHAPPY (IRE)||Chris Waller||96|
|13||OPINION (IRE)||Chris Waller||102|
|15||TRADE COMMISSIONER (IRE)||Chris Waller||94|
|16||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||103|
|17||WORLD WIDE||Bede Murray||82|
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