2016 WA Guineas Nominations Feature Whispering Brook

November 14, 2016

2016 WA Guineas Nominations Feature Whispering Brook

The major support act on the Railway Stakes Day card at Ascot in Perth this Saturday is the W.A. Guineas 2016, nominations for which feature the Simon Miller-trained filly Whispering Brook.

Damien Oliver

Damien Oliver is booked to ride filly I Am Boudica in Saturday’s 2016 W.A. Guineas field in Perth. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Originally Perth Racing took 99 nominations for the $500,000 Group 1 W.A. Guineas (1600m), but a host of early scratchings have the early entries down to 23 young milers.

Of the fillies possibly taking on the boys in the WA Guineas field this Perth Summer Racing Carnival, the highest-rated is Whispering Brook.

She is undefeated at Ascot with four wins at the track, the latest of which was the Group 3 W.A. Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) as a two-year-old in mid-April.

Her four runs as a three-year-old this campaign have all been in Melbourne, highlighted by her third to Global Glamour at Caulfield in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).

Whispering Brook was last seen failing to match the older mares when beaten six lengths for 13th in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on Derby Day.

Her trainer said she’s a chance to race back at home this weekend looking to cap off her season with a win, so long as she runs well in track work on Tuesday morning.

“I put her in the paddock for a week after she got home and she seems bright and happy, but I’ll give her a good gallop tomorrow and see how she recovers through that,’’ Miller told Racing Victoria.

“Any sign she’s had enough. I’ll just bunk her out, but at the moment she looks on track for Saturday.”

There are three other fillies still among the WA Guineas entries including I Am Boudica and Ellicazoom who ran third and second respectively behind Samovare in last weekend’s Group 3 W.A. Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m).

I Am Boudica will be ridden by visiting interstate hoop Damien Oliver, while the Neville Parnham-trained Black-Type winner Ellicazoom has Steven Parnham booked for the ride.

Samovare however won’t take on the boys on the quick back-up and is instead being saved for a possible weight-for-age run on December 3 in the Group 1 Kingston Town Stakes (1600m).

Early favourite in pre-field WA Guineas odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is Saul’s Special, the Dan Morton-trained Charge Forward colt paying an all-in price of $6.

He is in flying form including the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m) win at the track on November 5 and is back in Group company for the first time since his second to Whispering Brook in the autumn.

Morton also still has Lusaha in the mix, the son of More Than Ready coming off a close third to his stablemate when only a half-length away in the Fairetha Stakes.

Champion Victorian jockey Craig Williams is over in W.A. on Saturday before heading to Singapore for a ride the next day, and rides Lusaha in the WA Guineas field.

See below for the latest round of W.A. Guineas 2016 nominations, the final field and barriers out on Wednesday.

Also don’t forget to check out the early pricing on the possible runners open now at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2016 W.A. Guineas Nominations

Ascot Racecourse – 19/11/2016

# Horse Wgt. Rating Jockey Trainer
1 WHISPERING BROOK 54.5kg 88 Peter Knuckey Simon A. Miller
2 SAUL’S SPECIAL 56.5kg 76 Brad Parnham Daniel Morton
3 THE CELT 56.5kg 74 TBA Vaughn Sigley
4 I AM BOUDICA 54.5kg Damien Oliver Vernon Brockham
5 ELLICAZOOM 54.5kg Steven Parnham Neville Parnham
6 MINUS LOOKS 56.5kg 69 Shaun McGruddy Steve Wolfe
7 WRINKLY 56.5kg 66 TBA Neville Parnham
8 GET OVER IT 56.5kg 67 William Pike Trevor Andrews
9 LUSAHA 56.6kg 65 Craig Williams Daniel Morton
10 JAZARI 56.5kg 66 Chris Parnham Neville Parnham
11 ONE SHORT 56.6kg 64 Peter Hall Steve Wolfe
12 VARIATION 56.5kg 65 Damian Lane Stephen Miller
13 HUMANITY 56.5kg 67 TBA Lindsey Smith
14 HURRICANE JACK 56.5kg TBA Neville Parnham
15 GEIGER GEM 56.5kg 66 Jarrad Noske Lou Luciani
16 FINAL SALUTE 56.5kg 62 TBA Grant & Alana Williams
17 PERSIAN PRINCESS 54.5kg 58 TBA Alan Mathews
18 STORM DANCER 56.5kg 62 TBA John Lugg
19 SLICK MOVER 56.5kg 61 TBA Brian Kersley
20 RAGAZZO D’ORO 56.5kg TBA David Harrison
21 DRIVIN’ ME WILD 56.5kg TBA Ken Adams
22 YEAH DARDY 56.5kg TBA Justine Erkelens
23 MYCROFT 56.5kg TBA Duane Kitchingman

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