Prized Icon Among 2017 Australian Guineas Nominations

January 24, 2017

Prized Icon Among 2017 Australian Guineas Nominations

James Cummings’ Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon was on Monday one of a bumper crop of three-year-olds nominated for the Australian Guineas 2016 to run on March 4.

Prized Icon

Prized Icon is one of the key 2017 Australian Guineas nominations this autumn. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Early entries for a host of upcoming Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival features closed yesterday including those for the $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington Racecourse.

The mile set weights event attracted a total of 120 nominations, up from 110 last season.

One of the key nominees is More Than Ready colt Prized Icon who was last seen winning the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

A winner of two of his three starts over 1600m, Prized Icon also won the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) over the distance last April and finished third to Yankee Rose in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick that October.

Cummings’ late great father Bart won the Australian Guineas in 2010 with Rock Classic, but he will vie for his first win in the feature this year and has a total of seven nominations.

2017 Australian Guineas Nominations – Key Horses

  • Prized Icon (James Cummings)
  • Divine Prophet (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes)
  • Astern (John O’Shea)
  • Omei Sword (Chris Waller)
  • I Am A Star (Shane Nichols)

Two other headline entries and Group 1 winners are the John O’Shea-trained Astern for the Godolphin stable and Hawkes RacingsDivine Prophet.

Medaglia D’Oro colt Astern has won five of his eight career starts to date including most notably the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) last September.

His last start saw him run down the Flemington straight on Derby Day where he finished a brave second to Flying Artie in his first Melbourne assignment.

O’Shea has a total of 10 Australian Guineas nominations this autumn with other key hopes including Lonhro colt Impending who ran third in the Golden Rose and fourth in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) beaten under two lengths in the latter, and Sandown Guineas winner Morton’s Fork.

Divine Prophet, fourth in the Golden Rose Stakes to Astern and third in the Champagne Stakes to Prized Icon, was last seen posting his own Group 1 success in the Caulfield Guineas last October.

2017 Australian Guineas Nominations – Key Trainers

  • David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig (18)
  • John O’Shea (10)
  • Chris Waller (9)

Last year’s Australian Guineas winner was the Darren Weir-trained Palentino (2016) and this season Weir is back with three nominees led by his class High Chaparral filly Jennifer Lynn.

To date the filly has won four of her six career starts including the Listed Lexus Hybrid Stakes (1400m) on Melbourne Cup Day before her last start third in the Sandown Guineas back in November.

Two fillies have beaten home the boys in the Australian Guineas results of the past six years with Shamrocker (2011) and Mosheen (2012) going back-to-back.

There are plenty of star fillies nominated for the 2017 Australian Guineas this year including the Chris Waller-trained trio of Foxplay, Sezanne and Omei Sword.

Waller has a total of nine entries as Sydney’s premier horseman shoots for his maiden win in the Group 1.

Foxwedge filly Foxplay enjoyed back-to-back Group 2 wins completing the Furious Stakes – Tea Rose Stakes double at Randwick last September before her fourth to Global Glamour in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield in the spring.

Sezanne also finished behind Global Glamour for Waller in elite level class last campaign when runner-up in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick, the daughter of More Than Ready last seen crossing second in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m) on Cox Plate Day.

Waller’s top early autumn contender though is Omei Sword, the High Chaparral filly last seen running second in the Golden Rose Stakes.

Omei Sword shapes-up as one of the top Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival horses to watch and also targets Sydney runs in races including the Coolmore Classic and Doncaster Mile.

Other notable fillies in the mix include the Neville Parnham-trained WA Guineas runner-up Ellicazoom from Perth, Lindsay Park’s progressive daughter of Star Witness Fuhryk, her stablemate Harlow Gold and the Shane Nichols-trained I Am A Star.

Harlow Gold was last seen running second to Lasqueti Spirit in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) on November 3, while I Am A Star improved on a Thousand Guineas second and MV Fillies Classic third to win the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) on Derby Day over the older mares.

Check out the full Australian Guineas 2017 nominations below, first acceptances closing on February 21, with outright betting to open shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Australian Guineas Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 04/04/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 13x1135x ACATOUR C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
2 17x AEROPLANE G 3 Jason Warren
3 323211x ANAHEIM C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
4 1179x ARTIE DEE TWO C 3 Darren Weir
5 x101x1122x ASTERN C 3 John O’Shea
6 6×322713 ASTLEY C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
7 2x710210x ATTENTION C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
8 1x AUSTRALIANA G 3 Gai Waterhouse
9 417×42 BAFFERT G 3 Mick Price
10 34×214 BARJEEL G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
11 BASTILLE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
12 13x512607x BELLA SORELLASTRA F 3 Peter Morgan
13 2x1113x BEZEL C 3 John O’Shea
14 63x BIG JOHN CANNON C 3 Jim Conlan
15 BOMBARDIER G 3 James Cummings
16 1 BONS AWAY C 3 Ciaron Maher
17 21×1 BRYNEICH C 3 John O’Shea
18 2131x CEYLON (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
19 30167×21 CLIFF HANGER G 3 Lee & Anthony Freedman
20 154100x COBBMORE G 3 Tony McEvoy
21 1 COMIC SET G 3 Michael Kent
22 121x COMIN’ THROUGH C 3 Chris Waller
23 6x12037x DERRYN C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
24 5x13x1421x DIVINE PROPHET C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
25 9x DODGE CITY G 3 Michael Moroney
26 214x DORNOCH (NZ) G 3 Michael Moroney
27 22 DORTMUND C 3 Gai Waterhouse
28 2242x DRACHENFELS G 3 John O’Shea
29 54x1122x ELLICAZOOM F 3 Neville Parnham
30 16x ENIGMAN C 3 Ciaron Maher
31 x534x39485 FARAWAY TOWN F 3 Matthew Smith
32 4×14 FARSON G 3 Gai Waterhouse
33 211×23 FIRST APPROVAL C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
34 221x FOX HALL C 3 Tony McEvoy
35 4x212x114x FOXPLAY F 3 Chris Waller
36 5x111x FUHRYK F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
37 24 GALA MOSHEA F 3 Brett Conlon
38 21 GAUGUIN (NZ) G 3 James Cummings
39 GOETHE G 3 Tricia Cox
40 19x GUNN ISLAND C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
41 21×2411011 HALL OF FAME (NZ) C 3 Jamie Richards
42 1x3670x HARDHAM C 3 David Brideoake
43 3x611562x HARLOW GOLD (NZ) F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
44 111x1323x2 HEROIC VALOUR C 3 Jamie Richards
45 117x HE’S THE BOSS G 3 Matt Laurie
46 240x11134x HEY DOC G 3 Tony McEvoy
47 11x154231x I AM A STAR (NZ) F 3 Shane Nichols
48 6x I THOUGHT SO C 3 David Pfieffer
49 13x3314x IMPENDING C 3 John O’Shea
50 21x11433x INFERENCE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
51 6162x INSIDE AGENT (NZ) C 3 Nigel Blackiston
52 4x21x00x INSPIRED ESTELLE F 3 Mick Price
53 1×1 INTO ORBIT C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
54 1x41113x JENNIFER LYNN F 3 Darren Weir
55 21330x KACHING C 3 Ciaron Maher
56 51429x LAND OF PLENTY C 3 Grahame Begg
57 1 LAST REQUEST G 3 Darren Weir
58 2 LAUNCH CODE C 3 James Cummings
59 72x110x LEGLESS VEUVE (NZ) F 3 Stuart Webb
60 72464x23x LIONHEARTED C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
61 31×2 MALAISE C 3 John O’Shea
62 123x MAN FROM UNCLE G 3 Anthony Cummings
63 210x5856x5 MANOLO BLAHNIQ (NZ) C 3 Tony Noonan
64 MCPHOEBE (NZ) F 3 Johno Benner
65 23 METAMORPHIC C 3 Chris Waller
66 1746x MILWAUKEE G 3 Michael Moroney
67 9x1x66735x MISSROCK F 3 Robbie Laing
68 x221x1521x MORTON’S FORK C 3 John O’Shea
69 1722×2413 MR SNEAKY G 3 Lee & Anthony Freedman
70 31x NEPEAN C 3 James Cummings
71 830x60497x NIKITAS C 3 Chris Waller
72 96 NOBLE TRUTH C 3 Anthony Cummings
73 0x100x NORTHERN LION G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
74 1x01x NURSE KITCHEN (NZ) F 3 David Brideoake
75 53×2163211 OAK DOOR C 3 Robert Smerdon
76 129x12x OMEI SWORD F 3 Chris Waller
77 0124×5 ON THE SPOT C 3 Clarry Conners
78 21x9x OREGON’S DAY F 3 Mick Price
79 2 POSITIVELY HIGH C 3 Mick Price
80 9x221x POTENT FORCE G 3 James Cummings
81 11x463351x PRIZED ICON C 3 James Cummings
82 513×3 REACH FOR HEAVEN (NZ) G 3 Kris Lees
83 2 RED IS THE ROSE F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
84 5x RED RIGHT HAND G 3 Grahame Begg
85 137×25 REDOUBLE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
86 RENE (NZ) C 3 Andrew R Campbell
87 165x RIBBON OF CHOICE G 3 Brian Gentle
88 10x ROCK AND SWING C 3 James Cummings
89 112x RUTHVEN C 3 Ciaron Maher
90 345x SAN VINCENZO G 3 Michael Moroney
91 25x SAXOPHONE G 3 John O’Shea
92 16x454282x SEABURGE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
93 21x556520x SEBRING DREAM F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
94 1 SERACENA F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
95 224x11422x SEZANNE F 3 Chris Waller
96 5x SHACKLETON C 3 Gai Waterhouse
97 11270x SILVERA C 3 Tony McEvoy
98 6x1141x SNITZSON C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
99 8421x SO BELLE F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
100 26x165344x SO SI BON C 3 Robbie Laing
101 8x6337157x STRYKING MISS F 3 Patrick Caboche
102 6×3 TACITURN G 3 John O’Shea
103 3x271x54x TAJ MAHAL C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
104 30x TARA ITI (NZ) G 3 Michael Moroney
105 23×2 THE LUNCH C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
106 5x2210x THEANSWERMYFRIEND G 3 Robert Smerdon
107 33x02178x THEODOLITE G 3 Anthony Chibnall
108 1121306x THRONUM C 3 Gai Waterhouse
109 11x3307x THROSSELL G 3 Ciaron Maher
110 9311x997x TRENCHANT C 3 John O’Shea
111 515465640x TUMULTUOUS G 3 Chris Waller
112 634x11144x VELADERO C 3 Chris Waller
113 321307x WATERLOO SUNSET F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
114 12253430x WAZZENME C 3 Stuart Webb
115 73x375150x WINE BUSH G 3 Chris Waller
116 421x YASEY SUN G 3 John Pascoe
117 5227x YOU WANT G 3 Ciaron Maher
118 7×2414 YULONG SHENG LONG C 3 Mick Price
119 1 YULONG SHENGDAO C 3 Mick Price
120 9111140x ZUNBAQA F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig

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