Viddora Leads 2018 Robert Sangster Stakes Nominations

April 24, 2018

Viddora Leads 2018 Robert Sangster Stakes Nominations

Last year’s runner-up Viddora is the headline female galloper among the Robert Sangster Stakes 2018 nominations now out for next month’s Morphettville feature.

Viddora

Viddora is tipped to win the 2018 Robert Sangster Stakes on May 5 at Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

The Group 1 $1 million Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) takes place as one of two elite level Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival events at the track on May 5 and drew 32 early entries.

The highest-rated of the nominees and early $4 favourite in futures Robert Sangster Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is the local Lloyd Kennewell-trained Viddora.

Last year the daughter of I Am Invincible ran second to Secret Agenda (2017) in the race on the back of a win in the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes (1100m).

She comes via the same traditional lead-up race this season having placed second as the beaten favourite in last Saturday’s RN Irwin Stakes behind the Perth-trained Dainty Tess.

Since last year’s Robert Sangster Stakes results Viddora has been in flying form with a luckless second to She Will Reign in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) and fourth to Hey Doc in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at The Valley in the spring.

She then went to Perth and dominated the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) for a well-deserved top level success, before taking out the Magic Millions Sprint (1200m) on the Gold Coast in mid-January.

Viddora’s RN Irwin Stakes conqueror Dainty Tess also features in the Robert Sangster Stakes nominations for 2018, the in-form Daniel Morton-trained four-year-old chasing her third win on the trot.

The daughter of War Chant saluted back home at Ascot on April 7 before the trip to South Australia for her upset half-length RN Irwin Stakes success.

She now occupies the second line of Robert Sangster Stakes betting at $5.50 to do the double last completed by Driefontein (2014).

Perth raider Dainty Tess chases the IN Irwin Stakes – Robert Sangster double last completed by Driefontein in 2014

The other best out of the RN Irwin Stakes looking to back-up in the Group 1 is the defending Robert Sangster Stakes winner Secret Agenda.

Prepared in Melbourne by Mick Price, the five-year-old Not A Single Doubt mare won last year’s race on the back of a lead-up Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) win at Randwick a month earlier.

This season Secret Agenda travelled to Adelaide earlier and was under a length beaten for her third in the RN Irwin Stakes.

Secret Agenda currently pays $11 to secure back-to-back Robert Sangster Stakes wins for the first time since the race was inaugurated in 1983.

The best fancied of the Victorian visitors this year meanwhile is the flying Darren Weir-trained Quilista ($6) who looked the real deal securing her third win on the trot in the Sapphire Stakes on April 14 at Randwick.

She is after the double Secret Agenda did in 2017 having overcome barrier 13 of 16 to win the Sapphire by nearly two lengths following wins at Flemington and Rosehill over the same distance.

Weir chases his second Robert Sangster win having prepared Platelet for her 2013 success and has a total of four entries.

Along with Quilista the other Weir-trained nominees are the filly Twitchy Frank, five-year-old Lyuba and the co-$6 third favourite along with her stablemate Whispering Brook.

Formerly Perth-trained, Hinchinbrook five-year-old Whispering Brook has had her past two runs at Morphettville running fourth in the Listed Manihi Classic (1100m) before a win over the Robert Sangster track / distance last Saturday.

Other standout entries include Lindsay Park’s last start Arrowfield 3YO Sprint winning filly Catchy, the Andrew Noblet-trained Rubiton winner from February Super Cash and the Surround Stakes champion three-year-old Shoals.

See below for the official Robert Sangster Stakes 2018 nominations before checking out the early markets at Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of final acceptances on May 1.

2018 Robert Sangster Stakes Nominations

Morphettville Racecourse – 05/05/2018

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 1330×60371 CATCHY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 106
2 x6x03122x3 COOL PASSION M 6 Tony McEvoy 99
3 2157323×11 DAINTY TESS M 4 Daniel Morton 105
4 x7490x3900 DANISH TWIST M 6 Kris Lees 98
5 x9418x3870 DEJA BLUE M 5 Robbie Griffiths 85
6 2x11013x0x FORMALITY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 101
7 515x02x6x6 GHISONI M 5 James Cummings 100
8 14x212615x GOGO GRACE M 4 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 91
9 5x3179x316 HOUTZEN F 3 Toby Edmonds 98
10 1718x41x17 IT’S BEEN A BATTLE M 4 Shane Oxlade 94
11 x15028x26x LEGLESS VEUVE (NZ) M 4 Henry Dwyer 97
12 5x20821x59 LYUBA M 5 Darren Weir 98
13 3672171×12 MICA LIL M 4 Mark Minervini 77
14 10x430x701 MISS GUNPOWDER M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 98
15 1449729×37 MISSROCK M 4 Robbie Laing 106
16 2634532×73 MYSTIFIED M 4 Ryan Balfour 74
17 11333×1027 NIPPERKIN M 4 Barry Brook 79
18 12x11761x7 OCEAN JEWEL F 3 Simon A Miller 76
19 x12121x21x PEDRENA M 4 Mick Price 97
20 0x009x1094 PRUSSIAN VIXEN M 5 Michael Mehegan 100
21 3347×28111 QUILISTA M 4 Darren Weir 105
22 6x557x1368 SEANNIE F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 73
23 7x5114x193 SECRET AGENDA M 5 Mick Price 111
24 63530x94x7 SELENIA M 4 Robbie Griffiths 76
25 1x1221x81x SHOALS F 3 Anthony Freedman 108
26 180x188x1x SUPER CASH M 5 Andrew Noblet 109
27 435×520103 TRUE EXCELSIOR (NZ) F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 76
28 x2450x4150 TULIP F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 89
29 1121583 TWITCHY FRANK F 3 Darren Weir 73
30 212x2411x2 VIDDORA M 5 Lloyd Kennewell 110
31 537360×141 WHISPERING BROOK M 4 Darren Weir 100
32 x77204102x ZESTFUL M 6 Kris Lees 102

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