The All-Star Mile Winners Lead 2020 P.B. Lawrence Stakes Nominations

August 10, 2020

The All-Star Mile Winners Lead 2020 P.B. Lawrence Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the feature race at Caulfield on Saturday, the P.B. Lawrence Stakes 2020, have drawn 15 hopefuls including the inaugural two winners of The All-Star Mile Mystic Journey and Regal Power.

Mystic Journey Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Defending champion Mystic Journey is narrow favourite in the all-in markets on Saturday’s 2020 P.B. Lawrence Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

A key early spring lead-up into the majors including the Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup, the Group 2 $200,000 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) was won last year by Adam Trinder’s outstanding Tassie-trained mare Mystic Journey.

Mystic Journey is nominated to defend her title on the weekend, the now five-year-old daughter of Needs Further leading all-in P.B. Lawrence Stakes betting at $4.20 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

As a filly she made history as the first Tasmanian-trained Group 1 winner in a century saluting in the Australian Guineas before returning to take out the first edition of the $5 The All-Star Mile.

Her only win since as in last year’s P.B. Lawrence Stakes, which she won as the $2.15 favourite defeating Cliff’s Edge (2nd) and Hartnell (3rd).

She has raced just four times in the past 12 months including her fifth to Japanese star Lys Graciuex in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) last October.

Mystic Journey was last seen running fifth again first-up at The Valley in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) in March and, on the back of two eye-catching July trials at home, she looks a danger on Saturday undefeated over the 1400m distance.

Success would see her become the first back-to-back winner of the P.B. Lawrence Stakes, formerly known as the JJ Liston Stakes, since Tauto (1971-72).

Hot on her heels in pre-field P.B. Lawrence Stakes betting are then the Grant & Alana Williams-trained stablemates Arcadia Queen ($4.80) and Regal Power ($5), the latter having won this year’s All-Star mile at Caulfield.

Lightly-raced Pierro mare Arcadia Queen has had nine runs for six wins to date, the $1.78 million earner best known for her four and a half length romp home in Ascot’s Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) in December of 2018.

She spent last spring in Sydney with Chris Waller winning the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) before unplaced runs in The Everest (11th) and Golden Eagle (5th).

Back with Team Williams in WA, Arcadia Queen debuts as a five-year-old if accepted into the P.B. Lawrence Stakes field and would also be having her maiden run in Melbourne.

Regal Power meanwhile already has a proven record at the Caulfield track, the fellow Pierro progeny having won the All-Star Mile there in March on the back of a Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) second at Flemington.

Other notable P.B. Lawrence Stakes nominees include Futurity Stakes winner Streets Of Avalon, the Godolphin-raced Savatiano who was scratched from Rosehill’s Group 2 Missile Stakes last weekend due to a Heavy track and Danny O’Brien’s VRC Oaks champion Miami Bound.

Acceptances close on Wednesday with the current all-in P.B. Lawrence Stakes 2020 odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au available here.

2020 P.B. Lawrence Stakes Nominations

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 13111x105x ARCADIA QUEEN M 5 Grant & Alana Williams 110
2 75720x507x ARISTIA M 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 103
3 83x100x80x CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) H 5 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 108
4 713x25319x CASCADIAN (GB) G 6 James Cummings 106
5 2115x3010x DR DRILL (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 103
6 166x32050x KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 109
7 113411x84x MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien 103
8 x30x03643x MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 107
9 333×002141 MORRISSY H 5 Leon & Troy Corstens 92
10 11x1255x5x MYSTIC JOURNEY M 5 Adam Trinder 113
11 x2161x421x REGAL POWER G 5 Grant & Alana Williams 112
12 101x12766x SAVATIANO M 6 James Cummings 109
13 x653502217 SIRCCONI G 6 Nick Ryan 98
14 84644116×4 SO SI BON G 7 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 106
15 189x3210x2 STREETS OF AVALON G 6 Shane Nichols 110

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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