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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.
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.
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.
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|
|14||84644116×4||SO SI BON||G||7||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes||106|
|15||189x3210x2||STREETS OF AVALON||G||6||Shane Nichols||110|
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