Mr Quickie Heads 2020 Kennedy Cantala Nominations

October 19, 2020

Mr Quickie Heads 2020 Kennedy Cantala Nominations

Phillip Stokes’ shock last start Toorak Handicap winner Mr Quickie headlines the 52 milers making-up the Kennedy Cantala Stakes 2020 nominations this Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Mr Quickie Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Upset Toorak Handicap winner Mr Quickie heads the 2020 Kennedy Cantala nominations this Melbourne Cup Carnvial. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

One of the elite level features run at Flemington on VRC Derby Day, Saturday October 31, nominations for the Group 1 $1.5 million Kennedy Cantala (1600m) closed on Monday October 19.

Heading updated Kennedy Cantala odds at Ladbrokes.com.au on the early entries is Mr Quickie, the Shamus Award five-year-old last seen taking out the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) by two lengths at a big price.

Also featured in this year’s early entries are the three horses from the winning Kennedy Cantala Stakes trifecta of 2019 led by the defending champion Fierce Impact.

Matthew Smith’s well-bred Fierce Impact stallion completed the Toorak Handicap – Cantala Stakes double in 2019 that Mr Quickie is tipped to emulate this season.

The now seven-year-old added a third Group 1 success in this September’s Makybe Diva Stakes over the Flemington mile and most recently finished third to Kolding in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) in Sydney.

Should Fierce Impact return and win again he will become the first back-to-back Cantala Stakes winner since Seacray (1994-95).

In last year’s Kennedy Cantala results Fierce Impact beat home Fifty Stars (2nd) and Cascadian (3rd), those two horses also featuring in the nominations for a 2020 rematch.

The Lindsay Park-trained Fifty Stars is a Flemington specialist having won the Group 2 Blame Stakes – Group 1 Australian Cup double over a mile and 2000m respectively in the autumn.

His latest run was a second-up third at Caulfield on Cup Day in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) won by Wild Planet for Hawkes Racing – another Kennedy-nominated miler in good form this prep.

Last year’s third placegetter Cascadian meanwhile is Godolphin-raced and out to improve on an eighth in the Toorak from October 10.

Another of the early all-in favourites being kept safe in the Kennedy Cantala odds online is the Michael Moroney-trained Buffalo River.

The American-bred son of Noble Mission boasts a 50% winning strike-rate over his 12-start career to date and caught the eye when runner-up in the Toorak, admittedly getting in on a lightweight.

Sydney’s best Chris Waller presents with a typically tough contingent of 13 Kennedy Cantala nominations in his bid for a fourth victory following his earlier wins with: Albert The Fat (2011), Boban (2013) and most recently Shillelagh (2017).

Among the best in the mix for Waller are dual Cox Plate placegetter Humidor, talented Group 1 winning mare Funstar, last weekend’s Tristarc Stakes winner Madam Rouge and Cox Plate-bound Kolding.

The 2020 Kennedy Cantala final field is announced on Wednesday October 28 with updated odds available in full here.

2020 Kennedy Cantala Stakes Nominations

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 23x63x2304 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 100
2 31×162 AYSAR C 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 95
3 3x60434x30 BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 105
4 104x180x38 BONVICINI M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 89
5 11x0x11x22 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) G 5 Michael Moroney 100
6 25319×4408 CASCADIAN (GB) G 6 James Cummings 105
7 11×13 CHAILLOT M 4 Archie Alexander 81
8 010x040x36 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees 102
9 11×6114 CROSSHAVEN G 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 87
10 5x3010x503 DR DRILL (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 102
11 1x438P0x78 FASCINO (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 84
12 1x2348x313 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith
13 80x2092x31 FIESTA M 5 Chris Waller 102
14 256x411x83 FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 6 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 112
15 1x2142x622 FUNSTAR M 4 Chris Waller 108
16 x848115x97 GALAXY RAIDER G 8 Grahame Begg 95
17 517×423 GRANDSLAM C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 82
18 30x72438x0 HANG MAN (IRE) G 7 Michael Moroney 91
19 2x3314x364 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) G 6 Matthew Williams 99
20 1212224×00 HARLECH (NZ) H 4 Michael Moroney 96
21 96x085x123 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller
22 x0x470x110 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 104
23 x8100x3430 IMAGING (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 109
24 31037×3119 JUNIPAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 100
25 15x911x739 KING’S LEGACY C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 105
26 x32050x300 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 108
27 45778×0211 KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller
28 x9702x6741 MADAM ROUGE M 5 Chris Waller 106
29 212111×590 MANDELA EFFECT G 6 Scott Brunton 100
30 01x300x510 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 9 Chris Waller 110
31 0021416232 MORRISSY H 5 Leon & Troy Corstens 97
32 02x902x271 MR QUICKIE G 5 Phillip Stokes 112
33 331121×371 NONCONFORMIST G 4 Grahame Begg 100
34 x420142x8x OLMEDO (FR) H 6 Chris Waller 108
35 231x2128x2 PHAISTOS G 5 James Cummings 95
36 111117×040 POSITIVE PEACE M 5 Bjorn Baker
37 x5x0803x21 PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) G 5 John Thompson
38 321343×704 RAINBOW THIEF (NZ) G 5 Michael Moroney 79
39 4210x115x3 RANIER G 5 James Cummings
40 3x82435x35 RELOADED H 4 Chris Waller
41 x381567450 REYKJAVIK H 6 Lindsey Smith 101
42 1150x3x517 ROCK G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
43 3×03071743 ROMANCER (NZ) G 7 Grahame Begg 96
44 3091533422 SHE SHAO FLY M 4 Kevin Corstens 96
45 11216×060 SHOUT THE BAR M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
46 4116×45397 SO SI BON G 7 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 104
47 x1720x2209 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 109
48 210×270509 STREETS OF AVALON G 6 Shane Nichols 104
49 59243×4616 SUBPOENAED (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller
50 360x2223x7 THE VELVET KING G 5 Peter G Moody 104
51 x7410x8191 WILD PLANET G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 106
52 7207523×24 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) H 6 Chris Waller 106
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