2011 Spring Champion Stakes Nominations

August 23rd, 2011

The Spring Champion Stakes Nominations are out and what a list of three year olds has been assembled.

The Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes runs in conjunction with the Group 1 Flight stakes and the Group 1 Metropolitan on Epsom Handicap Day, Sydney’s biggest day of racing during the spring carnival.

The Spring Champion Stakes itself is worth $400,000 across a 2000m trip at Randwick Racecourse.

It will be run on Saturday October the first and has attracted entrants from right around the country.

All up there are 82 horses on target for the 2011 Spring Champion Stakes with a few notable standouts in the mix.

Cocky Raider returns as a three year old after starting with a bang as a juvenile but falling off the pace slightly. Back bigger and stronger he’ll put in a big performance for trainer David Payne.

Darci Be Good has been on fire at the start of the new season and there aren’t too many with better wins to their name in the last month. Sure it’s a step up in grade, but that’s the case for nearly all of these runners.

Helmet is undoubtedly the pick of the bunch here and if he runs he’s all but assured of being the favourite. Dual Group 1 winner as a two year old, if he comes back with his head screwed on he’ll take some real beating.

Sangster is a kiwi fresh off its first Aussie start which turned out to be its first Aussie win as well. It only raced twice in NZ but they obviously saw something to send it over here so early, big raps and we might see why.

Pane In The Glass was always there abouts as a juvenile and this season she went bang first up to register a big stakes win. She’s being targeted especially at the Spring Champion Stakes so make sure she’s one you keep an eye on.

Godspeed was an expensive purchase for the Moody camp and as yet he hasn’t shown why. If he lives up to his pedigree though this thing could really turn heads, a potential star may lie somewhere underneath.

These are a couple of the top hopes for the Spring Champion stakes but make sure you look through the full field to get your own idea of just which horses are in the best position.

So often horses may not return quite the same way as a three year old, some a lot better and plenty not as good, so watch their first up runs with keen interest.

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2011 Spring Champion Stakes Nominations

Horse Benchmark Trainer
1.ABSALON NA Jason McLachlan
2.AMAAL 67 David Hayes
3.AMBIDEXTER 59 Peter Snowden
4.BASHAN (NZ) NA Richard Otto
5.BATEAU BAY NA Gai Waterhouse
6.BERENGER NA Anthony Freedman
7.BIG TIME NA John O’Shea
8.BIRDLIFE NA Guy Walter
9.BLACK JAG NA Peter Hulbert
10.BOYS ON TOUR 74 John P Thompson
11.CHAPLIN (NZ) NA Anthony Freedman
12.COCKY RAIDER 75 David Payne
13.CORNELL NA Anthony Freedman
14.COSTLY COMMITMENT NA Mick Price
15.DANZIG KING NA Bob Thomsen
16.DARCI BE GOOD (NZ) 80 Bede Murray
17.DOCTOR DOOM 68 Guy Walter
18.DRAGONZONE NA Bart Cummings
19.ELEUTHER 68 Peter Snowden
20.ENCODED NA David Hayes
21.FADED NA Peter Snowden
22.FLIGHT OF PEGASUS NA Scott Aspery
23.FLUCTUATIONS NA Wanda Ings
24.FONTELINA 76 Anthony Cummings
25.FOREWARNED NA Anthony Cummings
26.FORTUNEFIVEHUNDRED NA Anthony Cummings
27.GODSPEED NA Peter G Moody
28.HELMET NA Peter Snowden
29.INDUNA NA Peter Snowden
30.IRISH TIMES 68 Clarry Conners
31.ISOPACH NA John P Thompson
32.JOLLYWOOD (NZ) NA Robert Hickmott
33.JUST THE TONIC 68 Gai Waterhouse
34.KAROSSE NA Anthony Cummings
35.KING’S PACT 69 David Payne
36.KUTCHER 62 John P Thompson
37.LAKE LYNETTE NA Grahame Begg
38.LIEUTENANT COLONEL NA John P Thompson
39.MAGNETICALLY NA John Sadler
40.MASHKOOR NA Jason Coyle
41.MORE BUBBLY NA John P Thompson
42.MOROCCO NA Anthony Cummings
43.MUHAAJIR NA Jason Coyle
44.NIAGARA NA Gai Waterhouse
45.NOBBY SNIP NA Gai Waterhouse
46.NORDIC DUKE (NZ) NA Michael Moroney
47.OCELTIP NA John P Thompson
48.OUT OF THE SHADOW NA Gary Portelli
49.PANE IN THE GLASS 93 John P Thompson
50.POWER BROKER (NZ) NA Gai Waterhouse
51.PUMP IT (NZ) NA Anthony Freedman
52.QUACK IT (NZ) NA David Hayes
53.REKINDLED ALLIANCE 68 Paul Messara
54.RETORT COURTEOUS (NZ) NA Steve Englebrecht
55.RIVERBANK NA Peter Snowden
56.ROCK MONSTER NA Gerald Ryan
57.ROCK MUSICIAN NA Robbie Laing
58.ROSINI NA Gai Waterhouse
59.SABRAGE NA Michael Moroney
60.SAINT LA BAMBA NA David Payne
61.SAINT PULSE NA Michael Moroney
62.SALTER (NZ) NA Robert Hickmott
63.SANDHURST NA Anthony Cummings
64.SANGSTER (NZ) 60 Trent Busuttin
65.SCELTO (NZ) NA Robbie Laing
66.SPECTER NA Anthony Freedman
67.STEEL FIXER NA Chris Waller
68.STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) 69 Anthony Cummings
69.TARONGA 61 Paul Perry
70.TAXI DRIVER NA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
71.THE DEEP SOUTH (NZ) NA Michael Moroney
72.THE GREAT SNOWMAN (NZ) NA Gai Waterhouse
73.THE INVENTOR NA Bevan Laming
74.TRAPUNTO NA Peter Snowden
75.TREMEC (NZ) NA John P Thompson
76.TUNES 62 Peter Snowden
77.VEETEN NA John P Thompson
78.VITTORIA (NZ) NA Michael Kent
79.VOLATILE MATTER NA John P Thompson
80.WEHRMAN NA John P Thompson
81.WHISPER DOWNS NA David Hayes
82.WIN FOR WILSON 71 John P Thompson