Almalad Leads 96 Spring Champion Stakes 2014 Nominations

August 25th, 2014

Gai Waterhouse’s Group 1 winning gelding Almalad is the headline nominee for the 2014 Spring Champion Stakes, early entries for the Randwick feature taken today.


JJ Atkins winner Almalad is the headline 2014 Spring Champion Stakes nominee for this October. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Australian Turf Club (ATC) took nominations for a trio of Sydney Spring Racing Carnival majors this morning including 96 three-year-old entries for this year’s $400,000 Group 1 Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).

Running on October 11, the race has drawn two current Group 1 winners including Al Maher three-year-old Almalad.

The undefeated youngster has a trio of wins behind him as he prepares to return to racing this weekend at Rosehill Gardens in the Group 3 The Run To The Rose.

His latest effort took him into the Group 1 winners’ stall at Eagle Farm on June 7 when he held off Brazen Beau to take out the JJ Atkins (1600m) in Brisbane.

The Spring Champion Stakes is one of a host of spring options for Almalad then who is also in the mix for the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) next month on September 13 paying $7 as the equal favourite to win through

In Melbourne the options then include the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 11 and the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 25.

In Caulfield Guineas betting Almalad shares $9 favouritism with JJ Atkins runner-up Brazen Beau and pays $19 as the shortest priced of the three-year-olds in Cox Plate odds for this spring.

Waterhouse plays a strong hand in the Spring Champion Stakes this year too with a total of eight runners.

Among her other big name entries are $21 Golden Rose hope Liberation and Grouip 2 Skyline Stakes winner Valentia who ran a first-up third to Scissor Kick in the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m) at Randwick last Saturday.

Other Up & Coming Stakes graduates in the mix for the Spring Champion Stakes this year include runner-up Panzer Division for winning trainer Paul Messara and sixth placed Meursault.

The John O’Shea-trained Meursault is one of Godolphin’s top three-year-olds heading into the spring carnival and the team’s most notable Spring Champion entry along with Shamardal colt Ghibellines who won the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) in March before a Golden Slipper eighth last time out.

Along with Almalad the other Group 1 winner nominated for the Spring Champion Stakes is then the Gerald Ryan-trained Peggy Jean.

The Myboycharlie filly hasn’t raced since her fifth to Go Indy Go in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) when stepped up to the mile for the first time on April 26, before which she won the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on a Heavy (9) Randwick track.

Paul Perry’s ATC Sires’ Produce runner-up and Champagne Stakes fourth placed Snitzel colt Scratch Me Lucky has also been nominated for the Spring Champion Stakes, as has Champagne runner-up Zululand.

Ryan meanwhile has also nominated for Group 3 winner Bachman and Commands colt Washington Heights last seen running second behind Nostradamus in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on August 16.

That was his second career start following a Group 3 second on debut behind Hallowed Crown in the Kindergarten Stakes who also features in the Spring Champion nominations.

See below for the full 2014 Spring Champion Stakes nominations with the final field due out on October 8.

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2014 Spring Champion Stakes

Randwick Racecourse – 11/10/2014

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 ALLZIN Graham Hoy
2 ALMALAD Gai Waterhouse
3 AUTHORITARIAN Anthony Freedman
4 BACHMAN Gerald Ryan
5 BELUGA CAVIAR David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
6 BOLD CIRCLE David Payne 70
7 BOMBER BROWN David Payne
9 BROGUE (NZ) Steve Englebrecht
10 BUCK ROGERS Michael Moroney
11 BURNING PASSION Anthony Cummings 69
12 BY GEORGE Anthony Cummings
13 CAILIN MISS Mick Price
14 COPPOLA Anthony Freedman
15 CORAM Leon & Troy Corstens
16 DHAHAB Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
17 DIAMOND VALORES (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden 72
18 DOUBLE HAPPY Chris Waller 67
19 DRUM ROLL David Vandyke
20 DUCK DYNASTY (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
21 DUTY FIRST Chris Waller
22 EASTERN CAPE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
23 ECHO KING Gai Waterhouse
24 ECHO PRINCE Gai Waterhouse 62
25 EMBRACE THE ROCK David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
26 FIREHOUSE ROCK David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
27 FIRST SEAL John P Thompson 67
28 FORBIDDEN JEWEL Scott Singleton 66
31 GOOD PRINCE Anthony Cummings 63
32 GOULDIAN John O’Shea
33 GRANNY SMITH Anthony Cummings
34 GUEST CARD (NZ) Bryce Heys
35 HALLOWED CROWN Bart & James Cummings 82
36 HAMPTON COURT Gai Waterhouse 65
37 HERO I AM Chris Waller
38 HE’S A GIVEN Clarry Conners 62
39 HIGH ABOVE Anthony Cummings 62
40 HIMPAPAWID Gai Waterhouse 68
41 IDYLLIC SCENERY Chris Waller 66
42 JUST CALL ME RAY (NZ) Bruce Wallace
43 KARIGARA (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
44 KIWI DREAMER (NZ) Michael Moroney
45 KODINHI (NZ) Anthony Freedman
46 KUMAON John O’Shea 81
47 LADY MACAN David Payne
48 LASSITUDE John O’Shea
49 LIBERATION Gai Waterhouse
50 LIE DIRECT Steve Englebrecht
52 LORD DISICK Michael Moroney
53 LOTION David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
54 LOW PLACES (NZ) Chris Waller
55 MAKEADANE John P Thompson
56 MAN CAVE Gary Portelli 56
57 MAROON Anthony Freedman
58 MERION (NZ) Michael Moroney
59 MEURSAULT John O’Shea
60 MIHANY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
61 MINNESINGER Anthony Freedman
62 MISS INTERIORS Anthony Cummings 63
63 MONTEUX Peter G Moody
64 MUNJIZ David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
65 NORTHWEST (NZ) David Vandyke
66 NOZOMI Anthony Freedman
67 OBLIGED Anthony Freedman
69 PARAGON John Sargent
70 PEGGY JEAN Gerald Ryan
71 PETROLOGY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
72 POUNAMU Allan Denham
73 PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller
74 PRESS REPORT Lee Curtis
75 PROACTIVE (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden 66
76 PURPLE PRIDE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
77 ROAD TO SHANGRI LA (NZ) Anthony Cummings
78 SANTA ROCKS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
80 SILVER EAGLE Peter G Moody
81 SIMPLY EXPLOSIVE (NZ) Michael Moroney
82 SNIPER FIRE Chris Waller 73
83 SOBRIQUET Robert Pearse
84 STARS AND STORM Anthony Cummings
85 STRADA DELLA MODA David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
86 SULTRY FEELING Bart & James Cummings 77
87 SUN FORCE Gai Waterhouse
88 SWEYNESSE John O’Shea 63
89 TASHBEEH David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
90 THE SPITFIRE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
91 VALENTIA Gai Waterhouse
92 VOLLEY OF FIRE Anthony Cummings 61
94 WE’RE ALL GOOD (NZ) David Vandyke
95 WILDERNESS David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
96 ZULULAND David Hayes & Tom Dabernig