Eighteen classy three-year-olds have been nominated for this Saturday’s $250,000 Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington, held as part of the Makybe Diva Stakes Day.
Topliners among the 2010 Danehill Stakes early entries include the Danny O’Brien-trained Star Witness and Magic Millions winner Military Rose.
Winner of the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) in the autumn, Star Witness is coming off an eye-catching first-up third to Toorak Toff in the Listed Vain Stakes (1100m) and if they run will carry the top weight of 57kg.
Gillian Heinrich’s champion Queensland filly Military Rose is sure to be one of the Danehill Stakes favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au despite finishing 11th last start in the Golden Slipper.
Military Rose has since had a winning barrier trial at the Gold Coast and will be resuming racing in the Danehill Stakes with jockey Dwayne Dunn picking up the mount on Saturday.
Military Rose’s regular jockey who rode her to victory in the Magic Millions Classic and Reisling Stakes Michael Rodd is engaged to ride either one of Mark Kavanagh’s two entries Gig Guide or Shrapnel in the Danehill Stakes.
Other exciting three-year-olds among the Danehill Stakes nominations include super consistent Queensland gelding Buffering coming off a second place to Blackball in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1200m), the Peter Moody’s filly Miss Gai Flyer and the Lee Freeman-trained duo of Pellizotti and Smokin’ Joey.
The Danehill Stakes is one of a number of Group features on the race-card at Flemington on Saturday, other events presenting exciting betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au including the Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), the Group 2 Lets Elope Stakes (1400m) and the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m).
The 2010 Danehill Stakes final field of acceptances will be released on Thursday and published first here along with the betting odds on the contenders as provided by our preferred online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au.
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2010 Danehill Stakes Nominations
|#||Horse||Trainer||Ballot||Weight (kg)||Hcp. Rating|
|1||STAR WITNESS||Danny O’Brien||2||57||100|
|2||MILITARY ROSE||Gillian Heinrich||1||56||95|
|4||GENERAL TRUCE||Ricky Maund||4||56||82|
|6||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Lee Freedman||6||55.5||72|
|8||INNOCENT GAMBLE||Mark Riley||8||55.5||78|
|11||REKINDLED INTEREST||Jim Conlan||14||55||66|
|13||GIG GUIDE||Mark Kavanagh||16||55||64|
|14||RENEWED VITALITY||John P Thompson||18||55||63|
|15||MISS GAI FLYER||Peter G Moody||9||53||76|
|16||CURTANA||Peter G Moody||10||53||82|
|17||STORM BURST||Peter G Moody||12||53||72|