Twelve three-year-olds have been included in nominations for Saturday’s Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) at Royal Randwick; highlighted by the pending appearance of several Golden Rose Stakes prospects.
Sebring Sun has returned to racing in slick form this time and has been included in 2015 Up And Coming Stakes nominations.
Running third amongst classy company in the TAB Place Multi Plate (1000m) first-up this year, the Sebring colt progressed to fifth in each of the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) and Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) before returning to the paddock, with a view to spring.
Breaking through for a maiden race win in the TAB.com.au Handicap (1200m) first-up this time, Sebring Sun will be seeking a third-consecutive success on Saturday after taking out the Listed The Rosebud (1200m) on August 8th.
Chris Waller experienced huge success with Press Statement through his recent debut campaign, and has been included in 2015 Up And Coming Stakes nominations.
Taking out a pair of Sydney minors with complete ease through late April and May, Waller’s bold plan to enter the son of Hinchinbrook in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) in only his third competitive start played incredible dividends when the colt jogged home to win by a length.
Waller is set to launch a two-pronged attack on the 2015 Up And Coming Stakes after also including Devil Hawk in nominations.
Unable to make much of a competitive impact through three starts during the late autumn, Devil Hawk made his intentions clear upon resuming this time for a comfortable two length success in the Schweppes Maiden Plate (1250m) on August 12th.
Gary Nickson has bold plans for Voilier this campaign and has included the three-year-old in 2015 Up And Coming Stakes nominations, in what will be his third competitive point of call this time.
Beating a handy field to the line by close to four lengths in the Sire Custodians 2.y.o Plate (1100m) on debut in December, Voilier returned in autumn for second in the Group 2 Silver Slipper (1100m) and fifth in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m).
Having placed fourth in the Bob Ingham Handicap (1100m) first-up this time, the Beneteau gelding mustered an impressive turn of foot to finished second in The Rosebud last start and appears primed for a return to the winner’s circle.
The 2015 Up And Coming Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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2015 Up And Coming Stakes Nominations
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|2||783×1||DEVIL HAWK||C||3||Chris Waller||66|
|4||15||LAND’S END||C||3||Gerald Ryan||66|
|5||23×713||LET’S MAKE IT RAIN||C||3||Ron Quinton||74|
|6||5×13||MAN OF CHOICE||G||3||Luke Price||63|
|7||111x||PRESS STATEMENT||C||3||Chris Waller|
|8||2x355x11||SEBRING SUN||C||3||Gary Portelli||78|
|10||–||SPIETH (NZ)||C||3||Bryce Heys||–|