A classy field of eleven runners have been nominated for the Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Friday, highlighted by some of the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival’s most exciting prospects.
Returning to the winner’s circle with an impressive performance in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) on September 13th, trainers Leon and Troy Corstens have included Commanding Jewel in nominations for the 2014 Stocks Stakes.
Finishing outside the places just once in nine competitive starts so far, the lightly-raced mare stamped her claims as one to watch from her maiden preparation; winning each of her first two starts and continuing to build in form and class on her way to a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing in 2012 edition of the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).
Appearing in line for another standout campaign through the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, the Commands mare suffered a string of unfortunate injuries, forcing her off the track for more than a year.
Running on for third in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) first-up on August 30th in what was her only other start prior to the Let’s Elope Stakes, the Corstens’ are confident a return to a mile on Friday will play directly into the strengths of Commanding Jewel.
Finishing a close second in the Let’s Elope Stakes, trainer Clarry Conners has nominated Dear Demi for the 2014 Stocks Stakes.
Arguably renowned owner John Singleton’s current leading racing prospect, Dear Demi has steadily built to the task at hand over two starts this time in; finishing fifth in the Cockram Stakes prior to the Let’s Elope.
A Group 1 champion in her own right, Dear Demi charged home to secure the 2012 edition of the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) and has been unlucky to finish a close second in several proceeding starts at the highest level of Australian racing, including the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) most recently in November.
A standout performer over the 2014 Autumn Carnival, Solicit was unable to match the late pace when seventh in the Let’s Elope Stakes first-up but has reportedly worked well in the lead-up to the Stocks Stakes.
Claiming back-to-back victories in the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) and Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) first-up this year, the Street Cry mare was unlucky to be blocked in the final straight and fourth in the Listed Alexandra Stakes (1600m) but returned to the fore when finishing a close second to Lucia Valentina in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m).
Also finding peak condition in the 2014 Autumn Carnival, Text’n Hurley will be more than a chance for success in the 2014 Stocks Stakes if allocated a favourable gate at Wednesday’s barrier draw.
Securing several impressive results over minor events early in the year, the Hard Spun mare displayed a keen turn of foot to finish just off the pace of Bonaria in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m); returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) on March 21st.
A final field and barrier draw for the 2014 Stocks Stakes is due to be released on Monday.
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2014 Stocks Stakes Nominations
|1||BIPPO NO BUNGUS||Neville Parnham|
|2||COMMANDING JEWEL||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|3||DANISH WHISKEY||Michael Kent|
|4||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners|
|5||EPINGLE (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|6||ESPRIT ROSSA||Peter Gelagotis|
|7||RECKLESS ASSASSIN||John Sadler|
|8||REMEMBA HOWE (NZ)||Grant Walker|
|9||SOLICIT||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra|
|10||TEXT’N HURLEY||Colin Little|
|11||TULLY COSTA||Danny Curran|