21 Included in 2016 Hollindale Stakes Nominations

May 3rd, 2016

Twenty-one runners have been included in nominations for Saturday’s featured 2016 Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) on the Gold Coast; highlighted by the pending appearance of some of the Brisbane Winter Carnival’s most exciting prospects.

Last-start winner Amovatio is one of eight for Chris Waller in 2016 Hollindale Stakes nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Last-start winner Amovatio is one of eight for Chris Waller in 2016 Hollindale Stakes nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Trainer Chris Waller is set to dominate the Hollindale Stakes field after nominating no fewer than eight of his stable starts for the race, including Amovatio, Strawberry Boy and Spiritjim.

Posting nine wins and a further twelve minors through a total of thirty-four starts, Amovatio has returned to racing in particularly slick form this time; running sixth in the Listed National Sprint (1400m) first-up before placed third in the Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap (1350m) on Golden Slipper Day.

Unable to make up the distance when fifth in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) one week later, the Al Maher gelding will carry winning form into the Hollindale Stakes after comfortably winning the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) last weekend.

Strawberry Boy was unable to justify his clear favouritism when fourth in the Hawkesbury Cup, but should have taken plenty of benefit from the run ahead of the Hollindale Stakes.

A proven performer in Queensland, the Redoute’s Choice gelding won each of the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1600m) and Listed Wayne Wilson (1600m) during the 2015 Winter Carnival.

Resuming in December for eighth in the Listed Canterbury Classic (1200m), Strawberry Boy again received a freshen-up after running second to Lucky Hussler in the Magic Millions Cup (1400m) on the Gold Coast on January 9th; placing third in the Royal Randwick 100 (1400m) in his only other start prior to the Hawkesbury Cup.

Spiritjim is poised for his first Australian start in the Hollindale Stakes after beginning his career abroad in France.

Claiming seven wins and two minors through eighteen competitive starts, Spiritjim ran fourth in the Group 2 Prix Maurice De Nieuil (2800m) and Group 2 Qatar Prix Foy (2400m) before taking his place in the famed Group 1 Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe (2400m) in October.

Having trialled well in the lead-up to his debut, Spiritjim should relish the 1800m of the Hollindale Stakes first-up.

Sir Moments savaged the line for second in last year’s addition of the Hollindale Stakes, and leads the local contingent of nominees for Saturday’s Gold Coast feature.

The stable star for Eagle Farm-based trainer Steve O’Dea, Sir Moments has claimed eight wins and a further five minors through twenty-two competitive starts.

Unlucky to miss the 2015 Spring Carnival through injury, the Choisir gelding resumed this time for second in the Carbine Club Gold Coast Stakes (1200m) before running on for a credible fourth in the Makers Mark Handicap (1350m) on March 26th.

Returning to winning form in the Qpos Handicap (1350m) on April 9th, Sir Moments ran third in the Listed Tails Stakes (1600m) on April 23rd and will enjoy a step up in distance on Saturday.

The 2016 Hollindale Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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2016 Hollindale Stakes Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 1x170x6351 AMOVATIO G 5 Chris Waller
2 0x484256x7 BEATEN UP (GB) G 8 Chris Waller
3 1x572217x2 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 6 Gai Waterhouse
4 x0728x3327 HAURAKI G 4 John O’Shea
5 141×742121 HONEY TOAST G 5 Ben Currie
6 16x5300x02 INDEX LINKED (GB) G 8 Chris Waller
7 87x23x6116 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 5 John O’Shea
8 0042x5x848 KOOL KOMPANY (IRE) H 4 Chris Waller
9 09936×5610 LEEBAZ (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
10 9x00740x99 MORIARTY (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller
11 x8x1x70115 NEVIS (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott
12 6x61x1412 OLD NORTH C 3 John O’Shea
13 0820×03044 PUCCINI (NZ) H 5 Darren Weir
14 x31111131x SAKHEE’S SOLDIER (NZ) G 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
15 76x4212x13 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) G 7 David Vandyke
16 x6712x2413 SIR MOMENTS G 5 Steven O’dea
17 0x6447204x SPIRITJIM (FR) H 6 Chris Waller
18 4480x82x34 STRAWBERRY BOY G 7 Chris Waller
19 190x09x088 TARLOSHAN (NZ) M 6 Graeme Boyd
20 70590×6110 VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ) G 4 Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs
21 9000×98682 WEARY (FR) G 6 Chris Waller