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.
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
|2||0x484256x7||BEATEN UP (GB)||G||8||Chris Waller|
|3||1x572217x2||EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB)||H||6||Gai Waterhouse|
|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|