A less-than capacity field of 15 runners have been nominated for an appearance in this weekend’s Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Royal Randwick, highlighted by several of the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival’s most exciting prospects.
Appearing on track just once in 2014 so-far, trainer Gai Waterhouse has nominated Aussies Love Sport for the 2014 Concorde Stakes.
A standout performer over his 2013 spring campaign, Aussies Love Sport finished fourth in the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1400m) first-up and continued to build in form and class on his way to back-to-back victories in the Dooleys Handicap (1400m) and Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) on September 7th.
Returning to the paddock after finishing third in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m), Waterhouse is confident of a successful spring campaign for the Redoute’s Choice entire, underling the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) in October as the major target.
Also included in nominations for the 2014 Concorde Stakes is classy Anthony Cummings-trained mare Villa Verde.
Winning each of her first two race starts; the Listed Inglis Debutants Stakes (1000m) and Listed 7 News Plate (1000m) in late 2012, Villa Verde was a notable performer in major two-year-old events through 2012; finishing second in the Group 2 Moet & Chandon Stakes (1200m) and a credible seventh in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) most notably.
Returning to racing in great form this year, the Not A Single Doubt mare won the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) first-up, and while unable to break-through for another race win in four starts, managed several impressive results including third in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) and fourth in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m).
Returning to racing for sixth in the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on August 23rd, Cummings is confident Villa Verde will be far better for the first-up performance and is expecting a polished performance in the Concorde Stakes.
Godolphin is poised to be offered two good chances for success in the 2014 Concorde Stakes, nominating classy stable mates Safeguard and Sessions.
Securing a total of three wins and three minor places from just 12 starts so far, Safeguard returned to the track this year with a forgettable 11th (of 11) in the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m), but steadily found his feet in finishing second in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) and a credible sixth in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1400m) most recently on May 31st.
Not seen at the races since fading to finish 13th in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) on May 10th, Sessions has reportedly taken well to work in the lead-up to his racing return and is set to line up for the Concorde Stakes in good condition.
Securing a commendable total of five wins and four minor places from just 15 competitive starts so far, the Lonhro entire was a standout performer over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival; finishing second in the Concorde Stakes first-up and winning the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) on September 21st before placing an impressive third in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) on October 25th.
A final field and barrier draw for the 2014 Concorde Stakes is due to be released on Wednesday morning.
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2014 Concorde Stakes Nominations
|1||ANGELS BEACH||Peter G Moody||95|
|3||AUSSIES LOVE SPORT||Gai Waterhouse||86|
|5||I’M ALL THE TALK||Gary Portelli||88|
|6||JUST A BULLET||Brett Cavanough||73|
|7||NEENA ROCK||John Sargent||90|
|8||NUCLEAR CLASS||Tas Morton||82|
|9||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride||105|
|12||TARGET IN SIGHT||Joseph Pride||90|
|13||VILLA VERDE||Anthony Cummings||105|
|15||WOULDNT IT BE NICE||Paul Perry||79|