Twenty-one runners have been included in nominations for Saturday’s 2016 Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville Racecourse, in South Australia.
Trainer Phillip Stokes revealed Hucklebuck is likely to be kept to a light Spring Carnival campaign geared towards the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) in November, but has included his stable star in 2016 Spring Stakes nominations.
Posting eight wins and a further three minors through eighteen career starts to date, Hucklebuck undoubtedly found career-best form to date through the 2014 spring; taking out each of the Listed Durbridge Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Yellowglen Stakes (1400m) before posting a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m).
Resuming this year for fourth in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) on January 23rd, the Elvstroem gelding progressed to third in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m), but failed to make anything of an impact in either of the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) or Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) most recently.
The Lindsay Park operation are thrilled with the condition of Tashbeeh, and have subsequently included the five-year-old in 2016 Spring Stakes nominations.
Claiming six wins and nine minors through twenty-four starts, the Commands entire was last seen running a credible sixth behind Tom Melbourne in the Listed Albury Gold Cup (2000m) on March 18th.
Journeyman Conservatorium turned nine on August 1st, and has been included by trainer Gary Kennewell in 2016 Spring Stakes nominations.
Conservatorium has been a notable performer at all levels of racing throughout his competitive career so far; posting nine wins and as many minors through forty-five starts since his debut in 2010.
Resuming this time for third in the Campolina Stud BM90 (1000m) on June 4th, the Royal Academy gelding has been unable to beat a runner home in either of his two most recent starts.
The 2016 Spring Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday (August 3rd).
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2016 Spring Stakes Nominations
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|5||80×1623515||DAYTONA GREY||G||7||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||97|
|6||607x22360x||GAMBLIN’ GURU||G||6||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||93|
|8||222×123315||IT’S NO JOKE||G||6||Grant Kluske||71|
|9||312x18244x||JIM’S JOURNEY||G||5||Peter F Blanch||92|
|12||9x221222x||METRO COWBOY||G||4||Daniel Clarken||68|
|13||13951630×1||MIGHTY LIKE||G||7||Mick Price||97|
|16||856622333x||ROCKET COMMANDER||M||5||Wayne Francis & Glen Kent||89|
|18||5318x||SINGLE BARREL||G||4||Nick Smart||64|
|20||321511246x||TASHBEEH||H||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||95|
|21||4x14x15323||USAIN DANE||G||5||Phillip Stokes||77|