McEwen Stakes 2012 – Nominations Released

September 11th, 2012

Nominations have been released for the 2012 McEwen Stakes, which is due to run at Moonee Valley Racecourse this Saturday September 15, 2012.

A total of 12 horses have been nominated for the $150,000 race, including Bel Sprinter.

Bel Sprinter will be having his first start for the spring racing carnival in the 2012 McEwen Stakes after a winter-long spell.

The Bel Esprit gelding has won five of his nine race starts and has earned more than $270,000 in prize money.

The five-year-old won the Listed WJ Adams Stakes during the autumn racing carnival and finished a close fourth in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes.

Also included in the 2012 McEwen Stakes is Soft Sand, who will also be having her first-up start in the 2012 McEwen Stakes.

Soft Sand has won four of her eight race starts and has earned more than $200,000 in prize money.

The Dansili mare had her last race starts in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara, where she finished an out of sorts 15th of 18 runners.

Prior to that run, she won the $70,000 ALH Group Plate for fillies and mares at Caulfield in May.

Green Birdie will also be continuing his spring preparation in the 2012 McEwen Stakes after three consistent efforts so far.

The Catbird gelding placed fourth in the Group 3 Bletchinly Stakes two starts back, before posting another fourth in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap last start.

The nine-year-old veteran has won six of his 39 race starts and has competed all over the world.

Didntcostalot and Golden Archer are also included in the 2012 McEwen Stakes nominations.

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2012 McEwen Stakes Nominations

No. Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 AGUEDA Anthony Cummings 74
2 BEL SPRINTER Jason Warren 104
3 BROKEN Darren Weir 95
4 DIDNTCOSTALOT Marc Conners 84
5 GOLDEN ARCHER Peter G Moody 104
6 GREEN BIRDIE (NZ) Tony Vasil 106
7 OFF AND LAUGHING John P Thompson 76
8 PLATELET Darren Weir 99
9 SNITZEM Leon Corstens 78
10 SOFT SAND Colin Little 89
11 STRATCOMBE Mick Price 99
12 UMGETON Brendon Hearps 82