Twenty-two sprinters have been included in nominations for Saturday’s Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse; highlighted by the pending appearances of several previous winners at the highest level.
Chautauqua broke through for a maiden win at the highest level during The Championships and has been included in nominations for a racing return in the 2015 McEwen Stakes.
A strong and consistent performer for Team Hawkes since first appearing on course in late 2013, Chautauqua has posted an impressive six wins and six minors through only fourteen competitive appearances to date.
Returning last spring for success in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) on September 13th, the Encosta De Lago gelding continued to impress in taking out the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) before running second in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) on November 8th.
Returning this year for success in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) on February 14th, Chautauqua ran second to Brazen Beau in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) before posting a maiden Group 1 win in the TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) on April 6th; returning to the paddock after placing third in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) a fortnight later.
Team Hawkes are set to launch a two-pronged attack on the 2015 McEwen Stakes after also including three-year-old Headwater in nominations.
Charging home to win the Group 2 Silver Slipper (1100m) in only his second competitive start, Headwater progressed to third in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) on March 7th before running a credible fifth in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) a fortnight later.
While unable to figure when beating only one runner home in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) first-up on August 15th, Headwater will be treated well in the weights should he accept into the McEwen Stakes final field.
Flamberge also posted a maiden Group 1 victory during an impressive autumn preparation and has been included in 2015 McEwen Stakes nominations.
Claiming eight wins and as many minors through his 27 career starts, Flamberge returned this year for a close second behind Chautauqua in the Rubiton Stakes; running third in the Listed Bob Hoysted Handicap (1000m).
While failing to fire and 12th in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m), the Exceed And Excel gelding returned to the paddock after beating a particularly classy field to the line in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) on May 16th.
Lucky Hussler responded favourably to a move to trainer Darren Weir’s stables prior to the 2014 Spring Carnival and has been included in 2015 McEwen Stakes nominations.
Failing to finish outside the first three in five starts last spring, highlighted by a close second in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m), Lucky Hussler returned to racing in the best way possible this year when charging home to win the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) on March 27th.
While only managing mid-pack finishes in each of his next two starts, Weir has been pleased with the work produced by the Husson gelding in the lead-up to his competitive return.
The 2015 McEwen Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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2015 McEwen Stakes Nominations
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||x112x1213x||CHAUTAUQUA||H||5||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||114|
|2||7643x2301x||FLAMBERGE||G||6||Peter G Moody||109|
|4||16x3x19x||GOLD RORY||G||6||Mark Riley||72|
|5||650x2326x7||GREGERS||M||5||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||103|
|7||1135×7||HEADWATER||C||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||85|
|8||x5229x666x||I’M ALL THE TALK||H||5||Gary Portelli||95|
|9||671217490x||IT IS WRITTEN||G||7||Robbie Griffiths||101|
|11||113x32813x||KURO (NZ)||H||4||Lee & Anthony Freedman||101|
|12||276x520x31||LE BONSIR||G||8||Mick Price||96|
|13||32212x167x||LUCKY HUSSLER||G||6||Darren Weir||109|
|14||x3845x344x||MISS STEELE||M||5||Michael Kent||88|
|16||1140x||SISTONIC||M||4||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||70|
|18||1113163×68||SWEET EMILY||M||5||Phil Sweeney||82|
|19||x21631166x||THE QUARTERBACK||G||5||Robbie Griffiths||93|
|20||x12121145x||TYCOON TARA||M||5||Symon Wilde||98|
|22||1277189×08||WRITTEN DASH||M||4||Danny Curran||76|