Fifteen quality three-year-old colts and geldings have been nominated for the 2011 Royal Sovereign Stakes, one of the four Group races running at the Royal Randwick this Saturday February 12 at the latest Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival meeting.
The $175,000 Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) entries feature a number of Group winning gallopers including the Chris Waller-trained Pressday and Commands colt Skilled.
Domesday colt Pressday won the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm in June of last year and at his last start claimed victory in the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) on November 13.
The Peter Snowden-trained Skilled was in great form during the autumn of 2010 running second to Yosei in the Group 1 Inglis Sire’s Produce Stakes (1400m) defeated by the narrowest of margins before scoring victory in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 24.
Skilled’s spring campaign wasn’t quite as successful but they will still get plenty of attention in the Royal Sovereign Stakes betting markets at Luxbet.
Other top-rated Royal Sovereign Stakes nominees are David Payne’s rising colt Masquerader, last-start runner-up in the Victoria Derby Praecido, Redoute’s Choice colt Beneteau and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Brightexpectations.
The final field of Royal Sovereign Stakes acceptors is due for release this Wednesday February 9 and will be published here along with the barrier draw so bookmark this site.
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2011 Royal Sovereign Stakes Nominations
|#||Horse||Trainer||Balot||Weight (kg)||Handicapper Rating|
|5||PRAECIDO (NZ)||David Payne||5||56||92|
|7||MASTER HARRY||Peter G Moody||7||56||74|
|9||TOP DROP||Gerald Ryan||9||56||83|
|11||NO HESITATION||Clarry Conners||11||56||76|
|12||AUDACIOUS SPIRIT||Gillian Heinrich||12||56||74|
|13||LIGHT BRIGADE||Gai Waterhouse||13||56||67|
|14||FROM THE VAULT||Mark de Montfort||14||56||72|
|15||GENKI MOOCHI (NZ)||Jason Coyle||15||56||65|