Trainer Darren Weir’s stable flag bearer Black Heart Bart heads a long list of Group 1 winners among the eighteen nominations for the 2017 Group 1 $1m Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Weir has also nominated French import Gailo Chop, the winner of the 2015 Group 1 $1m Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington, 2017 Australian Cup winner Humidor and the Group 1 placed Japanese import Tosen Stardom.
Black Heart Bart will be trying to make it back to back wins in the Memsie Stakes and will be fitter for a first third behind Hartnell and Charmed Harmony in the Group 2 $200,000 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 19.
The John Sadler trained Charmed Harmony is also among the nominations for the Memsie Stakes but the consistent eight year old has missed a place at his four attempts at Group 1 level to date and was beaten just under seven lengths when ninth to Black Heart Bart in last year’s weight for age sprint.
Tosen Stardom, Humidor and Gailo Chop all have the benefit a run under their belt after finishing fifth, sixth and eleventh respectively in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes.
Group 1 Goodwood winner Vega Magic heads up the nominations for the Memsie Stakes from the powerful Lindsay Park stable who have entered He Or She, Seaburge and Grande Rosso.
Vega Magic resumed form a spell for an impressive win in the Listed $120,000 Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on August 19 and will be one of the main contenders for the Memsie Stakes.
Other Group 1 winners that are among the Memsie Stakes nominations are the Chris Waller trained Foxpaly, Australian Guineas winner Hey Doc, Shane Nichols’ high class mare I Am A Star, Australian Derby winner Jon Snow, Canberra trained Single Gaze, and dual Group 1 winning mare Yankee Rose.
Foxplay, who almost pulled off the upset of the year when run down in the final few strides when second to her glamour stablemate Winx in the Group 2 $250,000 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on August 19, is also nominated for the Group 2 $250,000 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) and the Group 2 $200,000 Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Nominations for the G1 Memsie Stakes (1400m)
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|2||9x211x75x3||BLACK HEART BART||G||7||Darren Weir||115|
|3||9x60229x42||CHARMED HARMONY||G||8||John Sadler||101|
|5||8x181x37x0||GAILO CHOP (FR)||G||7||Darren Weir||109|
|6||17121175×3||GRANDE ROSSO||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||100|
|8||23590x160x||HE OR SHE||G||7||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||105|
|9||34x31196x1||HEY DOC||G||4||Tony McEvoy||108|
|10||29x42212x6||HUMIDOR (NZ)||G||5||Darren Weir||112|
|11||1x271183x4||I AM A STAR (NZ)||M||4||Shane Nichols||107|
|12||893337311x||JON SNOW (NZ)||H||4||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||108|
|13||51x11202x2||LE ROMAIN||G||5||Kris Lees||115|
|14||54282x060x||SEABURGE||H||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||105|
|15||x70312612x||SINGLE GAZE||M||5||Nick Olive||108|
|16||709x4x22x5||TOSEN STARDOM (JPN)||H||7||Darren Weir||109|
|17||1x9171x1x1||VEGA MAGIC||G||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||111|
|18||x21x6D130x||YANKEE ROSE||M||4||David Vandyke||108|