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Kiwi mare Bonneval and Godolphin’s Australian flagbearer Hartnell look set to clash again with both included in the nominations for the Group 1 $1m Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Bonneval, green with red cap, and Hartnell, royal blue with white stripe on face above, are among the nominations for the Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Bonneval, green with red cap, and Hartnell, royal blue with white stripe on face above, are among the nominations for the Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Bonneval got the better of Hartnell when they met in the Group 1 $750,000 Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on October 1 with the New Zealand mare taking her winning sequence to six with her one length victory over the James Cummings trained seven year old.

Also among the twenty nominations for the Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes are Bonneval’s stablemate, the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman trained Jon Snow and Lizzie L’Amour.

Hartnell is the only Cummings trained galloper among the nominations but the Godolphin royal blue colours could also be seen on Folkswood if English trainer Charlie Appleby decides to start the English visitor in the Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes.

Folkswood is also nominated for the Group 1 $500,000 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on Saturday and Appleby said that the Exceed And Excel gelding will also be entered for the $300,000 Cranbourne Cup at Cranbourne on Sunday.

Champion Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien has nominated two of his invaders for the Ladbrokes Caulfield Cup, Johannes Vermeer and Taj Mahal.

Johannes Vermeer was a winner two starts back at the Curragh in Ireland in the Group 3 €65,000 International Stakes (2011m) followed by a second in the Group 3 €63,000 Ballyroan Stakes (2414m) at Leopardstown in Ireland on August 10.

Taj Mahal has competed at Group 1 level at his last four starts and two starts back finished second to Oscar Performance in the Group 1 US$405,00 Secretariat Stakes (2012m) at Arlington in the United States on August 12.

Irish trainer Willie Mullins has nominated Riven Light who is a winner at his last two starts in Ireland at Tipperary and Listowel.

Nominations for the 2017 Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes (2000m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 1x8400x725 ABBEY MARIE M 5 Michael Kent 102
2 0x0D71x000 AMRALAH (IRE) H 8 Robert Hickmott 101
3 5P31111x11 BONNEVAL (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 112
4 46557x135x CALDERON (IRE) H 5 Tony McEvoy 106
5 225223×541 COOL CHAP G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 97
6 2676142460 EXTRA ZERO G 11 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 98
7 32x212235x FOLKSWOOD (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby 105
8 81x37x0143 GAILO CHOP (FR) G 7 Darren Weir 110
9 0x6713x712 HARDHAM H 4 David Brideoake 101
10 3x2822x122 HARTNELL (GB) G 7 James Cummings 115
11 0x8747x468 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 105
12 3x5126x696 INFERENCE H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 105
13 1x3x45712x JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 108
14 337311×681 JON SNOW (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 110
15 6151021×76 LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ) M 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 105
16 8442×31511 RIVEN LIGHT (IRE) G 6 William Mullins 100
17 231x2x2127 SAMOVARE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 90
18 312612×054 SINGLE GAZE M 5 Nick Olive 108
19 4030×22833 SO SI BON H 4 Robbie Laing 97
20 5×22446925 TAJ MAHAL (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 105

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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