Cosmic Endeavour Heads Queen Of The Turf Stakes First Acceptances

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The 104 fillies and mares that were nominated for the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) on February 9 has been cut to 60 after first acceptances were taken this afternoon (Monday).

Group 1 Canterbury Stakes winner Cosmic Endeavour headlines the 2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes first acceptances.

Group 1 Canterbury Stakes winner Cosmic Endeavour headlines the 2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes first acceptances. Photo by Steve Hart.

The Queen Of The Turf Stakes is running at Randwick on April 11, which is day 2 of The Championships series in Sydney.

Headlining the first acceptances is the Gai Waterhouse-trained Cosmic Endeavour. The four-year-old mare was one of the feature horses in last month’s nominations but her worth has grown exponentially since winning the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) on Saturday. It was the second win at the highest level for the mare, who won the Group 2 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) last June during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

Following an eight month spell, Cosmic Endeavour resumed in the Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m) on February 14, which she finished just outside the placings in fourth. The mare boxed on well but her hefty 60kg weight told.

Two weeks later the mare ran second in the Group 3 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m), challenging winner Danesiri at the 100m mark before fighting on gamely. Just seven days later she lined up in the Canterbury Stakes, winning half a length from Catkins, who is also in the first acceptances.

Chris Waller’s popular grey mare also remains in contention for the Queen Of Turf Stakes on the back of two first-up wins and a close Group One second. Catkins successfully defended her title in the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) on February 7 before winning the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) three weeks later.

Catkins still remains without a win at the highest level of racing despite six attempts. The mare has come close four times, placing in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) twice as well as the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and most recently the Canterbury Stakes, and is deserving of the success.

The mare is one of seven Waller-trained horses in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes first acceptances, down from 11 that were initially nominated.

Waller’s remaining chances includes dual Group One runner-up Royal Descent, who finished second in the George Main Stakes (1600m) and Epsom Handicap (1600m) during the spring. The five-year-old resumed in the Canterbury Stakes on Saturday, finishing second last. He also accepted with three-year-olds Amicus, Winx, and Wine Tales, who are also nominated for the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) running on the same day.

Those that Waller has opted not to run in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes are Arinosa, Calming Influence, Champagne Cath, and Rezoned.

Darren Weir’s Lucia Valentia has had a rough start to the autumn, running unplaced in both the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m). Meanwhile Nigel Blackiston’s Suavito is a new contender after winning the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) first-up on February 28.

Other notable fillies and mares featured in the first acceptances include Myer Classic winner Bonaria, Clarry ConnersDear Demi, Triscay Stakes winner Thump, and Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) winner Fontein Ruby.

# Horse Trainer Weight Hcp Rating
1 AMANPOUR Gai Waterhouse 57kg 88
2 ANY DAY WILL DO David Vandyke 57kg 84
3 ARABIAN GOLD David Vandyke 57kg 105
4 BONARIA Pat Hyland 57kg 106
5 BROOK ROAD Kris Lees 57kg 90
6 CATKINS Chris Waller 57kg 110
7 COSMIC ENDEAVOUR Gai Waterhouse 57kg 112
8 DANESIRI John P Thompson 57kg 99
9 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners 57kg 109
10 DIADEME (NZ) Murray Baker 57kg 102
11 DIAMOND DRILLE Gai Waterhouse 57kg 105
12 DOUBLE DEE Jason Warren 57kg N/A
13 FOOTY FAN Wade Slinkard 57kg 82
14 GIRL GUIDE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 57kg N/A
15 GIRL IN FLIGHT Robbie Griffiths 57kg N/A
16 GYPSY DIAMOND Peter & Paul Snowden 57kg N/A
17 HERA (NZ) Kris Lees 57kg 94
18 INTIMATE MOMENT (NZ) Chris Waller 57kg 87
19 JIAYUGUAN (IRE) John P Thompson 57kg 72
20 JUST A BLUR Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones 57kg 76
21 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees 57kg 111
22 LUCKY LAGO Peter & Paul Snowden 57kg 87
23 MAHARA Peter & Paul Snowden 57kg 97
24 MARDI Gai Waterhouse 57kg 84
25 MARIANNE (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden 57kg 87
26 MY SABEEL (NZ) Kevin Moses 57kg 89
27 PLUCKY BELLE Peter G Moody 57kg 99
28 POLITENESS Robert Smerdon 57kg 98
29 QUAYSIDE Peter G Moody 57kg N/A
30 QUEENSTOWN Gai Waterhouse 57kg 101
31 ROLE MODEL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 57kg 81
32 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller 57kg 111
33 SCORPIO QUEEN Kris Lees 57kg 91
34 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (NZ) Murray Baker 57kg N/A
35 STAR FASHION David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 57kg N/A
36 SUAVITO (NZ) Nigel Blackiston 57kg N/A
37 TARLOSHAN (NZ) Graeme Boyd 57kg 94
38 TELEPATHIC (NZ) Chris Waller 57kg 85
39 THUMP Kris Lees 57kg 101
40 TINTO Rex Lipp 57kg 105
41 ABDUCTION John O’Shea 54.5kg 80
42 ADRIFT (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 54.5kg 90
43 AMICUS Chris Waller 54.5kg 99
44 BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 54.5kg N/A
45 FIRST SEAL John P Thompson 54.5kg 106
46 FONTEIN RUBY Robert Smerdon 54.5kg N/A
47 PEGGY JEAN Gerald Ryan 54.5kg 92
48 SABATINI Lee & Shannon Hope 54.5kg N/A
49 SLIGHTLY SWEET Jason Coyle 54.5kg 86
50 SUPARA Gai Waterhouse 54.5kg 88
51 SWEET AND SPEEDY Peter G Moody 54.5kg N/A
52 TAHNI DANCER Clinton McDonald 54.5kg 76
53 THINKING OF YOU (NZ) Peter G Moody 54.5kg 76
54 TOP SIGHT Ciaron Maher 54.5kg N/A
55 TWIRL Gai Waterhouse 54.5kg N/A
56 WAWAIL David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 54.5kg 85
57 WINE TALES Chris Waller 54.5kg 76
58 WINTER SWEET Gai Waterhouse 54.5kg N/A
59 WINX Chris Waller 54.5kg 96
60 YGRITTE Gerald Ryan 54.5kg 77

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