The Peter Moody trained Dissident headlines the nominations for the 2015 Group 1 $400,000 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
But with only eight entries received this morning the Melbourne Racing Club has been forced to extend the nomination deadline until 10am on Tuesday February 24, 2015.
Four time Group 1 winner Dissident is getting set to make it back to back Group 1 wins after returning to the winner’s circle with a tradesman like win in the Group 1 $400,000 Sportingbet C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 14.
And Moody is also looking to win the C.F. Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes double again this year after another one of his stable stars, Moment Of Change, collected the pair of Group 1s during the 2014 Melbourne Autumn Carnival.
Dissident is destined to head to the breeding barn this Spring and will join the stallion roster at Newgate Farm in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and Moody is keen to get another Group 1 win out of the Sebring Stallion.
“I am very proud of the horse, he has done a tremendous job,” Moody said.
“He is probably the best miler in the country and he is a four-time Group 1 winner.
“At seven furlongs and a mile he is nearly unbeatable.
“He is going to make a wonderful stallion.”
Dissident’s other Group 1 wins are the 2014 $600,000 Royal Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Randwick, and the $400,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield and the $400,000 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington both during the 2014 Melbourne Spring Carnival.
Dissident is one of four Group 1 winners nominated for the Futurity Stakes on Saturday.
Bonaria joined the Group 1 winning brigade with a win in the $500,000 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on the first day of the 2014 Melbourne Cup Carnival and has had one run back from a spell with a second to Tycoon Tara in the Group 3 $150,000 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 14.
The Gai Waterhouse trained Driefontein was in the Group 1 winner’s circle after winning the 2014 $400,000 Sportingbet Classic (Registered as Robert Sangster Stakes) (1200m) at Morphettville and is coming off a last start second to Heart Testa in the Group 3 $150,000 Adaptra Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on February 14.
While Smokin’ Joey’s Group 1 glory came when he won the 2014 $500,000 The Tapestry Wines Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville and the Wez Hunter trained galloper was back in the winner’s list at Caulfield last start with a narrow victory in the Group 3 $150,000 T S Carlyon Cup (1600m) at Caulfield on February 14.
Also included is the nominations is the English import Guest Of Honour who is now trained by David Hayes and Tom Dabernig taking over the reins from Newmarket trainer Marco Botti who prepared him for two starts during the 2014 Melbourne Spring Carnival.
The Cape Cross stallion failed to match it with the Australian horses and finished ninth to Trust In A Guts in the Group 1 $400,000 David Jones NBCF Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield and then failed to finish in the Group 1 $3m Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley won by super Irish galloper Adelaide.
The Team Hawkes trained Entirely Platinum will get his chance to take on Dissident again after finishing second to the Moody galloper in the C.F. Orr Stakes while Sertorius and Suavito make up the remainder of the eight nominations.