Racing Victoria has accepted a number of late nominations for the Caulfield Guineas (1600m), Thousand Guineas (1600m) and Cox Plate (2040m) that will all take place during the 2013 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The most interesting late nomination is that of Patinack Farm-owned Hooked who has been entered for both the Caulfield Guineas and Cox Plate.
The John Thompson-trained colt recorded an impressive three length victory on debut in the Lyndhurt Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm in April and followed that up with another win in the Goulburn Valley Handicap (1350m) at Doomben.
The son of Casino Prince was far from disgraced when stepping up in class to finish fourth in the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m), fifth in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce (1350m) and eighth in the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) but will need to improve significantly if he is going to be a Cox Plate contender.
Stablemate Desk Pop, who finished third behind Hooked in both his previous career starts, was also a late nominee for the Caulfield Guineas as was Cranbourne-based gelding Lucky Striker.
Four fillies were late additions to the list of nominees for the Thousand Guineas, highlighted by Patinack Farm three-year-old Spurrendous who finished third behind 2013 Golden Slipper winner Overreach in the Group 2 Moet & Chandon Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill in March.
The Special Two was added after impressing with a win on debut in a maiden at Newcastle on Saturday as was Australia Day who finished second in a barrier trial behind Miracles Of Life at Morphettville yesterday.
Trainer Pat Carey, who has a history of bringing young horses out of nowhere to win major races, has nominated unraced Flamthree Of Thika who finished fifth in a barrier trial at Cranbourne on Monday.
The first acceptances for the Caulfield Guineas, Thousand Guineas and Cox Plate will be released on Tuesday September 10.