Wawail Leads The Vanity Nominations

By: Bridget Wright
February 16th, 2015

The Group 3 Vanity (1400m) is one of eight races running in support of the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday, attracting 13 three-year-old fillies in this morning’s nominations.

Wawail leads nominations for The Vanity at Flemington on Saturday.

Wawail leads nominations for The Vanity at Flemington on Saturday. Photo by Adrienne Bicknell.

David Hayes & Tom Dabernig’s Wawail leads the nominations, having won all four of her career starts. Wawail has run straight through since October, enjoying a win in the Listed Dandenong Stakes (1400m) in November, which was her first black-type race.

Peter Moody could saddle up to three runners in The Vanity after nominating Clover Lane, Miss Adele, and Sweet And Speedy.

Clover Lane finished third in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) at Randwick last August. She was no match for the winner but stuck on pretty well in the straight to finish one and a half lengths behind Bring Me The Maid.

Sweet And Speedy has won two of her four starts and placed in the other two. The filly finished third in the Group 3 Darley National Stakes (1200m) last May, displaying a good late effort, after which she was spelled for nearly nine months. The filly resumed in a Benchmark 70 at Sandown on January 26, winning by a short half-head.

Finally, Miss Adele has had three runs since January, winning her maiden at Benalla on the second before winning a Benchmark 70 over 1250m 15 days later. The filly then ran third in another Benchmark 70 on February 4, this time over 1200m.

Other three-year-old fillies nominated for the 2015 Vanity include Group 2 Wakeful Stakes third Fenway for Lee & Shannon Hope, Danny O’Brien’s Indulge, Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) runner-up Maastricht, and Robbie GriffithsMossbeat.

Five of the 13 nominated fillies are nominated for the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 7, including Wawail, Sweet And Speedy, Primeiro, Maastricht, and Fenway. They will need to impress in The Vanity to continue forward towards the $500,000 race.

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