A talented field of 20 mares have been nominated for this weekend’s Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield Racecourse, highlighted by some of the 2014 Spring Carnival’s most exciting sprinting prospects.
A standout performer over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, trainer Mick Price has nominated Samaready for the Group 3 How Now Stakes.
Securing an impressive total of six wins and two minor places from just 12 competitive starts so far, Samaready stamped her claims as one to watch from her maiden preparation through 2012; winning each of her first four starts including both the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) before finishing third to Pierro in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m).
Returning in the spring of 2013 in similarly devastating form, the More The Ready mare won the Group 3 The Shark.com.au Stakes (1200m) first-up before repeating the dose in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) on September 27th most notably.
While finishing third in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) first-up on February 15th, Samaready failed to figure in contention over two proceeding starts, returning to the paddock after beating just a single runner home in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) on March 21st.
Also included in nominations for the 2014 How Now Stakes is consistent performer A Time For Julia.
Winning two races and finished second in another over three starts in her debut campaign in late 2012, A Time For Julia continued to build in form and class over an impressive 2014 calendar which delivered a second place in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) and third in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) most notably.
Arguably hitting career-best form to date over the 2014 autumn season, the Redoute’s Choice mare won the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) first-up and finished second in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 3 Roy Higgins Tribute (1200m) on March 15th.
Running on for fourth in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) in what was her maiden appearance in a Group 1 feature on March 22nd, A Time For Julia finished an impressive second in the Cockram Stakes first-up on August 30th and is a leading chance for success this weekend.
Stamping her claims as a serious contender when finishing second to champion filly Guelph in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, trainer Darren Weir has nominated May’s Dream for the 2014 How Now Stakes.
Finishing fourth in a minor over 1200m first-up this year on March 14th, May’s Dream continued to impress when comfortably winning the Pantry Packer Handicap (1523m) and finishing third in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m) on April 12th before breaking through for a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) on April 26th.
Yet to appear on course during the 2014 Spring Carnival, Weir has been pleased with the work and condition of the New Approach mare in the lead-up to her racing return.
A final field and barrier draw for the 2014 How Now Stakes is due to be released on Wednesday morning.
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2014 How Now Stakes Nominations
|1||A TIME FOR JULIA||Peter G Moody||102|
|3||BRILLIANT BISC||Peter G Moody||85|
|6||FOREVER LOVED (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||89|
|7||GIRL GUIDE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||88|
|9||JESSY BELLE||Luke Oliver||83|
|10||KISS ME KETUT (NZ)||Christopher Diplock||75|
|11||MAY’S DREAM||Darren Weir||101|
|12||MEZERAY MISS||Matt Laurie||76|
|13||MISS STEELE||Michael Kent||89|
|16||REAL SURREAL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||93|
|18||SHAMAL WIND||Robert Smerdon||103|
|19||SPIRITS DANCE||Peter G Moody||91|
|20||VAIN QUEEN||John Sadler||99|