Paul Perry-trained Modoc will be aiming to claim a third win from only his fifth career start at Royal Randwick this weekend, having been included in nominations for the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m).
Having first appeared on course with a near-two length win over Exalted Warrior and Starzel in the Variety Children’s Charity Maiden (1200m) on January 11th, Modoc went on to win the Our Industry Country Plate (1100m) and finished second behind fellow Skyline Stakes-nominee Gold Force in the Inglis Premier (1200m).
Despite finishing a disappointing sixth (of seven) in the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) most recently, Perry is confident the Haradasun two-year-old will bounce back to winning form in the Skyline Stakes; only his second tilt at a Group level event.
Gold Force is yet to taste anything but success in his racing career so far, having won his only competitive start to date; the Inglis Premier.
Trained by Team Hawkes at their Rosehill Gardens stables, a busy autumn preparation will be determined for Gold Force depending on his result in this weekend’s Skyline Stakes; The Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1200m) likely if successful.
Also included in nominations for the 2014 Skyline Stakes is Gai Waterhouse-trained pair Giuliani and Valentia.
Having finished second behind leading two-year-old Unencumbered in his only competitive start the date; the Sharp Plate (1000m), Giuliani was impressive when overcoming a strong field to claim a Randwick barrier trial with relative ease on February 24th.
Waterhouse has also outlined the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes as the ultimate goal for the exciting Manhattan Rain colt this preparation, who is firming as a leading three-year-old prospect for the 2014 spring carnival.
Debuting an impressive third behind boom colt Rubick and Twirl in the TAB Iphone App Plate (1000m) on January 25th before claiming a comfortable win over Greco in The Ritz Cinema Handicap (1200m) most recently, Waterhouse still rates Valentia as a chance for the 2014 Golden Slipper, but will decide on a final course for the Fastnet Rock colt following the Skyline Stakes.
Anthony Cummings-trained Mr Bogart has only contested the one race to date; a forgettable fifth in The Ritz Cinema Handicap on February 22nd.
Despite the less-than-convincing maiden race, Cummings rates the son of Northern Meteor as a top chance in the Skyline Stakes field, particularly if awarded a good gate at Wednesday’s barrier draw.
Mr Bogart’s stablemate Zizumba has also been included in nominations for the Group 2 Skyline Stakes, and is set to be joined by Crixus, Rembrandt, Time For War and Wilderness.
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2014 Skyline Stakes Nominations
|3||GOLD FORCE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|5||MR BOGART||Anthony Cummings|
|7||TIME FOR WAR||Gerald Ryan|