This Saturday Caulfield Racecourse is set to host the next major meeting of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the day’s race card headlined by the $200,000 Group 2 Memsie Stakes (1400m).
Nominations for the 2010 D’Urban Memsie Stakes were released today with 19 classy weight-for-age runners entered for the event including a number of the highest rated spring stars.
Top-liners ready to face off in the Memsie Stakes on Saturday and give punters an early guide for the future spring features include Melbourne Cup favourite Dariana, fellow Bart Cummings-trained mare Faint Perfume, 2010 Cox Plate top elect Shoot Out, So You Think, Typhoon Tracy and Whobegotyou.
Shaping up as a scintillating early carnival showdown, the 2010 Memsie Stakes Ladbrokes.com.au markets are also going to attract a lot of attention from the punters so make sure you get in early to lock in the best odds.
Likely to dominate betting at Ladbrokes.com.au following their brilliant start to the season is the John Wallace-trained Shoot Out.
The Gold Coast galloper could not have been more impressive in his opening two spring jumps, winning both the Group 3 Bletchinly Stakes (1200m) and the Group 2 JJ Liston Stakes (1400m) and should be equally hard to beat on Saturday.
Shoot Out will be ridden by in-form hoop Stathi Katsidis in the Memsie, the jockey holding the galloper in very high regard.
Premier trainer Bart Cummings has nominated six of his stable stars for the Memsie Stakes with Melbourne Cup bound mares Dariana and Faint Perfume, Brightnight, Moatize, Sirmione and last year’s Cox Plate champion So You Think.
One Memsie Stakes entrant that may not perform as well as some punters expect is Horse of the Year favourite Typhoon Tracy.
The five time Group 1 winning mare trained by Peter Moody will be having her first-up spring start and despite not being rated to win still looks a top Place bet through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Favourite for last year’s Cox Plate, the Mark Kavanagh-trained Whobegotyou, will also resume racing in the Memsie Stakes after disappointing in his last run when placing 11th in the Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm in June.
Whobegotyou is again on the Cox Plate trail, but Kavanagh does not expect him to win first-up on Saturday especially if the track is rated slow.
The Memsie Stakes has a field limit of 14 starters plus four emergencies, and the final field of acceptances will be published here later in the week.
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2010 Memsie Stakes Nominations
LOVE CONQUERS ALL
|M, W & J Hawkes||108|
MASTER O’REILLY (NZ)
RED RULER (NZ)
SO YOU THINK (NZ)
|Peter G Moody||118|