Nominations have been released today for the Group 2 Memsie Stakes that will take place at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday August 27, 2011.
The Memsie Stakes 2011 will be run under weight-for-age conditions and over a distance of 1,400 metres.
22 horses have been nominated for the $200,000 race, including last’s year’s Melbourne Cup runner-up Maluckyday.
Maluckyday was due to run in last weekend’s Warwick Stakes, but was scratched due to the Heavy 9-rated track.
”We didn’t want to start him off on a heavy track and the Memsie was always an option, depending on the weather, as is the following week in Sydney,” trainer Michael Hawkes said.
”It is not about where he starts, rather the final goal in November, and how we’ll snake our way there is not clear.
“John Hawkes will make the decision about the Memsie later in the week.”
Hawkes is expecting Maluckyday to be better prepared for this year’s Melbourne Cup, for which he is already qualified.
“He exceeded our expectations last year by just getting to the Melbourne Cup, we always thought this year would be his year,” Hawkes said.
”He had to win his way into the race last year and did that in the Lexus, this time we don’t have to worry about qualifying – it’s done, which is a bonus.
“He only had three runs in the autumn because we were aiming at the spring.
“He probably didn’t come up in those runs but that can happen after a tough spring.”
Michael Kent’s Absolutely, Michael Moroney’s Brazilian Pulse, Mick Price’s Heart Of Dreams, Robert Hickmott’s Linton and Danny O’Brien’s Shamrocker are also included in the 2011 Memsie Stakes horse racing field.
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2011 Memsie Stakes Nominations
|2||ALANDI (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||114|
|3||ANACHEEVA||Peter G Moody||108|
|4||ANUDJAWUN (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer||89|
|5||AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||105|
|6||BRAZILIAN PULSE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||105|
|8||HEART OF DREAMS||Mick Price||115|
|9||HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||106|
|10||KING’S ROSE (NZ)||Peter G Moody||96|
|11||LADY LYNETTE||David & Scott Brunton||106|
|13||LUEN YAT FOREVER||Peter G Moody||102|
|14||MALUCKYDAY (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||108|
|15||MIDAS TOUCH (GB)||Robert Hickmott||112|
|16||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||109|
|17||PRINCE OBAMA||Jason Clifford||89|
|18||RED COLOSSUS||Greg Eurell||101|
|19||REKINDLED INTEREST||Jim Conlan||100|
|20||SHAMROCKER (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||112|
|21||SOUTHERN SPEED||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||92|
|22||VIGOR (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||109|