Twenty-two runners have been included in nominations for Saturday’s featured Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick; highlighted by the pending appearance of several previous winners at the highest level of racing.
Leading trainer Chris Waller is set to dominate the running of the 2015 Chelmsford Stakes after including a total of eleven of his stable stars in nominations, including Kermadec, Grand Marshal and Royal Descent.
Kermadec returned to racing in great form this year; running fourth in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) first-up and third in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) before a luckless run for fourth in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).
Running on for third amongst open company in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) on March 21st, the Teofilo entire producing a scintillating turn of foot late to take out the featured Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on Day 1 of The Championships.
Having run on for fifth in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) first-up on August 22nd, Kermadec is arguably Waller’s best chance of success in the Chelmsford Stakes.
Needing three runs to find form upon resuming this year, Grand Marshal ran fourth in the Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) on March 21st; progressing to third in the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) before taking out the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m).
Royal Descent finished a close second in the 2014 edition of the Chelmsford Stakes, but is arguably positioned better for success this year after taking out the Warwick Stakes with ease first-up.
Godolphin Australia are also set to field several good chances of success in the 2015 Chelmsford Stakes after trainer John O’Shea included three runners in nominations, including Hartnell.
Hartnell immediately announced himself to the Australian racing community upon debuting in autumn; given little chance of success in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) first-up but charged home to finish a close second to stable mate Contributer.
Progressing to success in the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (2000m) a fortnight later, the Authorized gelding posted a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) on March 28th but failed to match the late pace when fourth in the Sydney Cup.
Having trialled well in the lead-up to his racing return, Hartnell will be set for the Melbourne Cup (3200m) this time but sprints well fresh and should be right in the finish of the Chelmsford Stakes.
Pornichet ran a close second in the Warwick Stakes first-up and should benefit greatly from the step up to 1600m for the 2015 Chelmsford Stakes.
A strong and consistent performer since first appearing in Australia last spring, the Vespone entire capped a strong Autumn Carnival campaign with a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) on May 9th.
The 2015 Chelmsford Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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2015 Chelmsford Stakes Nominations
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||4111×4119||ASTRONOMOS (GB)||H||5||David Vandyke||80|
|2||2x800530x4||BEATEN UP (GB)||G||8||Chris Waller||108|
|4||x9698464x7||FORETELLER (GB)||G||9||Chris Waller||108|
|5||11x889431x||GRAND MARSHAL (GB)||G||6||Chris Waller||105|
|6||4x1141x9||GUST OF WIND (NZ)||M||4||John Sargent||100|
|7||1167x2114x||HARTNELL (GB)||G||5||John O’Shea||115|
|9||121x03336x||I’M IMPOSING (GB)||G||10||Chris Waller||104|
|10||73350x19x8||IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA)||G||5||John O’Shea||104|
|11||D70x0084x7||JUNOOB (GB)||G||8||Chris Waller||106|
|12||21x43431x5||KERMADEC (NZ)||H||4||Chris Waller||110|
|13||117x299x53||MESSENE||G||7||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||108|
|14||31x80429x0||MORIARTY (IRE)||G||8||Chris Waller||108|
|15||50160x82Px||OPINION (IRE)||G||7||Chris Waller||105|
|16||1x951511x2||PORNICHET (FR)||H||5||Gai Waterhouse||112|
|17||27x0556x5x||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||G||10||James Cummings||104|
|18||2421x0628x||PREFERMENT (NZ)||H||4||Chris Waller||104|
|19||1141x6857x||PROTECTIONIST (GER)||H||6||Kris Lees||114|
|20||220x7433x1||ROYAL DESCENT||M||6||Chris Waller||116|
|21||44x078160x||TREMEC (NZ)||G||7||John P Thompson||97|
|22||1103x5442x||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||G||7||Chris Waller||109|