2015 Chelmsford Stakes Nominations Released

August 31st, 2015

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.

Doncaster Mile champion Kermadec is one of eleven in 2015 Chelmsford Stakes nominations for Chris Waller. Photo: Steve Hart

Doncaster Mile champion Kermadec is one of eleven in 2015 Chelmsford Stakes nominations for Chris Waller. Photo: Steve Hart

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
3 221112×0 COMPLACENT H 5 John O’Shea 103
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
8 00033075×0 HAWKSPUR G 6 Chris Waller 104
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