Fourteen runners have been included in nominations for Saturday’s Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse; highlighted by the pending appearance of several previous winners at the highest level.
Famous Seamus was scratched from a first-up run in the Concorde Stakes last weekend as a result of a soft track, but trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith has included the runner in 2015 Theo Marks Stakes nominations.
Famous Seamus has posted an impressive ten wins and nine minors through 30 careers starts so far, but undoubtedly found career-best form to date through 2014; highlighted by a maiden Group 1 win in the BTC Cup (1200m) during the Brisbane Winter Carnival.
Returning in spring for third in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m), the Elusive City gelding produced a monumental turn of foot to take out the Group 3 Premiere Stakes (1200m) before finishing a luckless third in a fanning finish in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m).
While unable to make much of a competitive impact through four autumn starts, Famous Seamus is sure to lay a great account for himself in the Theo Marks Stakes.
Amanpour broke through for a maiden Group 1 win of her own during The Championships this year, and has been included in nominations for a racing return in the 2015 Theo Marks Stakes.
Claiming four wins and eight minors through eighteen competitive starts, the Northern Meteor mare returned this year for sixth in the Group 3 Wenona Girl Quality (1200m) and second in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) before charging home to take out the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) but two lengths.
Leading trainer Chris Waller is set to launch a multi-pronged attack on the Group 2 event after including all of Heart Testa, Strawberry Boy and Winx in Theo Marks Stakes nominations.
A consistent performer in running eight wins and seven minors through 26 career starts, Heart Testa placed a credible fourth in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) first-up and will have taken priceless condition from the run.
Strawberry Boy was scratched from running in the Tramway Stakes (1400m) first-up last weekend, and is sure to lay a great account for himself in the lighter option Theo Marks Stakes.
The Redoute’s Choice gelding has continued to improve in his preparations since joining Waller’s stables and capped a winter campaign with success in each of the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1600m) and Listed Wayne Wilson (1600m).
Winx has also been a standout for Waller over the last 12 months and will kick off what is sure to be a Spring Carnival campaign in the Theo Marks Stakes.
Winx has finished outside the first three only a handful of times in twelve career starts and will enter the Theo Marks Stakes off the back of a maiden Group 1 win in the Queensland Oaks (2200m) on May 30th.
The 2015 Theo Marks Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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2015 Theo Marks Stakes Nominations
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|2||080x5797x6||AOMEN (IRE)||G||8||Anthony Cummings||100|
|3||6x5044x112||BOSS LANE||G||5||Ron Quinton||96|
|4||x009066416||DECISION TIME||G||8||Clarry Conners||97|
|5||3136x5979x||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||G||7||Noel Mayfield-Smith||108|
|6||31046150×4||HEART TESTA||G||6||Chris Waller||101|
|7||117x299x53||MESSENE||G||7||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||107|
|8||0365236333||NEVER BACK DOWN||G||5||Jim & Greg Lee||61|
|9||34x127202x||NINTH LEGION||G||6||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||104|
|10||20x86619x2||NOSTRADAMUS||H||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||95|
|11||417412311x||SONS OF JOHN||G||5||Jason Attard||93|
|12||1332x5611x||STRAWBERRY BOY||G||7||Chris Waller||106|