Abell Stakes nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 Abell Stakes. The Abell Stakes will be run on Friday 18th March at Moonee Valley racecourse.

HorseSexAgeTrainer
1AFLEET ESPRITM4David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
2BRING ME THE MAIDM4Peter G Moody
3CRIMSON CAPE (NZ)G4Robert Smerdon
4ENQUAREM5Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
5ESTONIAN PRINCESSM5Tony McEvoy
6EVERY FAITHM5Robert Smerdon
7EXCLUSIVE LASSM4Nigel Blackiston
8FAST CASHG4Wendy Kelly
9IT IS WRITTENG7Robbie Griffiths
10JABALIH4Mick Price
11LORD DURANTEG7Simone Ferchie
12MEURSAULTG4John O’Shea
13MISS SETON SANDSM4Tony McEvoy
14NOELA’S CHOICEM5Peter G Moody
15ONEROUSG4Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
16RELDASG5Robert Smerdon
17RELEASE THE SPEEDG4Merilyn Anderson
18SABATINIM4Lee & Shannon Hope
19SARDAAJ (NZ)M4David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
20SOCIETY MAN (NZ)G7Daniel Bowman
21STRATCOMBEG8Brett Scott
22TEMPS VOLEURG4Robbie Laing
23THERMAL CURRENTG5Peter G Moody
24VOLONTIERSG4Robbie Laing
25WELL SPRUNGC3Lyn Tolson & Leonie Proctor
26ZABISCO (NZ)H8Darren Weir

News:

Terravista will be entered in the Group One Galaxy alongside his brother Ball Of Muscle but another family member has more than likely run his last race.

Tiger Tees, winner of the 2014 Galaxy (1100m), pulled up lame after Saturday’s Gold Coast Stakes.

Joe Pride trains all three and has had a testing week with Terravista missing the Newmarket Handicap with a slight hoof problem.

“Terravista will be nominated for the Galaxy on Saturday along with Ball Of Muscle,” Pride said.

“But I think Tiger is finished.”

Terravista was nabbed on the line in the Lightning Stakes by Chautauqua, the beaten favourite in Saturday’s Newmarket.

Damien Oliver fumbled with his whip in the final stages of the Lightning which Chautauqua won by a nose.

“It’s a Group One race that got away,” Pride said.

“Terravista is doing OK so we may go to the Galaxy or give him a trial ahead of the TJ Smith Stakes.

“It’s such a shame because I think he could have won the Newmarket.”

Outsider The Quarterback stepped up in the Group One straight sprint to give popular trainer Robbie Griffiths his first win at the highest level.

Both five-year-old Ball Of Muscle and eight-year-old Tiger Tees are by Dubawi while six-year-old Terravista is a son of Captain Rio.

All three are out of Parfore who has also produced dual Singapore Horse of the Year Super Easy.

Tiger Tees had been among the acceptors for the Newmarket but with his career on the line, Pride elected to send him to the Gold Coast where he hoped for a more forgiving track.

The Chris Waller-trained Counterattack, a late scratching from the Newmarket, will be nominated for the Galaxy but could stay in Melbourne for the William Reid Stakes the following week.

Waller said the colt would work at Moonee Valley on Monday morning to get some experience of the track in case he and the owners decided to run there in the William Reid on March 24.

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