Atlantic Jewel Stakes nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 Atlantic Jewel Stakes. The Atlantic Jewel Stakes will be run on Saturday 3rd September at Moonee Valley racecourse.

Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 ARIAZ F 3 Robbie Griffiths
2 ATHENA LASS F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
3 BACARELLA F 3 Gary Moore
4 BETTYRAE RUBY F 3 Tim Hughes
5 CLOCKWORK ORANGE F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
6 GRETNA F 3 Chris Waller
7 I AM A STAR (NZ) F 3 Shane Nichols
9 JENNIFER LYNN F 3 Darren Weir
10 LARAPINETA F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
11 LEGLESS VEUVE (NZ) F 3 Stuart Webb
12 MERRIEST F 3 Danny O’Brien
13 MOTOWN LIL F 3 Robert Smerdon
14 NAJMAAT F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
15 OREGON’S DAY F 3 Mick Price
16 PICCADILLIES F 3 Lee & Anthony Freedman
17 PLENTY TO LIKE F 3 Stuart Webb
18 REBEL MISS F 3 Matthew Smith
19 SEA SPRING F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
20 SEBRING DREAM F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
21 SELENIA F 3 Robbie Griffiths
22 SHE’S POSITIVE F 3 Tony Noonan
23 SO SERENE F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
24 SWEET SHERRY F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
25 SWORD OF LIGHT F 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
26 TAN TAT BEAUTY F 3 Henry Dwyer
27 WHISPERING BROOK F 3 Simon A Miller
28 ZAMZAM F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig


I Am A Star is a likely dual acceptor for stakes races in Sydney and Melbourne with trainer Shane Nichols leaning towards running her in the Furious Stakes at Randwick.

Mornington-based Nichols also has the talented filly entered for Saturday’s Atlantic Jewel Stakes at Moonee Valley, also over 1200m.

I Am A Star has won three of her four starts including the Group Three National Stakes in Adelaide during her juvenile season.

She returned to win her first start as a three-year-old in the Group Three Quezette Stakes at Caulfield.

“We’ll probably accept in both and then just have a look at the opposition, with a slight leaning to Sydney,” Nichols said.

The Atlantic Jewel is a Listed race run under set weights plus penalties conditions while the Group Two Furious Stakes is set weights.

“It’s probably as valuable to run a place in Sydney as what it is to win in Melbourne but obviously we’re not going to try to run a place, we’re going to try to win,” Nichols said.

“She has travelled well to Morphettville before and won, so she is a good traveller.”

Nichols said barrier draws and weather would also be considerations.

Steven King will ride I Am A Star wherever she runs.

“I think he’s pretty keen to not let anyone else get on her,” Nichols said.

The Atlantic Jewel Stakes has 28 nominations including unbeaten West Australian filly Whispering Brook.

The Chris Waller-trained Omei Sword, an impressive winner of the Silver Shadow Stakes earlier this month, headlines the 25 entries for the Furious.

Nichols plans to take I Am A Star to the Thousand Guineas Prelude after Saturday and if she performs well over 1400m she will go to the Group One Thousand Guineas (1600m) for which she is an $11 chance.

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