Auraria Stakes nominations – 2015

View the nominations for the 2015 Auraria Stakes. The Schweppervescence Stakes Auraria Stakes will be run on Saturday 18th April at Morphettville racecourse.

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Race 2 – Schweppervescence Stakes (Registered as Auraria Stakes) (1800 METRES)
Of $115,000.1st $73,000, 2nd $19,350, 3rd $10,000, 4th $4,600, 5th $2,300, 6th $1,150, 7th $1,150, 8th $1,150, 9th $1,150, 10th $1,150 GROUP 3
Set Weights plus Penalties, Three-Years-Old, Fillies, Apprentices cannot claim.

Field Limit: 18 + 4 EM

Horse Trainer
2 CASHLA BAY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
3 CATHY’S MARK Nigel Blackiston
4 CHOIX DE MAIA (NZ) Pat Carey
6 COACHELLA (NZ) Phillip Stokes
7 DE LAGO HERIZ Lloyd Kennewell
8 DEANNA JEAN Shane Oxlade
9 DIAVOLOU Darren Weir
10 EXALTED HONEY Karen Byrnes
11 FINDA FITTER FILLY John & Chris Ledger
12 FITOCRACY Jon O’Connor
13 FONTEIN RUBY Robert Smerdon
14 HIPSTER GIRL Jason Warren
15 INTO THE MIST Tony McEvoy
17 KEEP THE KLASS (NZ) Darren Weir
18 KIWI COLLEEN (NZ) Andrew Noblet
19 MAASTRICHT (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
20 MIGHTY MAHER Gary Searle
21 MONOPOLE Tony McEvoy
22 OKAHU BAY Phillip Stokes
23 ONDINA Gai Waterhouse
24 PATTINI Mark Kavanagh
25 PERPETUAL BLISS Scott Trenowden
26 PIAMINX Michael Kent
27 PRIDE OF AMERICA Claudette Rose
28 REDASUN Greg Eurell
29 REGAL MAGNUS Daniel Clarken
30 SEBRELLA Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
31 TRY YOUR BEST (NZ) Phillip Stokes
32 UNFURL (NZ) Darren Weir


There was no exuberant celebration but a great sense of achievement as Tom Dabernig watched from afar as Criterion raced away with the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Dabernig is in his first year of a training partnership with his famous uncle David Hayes, grateful for the opportunity afforded him by the Hall of Fame trainer.

Hayes promoted his nephew to his training partner at Lindsay Park at the start of the season and Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes win was the partnership’s second Group One win of the autumn.

It came a few weeks after Spillway led in an Australian Cup quinella for the stable and 20 years after Hayes won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes with that season’s Horse of the Year, Jeune.

With Hayes at Randwick to see Criterion dominate Sydney’s richest race, Dabernig watched from the weighing room at Flemington racecourse.

As Criterion strode clear in the straight, Dabernig remained calm and collected.

There was no fist pumping. No loud celebrations. Just a satisfied smile and a few congratulatory handshakes from those close by.

He insisted it was a massive thrill.

“For David and Prue Hayes to give me the opportunity to train in partnership, it’s something that I’ve always aspired to do,” Dabernig said.

“Obviously I’m part of the family but still I’ve always looked up to my grandfather (the late Colin Hayes) and uncles and have aspired to follow in their footsteps. It’s quite surreal to sit back and see it happening.

“It’s hard when you’re not there (at Randwick) but the reason we’ve got a partnership is the way the racing has evolved now and with us often having runners interstate or even overseas, we feel we can do the job justice and provide the owners and everyone the best service possible.”

Dabernig said they had been confident heading into the Queen Elizabeth with Criterion.

“From the top of the straight he really grabbed the race by the scruff of the neck and never looked like he was going to get beaten,” he said.

“He’s just a very good horse.”

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