Embrace Stakes nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 Embrace Stakes. The Embrace Stakes will be run on Saturday 27th February at Royal Randwick racecourse.

 

HorseSexAgeTrainer
1ALLUVIONF2Scott Singleton
2BELLA VINOF2Gary Portelli
3FRENCH FERNF2David Payne
4GLORIETTEF2John O’Shea
5IN THE VANGUARDF2John Sargent
6KENTUCKY MISSF2Joseph Pride
7MERIDIAN STARF2Richard Laming
8MOQUEENF2Anthony Cummings
9OUR BELISAF2John P Thompson
10OVERSTEPF2Peter G Moody
11PALOMINOF2John O’Shea
12QUICK FEETF2Peter & Paul Snowden
13SCARLET RAINF2Gai Waterhouse
14SMART AMELIAF2James Cummings
15SPRIGHTF2Garry Frazer
16SUGARPARMAF2Peter Robl
17TALE OF CHOICEF2Gerald Ryan
18TWIST TOPSF2Kris Lees
19ZENALICIOUSF2Les Bridge

News:

Clearly Innocent has led in a stable quinella in the $100,000 Country Championship Qualifier at Scone for local trainer Greg Bennett.

Both the winner and runner-up All Summer Long are guaranteed places in the $400,000 Country Championship at Randwick on April 2.

The pair join the John Bateman-trained Lofty’s Menu and Bank On Henry from the Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones stable who ran one-two in the first regional heat at Goulburn on Saturday.

One of four runners for Bennett in Sunday’s heat, Clearly Innocent ($4 fav) was forced about 10-wide on the turn but powered home under Tommy Berry to beat All Summer Long ($4.20) by 1-1/4 lengths.

“It sort of crept up on us a bit last year but we set a few for it this year. It’s been a 12-month plan,” Bennett told Sky Thoroughbred Central.

“I’ve been saying for a while Clearly Innocent is a good horse and he’s proven that today. Whether he can go on and do that in the final is another matter.

“This horse had a lot of issues early and that’s why he wasn’t sold and that’s why I got him. I just hope I can hang on to him.”

Berry, who rode four winners at Rosehill on Saturday, said he had to make his move sooner than expected.

“About the 600 (metres) he got flushed out,” Berry said.

“It wasn’t my prettiest ride but full credit to Greg Bennett and his team.”

The next of the seven 1400m-qualifying races will be at Wagga on Saturday.

Horses who miss out in the heats get one more chance at Muswellbrook on March 27 in a $50,000 wild card race.

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