Frank Packer Plate nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 Frank Packer Plate. The Frank Packer Plate will be run on Saturday 16th April at Royal Randwick racecourse.

HorseSexAgeTrainer
1ASINARAF3John O’Shea
2AURORA’S STARF3Anthony Cummings
3COOL CHAPG3Lee & Anthony Freedman
4GOLD AMBITION (NZ)G3Bjorn Baker
5HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ)G3David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
6HIERARCHALC3Anthony Cummings
7MANHATTAN SONG3Clarry Conners
8OLD NORTHC3John O’Shea
9O’REILLY’S ANGEL (NZ)F3Bryce Heys
10QUEEN OF WANDSF3Clarry Conners
11RONG DOOR REGGIEG3Matt Laurie
12SEA OF TRANQUILITYG3Matt Laurie
13SHEILARIZEDF3Joseph Pride
14TATOOSHG3Paul Perry
15TORGERSEN (NZ)C3Chris Waller
16ZASORCERESS (NZ)F3Jason Warren

News:

A couple of surgical procedures have helped Handfast begin to realise his hidden potential.

The three-year-old claimed his first stakes win at Randwick on Saturday when he powered home to beat Santa Ana Lane in the Listed South Pacific Classic (1400m).

Handfast was placed twice at black-type level as a two-year-old but but was forced to undergo surgery for a throat problem and didn’t begin his three-year-old year until February when he returned as a gelding.

“He had throat surgery as a young horse and he’s winning now he can breathe,” trainer John O’Shea said.

“He was also gelded and that has helped too.”

The Godolphin team had a forgettable first day of the Championships a week ago but Handfast’s win in Saturday’s second race had them off to a good start on Day Two.

O’Shea said the $200,000 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) on April 30 was a possible target for Handfast.

“We’ll take a look at that,” he said.

“It seems like it would suit but it depends how much juice is left in the orange.”

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