Leilani Series Final nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 Leilani Series Final. The Leilani Series Final will be run on Saturday 9th July at Flemington racecourse.

HorseSexAgeTrainer
1A LOTTA LOVEM4Sam Pritchard-Gordon
2BABY DON’T CRYM4Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison
3BELARUSKIM7Allan Peterson
4FORGERESSM6Quinton Scott
5IGGIMACOOLM5Robert Smerdon
6KANSAS SUNFLOWER (NZ)M4Luke Oliver
7NADEEM LASSM6Robbie Griffiths
8NIMINYPIMINYM5Russell Cameron
9SEA SPRAYM4John Moloney
10SECOND OBSESSION (NZ)M4Michael Moroney
11SHE’S CLEANM7Chris Waller
12TELOPEA (GB)M5Darren Weir
13TO BE HONESTM7John Salanitri
14VIBRANT ROUGEM7Michael Kent
15YOUNG NICOLAM7Chris Calthorpe

News:

Adelaide trainer Phillip Stokes is planning to test two-year-old Captain Duffy in Melbourne for the first time in the Listed Taj Rossi Series Final at Flemington.

Captain Duffy has had three starts in Adelaide and broke his maiden with a narrow win in a two-year-old handicap over 1200m at Morphettville on June 25.

“I think he’s crying out for the mile and basically that’s the only mile race for two-year-olds that we can find in this part of the world,” Stokes said.

“He’s a last-start winner and I just thought it would be a good time to send him over there to see where he sits in the bigger picture.

“His last-start win was courageous. He found the line well and I just want to see where he’s at.”

Saturday’s Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) has attracted 17 nominations including Godolphin colt Trenchant who raced to a convincing win at Flemington over 1400m last Saturday week.

Trenchant and the Mick Sell-trained Moshway, fourth to Trenchant last start, head the weights with 59kg.

The performance of Captain Duffy is likely to determine whether the colt is put on a path towards more races in Victoria as a spring three-year-old.

“I know where he sits back here in Adelaide,” Stokes said.

“He hasn’t really beaten much so we’ll just see where he fits in over there.

“If he steps up and wins you might see him over the spring, and if he doesn’t he’ll be back here.”

Patrick Moloney will ride Captain Duffy on Saturday.

The Taj Rossi Series Final is one of four Listed races on Saturday’s program along with the Winter Championship Series Final (1600m), the All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m) and the A R Creswick Series Final (1200m).

In-form gelding Jacquinot Bay heads the weights for the Winter Championship Series Final with 60kg having won his past two starts over 1400m.

The Darren Weir-trained Thermal Current, last-start winner of the $100,000 Golden Topaz (1200m) at Swan Hill, heads the weights for the All Victorian Sprint Series Final with 60kg ahead of Reldas on 59.5kg.

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