Moonga Stakes nominations – 2015

View the nominations for the 2015 Moonga Stakes. The Moonga Stakes will be run on Saturday 17th October at Caulfield racecourse.

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Race 6 – William Hill Moonga Stakes (1400 METRES)
Of $150,000.1st $90,000, 2nd $27,000, 3rd $13,500, 4th $6,750, 5th $3,750, 6th $3,000, 7th $3,000, 8th $3,000 GROUP 3
Set Weights plus Penalties, Four-Years-Old and Upwards, Maidens at time of entry are ineligible, Apprentices cannot claim.

Field Limit: 16 + 4 EM


1AKAVOROUNG6Ciaron Maher
3CHARLIE BOYG5Peter & Paul Snowden
4CHIVALRYH4Mark Kavanagh
6FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)G7Noel Mayfield-Smith
7JAVAG4Lee & Anthony Freedman
8KUMAONG4John O’Shea
9ROCK STURDYH5Joseph Pride
11SETINUMG4Shane Fliedner
12SOLICITM5Gerald Ryan
13STERLING CITYG7David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
14TRISTRAM’S SUN (NZ)G7Robbie Laing
15TURN ME LOOSE (NZ)H4Murray Baker
16ULMANNH4Peter G Moody
17UNDER THE LOUVREH5Robert Smerdon
18VASHKAG5John O’Shea


Lizard Island’s second in the Caulfield Guineas has his trainer Pat Hyland excited about his Victoria Derby prospects.

Hyland has always had a big opinion of Lizard Island and the colt finished well to beat all bar the impressive Sydney colt Press Statement in Saturday’s Group One Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at his seventh start.

One of Australia’s most successful jockeys, Hyland turned 74 on Sunday and still rides his horses in trackwork.

He says Lizard Island feels like a horse which will run the 2500 metres of the Derby.

“I like this horse,” Hyland said.

“I relate a lot of horses back to when I was a jockey, and I also ride them in work myself. And I think he’s a very good horse and I think he’s a Derby prospect.

“But I may be proven wrong, because he’s not bred to be a Derby prospect.”

Lizard is scheduled to have his next start at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day.

“He’ll go to the Vase at the Valley and if he wins there or runs well he’ll go to the Derby,” Hyland said.

“That’s been the plan for some time.”

Lizard Island’s Guineas performance resulted in him tightening from $18 to $8 in the TAB’s Victoria Derby market to share the third line of betting with Ragnaar.

Tarzino is the $4.60 favourite after a luckless run in the Guineas when an eye-catching seventh, while Spring Champion Stakes winner Vanburgh is at $5.

Lizard Island broke through for a win at Pakenham two starts ago and has only missed a place once.

Along with his second in the Group One Guineas, the son of Sebring also has finished runner-up twice in Listed races.

Sovereign Nation finished fourth in the Guineas and is also Derby-bound.

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