PJ Bell Stakes nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 P J Bell Stakes. The P J Bell Stakes will be run on Saturday 2nd April at Royal Randwick racecourse.

1ABBEY MARIEF3Michael Kent
2ALARTF3Pat Farrell
3BRIGADOON RISEF3Peter & Paul Snowden
4CATCH A FIREF3David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
5CINASTARF3Brett Cavanough
7DENMAGICF3David Pfieffer
8DENPURRF3Peter & Paul Snowden
9DIVINE CENTURIF3Stuart Kendrick
12FLIPPANTF3Peter & Paul Snowden
13LADY JIVAGOF3Jeff Englebrecht
14LADY SNIPERF3Bjorn Baker
15LAKE GENEVAF3Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
16METEORA MISSF3Anthony Cummings
17NO MORE TEARS (NZ)F3Stephen Marsh
18NOT A CHERRYF3Anthony Cummings
20PEARLSF3John O’Shea
21PERIGNONF3Gerald Ryan
22REGATTA REBELF3Peter & Paul Snowden
25SPEAK FONDLYF3Gai Waterhouse
26SUPER CASHF3Andrew Noblet
27TEMPT ME NOTF3James Cummings
28TO BE SUREF3Bjorn Baker
29TYPECASTF3Peter & Paul Snowden
31YATTARNAF3James Cummings


New Zealand trainer Stephen McKee is no stranger to Randwick on Doncaster day having brought Sunline to race in the famous mile three times for two wins.

On Saturday, the Australian Derby will be his focus when What’s The Story attempts to upset Tarzino in the blue riband.

What’s The Story finished a short head second to Rangipo in a packed finish to the New Zealand Derby earlier this month.

The form from the NZ Derby has been underlined by solid performances from the fourth and fifth-placed Valley Girl and Capella in Saturday’s Group One Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill.

Valley Girl finished second to Single Gaze with Capella fifth, less than two lengths from the winner.

“It’s good to be heading over again as it’s a few years since I’ve gone over to tackle one of their big races,” McKee told nzracing.co.nz.

“We’ve enjoyed some success there so it would be nice to think we could do it again although I’m acutely aware of the big task we have on Saturday as there are some very classy customers were taking on.

“Tarzino is the form horse and Tally looks like a potential star as well but were not going to be scared off by them.”

With the retirement of his father Trevor, McKee now trains in partnership with Eddie Chippendale.

He believes the Randwick track will suit What’s The Story who is a $15 chance in the Derby.

“You would think on what he has done to date that 2400 metres on the big Randwick track is tailor made for him,” McKee said.

Anthony Cummings will wait until later in the week before confirming a Derby start for Montaigne.

The three-year-old finished fourth in Saturday’s BMW behind seasoned campaigners Preferment, Who Shot Thebarman and Grand Marshal.

A week earlier he finished second to Tarzino in the Rosehill Guineas.

Cummings said he would accept with the gelding on Tuesday but continue to monitor Montaigne’s condition over the next few days.

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