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.

Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 ABBEY MARIE F 3 Michael Kent
2 ALART F 3 Pat Farrell
3 BRIGADOON RISE F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
4 CATCH A FIRE F 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
5 CINASTAR F 3 Brett Cavanough
6 DAWNIE PERFECT F 3 Clarry Conners
7 DENMAGIC F 3 David Pfieffer
8 DENPURR F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
9 DIVINE CENTURI F 3 Stuart Kendrick
10 DON’T DOUBT MARLEY F 3 Gerald Ryan
11 EGYPTIAN SYMBOL F 3 Bjorn Baker
12 FLIPPANT F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
13 LADY JIVAGO F 3 Jeff Englebrecht
14 LADY SNIPER F 3 Bjorn Baker
15 LAKE GENEVA F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
16 METEORA MISS F 3 Anthony Cummings
17 NO MORE TEARS (NZ) F 3 Stephen Marsh
18 NOT A CHERRY F 3 Anthony Cummings
20 PEARLS F 3 John O’Shea
21 PERIGNON F 3 Gerald Ryan
22 REGATTA REBEL F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
23 SECRET AGENDA F 3 Mick Price
24 SEEKING ASYLUM F 3 Gary Portelli
25 SPEAK FONDLY F 3 Gai Waterhouse
26 SUPER CASH F 3 Andrew Noblet
27 TEMPT ME NOT F 3 James Cummings
28 TO BE SURE F 3 Bjorn Baker
29 TYPECAST F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
30 VERAVARTI (NZ) F 3 Kris Lees
31 YATTARNA F 3 James 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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