Royal Sovereign Stakes nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 Royal Sovereign Stakes. The Royal Sovereign Stakes will be run on Friday 8th April at Randwick racecourse.


1PRESS STATEMENTC3Chris Waller156.5kg
2ENGLISHF3Gai Waterhouse254.5kg
3EXOSPHEREC3John O’Shea356.5kg
4SPEAK FONDLYF3Gai Waterhouse454.5kg
5LE ROMAING3Kris Lees556.5kg
6HOLLERC3John O’Shea656.5kg
7JAPONISMEG3Chris Waller756.5kg
8LAKE GENEVAF3Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes854.5kg
9OTTOMANF3John O’Shea954.5kg
10PASADENA GIRL (NZ)F3David Hayes & Tom Dabernig1054.5kg
11ODYSSEY MOONC3Robert Smerdon1156.5kg
12KEEN ARRAYG3David Hayes & Tom Dabernig1256.5kg
13READY FOR VICTORYC3Mick Price1356.5kg
14TAKEDOWNG3Gary Moore1456.5kg
15FURNACESC3John O’Shea1556.5kg
16FLIPPANTF3Peter & Paul Snowden1654.5kg
17PERIGNONF3Gerald Ryan1754.5kg
18COUNTERATTACKC3Chris Waller1856.5kg
19EGYPTIAN SYMBOLF3Bjorn Baker1954.5kg
20LADY SNIPERF3Bjorn Baker2054.5kg
21KINGLIKEC3Gerald Ryan2156.5kg
22KIMBERLEY STARF3Gai Waterhouse2254.5kg
23PETITS FILOUSF3Ciaron Maher2354.5kg
24SECRET AGENDAF3Mick Price2454.5kg
25HELLBENTC3Kurt Goldman2556.5kg
26STOKERG3Tony McEvoy2656.5kg
27SPILL THE BEANSC3Gerald Ryan2756.5kg
28WOLF CRYC3David Vandyke2856.5kg
29BIG TREEC3Peter Balzen2956.5kg
30GHISONIF3John O’Shea3054.5kg
31CATCH A FIREF3David Hayes & Tom Dabernig3154.5kg
32BASSETT (NZ)G3Mick Price3256.5kg
33MANHATTAN BLUESG3David Hayes & Tom Dabernig3356.5kg
34REDZELG3Peter & Paul Snowden3456.5kg
35SERENADEF3Michael Moroney3554.5kg
36KANGARILLA JOYF3Peter & Paul Snowden3654.5kg
37SERENE MAJESTYF3Peter & Paul Snowden3754.5kg
38STELLAR COLLISIONG3Darren Weir3856.5kg
39SANTA ANA LANEG3Lee & Anthony Freedman3956.5kg
40PURITANG3Jason Warren4056.5kg
41MAWAHIBBC3Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes4156.5kg
42SOOBOOGC3Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes4256.5kg
43BROCKHOFFC3Ciaron Maher4356.5kg
44DENPURRF3Peter & Paul Snowden4454.5kg
45CANAF3Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes4554.5kg
46STRINDBERGC3Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes4656.5kg
47SEMPRE LIBERAF3Robert Smerdon4754.5kg
48KING’S TROOPC3Gerald Ryan4856.5kg
49PAINTED FIRETAILF3John O’Shea4954.5kg
50REGATTA REBELF3Peter & Paul Snowden5054.5kg
51DEPLOYC3Gerald Ryan5156.5kg
52DARK STEELC3Peter & Paul Snowden5256.5kg
53ROSALEISHAF3Bjorn Baker5354.5kg
54AEGEAN SEAF3Clarry Conners5454.5kg
55YATTARNAF3James Cummings5554.5kg
56BRIGADOON RISEF3Peter & Paul Snowden5654.5kg
57MARAAMF3Peter & Paul Snowden5754.5kg
58IN HER TIMEF3Benjamin Smith5854.5kg
59TYPECASTF3Peter & Paul Snowden5954.5kg
60TO BE SUREF3Bjorn Baker6054.5kg
61METEORA MISSF3Anthony Cummings6154.5kg
62SPIETH (NZ)C3Bryce Heys6256.5kg
63NOT A CHERRYF3Anthony Cummings6354.5kg
64AMERISTRALIAF3Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes6454.5kg
65VANDERKEMP (NZ)G3Kris Lees6556.5kg
66SANDRELLIF3Lee & Shannon Hope6654.5kg
67LORD MARMADUKEG3David Vandyke6756.5kg
68BACK TO JACKOC3Benjamin Smith6856.5kg
69SCALPER’S REWARDF3Jason Coyle6954.5kg
70RADRADRAG3Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes7056.5kg


Winning the Mornington Cup has secured lightly raced Berisha an important spring date.

Saturday’s victory in the 2400m Listed race has earned the Robert Smerdon-trained gelding automatic entry into October’s Caulfield Cup.

Ridden by Daniel Moor, Berisha ($26) charged home to score by a nose from Big Memory ($11) with Lucky Lucky Lucky ($41) 1-3/4 lengths away third.

Berisha ran the trip in 2min25.42secs, taking more than four seconds off the 2400m Mornington record.

Stuart Webb, representing Smerdon, said the trainer had concerns about Berisha running the trip.

But some form students involved in the ownership devised a plan for the four-year-old.

“It’s great having people in the horse like Deane Lester and Mark Hunter helping do the form,” Webb said.

“It was a brutally run race but it was also pointed out that the Cup hasn’t been that long standing at the distance.

“But to come out of a poor barrier, go all the way back and do that, it was outstanding.”

Webb pointed out that it was Berisha’s second campaign since joining the Smerdon stable from Murray Johnston.

Moor rode Berisha to instructions and turning for home he was confident of hauling in the runner-up.

“To my judgment they went quite slick and we had a really good resting run back on the fence,” Moor said.

“They were the instructions to get the trip and he was strong and effective at that trip.”

Moor, who has had a good association with Smerdon since his days as an apprentice, is hoping to continue his partnership with Berisha.

“I’ll stand outside his box with a baseball bat to keep the big boys away,” he said.

The Mornington Cup has not been a happy race for the Tony McEvoy Big Memory who filled the runner-up position for the second time in as many years.

The $1.95 favourite Tom Melbourne set a furious tempo before compounding to finish 10th.

Rider Ben Melham said the Lee and Anthony Freedman-trained import was too keen for his first try at 2400m.

“He had Mujadale breathing down his neck and just ran it too solid,” Melham said.

Stewards reported Tom Melbourne had been galloped on behind during the race.

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