Schweppervescence Stakes nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 Schweppervescence Stakes. The Schweppervescence Stakes will be run on Saturday 23rd April at Morphettville racecourse.


1AALI MIAF3Lloyd Kennewell
5BELUGA BLUEF3Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
6BEST FORTUNEF3Wayne Francis & Glen Kent
7BO BARDIF3Lee & Shannon Hope
8C’EST BEAU LA VIEF3Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
10COMPRENDEF3Phillip Stokes
11CONCUBINEF3David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
13CRY IF I WANT TOF3Mick Price
14DASHEBOF3Peter F Blanch
15ENSUINGF3Andrew Noblet
16FIFEF3Robert Smerdon
17JACQUI’S JOY (NZ)F3Mitchell Beer & Max Hinton
18LAHQAF3David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
19MISS COOPERF3Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
20OPTIMIZEF3Richard Jolly
21PURE PRIDE (NZ)F3Murray Johnson
22QUILATEF3Michael Kent
23RIVERINA BELLAF3John & Chris Ledger
24ROKEBY REDF3Matt Laurie
25SAILING BYF3Mick Price
27STREET SPUNF3David Brideoake
28THE GREY FLASHF3Robbie Laing
29VISUAL MOTIFF3John Croucher


It wouldn’t be a Sydney autumn without Gai Waterhouse training a Group One winner.

But she cut it fine, waiting until Saturday and the All Aged Stakes to put her name on the honour roll with English in the final Group One race of the carnival at Randwick.

Runner-up to stablemate Vancouver in the 2015 Golden Slipper, English missed the spring but showed her readiness for a big win with her third in the TJ Smith Stakes behind the world’s highest-ranked sprinter Chautauqua.

Getting back in the eight-horse field under Sam Clipperton, English ($6) sustained a long run to beat Black Heart Bart ($6) by a half neck.

Kermadec ($5) was another half-length third with his Chris Waller-trained stablemate and race favourite Press Statement ($3.10) fifth after being posted three-wide for most of the 1400m of Saturday’s race.

“She is top class. She is the best three-year-old filly in Australia,” Waterhouse said.

“To take on the older horses and beat them shows that.

“It was a good ride by Sam. He had her where she needed to be.”

And while the Sydney carnival has ended, Waterhouse has more Group One ambitions for English.

“She will go to Brisbane,” she said.

“There’s the BTC Cup, the 10,000, the Stradbroke – all of those races.

“I didn’t have her in the spring. A lot of two-year-olds don’t come up after the autumn.

“They are still growing and horses like Pierro and Ha Ha are the exception.

“But now she’s grown and matured and it’s showing. She still gets a bit agitated before the race but once she’s in the race, she’s a professional.”

Clipperton claimed his first Group One win last month, riding Peeping for his former master Ron Quinton.

Both Peeping and English are raced by members of the Kelly family who began the famous Newhaven Park stud.

“It’s great to ride a Group One winner for Gai,” CLipperton said.

“And to get two this autumn for different branches of the same family is great.

“I got the call from Gai about two weeks ago and it’s a big thrill.

“English is easy to ride. It’s just before the race she has a few antics. But what a horse.

“She got into a nice rhythm and was strong at the end.”

Kerrin McEvoy described Black Heart Bart as the unlucky loser in the race while Blake Shinn who rode Malaguerra who finished sixth after leading early, admitted he had made a mistake.

“Not one of my best,” Shinn said.

“I made a decision to hand up due to the fact I didn’t think I had the horse to keep vying for the lead and in hindsight it was the wrong move.”

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