Vain Stakes nominations – 2015

View the nominations for the 2015 Vain Stakes. The Vain Stakes will be run on Saturday 15th August at Caulfield racecourse.

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Race 1 – Vain Stakes (1100 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, Three-Years-Old, Colts and Geldings, Apprentices cannot claim.
This race carries a SUPER VOBIS Nominators Bonus of $10,000 for qualified horses.Field Limit: 16 + 4 EM


Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 ASSERTIVE STAR C 3 Byron Cozamanis
2 BANTAM G 3 John O’Shea
3 BRACCENBY C 3 Peter G Moody
5 EQUINOVA G 3 Dean Binaisse
6 GOLD SYMPHONY C 3 Peter G Moody
7 HAPTIC G 3 John O’Shea
8 HEADWATER C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
9 KING’S TROOP C 3 Gerald Ryan
10 LABUAN STAR C 3 Darren Weir
11 LOVE GOES ON G 3 Henry Dwyer
12 MORE THAN MOST C 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
13 OF THE BRAVE C 3 Mark Riley
14 RAGAZZO DEL CORSA C 3 Danny O’Brien
15 ROYALIC G 3 Mark Riley
16 STAR PLANET G 3 John Sadler
17 STOKER G 3 Tony McEvoy
18 TOP ME UP G 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
19 TUSCANY HERO C 3 Wendy Kelly


John Sargent is an enviable position with three Group One performers heading to the major spring races and the trainer’s biggest problem is keeping them apart as long as possible.

Thunder Lady and Kirramosa are ready to begin their campaigns at Rosehill on Saturday while Gust of Wind will be seen the following week.

Kirramosa, winner of the 2013 VRC Oaks and last year’s runner-up Thunder Lady, will step out in benchmark races over 1200 and 1400 metres respectively while Australian Oaks winner Gust Of Wind begins her campaign in the Group Two Warwick Stakes seven days later.

A cracked pedal bone put paid to Kirramosa’s autumn campaign before it began but Sargent is confident she is over the problem.

“She will get 60 kilos on Saturday so I will claim three kilos with Kayla Nisbet to ride,” Sargent said.

“It won’t be a big field and I think it’s a nice race for her.”

The recent death of Hong Kong businessman Oliver Wong means Thunder Lady has changed hands and will race this spring for Sir Owen Glenn who is keen to build his broodmare band for the future stud career of his triple Group One winner Criterion.

Thunder Lady finished fifth in the Australian Oaks with the winner retained by Wong’s wife Corinna.

“The plan with Thunder Lady is to head to the Metropolitan and the Bart Cummings and see where we go from there,” Sargent said.

“She didn’t handle the wet track in the Oaks so it’s good to see a firm track.

“Gust Of Wind will wait a week. She will stay all day and the Melbourne Cup is her aim.

“All three are in the big ones so it’s a question of how they get there.”

Chris Waller-trained stablemates, Sydney Cup winner Grand Marshal and Victoria Derby winner Preferment head the 11 entries for Thunder Lady’s race.

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