WJ Healy Stakes nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 WJ Healy Stakes. The WJ Healy Stakes will be run on Saturday 25th June at Eagle Farm racecourse.

Horse Sex Age Trainer
2 DREAM CHOICE G 7 Robert Heathcote
4 HARDLINE (NZ) G 3 Liam Birchley
5 HOTEL DRIVE G 4 Scott Henley
6 INTO THE RED G 5 Kelso Wood
7 MANA MANU G 6 Marcus Wilson
8 MOGADOR C 3 John O’Shea
9 ODYSSEY MOON C 3 Robert Smerdon
10 ROCK ROYALTY G 7 Liam Birchley
11 SALUTER G 6 Robert Heathcote
12 SEBRING SUN C 3 Gary Portelli
13 SHAMALIA M 5 James Cummings
14 SMART VOLATILITY G 7 John Sargent
15 THAT’S A GOOD IDEA G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden
16 TINA MELINA M 4 Tony Gollan


Two wet track wins have earned Foreign Prince a tilt at a rich winter race with trainer David Payne eyeing the $160,000 Grafton Cup.

Foreign Prince’s win in Saturday’s Kensei Handicap at Rosehill, his first at 2000 metres, has his trainer confident he can deserves a chance at the 2350m of the Listed Grafton Cup on July 15.

“He is a horse that had a few problems early on but he loves winter racing and the cut out of the ground,” Payne said.

“Now that he is in form we have to have a go at a race like that. He deserves it.”

Foreign Prince is a half brother to Julinsky Prince, a dual Group One winner in New Zealand this season.

Although 10 of Julinsky Prince’s 11 wins have been over 1600m, Payne believes his younger sibling can handle the step up in distance.

“As long as he is ridden to relax I think we can give him a go at a longer race,” Payne said.

A natural leader, Foreign Prince was allowed to relax in Saturday’s race with apprentice Deanne Panya applying the pressure midway through.

Panya stuck to the rail and Foreign Prince asserted his authority to beat Sebrina by three lengths.

Five of Foreign Prince’s wins have been on soft or heavy tracks.

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