The 2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes nominations have been released and leading trainer Gai Waterhouse is set to have a strong hand in the Group 1 event at Royal Randwick on April 11.
Waterhouse has won three of the past four editions of the Queen Of The Turf Stakes and last year’s winner Diamond Drille will have the opportunity to defend her title at the end of the 2015 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Diamond Drille upset the likes of Red Tracer, Catkins and Streama in Queen Of The Turf Stakes last year, but she failed to fire in three race starts during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival and she was sent to the spelling paddock after she finished ninth in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on November 1.
The Al Maher mare gave the indication that she was close to her best by finishing second in barrier trials at Royal Randwick on January 15 and February 2 and Waterhouse is confident that the five-year-old can return to her best form in the autumn.
Another Waterhouse-trained Group 1 winner that was included in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes is Cosmic Endeavour.
Cosmic Endeavour has not been seen at the races since she defeated Angel Of Mercy and Avoid Lightning in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 21, but she produced a smart effort when second in a barrier trial at Rosehill Gardens on January 20 and she led from start to finish to record a dominant win in a trial over 1200 metres at Royal Randwick on February 2.
The Northern Meteor mare is a chance of returning to racing in the Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on February 14 and she could contest the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 14 ahead of the Queen Of The Turf Stakes.
Other Waterhouse-trained runners in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes nominations include Adrift, Amanpour, Bohemian Lily, Fill Me Up, Forever Loved, Mardi, Ming, Queenstown, Role Model, Supara, Twirl and Winter Sweet.
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While Waterhouse has an outstanding record in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes rival trainer Chris Waller is still chasing his maiden win in the race after finishing second with Red Tracer in 2013 and third in 2014.
Red Tracer has been sent to the breeding barn and will not contest the Queen Of The Turf Stakes, but he will still be represented in the race by classy mare Catkins.
Catkins is still chasing a maiden win at Group 1 level after finishing in the placings in the 2013 and 2014 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) and the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m), but she has been a consistent winner at Group level.
The Dubawi mare returned to racing with a narrow win over Lilliburlero in the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on February 7 and Waller is planning to keep the five-year-old as fresh as possible for the Queen Of The Turf Stakes.
Thousand Guineas winner Amicus, popular grey Arinosa, the talented Champagne Cath, Furious Stakes winner Winx, Kiwi mare Telepathic and Australian Oaks winner Royal Descent are other Waller-trained mare that have been included in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes nominations.
Other talented fillies and mares that have been included in the 2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes nominations are Group 1 placegetter Arabian Gold, Myer Classic winner Bonaria, Caulfield Cup placegetter Dear Demi, Robert Smerdon-trained Fontein Ruby, last year’s runner-up Gypsy Diamond, John Sargent-trained Neena Rock, Golden Slipper winner Mossfun, Queensland Oaks winner Tinto and the undefeated Wawail.
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2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes Nominations
|2||611x||ADRIFT (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||67|
|3||6x121119x||AFLEET ESPRIT||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||N/A|
|4||4234x1124x||ALL SALSA||Ron Quinton||73|
|7||x73762x77x||ANY DAY WILL DO||David Vandyke||84|
|8||801112x10x||ARABIAN GOLD||David Vandyke||N/A|
|10||30x334793x||AVA’S DELIGHT||Darren Weir||N/A|
|11||1x||BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||N/A|
|13||1x||BOTTLE OF SMOKE||Mick Price||N/A|
|14||313x18740x||BRING ME THE MAID||Peter G Moody||N/A|
|15||8x11x2231x||BROOK ROAD||Kris Lees||N/A|
|16||11x00x321x||CALMING INFLUENCE||Chris Waller||92|
|18||x13090x23x||CHAMPAGNE CATH||Chris Waller||90|
|19||12327x069x||CHINTZ (NZ)||Joseph Pride||96|
|21||164213111x||COSMIC ENDEAVOUR||Gai Waterhouse||109|
|22||238x16838x||DANESIRI||John P Thompson||83|
|23||3008x5217x||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||N/A|
|24||3x76x||DHAHAB||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||N/A|
|25||345x46143x||DIADEME (NZ)||Murray Baker||102|
|26||58141x879x||DIAMOND DRILLE||Gai Waterhouse||106|
|27||127x20700x||DOUBLE DEE||Jason Warren||N/A|
|28||8x5925524x||ESTONIAN PRINCESS||Gerald Ryan||100|
|29||–||FILL ME UP||Gai Waterhouse||N/A|
|30||4x12112x||FIRST SEAL||John P Thompson||103|
|31||x31151160x||FONTEIN RUBY||Robert Smerdon||N/A|
|32||1x1121120x||FOOTY FAN||Wade Slinkard||82|
|33||034x40100x||FOREVER LOVED (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||96|
|34||113x11226x||GIRL GUIDE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||N/A|
|35||4310x9652x||GIRL IN FLIGHT||Robbie Griffiths||N/A|
|37||912x50950x||GYPSY DIAMOND||Peter & Paul Snowden||N/A|
|38||21x480x01x||HERA (NZ)||Kris Lees||96|
|39||315x||HIGH ABOVE||Anthony Cummings||N/A|
|40||1141x4676x||INTIMATE MOMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||87|
|41||2x262x213x||JIAYUGUAN (IRE)||John P Thompson||N/A|
|42||42x||JOYFUL JOURNEY||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||N/A|
|43||827114x55x||JUST A BLUR||Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones||N/A|
|44||4211x6650x||KIRRAMOSA (NZ)||John Sargent||N/A|
|45||36x1366x||LADY SHARAPOVA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||N/A|
|47||211x49430x||LONDON LOLLY||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||N/A|
|48||60x2207x2x||LORNA MAY||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||79|
|49||013x16130x||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||111|
|50||79x3553x9x||LUCKY LAGO||Peter & Paul Snowden||87|
|51||3x61580x4x||LUCKY RAQUIE||Gerald Ryan||79|
|52||1x122x4x||MAASTRICHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||77|
|53||31124x511x||MAHARA||Peter & Paul Snowden||96|
|55||x22210x38x||MARIANNE (NZ)||Peter & Paul Snowden||N/A|
|56||714x7111x||MARPLE MISS||Kris Lees||N/A|
|57||35031x134x||MARY LOU||Anthony Cummings||73|
|59||x1112x341x||MISS COVER GIRL||Kelly Schweida||N/A|
|60||34x6323x||MORE RADIANT||Mick Price||N/A|
|61||1x1121x||MOSSFUN||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||105|
|62||223152355x||MY SABEEL (NZ)||Kevin Moses||90|
|63||10x3410x4x||NEENA ROCK||John Sargent||N/A|
|66||213215x57x||PEGGY JEAN||Gerald Ryan||94|
|67||0x24280x6x||PLUCKY BELLE||Peter G Moody||N/A|
|69||47x416744x||PRESS REPORT||Lee Curtis||75|
|70||1084x1120x||QUAYSIDE||Peter G Moody||N/A|
|72||21x5533x8x||RARE FRAGRANCE||Bryce Heys||77|
|73||41128x030x||RECITE (NZ)||John Bary||N/A|
|74||x07881201x||REZONED (NZ)||Chris Waller||N/A|
|75||25x280x27x||ROLE MODEL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||N/A|
|76||7x0x42306x||ROLLOUT THE CARPET||Jeff McVean & Emma-Lee Browne||N/A|
|77||525x22220x||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||N/A|
|78||7x22310x||ROYAL OCEAN||Mick Price||N/A|
|79||211353x||SABATINI||Lee & Shannon Hope||N/A|
|80||66x97x654x||SCORPIO QUEEN||Kris Lees||92|
|81||–||SHAAHIDA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||N/A|
|82||161x||SLIGHTLY SWEET||Jason Coyle||71|
|83||429x72845x||SOLICIT||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||N/A|
|84||31x||SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (NZ)||Murray Baker||N/A|
|85||4226x1107x||STAR FASHION||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||N/A|
|86||76x12N311x||SUAVITO (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston||N/A|
|88||213x1x||SWEET AND SPEEDY||Peter G Moody||N/A|
|89||67x312526x||TAHNI DANCER||Clinton McDonald||N/A|
|90||0112x9121x||TARLOSHAN (NZ)||Graeme Boyd||N/A|
|91||x11259x25x||TELEPATHIC (NZ)||Chris Waller||81|
|92||113x||THINKING OF YOU (NZ)||Peter G Moody||76|
|95||1443x1x||TOP SIGHT||Ciaron Maher||N/A|
|96||611x442x||TRAVESTON GIRL||Tony Gollan||N/A|
|98||1x11x1x||WAWAIL||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||N/A|
|100||12x2152x||WINE TALES||Chris Waller||N/A|
|101||–||WINTER SWEET||Gai Waterhouse||N/A|