Twelve Included in 2017 Breeders Classic Nominations

January 30th, 2017

Twelve mares have been included in nominations for Saturday’s featured 2017 Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m); highlighted by the pending appearance of some of the Autumn Carnival’s most exciting prospects at Royal Randwick.

French Emotion is one of three for trainer Chris Waller in 2017 Breeders Classic nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

French Emotion is one of three for trainer Chris Waller in 2017 Breeders Classic nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Leading trainer Chris Waller has dominated 2017 Breeders Classic nominations after including all of French Emotion, Tsaritsa and Elle Lou for positions in the race field.

French Emotion has produced a number of strong performances through recent seasons but undoubtedly found career-best form to date through the recent Spring Carnival.

Running a close second to Alaskan Rose in the MRC Foundation BM90 (1400m) on September 17th, the Snitzel mare returned to winning form with a strong performance for success in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) on October 2nd.

While luckless in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1600m), French Emotion was last seen savaging the line for second in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) on Derby Day.

Tsaritsa stamped herself as a filly to follow through the Brisbane Winter Carnival, in which she stormed home to win the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) before placing third in the Listed Daybreak Lover Stakes (1400m) most notably.

Kept to light duties in spring, the Dane Shadow mare ran third in a Randwick minor over 1400m and was returned to the paddock after placing ninth in the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) on September 17th.

Elle Lou is the only of Waller’s three Breeders Classic nominations who will not be contesting the race first-up and was last seen tailing off to finish ninth in the Magic Millions Plate (1300m) at the Gold Coast on January 14th.

Danish Twist is another Group 1-quality horse who has been included in nominations to make her competitive return in the 2017 Breeders Classic.

Posting a commendable career total of eight wins and a further seven minors through twenty-one starts, Danish Twist memorably posted four-consecutive wins through her autumn and winter campaign last year; book-ended by the Provincial Championships Final (1400m) and Listed June Stakes (1100m).

Third in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) upon resuming in spring, Danish Twist was unable to produce much through two subsequent starts and was sent to the paddock.

The 2017 Breeders’ Classic field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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2017 Breeders’ Classic Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 11118x359x DANISH TWIST M 5 Kris Lees 1 55kg 104
2 20x672162x FRENCH EMOTION M 5 Chris Waller 2= 56kg 101
3 14x7x01x05 FLIPPANT M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 2= 54kg 101
4 262x44434x DENMAGIC M 4 David Pfieffer 4 54kg 96
5 33236×1516 EGYPTIAN SYMBOL M 4 Bjorn Baker 5 55kg 94
6 2x1113x39x TSARITSA M 4 Chris Waller 6= 56kg 92
7 4131x59x02 I AM ZELADY M 5 Joseph Pride 6= 54kg 92
8 317x33311x CIRCULAR M 4 John O’Shea 8 54kg 90
9 1315137×89 ELLE LOU M 5 Chris Waller 9 54kg 89
10 10x9205x11 IN HER TIME M 4 Benjamin Smith 10 54kg 79
11 8324404×50 FRILL SEEKING M 6 Matthew Smith 11 54kg 78
12 180157×973 MAGNAJOY M 5 Jarrod Austin 12 54kg 72