2015 Queen Of The South Nominations Released

April 27th, 2015

A talented group of 16 fillies and mares have been included in 2015 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m) nominations, highlighted by the pending appearance of several high-profile runners at Morphettville on Saturday.

Marianne has been included in 2015 Queen Of The South Stakes nominations. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Marianne has been included in 2015 Queen Of The South Stakes nominations. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Marianne has returned to racing in typically competitive form this time and has been including in nominations for the 2015 Queen Of The South Stakes.

A standout performer for trainers Leon and Troy Corstens over recent seasons, Marianne was unlucky to finish second in each of the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m), Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) and Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) upon resuming in 2014 but finally returned to the winner’s circle when pipping subsequent Group 1 winner Suavito on the line in the Listed Alexandra Stakes (1600m).

Failing to figure in either of the Group 2 NSW Thoroughbred Breeders Classic (1200m) and Group 3 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) early this campaign, the Darci Brahma mare has since finished in the minors in each of the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m), Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) and Listed Anniversary Vase (1400m) and appears primed for a return to winning ways on Saturday.

Japhils has found great form over her two most recent starts but undoubtedly faces her toughest task to date in the 2015 Queen Of The South Stakes.

Taking out her debut race for Darren Weir before transferring to the care of John Saddler in mid-2014, the Choisir filly was disappointing when beating online one runner home in the Angus Armanasco Stakes on February 28th but has since finished second in the Geoff Murphy Handicap (1400m) and won the Listed Nitschke Stakes (1400m); the latter by close to three lengths.

Girl In Flight is a proven performer over both track and distance and will be particularly difficult to beat in the 2015 Queen Of The South Stakes should she be allocated an ideal barrier at Wednesday’s draw.

The winner of the Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m) during last year’s Adelaide Autumn Carnival, Girl In Flight was luckless when blocked for a run late and fifth in a Flemington minor over a mile on April 11th but carries good black type form into Saturday’s Group 2 having finished fourth in the Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes (1400m) and second in the Sunline Stakes in the weeks prior.

The 2015 Queen Of The South Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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2015 Queen Of The South Stakes Nominations

# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ANFITRIONA Peter G Moody 75
2 ATLANTIS DREAM (NZ) Darren Weir 88
3 AVA’S DELIGHT Darren Weir 83
4 BIPPO NO BUNGUS Neville Parnham 86
5 CAVALOCE Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 76
6 CHIQUADA (NZ) Ciaron Maher 88
7 CLEAR DIRECTION (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 79
8 GIRL IN FLIGHT Robbie Griffiths 96
9 HELD HOSTAGE Phillip Stokes 83
10 HOLY COW Michael Kent 69
11 JAPHILS John Sadler 75
12 JURASOUND David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 77
13 LADY CUMQUAT Darren Weir 86
14 LET’S MAKE ADEAL Nigel Blackiston 96
15 MARIANNE (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens 92
16 REBELLE Mick Huxtable 71