Fifteen two-year-olds are poised to line up at Royal Randwick on Day 1 of The Championships this Saturday following the release of 2016 Kindergarten Stakes nominations.
A half-brother to champion mare Winx, trainer Gai Waterhouse has included El Divino in 2016 Kindergarten Stakes nominations.
Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive debut, El Divino immediately stamped himself as a colt to follow upon delivering a classy field a resounding five length defeat in the More Than Just Winning Maiden (1000m) at Gosford on March 17th.
Waterhouse is set to launch a two-pronged attack on the Group 3 race after also including Pub Grub in 2016 Kindergarten Stakes nominations.
Yet to appear on course competitively, Pub Grub beat a number of notable competitors home in a strong Randwick barrier trial on February 19th before running third in a 1045m hit-out on March 18th.
Leading Queensland trainer Tony Gollan is also set to be offered several good chances of success on Saturday after including all of Jest Excel, Red Handle and Zelady’s Night Out in Kindergarten Stakes nominations.
Jest Excel is yet to appear on course competitively but boast impressive breeding lines and has reportedly shown plenty in the lead-up to debuting.
Running on for second in the Suez Handicap (1050m) on debut at Doomben on February 13th, Red Handle placed third in the Winning Edge Presentations Handicap (1050m) and fifth in the XXXX Summer 2.y.o Plate (1200m) most recently.
Zelady’s Night Out has arguably been the standout of the current Queensland two-year-old crop and is already a multiple stakes winner.
Debuting for success in the Flexi Membership Handicap (1050m) on November 14th, the Myboycharlie filly charged home to win the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1050m) before repeating the dose in the Group 3 McLachlan Stakes (1200m) on Boxing Day.
While failing to figure in either of the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2.y.o Guineas (1200m) or Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) most recently, Zelady’s Night Out is sure to have taken benefit from four weeks between races leading into the Kindergarten Stakes.
The 2016 Kindergarten Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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2016 Kindergarten Stakes Nominations
|4||1||EL DIVINO||C||2||Gai Waterhouse|
|6||4||HOSTWIN LEGEND||C||2||Gary Moore|
|7||–||JEST EXCEL||F||2||Tony Gollan|
|8||10||LET’S DREAM BIG||F||2||Lee Curtis|
|9||724||LIONHEARTED||C||2||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|10||3125x||MOOSHAKISSA||F||2||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|12||–||PRINCE CHABAL||C||2||Anthony Cummings|
|13||–||PUB GRUB||G||2||Gai Waterhouse|
|14||235||RED HANDLE||F||2||Tony Gollan|
|15||11196||ZELADY’S NIGHT OUT||F||2||Tony Gollan|