Only five three-year-olds have been nominated for the Stan Fox Stakes 2012 at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney this Saturday, the headline entry being the Peter Snowden-trained Albrecht.
Redoute’s Choice colt Albrecht, winner of the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m) two back, was last seen running an eye-catching second to their stablemate Epaulette in the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) on September 15 and they return to the track this weekend for the $250,000 Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m).
Their performance in the 2012 Stan Fox Stakes will help Snowden determine whether to take them to Melbourne next month for the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) which is looking a very real possibility at this stage.
“I originally thought it would be too much for him, it is still really only his first preparation and might have just been all too soon,” Snowden said.
“But I’ve been really impressed with how he has bounced back from the Golden Rose, you’d barely know that he has had a run.
“I’ll assess him after Saturday but there is a genuine chance he could end up in Melbourne.”
Gai Waterhouse prepares the other more notable 2012 Stan Fox Stakes entry with her Golden Rose fifth place-getter Kabayan who is looking to improve over the extra distance on Saturday.
Second to Sizzling in the Group 1 TJ Smith in Brisbane during the winter the three-year-old son of Hardasun also has the Caulfield Guineas 2012 on the agenda.
They pay around $26 in the latest Caulfield Guineas odds while Albrecht is equal $11 third pick with Golden Rose winner Epaulette who runs in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude in Melbourne this Sunday.
Exciting New Zealand galloper Magic Shaft now based in Sydney with John Sargent, and the John Thompson-trained duo of Trophies and Maury complete the pintsized Stan Fox Stakes nominations list.
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2012 Stan Fox Stakes Nominations
Rosehill Gardens Racecourse – Saturday September 29, 2012
|3||MAGIC SHAFT||John Sargent|
|4||MAURY||John P Thompson|
|5||TROPHIES||John P Thompson|