2014 Oakleigh Plate Nominations Released

February 17th, 2014

Nominations for the 2014 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) have been released, with several previous winners at the highest level of Australian racing hoping to be included in the final field of 18 at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday, including Bel Sprinter.

Knoydart will be aiming for a maiden Group 1 title in the 2014 Oakleigh Plate

Knoydart will be aiming for a maiden Group 1 title in the 2014 Oakleigh Plate. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Despite a short and relatively unsuccessful 2013 spring campaign, Bel Sprinter was undoubtedly one of the most consistent performers throughout the autumn of last year, claiming a memorable victory first-up in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) and third in the Group 1 T.J Smith Stakes (1200m) before heading overseas and running a close second behind Lucky Nine in the Group 1 Krisflyer International Sprint 2013 (1200m) in Singapore.

Trainer Jason Warren is confident in another strong start to an Autumn campaign this preparation after the Bel Esprit gelding won a strong barrier trial at Cranbourne last week.

Also included in nominations for the 2014 Oakleigh Plate is in-form flyer Lankan Rupee.

After capping a memorable 2013 spring campaign when strolling to victory in the Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1200m) in November, Lankan Rupee returned to action with a comfortable win in a Cranbourne barrier trial on January 30 before justifying his favourite’s tag with a four-length victory over Iconic and First Command in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on February 8th.

The classy Redoute’s Choice gelding is in scintillating form, but will undoubtedly face his biggest test to date in the 2014 Oakleigh Plate, particularly in a field that is also set to include Knoydart.

Having claimed a total of five wins from 15 starts, Peter Snowden-trained Knoydart will head into the 2014 Oakleigh Plate in winning form after claiming all three starts in his current campaign, including the Listed Hareeba Stakes (1200m) at Mornington last Wednesday.

After rounding the bend just off the pace, the talented son of More Than Ready exploded from the pack, pulling out to a near six-length lead with 150 metres to run, easing off the throttle to jog home in that Mornington victory.

The 2014 Oakleigh Plate will feature as one of three Group 1 events at Caulfield on Saturday, with the Autumn racing carnival now well and truly in full flight.

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2014 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate Nominations

# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 BEL SPRINTER Jason Warren 110
2 BRILLIANT BISC Peter G Moody 78
3 DYSTOPIA Chris Waller 105
4 FIRST COMMAND Anthony Freedman 103
5 FLAMBERGE Peter G Moody 97
6 GENERAL TRUCE Ricky Maund 104
7 GREGERS David Hayes 91
8 HAPPY GALAXY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 100
9 ICONIC Tony McEvoy 84
10 KARACATIS Richard Jolly 98
11 KNOYDART Peter Snowden 100
12 KUROSHIO Peter Snowden 102
13 LANKAN RUPEE Mick Price 106
14 MAGNUS REIGN Rick Hore-Lacy 82
15 MINAJ (NZ) Anthony Freedman 82
16 RICHIE’S VIBE Tony Vasil 102
17 SHAMAL WIND Robert Smerdon 103
18 SPIRIT OF BOOM Tony Gollan 107
19 THERMAL CURRENT Peter G Moody 86
20 VATICAN Byron Cozamanis 100