2011 Colin Stephen Handicap Nominations

September 20th, 2011

The 2011 Colin Stephen Quality Handicap will jump at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday with the distinct possibility of a capacity field for the 2400m Group 3 event.

A maximum of 13 horses will be able to start the race and current nominations see 14 horses on the list.

There is some real quality among them as well with the Group1 2011 Metropolitan Handicap perfectly situated for this to be an ideal lead up race.

Towards the top of the ballot is Lamasery for David Vandyke which will be having his first ever attempt beyond the 2000m mark.

He tuned up perfectly for the event with a last start win over the 10 furlongs after running first up with a solid fourth as well.

Vandyke indicated earlier today that judging by the horses pedigree you’d say there’s no way he could get the full trip but after watching him race over the past year or so he thinks he’ll get there easy.

He is due to head to The Metropolitan after this as well and he’s the top rated runner in the Colin Stephens field for that event.

In fact in the Luxbet futures market he sits at an $11 fixed price quote.

With that in mind it seems very likely he’ll be the favourite in this race although he certainly won’t have things all his own way.

Illustrious Blue is the top rater for Chris Waller and while not in great form we know he’ll run the trip.

Ironstein also makes his return after a highly successful Brisbane campaign with Galizani, Hume, Praecido, Raeburn and The Verminator all in the mix.

This is a race where the odds will be very interesting and they could fluctuate a lot so keep an eye on them at Luxbet.

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2011 Colin Stephen Handicap Nominations

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (GB) Chris Waller 1 59kg 106
2 LAMASERY David Vandyke 2 55kg 98
3 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 3 54.5kg 97
4 REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) David Hayes 4 53.5kg 95
5 ADROITLY Peter Snowden 14 53kg 79
6 GALIZANI John P Thompson 6 53kg 92
7 HUME (NZ) Brian Smith 7= 53kg 91
8 PLANET PURPLE Kerry Parker 13 53kg 65
9 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne 7= 53kg 91
10 RAEBURN Brian Smith 9 53kg 84
11 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ) Anthony Cummings 10 53kg 75
12 SPLENDID HONOURS Paul Perry 12 53kg 67
13 THE VERMINATOR Chris Waller 5 53kg 94
14 TWO FOR TEA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 11 53kg 68