Piranha And Joyous Head Theo Marks Nominations
Monday, 6 September 2010:
Black Piranha will return in the Theo Marks at Rosehill on Saturday after after another successful tilt at the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm in June.
The Con Karakatsanis-trained gelding has been readied for the Theo Marks with two barrier trials at Rosehill, winning both.
Saturday's Theo Marks will be Black Piranha's first start in a campaign which will likely include the George Main Stakes (1600m) and Epsom Handicap in Sydney.
He will then stop over in Melbourne for a shot at the Emirates Stakes in November before he runs in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot later that month.
Rothesay and the long awaited return of 2009 New Zealand Derby winner Coniston Bluebird.
Of this mornings nominations who will go into the event second up, the focus will largely be upon the Gai Waterhouse-trained More Joyous.
The four-year-old jumps to Open class this start after she easily accounted for a field of mares assembled in the Sheraco Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on August 28.
Kerry Parker-trained Brilliant Light will look to build upon his solid first attempt at WFA when sixth in the Warwick Stakes, while Patinack Farm-owned Trusting steps up to a more suitable distance after he ran home well for third in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1100m) behind Reward For Effort.
In the supporting events at Rosehill on Saturday the Listed Heritage Stakes (1200m) has attracted the Gerald Ryan-trained Hinchinbrook after his disappointing run first up in the Group 1 Golden Rose last week.
Other nominations for the event include the consistent Clarry Conners-trained Decision Time and the promising David Payne-trained colt Sea Lord who ran third in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes at just his second career start.
Facing a steep class rise in the event will be the Gai Waterhouse-trained Halekulani.
The Encosta De Lago gelding indicated he could be up to the challenge with a convincing two-length win on debut at Canterbury on August 25 over 1100m.
Another Gai Waterhouse runner of note is Pureness who will run in the Benchmark 80 Handicap over 1500m.
The half-brother to Sebring will look to keep his unbeaten record intact from four starts after three dominant wins in midweek city company.
With Nash Rawiller suspended and Glyn Schofield in Melbourne, Hugh Bowman will take the ride on Pureness while stablemate More Joyous will be ridden by Corey Brown.