The powerful Godolphin stable has signalled its intentions to target the Group One Stradbroke Handicap with nine nominations for Brisbane’s premier sprint.
Godolphin has nominated last year’s winner Trekking, Deprive, Phaistos, Kementari, Best Of Days, Exhilarates, Haunted, Ranier and Savatiano.
The majority of the top Australian stables including Chris Waller, Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, Peter and Paul Snowden, Bjorn Baker and John Thompson have entries among the 100 nominations.
Waller has six nominations – Sweet Scandal, Sambro, Madam Rouge, Fiesta, Romani Girl, and Subpoenaed.
Queensland’s premier trainer Tony Gollan has nominated five horses – Vega One, Outback Barbie, Krone, Niedorp and Silvera.
Queensland’s highest rated entry is the Steve Tregea-trained Niccanova while Vega One is assured of a start for winning the ballot-free The Gateway in December.
Group One winners Santa Ana Lane and Sunlight are among the nominations but Sunlight, a failure in Saturday’s Robert Sangster Stakes in Adelaide, is considered unlikely to run.
Santa Ana Lane is $15 in latest Stradbroke Handicap odds.
There were 240 nominations for the J J Atkins Stakes with the Gollan-trained Isotope heading new markets at $5.
Waller who has dominated the race in recent years had nine entries with his highest-rated recent Rosehill winner Saffiano.