Only eleven mares have been including in nominations for Saturday’s featured Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, highlighted by the pending appearance of a number of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting runners.
Catkins returned to racing for a scintillating win in the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) a fortnight ago and is a leading chance for success in the 2015 Golden Pendant.
Undoubtedly the country’s best current racehorse yet to break through for a win at the highest level, Catkins has posted an impressive sixteen wins and thirteen minors through her 35 career starts to date.
Returning this year for consecutive wins in the Group 2 Breeders’ Classic (1200m) and Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m), the Dubawi mare ran second to Cosmic Endeavour in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m).
Having progressed to second in each of the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) and Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m), Catkins had clearly had enough when sixth in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) on June 20th but has returned this time in typically great form.
Waller could very well saddle the 2015 Golden Pendant quinella after also including Winx in nominations for the feature race.
Stamping her claims as one to watch through the 2014 Spring Carnival, Winx charged home to win the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) before finishing second in each of the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m).
Requiring a couple of runs to find peak condition upon resuming this year, the Street Cry mare returned to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) before finishing fifth in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) and second in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m).
Floating north for success in the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) on May 16th, Winx broke through for a maiden win at the highest level when jogging home to win the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) a fortnight later.
Having produced a monumental turn of foot to take out the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) first-up a fortnight ago, Winx will be very hard to beat in the Golden Pendant.
Arabian Gold charged home to win the 2014 edition of the Golden Pendant and will have taken plenty of benefit from a first-up run for fourth in the Group 2 Tramway Handicap (1400m) on September 5th.
Posting several impressive results for David Vandyke, Arabian Gold has been transferred to the care of Gai Waterhouse for her 2015 Spring Carnival campaign and will be perfectly suited to the conditions of the Golden Pendant second-up.
Waterhouse is set to launch a two-pronged attack on the 2015 Golden Pendant after also including Group 1 winner Amanpour in nominations.
Quickly building to the task through a standout autumn preparation, Amanpour ran sixth in the Group 3 Wenona Girl Handicap (1200m) and second in the Emancipation Stakes before taking out the Queen Of The Turf Stakes on Day 2 of The Championships.
The 2015 Golden Pendant final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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