Chipping Norton Stakes 2012 – Nominations Announced

March 6th, 2012

Nominations have been released for the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm this Saturday March 10, 2012.

A total of 16 horses have nominated for the race, including last year’s Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker.

The Reset mare finished second to King Mufhasa in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield on February 25, 2012, and will be second-up in the 2012 Chipping Norton Stakes.

Pinker Pinker has won six of her 17 race starts and has earned more than $2.56 million in prize money.

Sacred Choice is also included in the 2012 Chipping Norton Stakes nominations.

The six-year-old mare will be hoping to improve on her third placing in last year’s Chipping Norton Stakes when she runs at Warwick Farm this Saturday.

Sacred Choice has performed well under par in her two race stats so far this preparation, finishing seventh of nine runners in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes first-up before placing tenth of 13 in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes.

The six-year-old mare has won nine of her 38 race starts and has earned more than $2.14 million in prize money.

Trainer Joseph Pride is hopeful Sacred Choice can make a change for the better in the 2012 Chipping Norton Stakes with the addition of blinkers to her gear.

“The expectation is there again this year,” Pride said.

“The blinkers go on and I think she will come good and if they raced today it would be heavy (rated track).”

Amongst the 2012 Chipping Norton Stakes nominations is Shoot Out, who posted a gutsy second to Rain Affair in the Apollo Stakes last start.

The five-year-old gelding will be having his third race start for the autumn in the 2012 Chipping Norton Stakes, where he will attempt to win the third Group 1 of his career.

Shoot Out has won seven of his 26 race starts and has earned just shy of $2 million in prize money during his three seasons of racing.

Centennial Park, Danleigh and Niwot are also included in the 2012 Chipping Norton Stakes nominations.

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2012 Chipping Norton Stakes Nominations

No. Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ) David Payne 109
2 DANLEIGH Chris Waller 111
3 GATHERING John P Thompson 106
4 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller 107
5 HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 104
6 MR MAKE BELIEVE Peter G Moody 95
7 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
8 PINKER PINKER Greg Eurell 116
9 RANGIRANGDOO (NZ) Chris Waller 117
10 SACRED CHOICE Joseph Pride 114
11 SCENIC SHOT Daniel Morton
12 SHOOT OUT Chris Waller 114
13 SNIPER’S BULLET Tracey Bartley 101
14 TRUSTING John P Thompson 113
15 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 105
16 ZAVITE (NZ) Anthony Cummings