Risen From Doubt Headlines 2014 Pago Pago Stakes Nominations

March 24th, 2014

A greater-than-capacity field of seventeen two-year-old colts and geldings have nominated for an appearance in this weekend’s Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens, including exciting prospect Risen From Doubt.

Risen From Doubt has been included in nominations for the 2014 Pago Pago Stakes

Risen From Doubt has been included in nominations for the 2014 Pago Pago Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Debuting with a strong victory amongst classy competition in the Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (1000m) on October 5th, Risen From Doubt produced a strong turn of foot to finish third behind Mossfun and Press Report in the Group 2 Silver Slipper first-up this season on March 1st.

Despite figuring as clear market mover in betting fields for the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill last weekend, the Not A Single Doubt colt was unable to match the high tempo of eventual champion Ghibellines in the final 200 metres, fading to finish fifth.

With a ballot exemption for the major Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on April 5th figuring as the major prize for the winner of the Pago Pago Stakes, trainer Tony McEvoy has elected to run Risen From Doubt this weekend with a view to a fortnight’s time.

Also included in nominations for the 2014 Pago Pago Stakes is classy Gerald Ryan-trained pair Time For War and Klammer.

While only contesting the one competitive start to date, Time For War has quickly built as a two-year-old to watch, storming home to win the CFMEU Mining And Energy Plate (1100m) on November 2nd.

Klammer is yet to finish outside the places in three career starts to date, finishing third in the Adaptra Handicap (1000m) on debut and winning the Lightning Ridge Plate (1000m) on February 23rd before producing a good sprint up the final straight in the Listed Black Opal Stakes (1200m) most recently to finish third behind Lucky Raquie and fellow Pago Pago Stakes-nominee Mr Cha Cha.

Gai Waterhouse’s sole Pago Pago Stakes nomination, Mr Cha Cha is more than capable of heading to the Golden Slipper in winning form, having claimed a near-two length victory on debut before placing a strong second in both the Listed Canonbury Stakes (1100m) behind stable mate Fighting Sun on February 15th and the Listed Black Opal.

Having also included the Snitzel colt in the nominations for the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) just one week after the Slipper, Waterhouse confirmed this weekend’s results would confirm which avenue Mr Cha Cha will take.

Arguably one of the most experienced runners included in nominations for the 2014 Pago Pago Stakes, Modoc will be aiming to return to the winner’s circle this weekend, having claimed wins in his first two race starts of a total five to date.

Despite finishing a disappointing sixth (of seven) in the Silver Slipper, the Haradasun gelding was impressive when securing third on the line in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) on March 15th behind talented two-year-old Valentia and fellow Pago Pago-nominee Mr Bogart.

Mr Bogart has built to the task in two career starts to date, following up a reasonable fifth amongst talented company in the Ritz Cinema Handicap (1200m) on debut with a competitive run for second in the Skyline.

Having underlined the Sires’ Produce Stakes as the major target for the Northern Meteor colt this season, trainer Anthony Cummings is confident of another strong run this weekend, particularly if allocated a favourable gate at Wednesday’s Pago Pago Stakes barrier draw.

A final field of 16 + up to four emergencies for the 2014 Pago Pago Stakes is due to be released on Wednesday morning.

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2014 Pago Pago Stakes Nominations

# Horse Trainer
2 CRIXUS Grahame Shulman
4 KHRYSLER Mark de Montfort
5 KLAMMER Gerald Ryan
6 KUMAON Peter Snowden
7 KURO (NZ) John O’Shea
8 MODOC Paul Perry
9 MR BOGART Anthony Cummings
10 MR CHA CHA Gai Waterhouse
11 PETROLOGY David Hayes
13 REMBRANDT Clarry Conners
15 TIME FOR WAR Gerald Ryan
16 WILDERNESS David Hayes
17 YANCHA BOY Joan Pracey