Memsie Stakes Nominations

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Memsie Stakes Nominations Tofane (PA Images)


Below is our assessment of the 2021 edition of the race:

Group 1 racing returns to Melbourne for the new season with 19 nominations being taken for Saturday’s $1 million Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

The Michael Moroney-trained six-year-old mare Tofane is one of the key nominations for the Memsie Stakes. She finished off her last campaign with back-to-back wins at Group 1 level.

First it was the Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm where she defeated Vega One by a half-length. Tofane was then too classy in the Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at the same venue a fortnight later.

Defending Memsie Stakes champion Behemoth has been nominated by trainer David Jolly. He resumed with a victory in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville first up from a spell on August 14.

Trainer James Cummings has nominated five-year-old mare Colette for the race. She won the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) back in February and was consistent in several Group 1 races. Her best performance at that level was second behind Verry Elleegant in the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m).

New Zealand trainer Jamie Richards has nominated six-year-old mare Avantage for the Memsie. She has won 16 races from 27 starts and continued to dominate the Group 1 ranks at home earlier this year. She would be an interesting addition to the race if the stable accepts with the star mare.

Another Kiwi in the form of the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained four-year-old gelding Aegon has been nominated for the race.

See below for the full list of nominations.

2021 Memsie Stakes Nominations

1 AEGON (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
2 AMISH BOY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
3 ARCHEDEMUS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
4 AVANTAGE Jamie Richards
5 AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
6 BEAU ROSSA Will Clarken
7 BEHEMOTH David Jolly
8 COLETTE James Cummings
9 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig
10 GROUNDSWELL Anthony & Sam Freedman
12 RED CAN MAN David Brideoake
14 SANSOM (NZ) Phillip Stokes
15 SECRET BLAZE Tony & Calvin McEvoy
16 SIERRA SUE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
17 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols
18 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney
19 VASSILATOR (NZ) Colin Little & Matthew Lindsay