2011 Mannerism Stakes – Nominations

February 22nd, 2011

The 2011 Mannerism Stakes is due to run this Saturday February 26, 2011, and nominations for the Group 3 race have now been released.

The 2011 Mannerism Stakes is worth $125,000 and will be run as part of Caulfield’s Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

The race will be run under set-weight plus penalty conditions and is open to mares aged four-years-old and upwards.

18 horses have been nominated for the 16 horse field, including Tony Noonan’s Varenna Miss and Jim Conlan’s Perfect Hostess.

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Varenna Miss has won three of her five starts so far, and was hot favourite to win the Group 3 Hyderabad R.C. Stakes last start when she placed second behind Beaded.

The Redoute’s Choice mare has a win percentage of 60% and has accrued a total of $127,850 so far in her short career.

Tony Noonan’s Varenna Miss will be tackling the 1,400 metre distance for the first time, having only previously raced over 1000-1200 metres.

The Jim Conlan-trained Perfect Hostess will be looking for her first win of this preparation after finishing sixth in the Hyderabad R.C. Stakes last start.

The four-year-old mare was given a wide barrier in her previous start and will be hoping for some luck in the 2011 Mannerism Stakes.

Also nominated for the 2011 Mannerism Stakes is Mark Webb’s Avienus who will be backing up from a terrible first-up run in last Saturday’s The Big6 Handicap (1200m).

Avienus finished last in the 14 horse field, proving that she needs a longer distance to show her true ability.

However, the Reset mare is notorious for having bad first-up runs, and often improves a lot in the second performance of her prep.

The five-year-old mare will be hoping to imitate last preparation, where she won the Group 2 Cleanevent Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Also amongst the nominations are Peter Snowden’s Counterpane, Lee Freedman’s Well Rounded and Darren Weir’s Culminate.

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2011 Mannerism Stakes Nominations

No Horse Trainer Handicapper Rating
1 AVIENUS Mark Webb 100
2 COUNTERPANE Peter Snowden 80
3 CULMINATE (NZ) Darren Weir 108
4 DANE JULIA (SAF) Lee Freedman 101
5 IMPRESSIVE EAGLE Danny O’Brien 100
6 MAJESTIC MUSIC Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 101
7 MAYNEDA STRATEGY Trent Pennuto 70
8 MONT FLEURI Lee Freedman 87
9 MY EMOTION (NZ) Michael Kent 89
10 PERFECT HOSTESS (NZ) Jim Conlan 78
11 QUEEN OF CASTILLE Alan Curtis 66
12 RED FLAIR Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 92
13 SIMPLY PUT Dale Sutton 89
14 SO ANYWAY John P Thompson 91
15 STATUS SYMBOL Ken Keys 94
16 VARENNA MISS Tony Noonan 93
17 WELL ROUNDED Lee Freedman 96
18 WINDARRA PLACE Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 82