2014 Autumn Classic Nominations Released

February 18th, 2014

The 2014 Autumn Classic (1800m) is set to feature eleven runners after nominations for the 2014 edition of the Group 2 event were released yesterday, including Vilanova.

Countersnip will be aiming to overturn a poor first-up result in 2014 in this weekend's Autumn Classic

Countersnip will be aiming to overturn a poor first-up result in 2014 in this weekend's Autumn Classic. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Saddled by renowned trainer Chris Waller, Vilanova began his racing career in his homeland of New Zealand before experiencing a somewhat shaky start to his Australian tenure in early 2013, despite running close seconds in both the Group 2 Bollinger Champagne Classic (1200m) and Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m).

A busy 2014 autumn has already been set for the Commands gelding, with a run in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) likely only a week after the Autumn Classic.

Also included in nominations for the 2014 Autumn Classic is Countersnip.

Having been left in the spelling paddock for much of the 2013 spring season, Countersnip has returned to the track in great form this preparation; winning the CRV Hospital Helping Hand Plate (1400m) and producing a strong sprint to finish third in the Listed Tasmanian Guineas (1600m) on December 21st.

Despite gathering noticeable attention leading up to the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) two weeks ago, the Stratum gelding was unable to make much of an impact in his first tilt at Group level success, finishing a disappointing fifth behind Thunder Fantasy.

Trainer Mick Price is confident in Countersnip’s abilities despite the less-than-ideal run in the Autumn Stakes, believing the three-year-old will be much better for the run.

Trainer Michael Kent is poised to dominate the final field of the 2014 Autumn Classic after Accord, Mysonharry and Pyrrolic were all included in nominations.

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2014 Autumn Classic Nominations

# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ACCORD Michael Kent 64
2 ALPHA BEAT Anthony Cummings 67
4 CALENDAR LAD Greg Eurell 63
5 COUNTERSNIP Mick Price 70
6 DELIBERATE Peter Snowden 63
7 JADE’S BOY Robert Smerdon 68
8 MYSONHARRY Michael Kent 63
9 PYRROLIC Michael Kent 67
10 SAGUARO (NZ) Peter G Moody 67
11 VILANOVA (NZ) Chris Waller 72