2016 WJ Healy Stakes Nominations Released

June 20th, 2016

Sixteen sprinters have been included in nominations for the 2016 Group 3 WJ Healy Stakes (1200m); highlighted by the pending appearance of some of the Brisbane Winter Carnival’s most exciting runners at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Sebring Sun has been included in 2016 WJ Healy Stakes nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Sebring Sun has been included in 2016 WJ Healy Stakes nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Sebring Sun has produced a number of good result through his short career so far and has been entered by trainer Gary Portelli in 2016 WJ Healy Stakes nominations.

Posting two wins and a further four minors through eleven career starts so far, Sebring Sun returned to racing during the 2015 Spring Carnival in slick form; winning the Listed Rosebud (1200m) before finishing third in each of the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) and Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) most notably.

Sure to have taken plenty of benefit from a first-up run for ninth in the Joe Brown MBE BM82 (1200m), Sebring Sun trialled well a Rosehill last week and should relish the Eagle Farm conditions on Saturday.

Godolphin have claimed a number of impressive results this season and are set to be offered a good chance of further stakes success this weekend, after trainer John O’Shea included Mogador in 2016 WJ Healy Stakes nominations.

Capping a strong 2015 campaign fifth in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), Mogador clearly required a run when seventh in the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes (1200m) on February 27th and received a brief freshen-up immediately after.

Resuming for fifth in the TAB.com.au BM85 (1100m) on April 23rd, the Lonhro colt ran on for fourth in the Isuzu Ute Scone BM77 (1100m) before placing a close second behind Kamacite in the Listed Queensland Day Stakes (1200m) on May 28th.

The local contingent poised to run in the feature sprint is a particularly exciting one, and is arguably headlined by the Tony Gollan-trained Tina Melina.

Returning to racing in career-best form through summer, Tina Melina won a part of Queensland minors over 1200m before running an impressive third in the Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Quality (1300m) on January 9th.

Claiming a maiden stakes win in the Listed Nudgee Handicap (1200m) on January 23rd, the daughter of Jet Spur ran ninth in the Listed Silk Stocking (1200m) first-up before running on for fourth in the Listed Bright Shadow Quality (1200m) on May 21st.

The 2016 WJ Healy Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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2016 WJ Healy Stakes Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x5354x17x3 BLACKBOARD SPECIAL G 5 Wayne S Lawson
2 41585319×5 DREAM CHOICE G 7 Robert Heathcote 88
3 7856x5669x FINAL CRESCENDO G 6 David Kelly 85
4 171x119x3 HARDLINE (NZ) G 3 Liam Birchley 85
5 396x2111x7 HOTEL DRIVE G 4 Scott Henley 75
6 929x136x15 INTO THE RED G 5 Kelso Wood 97
7 852x3451x4 MANA MANU G 6 Marcus Wilson 84
8 1x125x7542 MOGADOR C 3 John O’Shea 79
9 3550×43231 ODYSSEY MOON C 3 Robert Smerdon
10 x00x884057 ROCK ROYALTY G 7 Liam Birchley 90
11 39231249×1 SALUTER G 6 Robert Heathcote 95
12 5x113300x9 SEBRING SUN C 3 Gary Portelli
13 0310x100x8 SHAMALIA M 5 James Cummings 95
14 380362x70x SMART VOLATILITY G 7 John Sargent
15 2x3268x831 THAT’S A GOOD IDEA G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 104
16 2601131×94 TINA MELINA M 4 Tony Gollan 90