2014 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes Nominations Released

May 19th, 2014

A talented field of 17 two-year-olds have been nominated for an appearance in this weekend’s Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse, highlighted by several noted performers over the 2014 autumn season.

Time For War has been nominated for an appearance in the 2014 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes

Time For War has been nominated for an appearance in the 2014 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

While unable to handle the late pace of the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) last time out, trainer Gerald Ryan has elected to nominate exciting prospect Time For War for the 2014 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes.

Debuting with a comfortable victory in the CFMEU Mining & Energy Plate (1100m) on November 2nd, the Snitzel colt was a standout performer over two-year-old events in Sydney; strolling home to win the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) in just his second competitive performance before overcoming poor running position to finish fourth in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on April 12th.

Likely to be partnered by regular jockey Damien Thornton, Time For War poses a serious chance for success at Doomben this weekend, particularly if allocated a favourable gate at Wednesday’s barrier draw.

Also included in nominations for the 2014 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes is Champagne Classic champion Brazen Beau.

Claiming two wins from just three competitive appearances so far, Brazen Beau has fast shot to the forefront of two-year-old contenders in the 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, and currently hold outright favouritism in early betting markets for success in the major Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 7th.

Debuting with an impressive turn of foot too win the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1100m) on February 5th, the I Am Invincible colt was unlucky when blocked for a run and fifth amongst classy competition in the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) on March 8th, but responded in the best way possible when claiming the Champagne Classic by nearly two lengths last time out.

Trainer John O’Shea is poised to be offered twice the chance of success in the 2014 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes, having nominated classy stable mates Careless and Mohave for a Doomben start this Saturday.

While yet to break through for a race win, Careless has contested a strong and consistent four race career so far, highlighted by an unlucky second to Veuvelicious in the Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) and Randwick last time out.

Producing a keen turn of foot to overcome an early check and finish fifth in the Champagne Classic last time out, Mohave will be aiming to find a far-cleaner racing line at Doomben this weekend.

Debuting with an impressive turn of foot to finish second behind Law in the Listed Thoroughbred Breeders’ Plate (1000m) in October, the Exceed And Excel colt returned in 2014 with an impressive win in the Listed Blue Diamond Colts & Gelding Preview (1000m) before finishing sixth in the featured Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 22nd.

Arguably leading the local charge in nominations for the 2014 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes, trainer Tony Gollan is offered a great chance of success this weekend via impressive colt Looks Like The Cat.

Strolling home to win the XXXX Gold 2.y.o. Handicap (1200m) by two lengths on debut, the son of Husson broke from the pack in the final 200 metres of the Champagne Classic, noticeably gaining on Brazen Beau to finish second.

A final field of 16 and barrier draw for the 2014 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes are due to be released on Wednesday morning.

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2014 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes Nominations

# Horse Trainer
1 AIMEE Noel J Doyle
2 ALMALAD Gai Waterhouse
3 BRAZEN BEAU Chris Waller
4 CARELESS John O’Shea
5 FREEZETHEMILLIONS Matthew Dunn
6 FURBISH Allan Denham
7 HAVEN ANGEL Jon Walk
8 HOLLYWOOD BARBIE Matthew Dunn
9 LOOKS LIKE THE CAT Tony Gollan
10 MOHAVE John O’Shea
11 POWER DE TED Helen Page
12 PRESSING Mick Price
13 PUNTA NORTE Robert Heathcote
14 SAGATONA Liam Birchley
15 SARISARA Rex Lipp
16 STROAK Bryan Guy
17 TIME FOR WAR Gerald Ryan