The Alister Clark Stakes will put Moonee Valley Friday Night Racing in the spotlight yet again on the 18/03/2011 after nominations went out today.
There are 17 horses nominated for the Group 2 which is worth $200,000 over a 1600m trek.
Folding Gear has claimed the peak rating in the 2011 Alister Clark Stakes after back to back wins have kicks-started his career
The New Zealand import claimed his maiden at Hillside, but it was a last start win at Caulfield in the Yalumba 162 which has really put his name on the map.
The horse he beat to the post that day was Elusive King which will be looking to exact revenge in the Alister Clark Stakes.
With three second placings and a win from five starts the consistency of the horse is unquestioned, he just needs to find that extra kick down the strait.
One bonus is that he has previously won on the Moonee Valley surface.
In contrast Gilded Spur has been very good and very bad throughout his career showing plenty of promise at lower levels but faltering against good competition.
This race may define him as a racehorse with a couple of decent runners but certainly nothing that should wipe him off the track.
In fact it looks like a defining race for a few horses which need to prove themselves at this level to realistically have any hope of claiming glory at the next level of racing in this country.
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2011 Alister Clark Stakes Nominations
|1||FOLDING GEAR (NZ)||Lee & Shannon Hope||1||57||88|
|2||ELUSIVE KING||Peter G Moody||2||57||78|
|5||TIGER WON’T TELL||Tommy Young||5||57||70|
|6||KIM DIVINE||Bart Cummings||6||57||70|
|7||GILDED SPUR||Anthony Cummings||7||57||70|
|8||COLDENS CHOICE||Greg Eurell||8||57||68|
|9||MAULES CREEK||John P Thompson||9||57||72|
|10||MEAISIN (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||10||57||68|
|11||CUBAN SUNDAY||Mick Price||11||57||72|
|12||MR CONSOLIDATOR||Leon Corstens||12||57||66|
|13||SHADOWOFEXCELLENCE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||13||57||67|
|14||I THINK I DO||Bart Cummings||14||57||65|
|15||ALMODOVAR (NZ)||Peter G Moody||15||57||62|
|16||MUIRFIELD (NZ)||Michael Moroney||16||57||62|
|17||CAPITAO (NZ)||Lee & Shannon Hope||17||57||62|