Eleven for Waller in 2015 Hill Stakes Nominations

September 15th, 2015

24 talented horses have been included in nominations for Saturday’s Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick, highlighted by the pending appearance of some of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting prospects.

2014 champion Junoob has been included in 2015 Hill Stakes nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

2014 champion Junoob has been included in 2015 Hill Stakes nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Chris Waller saddled Junoob to success in the 2014 edition of the Hill Stakes, and is set to dominate the 2015 edition of the races after nominating eleven of his stable stars for the Group 2, including the carry-over champion, Beaten Up and Preferment.

Posting ten wins and a further eight minors through 39 career starts so far, Junoob undoubtedly found career-best form to date through the 2014 Spring Carnival; winning the Naturalism and Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) most notably.

Beaten Up has returned to racing in typically competitive form this time and will relish a step-up to 2000m for the 2015 Hill Stakes.

Posting several impressive results through autumn, highlighted by a third place finish in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m), Beaten Up returned this time for a close fourth in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m); progressing to a luckless eighth in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) last start.

Capping a strong 2014 spring campaign with success in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m), Preferment was unable to reach the same racing highs through autumn other than a close run for second in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), but is sure to have taken condition from a first-up appearance in the Chelmsford Stakes.

Kris Lees has set Protectionist for a defence of his Melbourne Cup title this season and has been included in nominations for a second-up run in the 2015 Hill Stakes.

Beginning his racing career under the guidance of notable German trainer Andreas Wohler, Protectionist debuted in Australia for a credible fourth in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) before posting a near-five length victory in the Melbourne Cup.

While unable to make much of an impact through autumn, Lees is confident the Monsun entire is in far-better shape leading into his spring targets.

The 2015 Hill Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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2015 Hill Stakes Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 141x6857x0 PROTECTIONIST (GER) H 6 Kris Lees 1 59kg 114
2 221112×01 COMPLACENT H 5 John O’Shea 2= 59kg 109
3 103x5442x7 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 2= 59kg 109
4 x800530x48 BEATEN UP (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 4= 59kg 107
5 1x80429x00 MORIARTY (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 4= 59kg 107
6 9698464×79 FORETELLER (GB) G 9 Chris Waller 6= 59kg 106
7 3311x6x0x0 GALLANTE (IRE) H 5 Robert Hickmott 6= 59kg 106
8 1x889431x0 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 6= 59kg 106
9 70x0084x75 JUNOOB (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 6= 59kg 106
10 0160x82Px0 OPINION (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 6= 59kg 106
11 1×18821141 BEYOND THANKFUL (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 11= 59kg 104
12 x2237x421x BONFIRE (GB) G 7 Gai Waterhouse 11= 59kg 104
13 21x03336x9 I’M IMPOSING (GB) G 10 Chris Waller 11= 59kg 104
14 7x0556x5x0 PRECEDENCE (NZ) G 10 James Cummings 11= 59kg 104
15 421x0628x0 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 11= 58kg 104
16 0033075×00 HAWKSPUR G 6 Chris Waller 16 59kg 103
17 134321x6x1 CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 17 59kg 100
18 4x078160x0 TREMEC (NZ) G 7 John P Thompson 18 59kg 97
19 4x00x86123 KAPOUR (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher 19 59kg 96
20 13955×1431 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) G 6 John O’Shea 20 59kg 95
21 154x2121x6 BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ) M 4 Gai Waterhouse 21 56kg 86
22 4111×41191 ASTRONOMOS (GB) H 5 David Vandyke 22 59kg 85
23 x063373622 JUST AS COSMIC M 6 Jason Coyle 23 57kg 84
24 15×8414644 NISSILE G 7 Paul Grant 24 59kg 70