2010 Kewney Stakes Preview

February 12th, 2010

This year Flemington’s Super Saturday of Racing will be held on March 6, and aside from the three headlining Group 1 events due to run on the day – Newmarket Handicap, Australian Cup, Australian Guineas – another excellent race to watch will be the $400 000 Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m).

On March 6 the Kewney Stakes will be run over 1400m for the first time, after the race distance was shortened from 1600m in an attempt to attract a higher quality of filly sprinters.

Although many of Australia’s premier middle-distance fillies will chose to go up against an open field in the more prestigious Australian Guineas on the same day, the Kewney Stakes is still sure to be an exciting event.

The David Hayes-trained filly Irish Lights has been nominated for the Australian Guineas, but the premier trainer has suggested that a run in the Kewney Stakes may be a more likely next step for the three-year-old who impressed many with her 1000 Guineas win back in October.

Classy filly Fomalite will be amongst the 2010 Kewney Stakes nominations

Classy filly Fomalite will also be amongst the 2010 Kewney Stakes nominations. Although she has only won one of her ten race starts, Bendigo trainer Shane Fliedner hopes she can return to the form that saw her place in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) last campaign.

The Kewney Stakes is programmed as the fifth race at the meeting’s cracker nine-race line up.

Nominations for the Kewney Stakes and all the other races held on the Super Saturday of Racing close at noon on Monday March 1. The final field will then be announced on Thursday March 4.