The 5YO Stratum entire rises 2.5kg from his win in the G1 Toorak where he carried 53kg to score his maiden Group 1 success. Taking plenty of time to mature, the entire started his career with a maiden breaking win at his second career start over 1400m at Geelong on September 4 2016. Following that win he then went winless at his next 14 starts, recording placings in the G2 Stutt Stakes and G3 CS Hayes Stakes- both behind Hey Doc and 3rd to Redkirk Warrior in the G2 Bobbie Lewis. Finally breaking through for career win number 2 at Bendigo on April 7 2018 in a BM 90, Land Of Plenty has been able to place in all 7 starts since. After a narrow win in the G3 RA Lee at Morphettville, he was sent for a break before resuming with the narrowest of 2nds to Osborne Bulls in the Listed Regal Roller. A win in the Chandler Macleod followed before being beaten a head in the Rupert Clarke under 54kg behind Jungle Cat. Charging home from the rear to claim the Toorak last start, Damian Lane will again take the ride with his Flemington record a healthy 7: 1-1-3.
The three-time G1 winner has had a shuffled preparation that saw him out to the mile before going back to the six furlongs last start. Resuming in the G3 Show County he was a stylish winner carrying 61kg and posting a 1.3 length victory. Second-up into the G2 Tramway, he started favourite and after looking to secure a perfect position in running, couldn’t match it with them late, finishing 1.6 lengths in arrears of the winner Comin’ Through. Second-up into the G2 Tramway, he started favourite and after looking to secure a perfect position in running, couldn’t match it with them late, finishing 1.6 lengths in arrears of the winner Comin’ Through. Game chasing Winx at the mile when third-up in the George Main and finishing best of the rest behind the great mare, connections then accepted a slot for The Everest. Dropped back to the 1200m, he was ridden on the speed and in the sloppy conditions was a valiant 4th to Redzel. Back to the mile where he has struck the top-two in three of six appearances, his two Flemington starts include a win in this race in 2016.
One of five Chris Waller trained runners in the field, the 7YO gelding has made two Flemington appearances, landing one win and one 2nd. After three runs in this campaign, the gelding has stepped up at each run. Starting off in a 1400m handicap at Caulfield, he carried 60.5kg and after settling just in behind the speed was strong to the line when 2.65 lengths from the winner Night’s Watch. Second-up and again with 60.5kg, this time at 1700m around The Heath, he was ridden much further back when four lengths from the winner Furrion. Taking on the G3 Coongy at 2000m last start, Zac Purton was up with 58kg and settling near the rear of the small field he was again closing in good style to be 1.5 lengths from the winner Mask Of Time who was carrying 54kg. Life Less Ordinary gets in here with 52kg, the only time he has carried under 53kg was when carrying 51kg in the 2017 2400m Metrop. Michael Dee takes the ride at 52kg, a weight he carried to win this race in 2017 for Waller aboard Shillelagh.
Placed in all three starts this campaign the 4YO Nicconi gelding gets out to the mile for the first time this prep. Resuming under 54kg in a 1400m handicap at Caulfield he was ridden on the speed when finishing within a half-head of the winner Cliff’s Edge. Taking on the Listed Weekend Hussler second-up, the 4YO was sent out as the ruling fav when finishing 3rd to Iconoclasm and beaten 2.55 lengths. Under 56kg in the G3 Moonga Stakes he was angled into a nice spot and packed too many guns to the line in scoring a 1.75 length victory. From three Flemington appearances, Sirrconi has been in the money at all three. A winner of the G2 VRC Sires over 1400m as a 2YO saw the gelding earn a Sydney trip to target the ATC Sires when finishing 4th to Invader. Returning at 3YO he then took on the 1400m Poseidon Stakes when placing under 58kg behind Snitzepeg leading into the Caulfield Guineas. His other Flemington start came again at 1400m when a half-length from the winner. He gets below 54kg for the first time in his career with 52kg for Linda Meech.
The Cantala Stakes is a Group 1 quality handicap run over 1600m. Officially registered as the Cantala Stakes, the race has been known as the Emirates Stakes since 1998 and featured as the last Group 1 of the VRC Spring Carnival at Flemington. In 2017 the race had a further name change to be known as the Kennedy Mile.
To coincide with the change in name, since 2016, the race has also been moved from the last day of the carnival to the first and will be run as part of the Derby Day programme. The race has been a Group 1 event since 1979 and the only changes have centred around the name as it has been held at one mile or 1600m since 1895.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2018 is $1m with the winner to receive $600,000. Shillelagh was successful in 2017 for trainer Chris Waller and was ridden by Michael Dee. Other past winners include Boban, All Silent, Testa Rossa, Better Loosen Up and the dual winner Seascay.
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|Date:||Saturday 3rd November 2018|
|Race Type:||3YO+ Handicap|
|Market:||2018 Cantala Stakes Odds|
|2015||Turn Me Loose|