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Moldova heads Redoute’s Choice Stakes noms

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Flemington winner Moldova has been nominated for a quick back-up in a stakes race at Caulfield.

The Danny O’Brien-trained Moldova headlines nominations for the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes for two-year-olds at Caulfield, having impressed in wins at Bendigo and Flemington to start her career.

Moldova won an 1100m-handicap for fillies at Flemington on Saturday to remain unbeaten and has been entered to run on a seven-day back-up in Saturday’s Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1200m) which has attracted 23 nominations.

Redoute’s Choice, who died in March, is the grandsire of Moldova who is by Snitzel out of the mare La Fluorescent.

The Jason Warren-trained filly Knowles, second to Moldova on Saturday, has also been nominated while the Lindsay Park stable has entered six juveniles.

Four of Lindsay Park’s nominations – Alqaab, Magnetism, Nicconi Storm and Westbrook Park – are unraced colts while the raced brigade are dual stakes placed colt Memphis Rock and filly Mishe Mokwa who was placed in The Showdown last start.

Lindsay Park senior trainer David Hayes indicated Mishe Mokwa and Memphis Rock were both likely acceptors while he said he could also run a couple of the unraced two-year-olds.

Mishe Mokwa won a Mornington maiden for two-year-olds on debut last month then finished third in the inaugural Showdown (1200m) at Caulfield which was won impressively by Prince Of Sussex.

“She drew a terrible gate and we went back and she finished off strongly,” Hayes said.

Memphis Rock is yet to win from six starts but the colt gets another opportunity to chase a black-type victory on Saturday, having been placed twice at stakes level.

That includes his last-start second to unbeaten Kooweerup in the Group Three Breeders Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide, the second start of his current campaign.

“He ran really well in Adelaide and got beaten by a smart one I think,” Hayes said.

Warrnambool debut winner Ginny Ann has been nominated by trainer Symon Wilde while New Zealand trainer Stephen Marsh has entered an unraced colt named Banquo, a brother to Oakleigh Plate winner Booker.

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