Blue Diamond Stakes winner Lyre heads up the list of nominations for the 2019 Group 3 $160,000 BECK Probuild Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Lyre, above, heads the nominations for the 2019 Quezette Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Lyre, above, heads the nominations for the 2019 Quezette Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Lyre is one of two Anthony Freedman trained fillies among the nineteen nominations with stablemate Paris also entered for the Group 3 for the new season three year old fillies.

Lyre scored a hat trick of wins during the 2019 Melbourne Autumn Carnival and after breaking her maiden at Sale on January 20 went on to win the Group 2 $200,000 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) (1100m) at Caulfield before winning the Group 1 $1.5m Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 23.

Freedman then turned his attention to Sydney and was looking for a two year old Group 1 double but Lyre could only mange to finish third behind Kiamichi and Microphone in the Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on March 23.

Lyre is set to resume from a winter break in the Quezette Stakes and stable representative Sam Freedman is expecting a forward showing but also pointed out that the Lonhro filly will take a lot of benefit for the run.

“She trialled well the other day. She’s probably taking a little longer this prep to come to herself but she is going nicely. She’ll run really well but she will have improvement in her if she goes there,” Sam Freedman told AAP.

“We’ll probably ride her quiet and look for her to finish off strong.”

Lyre’s stablemate Paris will be taking a huge step up in grade in the Quezette Stakes after scoring a one length win in a 1000m Maiden at Cranbourne on July 17.

The Lindsay Park Team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig have nominated three fillies for the Quezette Stakes, last start winners Taraayef and Excuses as well as Lankan Star, while co-trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace also have three entries with Bella Rosa, Kooweerup and Seatonic.

Trainer James Cummings has nominated Magic Millions 2yo Classic winner Exhilarates along with Black Opal Stakes winner Pen Sec while Jason Warren is represented with his brilliant filly Brooklyn Hustle.

Nominations for the 2019 Quezette Stakes (1100m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 51113x LYRE F 3 Anthony Freedman 1 58kg 101
2 1x105x PIN SEC F 3 James Cummings 2 57kg 75
3 1x20x BELLA ROSA F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 3 57kg 74
4 11x KOOWEERUP F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 4 57kg 75
5 5221120x EXHILARATES F 3 James Cummings 5 56kg 89
6 42x112x3 ABSOLUTE FLIRT F 3 Danny O’Brien 6 56kg 75
7 2316x CHEER LEADER F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 7 56kg 73
8 2x14209x LANKAN STAR F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 8 55kg 78
9 183x VILLAMI F 3 Gerald Ryan 9 55kg 73
10 21×1 TARAAYEF F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 10 55kg 73
11 1x55x BROOKLYN HUSTLE F 3 Jason Warren 11 55kg 72
12 1×12 SIZZLEFLY F 3 Phillip Stokes 12 55kg 69
13 9×22114 SEATONIC F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 13 55kg 68
14 21x LA FALAISE F 3 Henry Dwyer 14 55kg 65
15 312 RUMBLE DOLL F 3 Henry Dwyer 15 55kg 68
16 28×31 PARIS F 3 Anthony Freedman 16 55kg 63
17 1 EXCUSED F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 17 55kg 66
18 5x167x FACT OR FABLE F 3 Robbie Griffiths 18 55kg 62
19 0x4063 ANIKERY F 3 Daniel Williams 19 55kg 55

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