This year the highly anticipated three-year-old fillies feature, the $400, 000 Group 1 Storm Queen Stakes (2000m) will run on Saturday April 3 at the prestigious Rosehill Gardens racecourse.
The Storm Queen Stakes is one of an incredible nine races lighting up the track at the meeting. Other feature events held on the day include the $3.5million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes, $2.25million Group 1 The BMW, $400, 000 Group 1 George Ryder Stakes and the $400, 000 Group 1 Queen of the Turf Stakes.
One of the best preparatory races to keep an eye on in the lead-up to the 2010 Storm Queen Stakes is the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) held at Warwick Farm on Saturday March 6.
A promising filly on her way to the 2010 Storm Queen Stakes is the Tim Martin-trained Indian Ocean
A promising filly on her way to the 2010 Storm Queen Stakes is the Tim Martin-trained Indian Ocean. Martin was impressed with the young daughter of Danehill Dancer on February 27 when she ran a solid sixth in the Hobartville Stakes to her stablemate Monton. Indian Ocean will first run in the Ranvet Stakes on March 20 and then focus on the Storm Queen Stakes.
Also on the path to Group 1 success in the Storm Queen Stakes is the talented Dane Shadow filly Hurtle Myrtle. Prepared by Matthew Smith, Hurtle Myrtle gave the Warwick Farm trainer his maiden Group 1 starter when she ran a gallant third in the Flight Stakes last spring.
Smith is hoping she can step it up now and secure her maiden Group victory during the autumn. Hurtle Myrtle placed fourth in the Listed Triscay Stakes last start and will next target the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) on March 6, where her performance will determine whether or not Smith will aim her at the Storm Queen Stakes.
Nominations for the 2010 Storm Queen Stakes close on Monday March 29 and then the final field of accepted fillies will be announced on Wednesday March 31 and made available here.