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Dalasan heads Leon Macdonald Stakes noms

HALL of Fame trainer Leon Macdonald is hoping to win the race renamed in his honour when star colt Dalasan continues his spring campaign at Morphettville on Saturday.

Dalasan headlines nominations for the $100,000 Listed Leon Macdonald Stakes (1400m) – formerly Penny Edition Stakes – following a brilliant race first-up performance when he closed in late to finish second behind Behemoth in the Group 3 Spring Stakes.

It looms as the last time Dalasan will race in Adelaide this campaign, with Macdonald and co-trainer Andrew Gluyas eyeing the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington as his next outing as he tracks towards a start in the $5 million Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on October 24.

Last-start Spring Stakes winner Behemoth is among nominations but trainer David Jolly and connections are focused on the Group 1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield with the exciting prospect.

Another horse nominated for both races is the Daniel Bowman-trained Begood Toya Mother, who shot to prominence by winning six races in succession last year, including the Listed Regal Roller Stakes before breaking through at Group 1 level, winning the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.

He resumed with a good effort when fourth in this year’s Regal Roller and Bowman said he would wait until after his work on Tuesday morning before making a decision between the two races.

Richard and Chantelle Jolly have nominated both Dexelation and Rainmoth for the Adelaide feature while Ryan Balfour’s Balf’s Choice will continue his comeback after a nice effort first-up in the Spring Stakes.

Fox Hall will fly the flag for Tony and Calvin McEvoy. Stablemate Aristocratic Miss was initially among nominations but was withdrawn after she pulled up with a lower-than-expected heart rate following a disappointing effort at Morphettville last weekend.

For a full list of nominations for this Saturday's races at Morphettville, CLICK HERE.

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