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Earthquake Headlines Silver Shadow Noms
Blue Diamond Stakes winner Earthquake (Exceed and Excel-Cataclysm, by Marauding) is among the nominations for Saturday's Gr2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick, reports horseracing.com.au. The 3YO fillies feature only attracted eight entries prompting the Australian Turf Club to extend the nomination deadline until 11am today. Other notable entries include Earthquake's stable-mate Memorial, the Peter Moody trainees Bring Me The Maid and Clover Lane, and Nayeli and Twirl from the powerful Gai Waterhouse stable. Godolphin head trainer John O'Shea has designated the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival as the main spring target for Earthquake. The Exceed And Excel filly hasn't had a public barrier trial but has trialled twice at Godolphin's Agnes Banks training complex and O'Shea says he is happy with her progress. "She's a pretty unassuming horse, and I haven't been galloping her on the watch where I can say, 'wow, look how good she is going'," O'Shea told The Daily Telegraph. "We've been ticking her over with a view to a long spring. Her main goal will be the Coolmore Stud Stakes in Melbourne. Nothing worries her, she's got a great attitude, which the good horses tend to have.''