The Sydney Autumn Carnival draws to a close this weekend and Group One racing in Sydney wraps up for another season with the running of two events at the elite level.
The final two Group 1 events will see the All Aged Stakes run over 1400m at weight-for-age, a race that brings together a good mix of sprinters stepping out to the seven furlongs and milers and middle-distance types stepping back looking for the last open age G1 before Carnivals in Adelaide and Brisbane come to life.
The other G1 event is for the 2YO’s run over the 1600m and is a race that highlights those juvenile horses that may go on to feature in the longer distance races as 3YO and older. In fact the last two VRC Derby winners, Ace High and Prized Icon competed in this race during their 2YO season.
Nine races are set down for decision with the All Aged Stakes and the Champagne Stakes the day’s highlights. The All Aged has been won by some top gallopers in the past including Atlantic Jewel, All Too Hard, Hay List and the dual winners Sunline and Rough Habit. While the Champagne has been won by the likes of Pierro, Dance Hero, Assertive Lad, Encounter and Intergaze.
Support features include four races at Group Three level. The first Group race of the day is race 3 on the card and is the Hall Mark Stakes over 1200m and has traditionally been a race for sprinters at the end of their Autummn prep or those starting a campaign heading towards the Brisbane Winter Carnival.
The Frank Packer Plate for 3YO’s at set weights over 2000m has been won by some top gallopers over the years and the honour roll includes the likes of Freemason, Juggler and Might And Power. The ATC Derby, Tulloch Stakes and Carbine Club Stakes are the key form indicators to watch when looking for the winner.
The J H B Carr Stakes is run at 1400m under the conditions of set weights and penalties for 3YO fillies and last season’s Golden Slipper runner-up Frolic looking for her first victory since the Reisling Stakes in March last year.
The Champagne Classic is the last chance for G1 glory for the 2YO’s in Sydney and ends the 2YO Triple Crown. El Dorado Dreaming will be looking to secure two of the three legs to add to her Sires Produce win when flashing home to win at massive odds.
Race 7 is the All Aged Stakes will see 3YO Trapeze Artist looking to secure the 3rd G1 of his career as he comes up against a strong field. His opponents include fellow G1 winners Le Romain, Brave Smash, Hartnell, It’s Somewhat, Clearly Innocent and The Mission.
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|RACE NO||RACE NAME||RACE TIME||STATUS||PRIZE MONEY||DISTANCE||RACE TYPE||RACE CODE|
|1||HIGHWAY HCP||12:00PM AEDT||-||$60,000||1200m||CL3 HCP||SR01|
|2||BM85 HCP||12:35 PM AEDT||-||$100,000||1200m||BM85 HCP||SR02|
|3||HALL MARK STAKES||1:10PM AEDT||3||$150,000||1200m||3YO+ SW+P||SR03|
|4||FRANK PACKER PLATE||1:45PM AEDT||3||$150,000||2000m||3YO SW||SR04|
|5||J H B CARR STAKES||2:20PM AEDT||3||$150,000||1400m||3YOF SW+P||SR05|
|6||CHAMPAGNE STAKES||2:55PM AEDT||1||$500,000||1600m||2YO SW||SR06|
|7||ALL AGED STAKES||3:35PM AEDT||1||$600,000||1400m||WFA||SR07|
|8||JRA PLATE||4:15PM AEDT||3||$150,000||2000m||HCP||SR08|
|9||ROYAL RANDWICK 100 HCP||4:55PM AEDT||-||$100,000||1400m||BM99 HCP||SR09|
The Championships have finished and that means the Highways are back. The day starts with a Highway handicap for the Class 3 runners over 1200m with a field of 12 acceptors.
It wouldn’t be a Highway without a Matt Dunn runner and the Murwillumbah based trainer has Count Cumani engaged. The 4YO is 1 from 1 when 2nd up and will have Brenton Avdulla aboard.
VERDICT:A tricky race to open the day lining up the form from the country tracks along with those that have city form. Nic’s Vendetta will be second-u from a break and has the good figures of 3 from 4 when two runs in. His record at 1200m is also solid and reads at 6: 2-2-1. He looks better placed at the 1200m after resuming at 900m and will take a 3kg claim for Mikayla Weir to have 57kg on his back.
MARKET MOVES: Despite Count Cumani being well supported in early trading, it has eased from $5.50 to $6.50. Ori On Fire is the best supported and firmed to $3 after opening at $3.60
Another 1200m event with 13 acceptors and an early scratching of Star Reflection.
Test The World returns from a spell and has missed a top-3 finish just once in her 11 start career. That was at her last run last prep when only beaten a half-length to finish 4th in a busy finish. Jean Van Overmeire will claim 2kg on the Testa Rossa mare to carry 57.5kg.
Miss Wonderland will step out for Clare Cunningham for the first time. The Snitzel mare was last seen at Caulfield in February when trained by David Brideoake and has trialled well at Warwick Farm.
VERDICT:Tessera resumes from a long break and will be saddled by James Cummings as the Godolphin head trainer for the first time. Placed in the Gold Coast Guineas last Winter behind Savanna Amour. He wasn’t asked for much in a recent trial over 1030m and looks to be nice each-way price.
MARKET MOVES: Test The World has been the best supported and is holding steady at $5 at the head of the market. Chalk, Pelorus Jack and King Darci are the longest priced in an even market.
A set weights and penalties event at Group Three level run over 1200m.
Dothraki has found some nice form and been in the quinella at his past three starts, including a win via protest. A fan-favourite, the 7YO has placed 4 times at the Randwick 1200 but is yet to land a win in 7 attempts.
Takedown is looking to find his spark for Gary Moore and the blinkers come off and are replaced with winkers for the first time. Well beaten in the G1 sprints of The Galaxy and TJ Smith at his past two starts, the G1 winner will have to lump 60kg.
VERDICT:Star Reflection is worth a play at odds getting in with 54kg. The mare was a dual acceptor and has scratched from race 2 to target this for the Kris Lees/Kerrin McEvoy combination. Her run in the Birthday Card was full of merit when wide throughout and in 3 runs at the Randwick 1200m has never missed a cheque.
MARKET MOVES: All the early action has been for Dothraki. Opening at $3.10 he has firmed to $3 and some bets of note include $3,250 at $3 and $1,500 at $3.
A cross-road of form meeting here with some stepping back to 2000m after taking on the ATC Derby meeting those stepping up from the G3 Carbine at 1600m meeting those staying at the 2000m since taking on the G2 Tulloch Stakes.
Holy Snow has missed a placing once in four starts this campaign, when 5th to Grunt in the Australian Guineas. 2nd to the subsequent Oaks winner Unforgotten at 1500m in the Phar Lap Stakes when only beaten a nose, the Fastnet Rock colt was within one length of Muraaqeb in the Carbine last time out. He steps out to 2000m for the first time.
Temperado is being given a shot at black-type by the Snowdens after successive Kembla wins, the most recent at 2000m when carrying 60.5kg to a 3.5 length victory. Kerrin McEvoy is up on the Pierro gelding that looks a progressive type.
VERDICT:Its hard to look past Tangled. The Waller trained colt steps back from the 2400m of the Derby where he worked home best of the chasing pack behind Levendi and Ace High. He hit the line strongly in the Rosehill Guineas after settling last in the run to be 1.3 lengths from the winner D’Argento and the smaller field size will be in his favour. The blinkers go back on.
MARKET MOVES: Tangled opened at $4.70 and has eased to $5. The early money has been for Holy Snow which is $3.90 in to $3.40 including $2,100 at $3.80. Temperado has also firmed to $8.50 after opening at $10.
A race for the 3YO fillies held at set weights and penalties over 1400m.
Frolic is looking to recapture some of her 2YO form where she recorded a pair of wins and was runner-up to She Will Reign in the Slipper. Resuming with a 1.9 length 4th to Alizee in the Light Finger Stakes, she has been down the line at her past two starts.
Ballarat based Archie Alexander brings last start Bendigo Guineas winner So Far Sokool north, with the Showcasing filly demolishing the field in the Guineas, sprinting clear to score a four length victory. Blake Shinn will take the ride.
The run of Tessera earlier in the day might give a form line to one at odds here. Joyfully Ours won the trial that Tessera competed in and the filly will be having her first start this campaign and was last seen in a solid form race, albeit well beaten behind the likes of Leather’N’Lace and Aloisia.
VERDICT:The strength of the win by So Far Sokool cannot be ignored. She draws a perfect alley here with Blake Shinn up and she can look to add a Group win to her CV, a fair effort for a $3,000 purchase from a weanling sale.
MARKET MOVES: Punters yet to hone in on anything here. So Far Sokool heads the market at $3.80, narrowly ahead of Manicure, Problem Solver and Moss Trip.
13 acceptors for the two-year-old set weights event at 1600m. 10 colts and 1 gelding will do battle with two fillies in the last leg of the Sydney 2YO Triple Crown. El Dorado Dreaming will be looking to secure the final two legs of the Triple Crown after winning the Sires Produce last start.
Long Leaf will be searching for G1 success at his 4th attempt after taking part in all three G1 races held for the 2YO’s in Australia this season. The Fastnet Rock colt has been 12th in the Blue Diamond, 6th in the Golden Slipper and 4th in the Sires Produce.
El Dorado Dreaming will be looking to join Guelph who was the last Sires Produce winner to also win the Champagne. Incidentally, Guelph will be represented by her Lonhro son Encryption in the race.
Outrageous didn’t have a great deal of luck in the Sires Produce and was good through the line once he did see space. Not A Single Cent was equally as impressive and had to cut back across the heels of Outrageous. The VRC Sires winner over 1400m at his 2nd career start looks to be a very promising type in the making.
VERDICT:Leaning to Bondi for this. The Snowden trained colt was wide and working forward and fough on gamely when things never really went his way in the Sires. There looks to be a genuine tempo and Mark Zahra can make the most of the improved gate to settle just in behind the speed.
MARKET MOVES: Outrageous has been the best tried in early trading and has been tightened from $7 in to $5. Seabrook has also had supporters and holds steady at a $5.50 quote.
Check out our Champagne Stakes Preview.
A WFA contest at 1400m and is the last G1 race of the racing season to be held in NSW. There have been some great heroes of the turf win this race in previous years and 13 acceptors will line-up looking to add their name to the honour roll.
Hartnell will be looking for his second 1400m G1 win of the season to add to his Orr Stakes victory at Caulfield. The Godolphin 7YO has only missed a placing once in six attempts at the 7 furlong trip, when making his debut as a 2YO at York. Two of his three 2nd placed runs at the distance have been when chasing home Winx.
Trapeze Artist will be looking to become the first 3YO colt to win since All Too Hard in 2013. English was the last 3YO winner, the filly taking the prize in the 2016 renewal. Trapeze Artist was a dominant last start winner of the TJ Smith when going straight past Redzel to score a very impressive victory.
Can Tom Melbourne finally score a G1 victory? There wouldn’t be many people begrudge the cult-hero a success at the elite level. Le Romain has a wide gate to overcome and Brave Smash has a G1 win at the distance already this prep when taking out the Futurity at Caulfield.
VERDICT:Le Romain has the wide gate , however the 5YO gets out to a better distance third-up. Resuming in The Galaxy, they were too sharp for him under the top-weight and then in the TJ Smith, the run had merit when working home well. He has been runner-up in 4 of 5 attempts at the distance.
MARKET MOVES: Its all one-way traffic with Trapeze Artist the only one that punters want. Opening at $2.60 when the final field was declared, there has been a flood of money for the Gerald Ryan trained colt. Included in the flow have been bets of $2,500 at $2.60 and $5,000 at $2.30.
Check out our All Aged Stakes Preview.
The JRA Plate is a G3 event at 2000m at handicap conditions. Arbeitsam will carry top-weight of 58kg with five runners on the minimum of 53kg.
The Pinnacle is the only last start winner in the acceptances and will need a scratching to gain a start, as she is the first emergency.
Arbeitsam likes to roll along in front and will be looking to get across the face of the field early from gate 11 to find the front. He led all the way over this distance to win the G3 Sellwood Stakes 2 starts back and then ran a bold race when hanging on for 3rd in the Doncaster under a light weight.
Maurus ran the quinella with Arbeitsam in the Sellwood and gets a 2kg swing at the weights from that meeting
Rising Red will strip fitter after two runs back from a long break. After finishing 2nd to Gingernuts in the NZ Derby of March 2017, he was not seen again until taking on a 1400m event at Flemington on March 17, 12 months after his last outing. His run in the Golden Mile at Bendigo was a tidy effort and the rise to 2000m at the minimum weight looks to suit.
VERDICT: Arbeitsam is racing in great form this campaign and despite the weight, Adam Hyeronimus can look to set the tempo and take a deserved win.
MARKET MOVES:Arbeitsam opened at $5 and has been well tried to firm to a $4.60 quote. Cool Chap is the only other runner that has met with strong support and holds steady at $8. There has been some specking at odds for Montauk and Almost Court.
14 acceptors for the get-out in a 1400m BM 99. Shiraz has been allotted top-weight of 61kg but will take a 2kg claim for Jean Van Overmeire and trainer Kim Waugh. Tribal Wisdom is the only runner on the 53kg minimum with Kerrin McEvoy to take the ride.
Our Century will make his first appearance for Kim Waugh after being purchased from Lloyd Williams. The 7YO Irish import was last seen when finishing a 4.2 length 4th to Folkswood in the Cranbourne Cup. The gelding has trialled twice to prepare for his return, both at 1200m and the 2nd of those was a tidy effort. Mark Zahra will take the ride.
Savapinski comes out of the same trial as Joyfully Ours and Tessera and their efforts earlier on the card will be worth weighing up when looking at the Savabeel mare.
VERDICT:Osborne Bulls has become somewhat a last race specialist, with 3 of his past 4 victories coming when engaged in the last of the day. Carrying 58kg last start in a BM93, Avdulla had him settled near the rear and launching a strong raid arrived for a 1.5 length victory. Yet to miss a place in 8 starts, the Street Cry gelding is 1 from 1 at Randwick and 1 from 1 at the distance. Brenton Avdulla has ridden in 4 of the 6 career wins recorded by the 4YO.
MARKET MOVES: It’s all one-way traffic for Osborne Bulls. The Godolphin gelding represents 65% of the hold. Opening at $2.30, he eased slightly to $2.35 before firming back to the opening quote.