Thu, Apr 12, 4:29pm by Staff Writer
After somewhat of a blowout for punters last Saturday, Sydney racing is back at Randwick for day two of The Championships with another four Group 1 races highlighting a massive day. The rail is out three-metres from last week and with another week of warm weather, the track will be in the good range.
A field of ten will line up in the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) with Winx ($1.16) drawing barrier ten as she looks for back-to-back wins in the race and 25 straight to equal Black Caviar’s winning sequence.
Happy Clapper ($14) backs up after a strong G1 Doncaster (1600m) win last week, his second G1 win of the campaign with his only defeat this time in coming when second to Winx in the G1 George Ryder (1500m), beaten less than a length.
Gailo Chop ($14) has been racing well this campaign with three runs from five starts and he drops back from the 2400m of the G1 Tancred when fourth to Almandin.
Humidor ($12) ran second to Winx in the G1 Cox Plate (2040m) during the spring and he was a G3 Blamey (1600m) winner two starts back, and he too backs up after an eighth of 16 in the Doncaster.
Ambitious ($31) ran second to Almandin in the Tancred in his best performance since coming to Australia while Success Days ($34) is an Irish raider having come here for The Championships, with Hong Kong jockey Joao Moreira to ride.
A capacity field of 20 plus one emergency have accepted for the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) with 2016 Melbourne Cup winner, Almandin ($4) topping the weights. A last start winner of the Tancred, he’s opened as favourite for the race with stable mate Aloft ($8.50) near the top of betting as well. Kerrin McEvoy rode Almandin to victory in the Cup – and the Tancred – but he rides Aloft down on 51kg with Damien Oliver riding the ‘toppy’.
Sir Charles Road ($6.50) backs up after a last start win in the G2 Chairman’s Quality (2600m) last week with Ventura Storm ($12) and Peribsen ($26) filling the placings there, and they’re also lining up here.
Chris Waller saddles up old stalwarts Who Shot Thebarman ($14) and Libran ($27) who come off last start placings with Patrick Erin ($27) also in the race for Sydney’s leading trainer.
Ormito ($27) was an unlucky second in the G2 Adelaide Cup (3200m), and he backs up after a fourth in the Chairman’s last week. Gallic Chieftain ($67) is racing in good spirits but has drawn wide in barrier 19, likewise Single Gaze ($23) who’s drawn the widest marble. Auvray ($12) has drawn barrier one and he gets reunited with Glynn Schofield while Pre Stwick ($12) is over from Japan and gets Moreira to ride.
The mares have been taking turns over the autumn and they do battle again in the G1 Coolmore Legacy (1500m) – run at Weight-For-Age conditions.
Prompt Response ($8.50) won in a blanket finish last start in the G2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) with Oregan’s Day ($13) and Dixie Blossom ($5.50) filling the minors.
Daysee Doom ($8.50) – who’s drawn 17 here, alongside stablemate ‘Dixie’ in barrier 16 – won the G1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) in what was another blanket finish, with Oregan’s Day and Silent Sedition ($7.50) in the placings there.
Foxplay ($11) is a quality mare on her day, Heaven’s Above ($23) was competitive in these races last year while Spanish Reef ($9) has won her last three and she’s also drawn wide in barrier 15. Alizee ($11) is the only three-year-old in the race and down on the 54.5kg limit.
In what’s a great day of racing, the G1 Oaks (2400m) is certainly up there with one of the races of the day. Unforgotten ($3.90) has been huge in her past two runs after a ‘nothing’ run when resuming which came off the back of some ordinary trials before that.
Hiyaam ($4.80) produced a strong staying effort to win the G1 Vinery (2000m) holding out a fast-finishing Unforgotten and Aloisia ($6.50) with Luvaluva ($5) missing that race but she backs up after a strong win last week where she carried 7kg above the field, in what was her second consecutive win after taking out the G3 Keith Nolan Classic (1600m) before that.
Savvy Coup ($7.50) is a last start G1 NZ Oaks (2400m) winner who’s won two on the trot and five from 12 overall, and she leads a handy contingent of New Zealand fillies.
Suggested Bet: Going with Isaurian ($2.80, race 2, number 2) who has was solid in the markets for the G2 Arrowfield Sprint (1200m) but scratched there in preference for this. Looks like the step up to 1400m should suit and even though he’s drawn wide, he’ll get back anyway in what’s a small field. Renewal ($4) – on the next line of betting – looks the obvious danger.
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