Thu, Apr 19, 12:48pm by Staff Writer
After two days of The Championships, racing is back at Randwick this Saturday for All Aged Stakes Day. The rail is out six-metres from the 1600m to the winning post and four metres the remainder, with the track a good-4 at acceptances.
A field of 13 have accepted in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) with Trapeze Artist ($2.20) the short-price favourite. The three-year-old comes into this off an impressive last start win in the G1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m), his second G1 victory after taking out the Golden Rose (1400m) last year in just as emphatic fashion.
Le Romain ($8.50) – a three-time Group 1 winner himself – ran second in this race last year (beaten 0.3L) when sent out favourite on a heavy-8 and he’s third-up into Saturday after a good fourth to Trapeze Artist last start. He’ll jump from barrier 13 with Glyn Schofield to steer. Kris Lees also saddles up Clearly Innocent ($26) who will enjoy any give in the surface if rain did happen to arrive.
Hartnell ($9) is one of two runners for Godolphin, and he’s a very interesting runner who has been freshened up for this after finishing at the tail of the field in the G1 Australian Cup over 2000m back in March. Interestingly, his last two wins have been when first-up over 1400m. He’s drawn barrier 11 with stable mate It’s Somewhat ($26) in barrier 1. It’s Somewhat is a G1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) winner from 2017 who will work his way up to the Brisbane majors over their carnival.
Chris Waller had a field day last week, winning three of the four Group 1 races and he’s got Endless Drama ($26), Tom Melbourne ($10) and Satono Rasen ($41) lining up here, the later an ex-Japanese six-year-old making his Australian race debut off only one trial.
Brave Smash ($7.50) was well fancied in the TJ only to finish seventh, and he’s joined by stable mate Red Cardinal ($81). Showtime ($12) has three minors to his name this campaign, The Mission ($31) – who won the G1 Champagne at this meeting last year – is racing well without troubling the winners while Muraaqeb ($26) broke through for an overdue win at his last start, on day one of The Championships.
The G1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) is one of the last chances for the juveniles to add a G1 to their name as a two-year-old and a field of 13 will line up in an attempt to do so.
Seabrook ($5.50) has been up for a long time and she’s on the second line of betting after opening favourite in a wide race. The filly has drawn barrier 12 with Damien Oliver to ride. Long Leaf ($7.50) – who’s also been through a G1 Blue Diamond (1200m) prep – comes into this off a last star fourth to El Dorado Dreaming ($9.50) who also lines up here after taking out the G1 Sires (1400m) at 150-1.
Team Hawkes take two live chances into the race, Outrageous ($5) – who’s been backed into early favouritism after opening at $7 – and last start winner Irukandji ($13) with Not A Single Cent ($5.50) also in the market. Encryption ($14) was a G3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m) winner two starts back while Bondi ($10) was runner-up at his debut start back in the Listed Breeders’ Plate (1000m), and he broke his maiden two starts ago at Newcastle.
Suggested Bet: Considering it’s the last race of the day and the last race of Sydney’s autumn carnival – and the fact that he’s a solid favourite with a good winning record – there is going to be a lot of punters money of Osborne Bulls ($2.40, race 9, number 7) – but it’s hard to find something to beat him. With even luck, he could still be undefeated and he comes into this off a strong last start win over 1400m in BM93 grade. Special Missile is racing well, Savapinksi and Black on Gold are handy on their day but resuming in pursuit of more ground so hoping Osborne Bulls can send the masses home on a happy note.
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