Thu, Apr 5, 12:52pm by Staff Writer
After three consecutive meetings at Rosehill, Sydney racing heads to Randwick on Saturday for day one of The Championships. The rail is in the true and the track will be in the good range.
The Group 1 Doncaster (1600m) is one of four G1’s for the day with a field of 16 to line up in the famous mile.
Godolphin won it last year with outsider It’s Somewhat and this year they’ll saddle up race favourite Kementari ($3.70). The three-year-old colt resumed from a break with three consecutive wins against his own age group – his most recent victory, a G1 Randwick Guineas at this track and distance – with his most recent run a very sound third in the G1 George Ryder (1500m) when beaten 1.6L by Winx at Weight-For-Age conditions. Drawn in barrier two, he’ll carry 51.5kg and with regular rider Glynn Schofield unable to make the weight, Golden Slipper winning jockey Brenton Avdulla takes the ride.
Happy Clapper ($5) has run second in the last two Doncaster’s although there was some sort of consolation when taking out last year’s G1 Epsom (1600m). The popular gelding resumed from a spell this campaign with his second career G1 in the Canterbury Stakes (1300m) before getting within a length of Winx in the George Ryder.
Chris Waller takes six into the race as he looks for his seventh Doncaster win, his first coming back in 2008 with Triple Honor. D’Argento ($7) is the punters-elect according to the markets with the three-year-old coming off a strong last start G1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) win. Down on 49kg (with the jockey allowed to ride at 50kg), he’ll have barrier 15 to contend with.
Tom Melbourne ($15) has drawn barrier 14 and he’ll look to convert his recent good ‘place’ form into a well overdue win. Endless Drama ($26) was a strong winner of the G2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) two starts back and should relish the 1600m; Comin’ Through ($15) has won three from his last six. Egg Tart ($35) caught the eye when resuming before a fourteenth of 17 in the G1 Coolmore (1500m) – with a softer track seemingly more to her liking while Mister Sea Wolf ($67) has been placed at his last two starts but drawn the widest gate of the field.
Darren Weir has the two ‘toppies’ in the race with Humidor ($9.50) carrying 58kg, Tosen Stardom ($26) 57.5kg. Humidor is a last start Blamey Stakes (1600m) winner at Caulfield where he just held off Cool Chap ($61), the same race in which Tosen Stardom tailed off to finish last when sent out favourite alongside Humidor. He’s a dual Group 1 winner who will be better suited in a faster run race.
Lanciato ($19) is in winning form and a win here would give him four-in-a-row. Prized Icon ($35) and Invincible Gem ($31) have been good without winning this preparation. Crack Me Up ($18) is a G2 Villiers (1600m) winner who has run well in his two runs under Bjorn Baker while Arbeitsam ($23) backs up after a solid win in the G3 Neville Selwood (2000m) last week.
Redzel ($2.30) is the solid favourite for the G1 TJ Smith (1200m) as he looks for his eighth win from his past nine career starts, his only defeat in that streak coming when first-up and beaten by a nose in the G1 Lightning (1000m) down the Flemington straight.
In Her Time ($4.20) got a well-deserved G1 win in the Galaxy (1100m) at her last start and she’s staying very solid in the market. English ($11) has run third and second in the last two TJ Smith Stakes’ and she’s one of two runners for Waterhouse/Bott – Global Glamour ($14) the other – while Brave Smash ($7.50) is up from Melbourne after a photo-finish second to Redkirk Warrior in the G1 Newmarket (1200m) and the last time he was at Randwick, he did run third in The Everest.
A capacity field of 18 plus two emergencies will tackle the 2400m of the G1 Derby with Ace High ($4.80) looking for some sort of redemption after an inconclusive sixth behind D’Argento in the Rosehill Guineas. Tangled ($18) flew home in the Guineas in a return to form while Furore ($7.50) had an interrupted run but still managed to finish third in what was only his fifth career start – and his first defeat.
Suggested Bet: Mick Price could have a good day on Saturday and hopefully Holy Snow ($4.20, race 2, number 1) can get him going. Although he does carry top weight of 59kg, he’s only three-kilos above the minimum and off a last start second where he was just run down on the post – and split the subsequent G1 Vinery quinella – surely that’s worth a bet at the odds on offer here.
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