Fri, Oct 5, 10:37am by Staff Writer
The Sydney carnival continues at Randwick on Saturday. The rail is out 6m from the 1600m to the WP and 4m the remainder, and while the track was rated a good-3 at acceptances, steady rain is forecast for Friday and on race day itself.
The Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) is the feature of the day with a field of 13 set to line up.
Thinkin’ Big ($3.50) is a solid favourite for the race as he looks to build on his impressive record of three wins from four starts. He was good when fresh from a short-let up in taking out the G3 Gloaming (1800m) and with that, he holds favouritism for the G1 VRC Derby (2400m).
Tarka ($8) and Irukandji ($26) filled the placings in the Gloaming and both line up here. Tarka did string together three-straight before that – two at the midweeks, followed by a G2 Stan Fox (1500m) while Irukandji only has the one win from eight starts but has always raced in black-type company.
Mickey Blue Eyes ($9.50) broke his maiden two starts back when beating Prince of Caviar down in Bendigo and he followed that up with a good win over Gem Song last week in the Listed Dulcify over a mile. Purple Sector ($9.50) was third in that race, and before that he got his maiden win at Kembla Grange.
Aramayo ($7) won the G3 Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle beating stable mate Cloak ($46) who also lines up here – and who has since finished at the tail of the field in the Dulcify – although Greysful Glamour was third in the Spring Stakes and she has won in Melbourne since.
Dealmaker ($7) is racing well and finished alongside Tarka in the Stan Fox, beating an unlucky The Autumn Sun in that race while Frankly Awesome ($8.50) is an undefeated daughter of Frankel who lines up for the in-form Kris Lees stable.
The G3 Angst Stakes (1600m) is a set-weights and penalties for the mares with Dixie Blossoms ($3.80) looking to make it three consecutive wins in the race. She’s third-up after finishing sixth – beaten 2.2L – in the G2 Golden Pendant (1400m); last year she was also third-up after being beaten in a photo in the Golden Pendant.
Shumookh ($4.20) was the photo-finish winner of this year’s Golden Pendant with Princess Posh ($7.50) half a length away in third. Shumookh has only missed the placings once in her seven-race career while Princess Posh is building a consistent record and she was a G3 Tibbie (1400m) winner two starts back.
I Am Serious ($2.80) holds favouritism in the race and she is ready to win after two placings behind Avilius at her past two starts.
A field of 11 will tackle the G2 Roman Consul (1200m) with Sandbar ($4.20) and Jonker ($5) fighting out favouritism in an open race. Sandbar was backed early in the week – and that was with Zousain a firm pre-acceptance favourite – while Jonker has been good in his two runs since an eight month break.
Performer ($6.50) and Charge ($12) have always been held in high regard by Chris Waller and they both line up here while Team Snowden saddle up Spin ($12) and Chabreet ($9.50). Aylmerton ($8.50) – having his second run for the Hayes/Dabernig yard – is back at Randwick where he took out the G2 Todman (1200m) in the autumn beating Ef Troop ($12) on that occasion.
Suggested Bet: Weather, track patterns and how rain-affected the track is will play a big part at Randwick but if the rain does arrive, Just Dreaming ($4.20, race 4, number 3) won’t mind. She’s never been out of the placings on a soft or heavy track and while she’s yet to fire first-up, she should have some residual fitness from a Brisbane winter prep and will enjoy being over 1400m with some give in the ground.
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