Fri, Sep 1, 10:36am by Staff Writer
Sydney racing is at Royal Randwick on Saturday and even though there’s relatively small field sizes throughout the day, there is some real quality on show. The rail is out six-metres and the track will be in the good range.
The Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) is the feature of the day with 12 accepting for the race including star mare Winx ($1.09).
Her winning streak almost came to an end last start when she missed the jump and had to make a sustained run down the straight, getting there in the last stride to keep her winning sequence going. She’s won 18 straight now and will jump from barrier three, and interestingly, with the addition of the ear muffs.
She’ll be joined by five stable mates – Life Less Ordinary ($34), Sarrasin ($34) and Antonio Giuseppe ($41) who are all also second-up on Saturday while Who Shot Thebarman ($81) and Libran ($201) begin their spring campaign.
A field of ten will line up in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) with Happy Clapper ($4.80) and Mackintosh ($) sharing top weight. Happy Clapper has been placed in some top line races over his past couple of campaigns like the Doncaster (2016 & 17), The Queen Elizabeth (2016) and he was beaten 0.6L in an Epsom (2016).
He’s had two solid trials leading into this with Josh Adams to take the ride. Mackintosh ($14) only had the one run in the winter after missing the autumn and he’s fresh on Saturday off two trials.
McCreery ($13) who won first-up in the autumn on a heavy-9 is also fresh while those who backed Tom Melbourne ($6) last start will be sick in the stomach just thinking about the race, where he was bottled up down the straight only to get out late and flash home for second.
Invincible Gem ($4.40) opened as the favourite for the Tramway but is a drifter. She accounted for her stable mate Le Romain in the G2 Missile (1200m) at her last start and has had a soft trial since. Ecuador ($3.60) was a half-length behind Winx and Foxplay last start and has had early market support to hold early favouritism for the race while The Virginian ($10) returned to form when second to Deploy in his first start under trainer Brett Cavanough.
The three-year-old fillies do battle in the G2 Furious Stakes (1200m) with Alizee ($3.20), Champagne Cuddles ($3.10) and Formality ($3.40) fighting out favouritism. The trio meet again after an entertaining G2 Silver Shadow (1200m) where Formality ($3.40) just held out Alizee ($3.20) and Champagne Cuddles ($3.10) not far away in third.
Joyfilly Ours ($13) makes her Australian debut for Waterhouse/ Bott while Seannie ($16) had early support in the all-in markets and she comes into this off a last start fifth behind Crown Witness and Catchy.
The smallest field of the day is the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) but it’s an intriguing race all the same. Spieth ($2.50) resumes off a strong barrier trial win as connections look to arouse the interest of Everest slot holders.
Redzel ($3.50) resumes off a G3 and G1 win at his last two runs before a spell and he’ll carry top weight of 60kg while Nieta ($4.40) is also fresh and a winner of three from three when first-up. She opened favourite for the race but Spieth and to a lesser extent Redzel have attracted all the early money.
Suggested Bet: Small fields can often prove tricky affairs but going for Spieth in the Concorde Stakes (race 5, number 3). Each runner has their claims but Spieth will be set up to run well as he looks to gauge interest from not only Everest slot holders but stud farms as well. He probably should have won the G1 Lightning (1000m) last prep when fresh and he’s had early market support. He’s at $2.50.
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