Mon, Feb 13, 9:03am by Staff Writer
The first real signs of the Autumn carnival are here on Monday with two Group 2 and three Group 3 races highlighting a rescheduled ten-race card at Royal Randwick. Hot weather forced the ATC and Racing NSW to cancel their plans on Saturday, but the extra couple of days should not impact our ability to find a winner,
The Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m), which is nor Race Nine on the card, sees the return to racing of wonder mare Winx ($1.12) . A winner of five from six when first-up and a winner of 17 from 23 in total, she is going for 14 straight – a winning sequence that began in May 2015. She won this race last year beating Solicit with Leebaz, Dibayani and Magic Hurricane lining up again this year. With two scratchings (Savvy Nature and Global Glamour), and ten of the 12 first-up, it might be hard for some punters to take the short odds on offer but even harder to think who may upstage Waller’s mare.
Global Glamour was scratched from the Apollo Stakes and will instead run in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (now Race 7) (1200m) for three-year-old fillies as a $3.40 favourite. She was a luckless ninth when first-up at Eagle Farm before a close up second to Flying Jess in the 3YO Magic Millions Guineas (1400m). The Waterhouse/Bott-trained filly was a two-time Group 1 winner during the spring, with one of those here at her home track.
Spright ($4.80) resumes from a spell and is one of eight to begin their campaign in the Light Fingers – and one of seven last start winners heading into Monday. She put three-in-a-row together during the spring, the most recent an impressive Group 3 win down the Flemington straight.
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Foxplay ($6) was fourth to Global Glamour at her last run in the G1 Thousand Guineas (1600m). French Fern ($51) is back from a year off after finishing down the pack in the Golden Slipper but winning the Group 2 Reisling (1200m) before that. Moqueen ($51) and Zenalicious ($14) both notched up a Listed win during their last campaign while Gridelin ($11) and Samantha ($11) are both third-up on Monday and both two from two this time in.
Godolphin’s three-year-old colt Impending will resume on Monday and takes on the older horses in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) (Race 5) as a $2.30 favourite. He was third to Astern when fresh last preparation, then third again to the same horse in the G1 Golden Rose (1400m) before going on to beat Divine Prophet in the G2 Stan Fox (1500m) when third-up. He was fourth to Divine Prophet in the Caulfield Guineas and has only had one official trial since.
Team Snowden have also decided to enter three-year-old Defcon ($7), who is a dual Group 3 winner from his six career starts. He was second to Astern as a two-year-old in the Silver Slipper with two trials leading into Monday.
Le Romain ($6.50) is a dual Group 1 winner over the mile and resumes from a spell while the rest of the field find it hard to win but could surprise if the better class horses are not fully wound up yet. A conundrum most punters face at this time of year.
Suggested Bet: Back Impending to win at $2.30
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