Thu, Apr 13, 4:08pm by Staff Writer
Saturday is the last day of the Randwick carnival and indeed the final scheduled day of Sydney’s six-week autumn carnival, although the re-scheduled Sydney Cup will be held next week.
With scattered showers during the week and a lack of ‘drying’ weather the track was rated a heavy-9 at acceptances. The rail is out seven metres from the 1600m to the winning post, and five metres the remainder.
English won the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) last year and she’s opened as $3.60 favourite for this year’s edition. In fact, her autumn campaign of 2016 very much mirrors her 2017 preparation so far with a win first-up in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m), mid-field in the Group 1 Galaxy (1100m) before a placing in the Group 1 TJ Smith (1200m). Last year she edged out Black Heart Bart in the All Aged but Darren Weir decided not to accept with him this time and instead will be represented by Voodoo Lad ($7.50). He was fifth – beaten 4L – in the TJ Smith behind Chautauqua and English after a 2L second to Redkirk Warrior in the Group 1 Newmarket (1200m) before that.
Le Romain ($4) is the equal favourite alongside English and he was supported in all-in betting earlier in the week as well. He won his first two starts this campaign and was second to Winx in the Group 1 George Ryder (1500m) before a disappointing run in the Group 1 Doncaster (1600m). Redkirk Warrior ($11) finished alongside him in the ‘Donnie’ after breaking a long standing record of winning the Newmarket down the Flemington straight when fresh.
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McCreery ($9) is one of two runners for Chris Waller and he’s fourth-up after finishing sixth in the Doncaster last start. Jungle Edge ($15) has been a revelation at his two most recent runs finishing 0.4L behind Russian Revolution in the Galaxy before bolting in by 2L in the G3 Star Kingdom (1200m) three weeks ago. Tivaci ($9.50) finished fifth and fourth in the Newmarket and TJ Smith respectively leading into this while Divine Prophet ($14) is yet to recapture his 3YO form from last spring which saw him take out the G1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
Invader is currently the equal highest rated two-year-old (alongside She Will Reign) and the Snowden-trained colt is $1.90 favourite for the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m). He won the Group 1 Sires (1400m) last start and has two wins and two placings from six career starts.
Aberro ($19) is an interesting runner who is having his third career start – his first two runs being at Pakenham and Mornington. In those runs he’s finished behind Merchant Navy and Eshtiraak, and that form reads well for this. Eshtiraak ($11) has won four from six in total and also lines up here.
One More Honey ($14) has two wins from four starts including a victory in the G2 Sweet Embrace (1200m) on a Randwick heavy track earlier in the autumn with a last start ninth in the Sires. Whispered Secret ($5.50) was impressive when taking out the Listed Fernhill Stakes (1600m) last week and in-turn making it back-to-back wins while The Mission ($8.50) surprised a few when he took out the G3 Baillieu (1400m) on March 25.
Suggested Bet: Back Aberro each way in the Champagne Stakes
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