Fri, Jan 20, 9:47am by Staff Writer
After racing at Canterbury on Friday night, participants and punters alike back up on Saturday at Royal Randwick with the Listed Carrington Stakes (1400m) the highlight event.
A field of seven will line up in the feature with top weight Ecuador ($3.60) one of two last-start winners in the race. The Waterhouse/Bott-trained seven-year-old lumped 62kg to victory first-up when defeating Snoopy and Off the Rails, and carries 61kg on Saturday – three kilograms above his closest rival. He’s a two-time winner when second-up with one win from seven attempts at his home track.
Gold Symphony ($4.80) is the other last-start winner in the field with the Snowden-trained four-year-old coming into Saturday off a victory over Imposing Lass a fortnight ago. In that race, he was the outsider of the small field of four but snuck up the inside to win comfortably by nearly 2L. He has two Group 3 wins to his name and gets into the Carrington Stakes on the limit of 53kg. He’ll be joined by stablemate Princefamous ($6.50) who’s also down on the limit. He defeated Kuro when fresh this campaign before finishing third behind Kuro and Nieta in the Listed Starlight (1100m) after that. He’s since finished an eleventh of 15 in the Listed Canterbury Classic (1200m), beaten 6L by Le Cordon Bleu.
Kim Waugh has two runners in the race, Oxford Poet ($3.80) and Shiraz ($10). Oxford Poet is second-up and he’s been placed all four times when second-up. He gets Tom Berry in the saddle and comes into Saturday’s event off a third placing behind Dal Cielo in the Summer Sprint at Warwick Farm. Shiraz has been slightly disappointing since joining the Waugh stable finishing in the back half of the field on all three occasions this time in.
Ninth Legion ($5.50) is having start number 51 on Saturday and his eleventh at Randwick while Wouldn’t It Be Nice ($18) brings up his 50th career start and comes into Saturday third-up into his prep. Any rain would enhance his chances.
A small field of six three-year-olds have accepted for Race 2, a handicap sprint over 1000m. Kris Lees’ Guard of Honour carries top weight of 59kg and has opened $2.75 favourite for the race. The highly touted colt has a Listed win to his name with two victories from four career starts in total.
Tactical Advantage ($3.80) is eyeing three straight on Saturday while Spending To Win ($3.40) broke his maiden status on New Year’s Eve with a strong 1.8L win at Canterbury when defeating Miss Amajardan and Super Too. Generalissimo ($12) has three wins from six starts but all three have been at his home track of Hawkesbury. Star Crossed ($6) has two city placings to his name from his three career starts while On the Spot was fourth to Guard of Honour in the Heritage Stakes when beaten by 1.3L.
Eleven two-year-olds line up in Race 1 over 1000m with eight making their race debut. Eden Roc ($2.75) is one of those debutantes with the Team Hawkes colt opening as favourite. Watchdog ($4.80) is Godolphin’s entrant while Team Snowden line up with Ultramarine ($8). Top juvenile trainer Gai Waterhouse has Kristensen ($21) and Pandemonium ($21) who have both drawn wide.
Suggested Bet: Back Ecuador in the Carrington Stakes
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