Saturday Racing Preview - All Aged Stakes Day

  • Preview for All Aged Stakes Day at Randwick
  • Speed Maps for all nine races 
  • Who is Most Advantaged and Least Advantaged? 
Trapeze Artist defeats Redzel in The Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).

The Final Day of the Sydney Autumn Carnival is All Aged Stakes Day at Randwick. We have two Group 1’s on the card. The Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) and the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m).

We preview all the action and break down the Speed Maps for a great day of Racing at Randwick. 


Randwick Race 1 - Highway Class 3 Handicap (1200m) 

Ori On Fire finished a close-up fourth when first-up at Muswellbrook behind Don’t Give A Damn and My Tagoson. That form has obviously stacked up, with Don’t Give A Damn finishing second in the Country Championships Final at Randwick last Saturday. He will have to do more work in the run on Saturday from barrier 12, but with Hugh Bowman aboard, he is a leading chance. Trainer Matt Dunn’s runners must always be respected in these Highway races and he saddles up Count Cumani. Count Cumani raced fresh first-up at Grafton and just didn’t have an electric turn of foot after pulling in the run. A five-week freshen up and a trial in between runs looks ideal. Jockey Brenton Avdulla has only had four rides for Dunn over the last 12 months, for one win and a second. That winner came at $14 so these two must be heavily respected. Keymaster finished second to Ori On Fire (beaten 1.32 lengths) in a Class 2 at Bathurst in February. In his next start, the six-year-old Gelding rose to 1400m and won by 6.5 lengths in nothing more than a canter. He layed in and wasn’t ridden out in his last start in a Benchmark 75 at Warwick Farm. He has the ability. 
Speed Map Says: 
An above average tempo is predicted for this Class 3 Highway race. Fermanagh Lad is likely to cross and lead from the favourite Ori On Fire who may have to do some work to get across from the outside barrier. Torio’s Delight gets the spot behind the leader with Nic’s Vendetta one-out and one-back. My Speed Map has Newtown is Coming three-wide with no cover. Majestic Pedrille and Keymaster are next, with Northern River back on the fence. Count Cumani can track Keymaster into the race, with Diamond Court, Delivered and Spirit and Fire the last three in running. 
Most Advantaged: 
Nic’s Vendetta
Count Cumani
Majestic Pedrille
Least Advantaged: 
Newtown is Coming 
Ori On Fire 
Delivered


Randwick Race 2 - Benchmark 82 Handicap (1200m) 

This is an extremely open race, with eight of the 12 horses engaged first-up. The Mark Newnham-trained Anatola looks a leading chance. She won a Benchmark 84 race over this track and distance back in December, defeating O'rachael and Machinegun Jubs. She then dropped back to a Benchmark 80 and finished fifth behind Sugar Bella. That run can be forgiven, with the Vets finding her to have a Poor post-race recovery and Heat stress. She has trialed up well twice, including an impressive 4.5 length trial victory on March 26, defeating History Repeats and Burning Passion. She looks ready to fire first-up. Test The World is as honest as the day is long, with six wins, four placings and a fourth from 11 career starts. The Bjorn Baker-trained Mare has good form around Bon Amis and Don’t Tease Me last preparation and has also had two lead-up trials for this. The Godolphin horse Dissolute is the horse with fitness and winning form. He put them away easily at Kembla Grange two starts ago before stepping up to a Benchmark 84 at Rosehill and winning as impressively, defeating Sexy Eyes and Mapmaker. He drops back from the 1300m to 1200m but should run another big race. Miss Wonderland, In Times Of War and Chalk are others with winning chances. 
Speed Map Says: 
King Darci looks the likely leader, he can roll along with the 61kg from Crafty Cop who is likely to sit up in second. Chalk might burn across to sit outside the leader, but I have him sitting three-wide. He has a tendency to knuckle at the start, so the barriers will be all important for him. Anatola and Test The World both map perfectly just in behind the immediate speed, with Tessera and Miss Wonderland the next pair in running. Dissolute can track his Godolphin stablemate with Handfast back on the fence. In Times of War, Missile Coda and Pelorus Jack map as the last three in running.
Most Advantaged: 
Anatola
Test The World 
Miss Wonderland 
Tessera
Least Advantaged: 
Chalk 
Crafty Cop 
Handfast


Randwick Race 3 - Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) 

The seven-year-old Gelding Dothraki had to break his winning hoodoo in the Stewards’ Room two starts ago, taking the race off Sprightly Lass who caused all sorts of interference. It was a well-deserved win for Dothraki, who has been in great recent form. He looked all set to make it two wins a row last start in the Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m) before Spright came thundering down the outside. Although the $2.90 might not be terrific value, you know he will give you a great sight. Bolero King backed up two wins in Benchmark grade with a terrific third behind Spright and Dothraki in the aforementioned Star Kingdom Stakes. He was only a nose away from Dothraki on that occasion and there is no reason to suggest he shouldn’t run well again here. Any time Brenton Avdulla partners a Hawkes’ trained runner, you have to take notice. Firsthand comes into this race first-up for 19 weeks and has no official trials under his belt. The five-year-old Star Witness Gelding finished second behind Cabeza de Vaca at Rosehill last preparation. Cabeza de Vaca went onto almost win the Group 2 Villiers’ Stakes a month later. If the money comes, he’ll be going very close here. 
Speed Map Says: 
A small field here in the Hall Mark Stakes should give us a relatively easy Speed Map to put together. Oxford Poet can lead from Isorich who will speed across from the outside barrier. Dothraki should get a perfect trail just off the speed, with Bolero King trailing him. Got Unders and Star Reflection are next, with Takedown tracking Bolero King. Firsthand and Burning Passion should both go back at the start. 
Most Advantaged: 
Dothraki 
Bolero King 
Least Advantaged: 
Star Reflection
Burning Passion 


Randwick Race 4 - Packer Plate (2000m) 

The Chris Waller-trained Tangled must be considered a leading chance in this Group 3 race after two consecutive Group 1 placings. He was terrific in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) running second (After Protest) behind D’Argento in the inferior inside ground at a massive starting price of $81. He backed that up last start in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) finishing third behind Levendi and Ace High. That effort was huge considering I believe his best distance is 2000m. He raced keenly during the middle stages of the Australian Derby and the drop back to 2000m with the Blinkers on should suit. Holy Snow brings a different formline into the race. He finished third in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) a fortnight ago behind Muraaqeb and Dissolution. That run suggested he is looking for the 2000m and I can see why Punters have him as the favourite. Astoria’s run in the Australian Derby was a complete forgive run. He was almost put through the inside running rail at the top of the straight and was eased out of the race from that point. James Cummings continuing the preparation means he must’ve bounced back well and his run two starts prior he was beaten a nose behind Levendi in the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m). That form is good enough to win. 
Speed Map Says: 
The $91 outsider of the field Savvy Ken should be able to lead this field from Astoria who I have mapped going forward. I would look out for any indication from Stewards whether he’ll go forward or back, but with the Map it makes sense to roll forward from Gate 11. Yuralla Boy and Dissolution can sit third and fourth. The next pair should be Primitivo who can sit outside Temprado. Icon of Dubai can find a position one off the fence from Barrier 10, with Higher Ground getting to an awkward position on the fence. The two favourites Holy Snow and Tangled should both go back at the start with Love Waves from barrier 12. 
Most Advantaged: 
Primitivo 
Dissolution 
Astoria (If he goes forward) 
Least Advantaged: 
Higher Ground 
Temprado 


Randwick Race 5 - James Carr (1400m) 

Problem Solver doesn’t know how to run a bad race. The three-year-old Hinchinbrook Filly has one win and six seconds from seven career starts. She was nothing short of enormous last start in the Group 3 P.J. Bell Stakes (1200m). She was three-wide without cover the entire trip and still loomed up to beat class Filly Houtzen at the furlong. She weakened slightly, but only finished a head away from Houtzen and in a dead-heat for second. She should find a nice position just off the Speed here.The only concern is her racing flat after that huge first-up performance. So Far Sokool has earned her trip up to Sydney for trainer Archie Alexander. She has always shown ability but went to a new level last start by winning the Listed Bendigo Guineas (1400m) by four lengths. She has three wins and five placings from five career starts and should put herself right there again. Lisdoonvarna might be the value in the race. She has won four races from her six career starts and has been placed in the other two runs. She put them away impressively first-up at Warwick Farm, defeating Sweet Deal. She was strong the line which suggests the rise from 1200m to 1400m will suit. She will go forward and make her own luck on speed.
Speed Map Says: 
The majority of the early speed looks to be from the outside barriers. Ridicule should cross the fence first from Barrier 10, but may hand up to the Gai Waterhouse runner Joyfilly Ours. Lisdoonvarna can sit outside the leader. Problem Solver and Moss Trip will find positions just off the speed with the favourite So Far Sokool tracking them. The Godolphin runner Manicure can find her back, with Sweet Deal and Dyslexic behind them. Frolic maps horribly from Gate 1 and will need plenty of luck, with One More Honey and Banish who should be at the tail of the field. 
Most Advantaged: 
So Far Sokool
Problem Solver 
Manicure 
Least Advantaged: 
Frolic 
Dyslexic 
Banish 


Randwick Race 6 - Champagne Stakes (1600m) 

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Speed Map Says: 
Irukandji ran them off their feet and won in the worst part of the track last start, he should lead again. Around him there isn’t much speed. Encryption can roll forward and sit in second, from Bondi and Guerrier. Not A Single Cent can sit just off the speed from Long Leaf and Outrageous who may get into a tricky spot from barrier three. El Dorado Dreaming and Blazing Issue map as the next pair, from Seberate and Akkadian. Seabrook and Ragged Rascal map as the last two in running. 
Most Advantaged: 
Irukandji 
Bondi 
Not A Single Cent 
Least Advantaged: 
Seabrook 
Outrageous 
Akkadian 


Randwick Race 7 - All Aged Stakes (1400m) 

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Speed Map Says:
This Speed Map Says, we don’t have a bonafide leader for the Group 1 All Aged Stakes. Our best guess, the in-form Trapeze Artist leads from Showtime who can either sit outside him or roll to the front. It’s Somewhat will be thereabouts from Gate 1, with Tom Melbourne landing the one-out and one-back trail. Braze Smash maps nicely just behind those with The Mission back on the rail. I took a good look at Hartnell and a few different variables for Hugh Bowman. I think it’s likely he’s cast from the barrier however, there could be a spot outside the leader if he jumps well, and there could be a position in the one-wide line in about seventh. The import Satono Rasen is unknown. Clearly Innocent, Endless Drama and Le Romain should all good back with Red Cardinal who has never raced below 2000m. 
Most Advantaged: 
Brave Smash
Tom Melbourne 
Trapeze Artist 
Least Advantaged: 
Hartnell 
Le Romain 
Muraaqeb


Randwick Race 8 - JRA PLATE (2000m) 

This race shape should suit Arbeitsam. There doesn’t look to be much Speed in the race and he should roll forward and be able to control things from the front. He won a similar race to this two starts ago, the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m). He dropped back in distance last start and still battled on extremely bravely to run third in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) behind Happy Clapper and Comin’ Through. He goes up to 58kg from his 50kg last start and 55kg the start before. He still looks the horse to beat in an open race. Interlocuter looks like he has been trained for 2000m and gets to that trip now after finishing eighth in the Doncaster Prelude (1500m) last start. He was unlucky in that race, unable to gain a run as they straightened and wasn’t tested over the final furlong. Barrier 1 is a concern, but with even luck in running we should see sharp improvement third-up. The two emergency The Pinnacle and Nettoyer are both huge changes. The Pinnacle has already gained a run with the scratching of Singing. He maps perfectly and has legitimate each-way claims at a double-figure price. 
Speed Map Says: 
Note: The Pinnacle and Nettoyer are both Emergencies in this race.  
Arbeitsam only knows one way and that’s rolling along in the lead. Radipole should be slicing across from Barrier 16. Almost Court maps a little awkwardly with  Arbeitsam to his inside and Radipole to his outside. He will be made to work, but may end up getting the one-out and one-back position after 600m. Vengeur Masque can settle further forward with The Pinnacle mapping well for what seems like the fifth race in a row. Cool Chap and More Energy next. Marcus and Nettoyer are the next pair with Rising Red trapped three-wide. McCreery maps three-deep with cover, with Montauk, Interlocuter, Tally and Lipari the final four. 
Most Advantaged: 
The Pinnacle 
Arbeitsam 
Least Advantaged: 
Interlocuter 
Nettoyer 
Rising Red 
Tally 


Randwick Race 9 - Randwick 100 Handicap (1400m) 

It’s extremely hard to go past the Godolphin-trained Osborne Bulls in the final race. The four-year-old Street Cry Gelding has won six races and has been placed twice in his short eight-start career. He was given a perfect ride from Brenton Avdulla last start, switching the horse off and getting him to the best part of the track. He showed that terrific turn of foot, beating Miss Que and Special Missile easily. He stays at the 1400m and barrier eight looks perfect. He maps to be slightly worse than midfield, one-off the fence. He is an above average four-year-old and should be going close again. Harper’s Choice is also a four-year-old Street Cry Gelding. His last start was a third behind Invincibella and Lubition. He is first-up for 27 weeks here, his first-up record includes two placings from three starts. He maps to be right in the finish. 
Speed Map Says:
Savapinski can lead from Special Missile who should sit up in second. Harper’s Choice maps very well back in third with Shiraz being the leader. Moher can sit in fifth, from there I have a two-length gap back to Collateral and Triple Wisdom. Black on Gold and the favourite Osbourne Bulls are the next pair, with Our Century, New Tiperary, Snippets Land and New Universe the final four in running. 
Most Advantaged: 
Harper’s Choice
Osborne Bulls 
Moher 
Least Advantaged: 
Tribal Wisdom 
Snippets Land
New Universe 


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Saturday Racing Preview - All Aged Stakes Day

The Final Day of the Sydney Autumn Carnival is All Aged Stakes Day at Randwick. We have two Group 1’s on the card. The Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) and the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m).

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