The Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) will be run at Randwick on Saturday, February 29 and Bettingpro.com.au provides you with a comprehensive guide to the race.
Chipping Norton Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw
The final field and barrier draw for the Chipping Norton Stakes:
1. AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings – Hugh Bowman (8) 59kg
2. HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster – Tommy Berry (10) 59kg
3. TE AKAU SHARK (NZ) Jamie Richards – Opie Bosson (13) 59kg
4. DREAMFORCE John Thompson – Blake Shinn (4) 59kg
5. FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith – Brenton Avdulla (6) 59kg
6. DANCETERIA (FR) Kris Lees – Kerrin McEvoy (14) 59kg
7. HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony Freedman – Ben Melham (2) 59kg
8. COME PLAY WITH ME Chris Waller – Joshua Parr (7) 59kg
9. LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller – Jason Collett (1) 59kg
10. ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell – Sam Clipperton (11) 59kg
11. CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden – Tim Clark (12) 59kg
12. DJUKON (GB) Chris Waller – Glyn Schofield (5) 58.5kg
13. VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller – James McDonald (9) 57kg
14. DANZDANZDANCE Chris Waller – Glen Boss (3) 57kg
Chipping Norton Stakes Odds
New Zealander Te Akau Shark is the favourite at BetEasy.
Te Akau Shark $2.50
Fierce Impact $7.50
Happy Clapper $11
Verry Elleegant $23
Life Less Ordinary $91
Come Play With Me $126
Angel Of Truth $126
Chipping Norton Stakes Tips
The CF Orr Stakes rated highest with Fierce Impact going 9.7 lengths quicker than BM while Avilius was 1.2 lengths further back.
Avilius has lowered his BM performance by around three lengths in all three second-up runs since coming to Australia.
Fierce Impact on the other hand has improved his BM performance by between five and seven lengths in his last two campaigns.
Last preparation he resumed with a 2nd placing behind Kolding in the Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) and went 8.4 lengths quicker than BM.
Second-up he went to Caulfield and rated extremely high when winning the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) and going 15.1 lengths better than BM.
I love the way he hit the line first-up in the CF Orr Stakes behind Alabama Express while beating home Kings Will Dream who has franked the form by narrowly missing in the Peter Young Stakes (1800m).
Kiwi galloper Te Akau Shark is hardest to line up here following his first-up run, but he must be respected. Having drawn barrier 13 is a big detractor for this horse who’s main aims are likely to be the Doncaster Mile and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
Fierce Impact will be hitting the line well and he’s my top pick for the race.