STAKES DAY – RANDWICK BETTING PREVIEW
RACE 6 – ALL AGED STAKES
A tremendous group of sprinters tackling seven furlongs and milers dropping back in distance will contest the $400,000 Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Team Hawkes’ Chautauqua ($2.80 favourite) made up for his unlucky second to Brazen Beau in the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on March 14 by pipping Lord Of The Sky at the right time in the T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 6.
After taking out the Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on November 8, Terravista ($5) has been just off the pace this campaign finishing third in the Newmarket Handicap and T.J. Smith Stakes for trainer Joe Pride.
Lucky Hussler ($8 - $7) rose to prominence last spring when second to Hucklebuck in the Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on November 8 and returned in fine fettle on March 27 at Moonee Valley with victory in the William Reid Stakes (1200m).
Last spring’s Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win ($8.50) has been thereabouts this time in finishing fourth in the Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on February 21, third in the Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 7 and fifth in the George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on March 21.
Wandjina ($8.50) has been freshened up since his Australian Guineas (1600m) triumph at Flemington on March 7 while Dissident ($8 - $9) hasn’t raced since following his C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) win at Caulfield on February 14 with a third to Suavito in the Futurity Stakes (1400m) at the same venue on February 28.
Suggested Trifecta: 1. Chautauqua | 11. Shooting To Win | 13. Scissor Kick | 2. Dissident
RACE 4 – CHAMPAGNE STAKES
This season’s two-year-olds will look to add their names alongside Vancouver and Pride Of Dubai as winners of Sydney’s Triple Crown races for the juveniles in the $400,000 Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
With Golden Slipper winner Vancouver and ATC Sires Produce Stakes victor Pride Of Dubai not running, the Rodney Northam-trained Odyssey Moon ($2.80 - $3.20) shares favouritism after running second in the ATC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 6.
Pasadena Girl ($3.50 - $3.20 equal favourite) was victorious in her first two starts down the straight at Flemington and the daughter of Savabeel was not disgraced in finishing fourth in the ATC Sires Produce Stakes.
Takedown ($6) has won his last three starts which includes the Black Opal Stakes (1200m) in Canberra on March 8 and The Schweppervescence (1400m) at Rosehill on March 28.
Godolphin’s Tarquin ($6) was fifth in the ATC Sires Produce Stakes after taking out one of the lead-ups to the Golden Slipper, the Pago Pago Stakes (1200m), at Rosehill on March 14.
Suggested Trifecta: 8. Pasadena Girl | 2. Odyssey Moon | 4. Tarquin | 3. Takedown
RACE 2 – FRANK PACKER PLATE
After missing the ATC Australian Derby (2400m), Merion ($2.80 - $3.20 favourite) will hope to etch his name alongside Might And Power, Freemason and Clangalang as winners of the $150,000 Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
The Michael Moroney-trained O’Reilly gelding was third behind ATC Australian Derby placegetter Hauraki and Omeros in the Tulloch Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on March 28 after finishing sixth in the Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 7.
Hi World ($3.50) has showed his liking for the heavy going at his last two starts winning at Warwick Farm on March 25 over 1600m in a non-metropolitan winners race for three-year-olds before taking out the Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 6.
Godolphin’s Farolitos ($4.60) has won two of his eight career starts and finished in the placings on four other occasions which includes the second placing to Hi World in the Carbine Club Stakes at his most recent outing.
Suggested Trifecta: 2. Hi World | 1. Merion | 3. Farolitos | 8. Wine Tales
RACE 3 – J.H.B. CARR STAKES
Peeping ($3.60) has been installed as the favourite for the $150,000 Group 3 J.H.B. Carr Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
The Ron Quinton-trained filly has been a model of consistency this preparation winning two of her four starts including The Sebring (1200m) at Rosehill on March 21 which preceded the second placing in the P.J. Bell Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 6.
Matilija ($6) won her first two races before finishing third to Written Dash and Royal Snitzel in the Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on February 27 and running third in the P.J. Bell Stakes at her last start.
Supara ($8) finished fourth in the Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 6 while Pittsburgh Flyer ($8 - $9) was seventh in the P.J. Bell Stakes but was victorious before that in the MSS Security Stakes (1100m) at Flemington on March 14.
Suggested Trifecta: 3. Peeping | 8. Matilija | 10. Nancy | 1. Slightly Sweet
RACE 5 – JAPAN RACING ASSOCIATION PLATE
Leebaz ($2.80) has been posted as the opening favourite for this Saturday’s $150,000 Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) at Royal Randwick.
The five-year-old Zabeel gelding finished 11th in the Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on April 6 but was third in the Doncaster Prelude behind Excess Knowledge (1500m) at Rosehill on March 28 in his previous start.
Malice ($4.60) was second in the Doncaster Prelude that Leebaz contested while Our Voodoo Prince ($8) was runner-up to Pornichet in the Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on March 28.
Kourkam ($8) followed his third placing behind Suavito and Sertorius in the Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on March 14 with a victory in the Albury Cup (2000m) on March 27.
Suggested Trifecta: 7. Kourkam | 6. Our Voodoo Prince | 4. Malice | 2. Leebaz
RACE 7 – HALL MARK STAKES
Our Boy Malachi ($2.80 favourite) will be looking to win his 17th race from 19 starts when he lines up in the $150,000 Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
After racing for much of his life in Queensland, Team Hawkes received the son of Top Echelon for his Sydney campaign late last year and he won all three starts including the Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m) at Randwick on December 13.
The Joe Pride-trained Craftiness ($6 - $5) will be aiming to secure his seventh win from eight starts after resuming with a win at Doomben on March 28 in a 1050m handicap.
Target In Sight ($6 - $7) – a stablemate of Craftiness – lowered the boom on Deep Field in the Maurice McCarten Stakes (1100mm) at Rosehill on March 14 before finishing second to Generalife in the Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m) at the same course two weeks later.
Suggested Trifecta: 8. Target In Sight | 10. Our Boy Malachi | 2. Charlie Boy | 3. Big Money
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