The All Aged Stakes is the final Group 1 event of the 2017 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival – outside of the rescheduled Sydney Cup – and it has drawn a strong field of gallopers.
The All Aged Stakes is a race that often draws a short-priced favourite, but that is certainly not the case this year and there are plenty of winning chances in the Group 1 event.
We have analysed every horse in the 2017 All Aged Stakes field and below you can find our thoughts on all ten runners in the Group 1 event.
Le Romain has developed into one of the most consistent horses in the country and along with English he is the horse to beat in the All Aged Stakes. I am happy to put a line through his run in the Doncaster Mile as he was in the worst part of the track and before that his form has been excellent. 1400 metres is probably his best trip and if he performs at his best he will be very tough to beat.
Redkirk Warrior is another horse that had excuses in the Doncaster Mile. He was nothing short of outstanding in the Doncaster Mile, but the question mark over him is whether he handles a wet track. There is no doubt that he has the talent to win this race and I will be keeping him safe, but he looks to have found the right price.
Japonisme is a shadow of the horse that he once was and he was fairly disappointing in the TJ Smith Stakes. He would need to improve significantly to have any chance whatsoever in the All Aged Stakes.
Voodoo Lad has been racing well this preparation and he gets to 1400 metres for the first time after running over 1200 metres in both the Newmarket Handicap and the TJ Smith Stakes. He profiles to hit a new career peak over 1400 metres in the All Aged Stakes, but he would have to do just that to have any chance. He is not out of the race, but $7 does seem rock-bottom odds.
McCreery probably hasn’t gone on like I expected him to this preparation. I think that he is probably looking for further at this stage of his campaign and I am happy to take him on over 1400 metres in a race of this quality.
It has been a while since Famous Seamus performed at his very best and even that would probably not be good enough to win the All Aged Stakes. He is deserving of his status as the outsider of this field.
Jungle Edge has found career best form this preparation and he led from start to finish to win the Star Kingdom Stakes last start. This is a step-up in class once again and he isn’t really proven over 1400 metres.
Tivaci has flown under the radar somewhat this preparation, but he has been racing extremely well. He was caught in the worst part of the track throughout the TJ Smith Stakes, but still found the line nicely against the pattern of the day. 1400 metres is his pet distance and he does represent a bit of value at his current price.
It was only a freaking performance from Chautauqua that saw English beaten in the T.J. Smith Stakes and she has an excellent chance to win the All Aged Stakes for the second year in a row. She peaked fourth-up last Autumn after following the exact same path to this race and she maps to get a lovely run just behind the speed. As long as she is fit – she did suffer some minor lacerations during the week – she will be right in the finish.
Divine Prophet has been freshened up since he finished a flat seventh in the Australian Guineas. He hasn’t really taken the step forward needed to win at weight-for-age level this campaign and I am happy to take him on in the All Aged Stakes.