Thirteen three year olds will line up in the last Group 1 race of the 2018 Sydney Spring Carnival in the Spring Champion Stakes over 2000m at Randwick on Saturday.
Last year’s winner Ace High went on to win the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) during the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival and the same result could await the winner of this year’s Spring Champion Stakes.
Tulloch Lodge co-trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have a great chance to collect the winning trophy with last start Gloaming Stakes winner Thinkin’ Big while last year’s winning trainer David Payne could make it back to back victories with his promising three year old Tarka.
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Thinkin’ Big has been installed as the favourite on his last win in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes and does look the one to beat. The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Thinkin’ Big scored a first up all the way win over the 1800m of the Gloaming Stakes and will be very comfortable stepping up to the 2000m of the Spring Champion Stakes.
Trainer David Payne has put the blinkers on Tarka hoping he can give the stable back to back wins in the Spring Champion Stakes after collecting the major prize last year with Ace High. Tarka was doing his best work over the concluding stages when runner up in the Gloaming Stakes but couldn’t match it with Thinkin’ Big but will be trying hard again this week and has strong each way claims.
Irukandji raced at Thinkin’ Big’s high quarters for most of the way in the Gloaming Stakes and applied pressure on the home turn but ran out of petrol in the straight before holding on for third. Hard to see him reversing the placings here.
The James Cummings trained Aramayo showed he has above average ability with a nice win in the Newcastle Spring Stakes and the way he finished off the 1600m indicates that he will handle the 2000m of the Spring Champion Stakes. Not the roughest.
Dealmaker was doing his best work over the concluding stages when a nose second to Tarka in the Stan Fox Stakes over 1500m and the Dundeel colt will have no trouble handling the step up to the 2000m of the Spring Champion Stakes. Damien Oliver will make the trip up from Melbourne to ride the Chris Waller trained colt and he has to be included among the chances.
Mickey Blue Eyes
The Lindsay Park trained Mickey Blue Eyes stepped straight up from a maiden win at Bendigo to win the Listed Dulcify Quality over 1600m at Randwick and if he can take the extra step up in distance and class could figure in the prizemoney again.
Cloak ran a top race at big odds when second to Aramayo in the Newcastle Spring Stakes but was then well beaten when eighth to Mickey Blue Eyes in the Dulcify Quality. Harder here.
Victorian colt Visao looks tested on his last start seventh in three year old company at The Valley.
Home Ground might be racing on his home turf in the Spring Champion Stakes but he will have to improve dramatically if he is going to be a threat.
Purple Sector is another running on his home track and has a chance to fill the minor placings again if he can repeat his last start third in the Dulcify Quality.
Maid Of Heaven
Maid Of Heaven is first of the three fillies in the Spring Champion Stakes and wasn’t disgraced when she finished on the heels of the placegetters when sixth to Oohood in the Group 1 Flight Stakes over 1600 for the fillies. The quick back up might take its toll.
The Kris Lees trained Frankely Awesome is the winner of her last two starts with a maiden win at Newcastle followed by a Class 2 win at Scone. Facing a tougher environment here.
Panzerfaust tried hard when fourth to Thinkin’ Big in the Gloaming Stakes but will find this no easier.