The All Aged Stakes is the final Group 1 of the 2019 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and, as always, has drawn an interesting field.
Osborne Bulls has been a perianal bridesmaid this campaign and he will start the All Aged Stakes as a clear favourite, but there is plenty of quality in this field and the likes of Pierata and D’Bai are also chasing a maiden Group 1 win.
We have analysed the entire field and our complete 2019 All Aged Stakes tips can be found below.
There are few more likeable horses in the country than Le Romain and he has finished second in the past two editions of the All Aged Stakes. He hasn’t won a race this campaign, but he wasn’t far away in the All-Star Mile and he wasn’t disgraced in the Doncaster Mile. The Hard Spun gelding is as consistent as they come and he is rarely far away at this sort of level.
You can’t knock the form of Osborne Bulls, but I can’t get him as short as his current odds. He has savaged the line in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes, Newmarket Handicap and TJ Smith Stakes, but his racing pattern does mean that he always requires some luck in running. Barrier one is the worst case scenario for him as he will have plenty of horses in front of him at the top of the straight and Hugh Bowman’s options may be limited. You can’t rule him, but I am happy to take him on at the price.
Pierata is the value selection in the All Aged Stakes. His run in The Galaxy a couple of starts ago was enormous and he actually ran quicker closing sectionals than Osborne Bulls in the TJ Smith Stakes. Barrier ten is a little tricky, but he does have tactical versatility and Tommy Berry knows the horse very well. The step-up to 1400 metres is not a problem for him and on his best form I think he might just have an edge over Osborne Bulls.
Home Of The Brave
Home Of The Brave has been scratched from the All Aged Stakes and will instead run in the Hall Mark Stakes.
Malaguerra has been freshened-up since he finished second behind Alizee at big odds in the Futurity Stakes. It has been a long time between race wins, but he has finished in the placings in two Group 1 races over the past 12 months. He will likely get a long way back from the wide barrier draw and I’m not sure that he has the same amount of upside as Osborne Bulls and Pierata.
D’Bai is the x-factor in the All Aged Stakes. He goes into the All Aged Stakes on the back of a win in the Al Fahidi Fort at Meydan last start and he has form around some quality gallopers. There is something of a tie-in to Australian form through Merchant Navy and he was handily beaten by him in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last year. I have a huge amount of respect for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby, but I think that he has found his right price.
Manuel won the Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes over this distance earlier in the Autumn and his form after that has been pretty strong. Blake Shinn will likely take him straight to the front in the early stages of this contest and he will give his rivals something to catch. It would not surprise to see him run another sneaky race.
Siege Of Quebec
Siege Of Quebec made a flat start to his Autumn campaign, but he did find the line nicely to finish seventh behind Brutal in the Doncaster Mile. Weight-for-age is tougher though and he has never produced anything to suggest that he is capable of winning at this level.
Lanciato has been freshened-up since he finished fourth in the Newcastle Newmarket Handicap. He has never really had any success at weight-for-age level and you couldn’t back him in the All Aged Stakes off the back of his last start effort.
Fierce Impact could finish no better than sixth in the Ajax Stakes and this race is much tougher. He is one of the outsiders of this field for a reason.
It would not surprise to see Youngstar produce a big effort in the All Aged Stakes. There is no doubt that she will take benefit from this run and the Doomben Cup is her major target, but it would not surprise to see her running on strongly late.
Champagne Cuddles produced one of the best performances of her career to finish fourth in the TJ Smith Stakes last start. Her record at this trip is interesting, she has not won but finished in the placings in five of her six starts at this distance, and she does map to get a lovely run in transit with Brenton Avdulla in the saddle. $15 does seem around the right mark.
Siren’s Fury won the Star Kingdom Stakes at big odds before she flopped in the Sapphire Stakes. She looks outclassed in this sort of company.
Naantali was a surprise inclusion in the All Aged Stakes field and has also been accepted for the Victoria Handicap in Melbourne. I think that is the better race for her and anything better than a fifth place finish would be a strong result.