Race 1 - 1:10pm AEDT
Highway Handicap (1600m)
My Tagoson has steadily improved through three starts this time and looks ready to do something fourth-up at Randwick on Saturday. The Octagonal gelding clearly needed the run when he finished ninth on the Kensington course first-up but his latest two efforts, both fourth placings, have been far better. He’s drawn ideally and up to winning.
1 Unit E/W My Tagoson
Race 2 - 1:45pm AEDT
Harrolds Handicap (2000m)
Exemplar has returned several pleasing efforts recently and
looms as a live each-way chance in the second on Spring Champion Stakes Day.
The Galileo gelding finished four-lengths eighths at HQ two back but hit the
line well to finish second in Listed company at Mornington last time out, and a
repeat of that effort would see him tough to beat in this race.
1 Unit E/W Exemplar
Race 3 - 2:20pm AEDT
Cerrone Handicap (1400m)
Greyworm has returned to strong form and will take beating
again in this race. The Team Hawkes-trained sprinter was noticeably flat first-up
this time but responded with an enormous win in BM88 company at Rosehill after
going back to the trials, before finishing third over 1200m here last time out.
The small rise in trop should suit and with even luck, he can record his fifth
2 Units Greyworm
Race 4 - 2:55pm AEDT
Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m)
The day’s first black type race has drawn a fair field of
three-year-olds, but the Gerald Ryan-trained Bottega does look difficult to
beat. Bottega has only made two appearances at the races so far, but he has won
each by a combined five lengths. There is no doubt that this is his toughest task
to date, but he does have the runs on the board, and I can’t find one to beat
3 Units Bottega
Race 5 - 3:30pm AEDT
Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m)
Only seven horses have accepted into the field for the Roman Consul but is does shape has one of the most highly anticipated contests of the day.
Group 1 winner Microphone hasn’t been seen at the races
since April but is potentially a superstar in the making and he can make a
winning return in the Roman Consul. The Exceed And Excel colt has recorded four
wins and two second placings during his six-start career so far, headlines by
his triumph in the Inglis Sires’ and close-up second in the Golden Slipper. He’s
had the benefit of a trial and will take beat.
3 Units Microphone
Race 6 - 4:10pm AEDT
Group 3 Angst Stakes (1600m)
The Angst Stakes looks to be one of the more open races on
Spring Champion Stakes Day and at publish, we’re faced with around $4 the
Amangiri produced an eye-catching effort to finish fourth in
BM88 company first-up and looks a touch of overs to salute in this race. The All
Too Hard mare enjoyed a competitive Autumn Carnival campaign which heralded
several excellent results in black type company, and she was a winner at this
point of her preparation. She gets in well at the weights and can fight out the
1 Unit E/W Amangiri
Race 7 - 4:50pm AEDT
Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m)
This has looked like the ideal race for Group 1 winner
Castelvecchio since autumn and I can’t wait to see what the horse can do over 2000m.
The Dundeel gelding enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence during his
two-year-old season, peaking with the impressive win in the Champagne Stakes,
and he’s stripped fitter for two starts this time. He was comfortably accounted
for in the Golden Rose last time out, but this is a far more appropriate race
and I am bullish of his chances.
4 Units Castelvecchio
Race 8 - 5:30pm AEDT
Silver Eagle (1300m)
Tasmanian star The Inevitable will make his Sydney debut in the Silver Eagle and will take a power of beating. The talented son of Dundeel has now won seven of his nine career starts and is two for two this time, including the Listed Chandler Macleod at The Valley most recently. He can go straight to the lead from barrier 4 and has the notable advantage of Nash Rawiller in the saddle.
4 Units The Inevitable
Race 9 - 6:05pm AEDT
Drinkwise Handicap (1600m)
At publish, it’s $6 the field in the last on Spring Champion
Stakes Day and I’ll be happy to have something each-way on the Bjorn Baker Miss
Invincible, who leads the market. Miss Invincible has recorded two wins from
three starts this time, including one at this track and distance last time, and
she maps to get a lovely run again on Saturday.
1 Unit E/W Miss Invincible