2020 Carrington Stakes Day Preview


Race 1 - 1:15pm AEDT

$2 Million Inglis Millenium In 14 Days Handicap (1000m)

All but four of the twelve confirmed starters in the first will be on debut and the early favourite in betting is Rulership; an I Am Invincible colt trained by Peter & Paul Snowden. I’m happy to watch, with a view towards something further into the carnival

No Bet

Race 2 - 1:50pm AEDT

Highway Handicap (1100m)

Mr Wong hasn’t been seen at the races since August, but he is a proven first-up performer and has a class edge over the lion’s share of his rivals in the first of two Highway races this week. The Mossman gelding was a dominant winner at Muswellbrook when resuming last time in; progressing to strong performances in a couple of similar races to this. He’ll need some luck from outside but will be piloted by Hugh Bowman.

2 Units Mr Wong

Race 3 - 2:25pm AEDT

Highway Handicap (1100m)

The second Highway race has also drawn a competitive field of country gallopers, but I’ll be happy to have something on the Aiden St Vincent-trained Hellenism. Hellenism simply doesn’t know how to run a bad race and returned from a spell with a typically smart effort to win in Class 1 company at Coffs Harbour. This is obviously harder, but she looks a horse that is capable of measuring up in a race like the Country Championship in April.

5 Units Hellenism

Race 4 - 3:00pm AEDT

PFD Food Services Handicap (2000m)

Matowi has been a model of consistency recently and looks well placed to return to the winner’s stall at Randwick. The Ocean Park gelding hasn’t missed a place at his last three appearances and is unlucky not to be carrying winning form into this race after being checked at the top of the straight over 1800m here a fortnight ago. He meets the winner of that race and favourite for this Dabiyr better at the weights and the small rise in trip should suit.

4 Units Matowi

Race 5 - 3:40pm AEDT

The Coopers Hotel Newtown Handicap (1600m)

This looks like being one of the more open contests on Carrington Stakes Day and there is a case to be made for a mare like Insensata at a big price ($21 at publish). The Beneteau mare has stripped fitter for three fair efforts this time and was last seen finishing three lengths from the winner in the Listed Chester Manifold at Flemington. This is a drop in class from that race and she is primed for a big performance.

1 Unit E/W Insensata

Race 6 - 4:20pm AEDT

City Tatts Bushfire Appeal Handicap (1600m)

Helga will take winning form into the sixth at Randwick on Saturday and this looks another lovely race for her. The Duporth mare has recorded four wins and as many placings through only fourteen career starts and mustered an eye-catching turn of foot to beat a decent field to the line in BM78 company last time out. She’ll only improve from that effort and can make it two in a row.

2 Units Helga

Race 7 - 5:00pm AEDT

Listed Carrington Stakes (1400m)

This is an excellent edition of the Carrington Stakes and there is a case to be made for more than half of the thirteen confirmed starters.

Sambro has mixed his form a little this time, but he probably won’t be offered a better opportunity to win another black type feature. The Fastnet Rock gelding finished third in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes here in December; failing to fire in the Listed Bernborough at Eagle Farm two back but running third in the Magic Millions Cup last time out. He’s rock-hard fit for this race and looks a lovely bet at around the $7.50 mark.

1.5 Units E/W Sambro

Race 8 - 5:40pm AEDT

Mark Alati Bookmakers Handicap (1100m)

Pandemic hasn’t been seen at the races since September, but he is an above-average galloper and a proven fresh performer. The Sepoy gelding has recorded two wins and a minor from only four career starts; winning each of his first two when debuting and ending his prep third in Listed class. He’s had the benefit of a couple of lovely trials and is ready to go.

4 Units Pandemic

Race 9 - 6:15pm AEDT

Edney Ryan Group Handicap (1400m)

Superium is a quality racehorse and looks hard to beat in the last. The three-year-old son of Verrazano stamped himself as one to watch this season when he retured to the races for a lovely win in BM74 company here, before finishing second behind Embracer in a tougher race last time out. I like that he’s had a trial in between races and he’s ready to win again third up.

4 Units Superium

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