A share in $1.5 million goes on the line this Saturday at Royal Randwick with a field of 12 stepping out in this year’s All Aged Stakes.  

The Group 1 feature can often feel like an afterthought following The Championships, but this year’s edition has a class feel to it with multiple Group 1 winners Zaaki, Cascadian, and Roch ‘N’ Horse stepping out alongside last year’s Everest winner, Giga Kick.  

Two horses in the field – Cascadian and Kolding – have won this race in the past, while Chad Schofield is shooting for his fifth Group 1 aboard C.F. Orr Stakes winner, Jacquinot.  

It’s a great way to cap off a massive Autumn Carnival, and we’ve previewed every runner in our 2023 All Aged Stakes Preview here! 

1. Zaaki (6)  

$6.00 

Zaaki is set to make his long-awaited return after being scratched from the All-Star Mile last month.  

The four-time Group 1 winner capped off the spring with a brilliant all-the-way win of the Mackinnon Stakes and now returns over his preferred distance where he already owns a pair of wins.  

Annabel Neasham’s champion eight-year-old won the Tramway Stakes over this track and distance last September and has proven time and time again that he’s capable of handling all conditions.  

He’s come up trumps in barrier 6 with James McDonald on board, but there are some genuine queries around his fitness after the stable felt he wasn’t right last month.  

At his best, he’s capable of putting this field away, but with only a soft leadup trial to go by, he might have a tough time going up against fitter horses like Giga Kick and Mazu.  

2. Lost And Running (12)  

$17.00 

Lost And Running is having his second run back after finishing six lengths off I Wish I Win in the TJ Smith Stakes a fortnight ago.  

The Per Incanto gelding looked to be in need of the run that day when only finishing fairly, but his outstanding second up form warrants enormous respect.  

A wet track and the rise to 1400m will also be right up his alley, not to mention the fact he’s typically done some of his best work at Randwick.  

The wide gate and a four-wide position were against him in the TJ, but with natural improvement to come and a win to his name over Mazu during the spring, there’s a bit to like.  

3. Private Eye (3)  

$9.00 

Private Eye has been a tricky horse to get a ready on over the last couple of months.  

He made up good ground late in the Newmarket Handicap fresh at Flemington but was never in the right spot under Brenton Avdulla when beaten 16 lengths in the TJ two weeks ago.  

That said, three of his 10 wins have come in his third run back, and he’s another one that will handle any sting out of the track.  

From a handy gate and with a runner-up to Giga Kick in last year’s Everest on the resume, you have to include him among the better chances.  

4. Cascadian (10)  

$9.50 

Cascadian returns to defend his crown after adding a third Group 1 to his resume with a swooping run out wide in the Australian Cup two weeks ago.  

A 10/10 ride from Ben Melham did the trick as the pair stalked the leaders and finished strongly over the top, a tough act to follow with Nash Rawiller jumping in the saddle now for just the second time.  

The step from 2000m back to 1400m is the big query, but the price is tough to ignore for a horse that ran second to Mr Brightside in the All-Star Mile the start prior.  

Whether he can make use of another awkward gate remains to be seen, but if you’re looking for one at value, this boy ticks every box.  

5. Mazu (9)  

$7.50 

Mazu remains an honest customer finding the money in four of his last five starts.  

The Snowden-trained four-year-old was the first to greet Nature Strip at the top of the straight in the TJ a couple of weeks ago, holding his ground quite well for third in the end behind I Wish I Win and Giga Kick.  

There maybe isn’t a horse in the field more deserving of another Group 1, and it’s worth noting he did run a place at this stage of his prep in The Everest last year. The wide gate slightly complicates things, but if the rain hangs around, he’s another great each-way bet.  

6. Bandersnatch (8)  

$51.00 

Bandersnatch loves 1400m, particularly here at Randwick where he’s won twice and placed on as many occasions.  

It’s tough to know if he’s up to Group 1 level though based on recent efforts. He was always wide and faded badly in the Doncaster Mile last time out, and while the step back in trip helps, I don’t think he’ll find this any easier.  

7. Ho O Amazon (7)  

$16.00 

Ho O Amazon is a Japanese import on debut for trainer Yoshio Yahagi.  

The five-year-old entire won a Group 3 earlier in his career and took on tougher company in both the Group 1 Yasuda Kinen and the Mile Championship last year.  

His first-up record (7:2-2-1) really stands out on paper and he should feel right at home on a wet track. Given the carnival some of the internationals have had so far, he has to be treated with respect.  

8. Kolding (5)  

$201 

Kolding won this race two years ago but never went close to defending his clown last year when he was second-last to greet the judge.  

The seven-year-old three-time Group 1 winner hasn’t won a race in over two years, and based on his trial at Rosehill a couple of weeks ago, it’s hard to expect much from him in his first run back.  

9. Roch ‘N’ Horse (1)  

$23.00 

Dual Group 1 winner Roch ‘N’ Horse looks another serious value play at double figures.  

The Per Incanto mare is hard fit now with three runs under her belt, showing real improvement in the William Reid Stakes a fortnight ago with a well-timed run from the tail ro finish third.  

The rise to 1400m might test her after attempting this distance range only once back in New Zealand two years ago, but as we’ve seen in the past, she possesses an enormous turn of foot capable of putting this field away.  

Providing the track stays in the soft range, she’s a genuine threat.  

10. Electric Girl (2)  

$23.00 

Electric Girl could be worth forgiving on her latest effort in the George Ryder Stakes.  

The Hawkes-trained mare rolled straight to the front but buckled late under a hot tempo, finishing second-last in the end over 1500m.  

Her form prior was sound though, winning the Millie Fox Stakes first-up before running third in the Canterbury Stakes where she was only gunned down late after leading for most of the way.  

Jumping from barrier 2 is an enormous advantage and 1400m looks a happy medium for her when you consider she’s a four-time winner over the trip. A wet track might be the real test, but she’s more than capable of making amends.  

11. Jacquinot (4)  

$8.00 

Jacquinot was the beaten favourite in the Australian Guineas last time out where a vet examination revealed some issues post-race. 

The Rubick colt was slow away and always wide the trip, but still made up decent ground beaten just over 1.5 lengths in the end.  

His late dive at the line to win the C.F. Orr Stakes narrowly the start prior was impressive, but it’s hard to get too excited about that form. He’s since recovered from his internal bleed last time out however, and should be suited getting back to 1400m.  

Chad Schofield takes over in the saddle now and from the soft gate, I think we’ll see them settle back early.  

12. Giga Kick (11)  

$3.10 

The lightly-raced Giga Kick has picked up where he left off during the spring running third in the Challenge Stakes fresh over 1000m before running on late for second in the TJ a couple of weeks ago.  

The heavy track made things tricky last time out, but he still turned in a huge performance considering he was four weeks between runs.  

The late splits from his effort in the Challenge Stakes were just as impressive, and we did see him improve with racing during the spring. The wide gate is of concern, but if he gets back early and finds cover, he’ll be running on late.