Featured Horses – Sydney Autumn Carnival 2017

Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival Featured Horses

Below we take a look at some of the predicted major players this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival with our Featured Horses section of the best gallopers and Group 1 contenders to back over the season.


Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival Featured Horses: Winx

Cox Plate winner Winx targets the 2017 Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • Age: 5YO
  • Sex: Mare
  • Pedigree: by Street Cry from Vegas Showgirl
  • Trainer: Chris Waller
  • Major Targets: Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1st)

Is Winx Australia’s best horse? Yes. She has won 16 on the trot and over $10 million after her three autumn wins this time in. Continues to break records including the Cox Plate win by 8 lengths in the spring. Ruled out of handicaps, but is dominating the weight-for-age Group 1s this season. Short autumn racing odds, but she’s got the Black Caviar appeal and did it easily to win the George Ryder by over seven lengths on a mud track last start. Into the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and nothing beats her. She is too good, too versatile, too freakish and will only improve for her autumn closer.


Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival Featured Horses: Hartnell

Hartnell could have another crack at Winx in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2017. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • Age: 6YO
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Pedigree: by Authorized from Debonnaire
  • Trainer: John O’Shea
  • Major Target: Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2nd)

$3 million Godolphin earner had another crack at Winx first-up in the Apollo Stakes and was brave in 2nd once again. Things went amiss in the Chipping (8th), but he did win the Turnbull spanking Caulfield Cup winner Jameka before his second to Winx in the Cox Plate and 3rd in the Melbourne Cup. He’s a top horse, but is overshadowed by Winx. Ranvet second into the Queen Elizabeth where 2000m will suit better. Ranvet Stakes only scheduled start in a Winx-less field, but beaten on a Heavy (10) by Our Ivanhowe. Second best horse in the Queen Elizabeth.


Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival Featured Horses: Chautauqua

Chautauqua targets a third title in the 2017 TJ Smith Stakes. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

  • Age: 6YO
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Pedigree: by Encosta De Lago from Lovely Jubly
  • Trainer: Hawkes Racing
  • Major Target: TJ Smith Stakes (1st)

One of the best sprinters this country has ever seen. Sydney-based six-year-old boasts over $6.5 million in prize money and is an international Group 1 champ having won the Chairmans Sprint last May. Originally tipped to shoot for a third TJ Smith Stakes win, but showing ability over more metres this prep. First-up third in the Rubiton before brilliant second when a nostril flare off the winner in the Canterbury Stakes (1300m) in the mud at Randwick. Took on Winx for a third in the George Ryder before his historical third straight TJ Smith Stakes victory.


Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival Featured Horses: Astern

Astern will take on the older sprinters in the 2017 TJ Smith Stakes. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

  • Age: 3YO
  • Sex: Colt
  • Pedigree: by Medaglia D’Oro from Essaouira
  • Trainer: John O’Shea
  • Major Target: TJ Smith Stakes (13th)

Godolphin youngster has consistent record of 5 wins and 2 seconds from 8 starts, most notably the Golden Rose win over Omei Sword by 2.3 lengths. Back-to-back seconds followed including behind Blue Diamond runner-up Flying Artie in the Coolmore Stud Stakes on Derby Day. Time in the paddock will have done him well and he’ll be back fitter and stronger and ready to take on the older sprinters. Such a star crop of three-year-olds and he’s right up there. Light program – TJ Smith into the All Aged Stakes before heading overseas. Failed to fire first-up in TJ Smith Stakes. Can he atone over further if they press on?


Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival featured horses: She Will Reign

2017 Golden Slipper Stakes hope She Will Reign. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

  • Age: 2YO
  • Sex: Filly
  • Pedigree: by Manhattan Rain from Courgette
  • Trainer: Gary Portelli

Major Target: Golden Slipper Stakes (1st)

This young filly from Sydney has been catching the eye of form experts. Debut was a blistering 8 length effort at Kembla Grange, backed-up on a Heavy Randwick track to win the Inglis Nursery. Overcame a late start to beat her rivals second-up by 4 lengths. Versatile and shows ability to run 1200m – 1400m. Deserving favourite for the Golden Slipper 2017. First-up Silver Slipper was last-to-first effort before she suffered her first loss in the Reisling Stakes. Lost few admirers in a bog track with the winner Frolic coming hard and fast down the extreme outside. Can atone in the big one.


2017 Golden Slipper odds on Houtzen are firming

Magic Millions Classic winner Houtzen is a hot tip for the 2017 Golden Slipper Stakes in Sydney. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

  • Age: 2YO
  • Sex: Filly
  • Pedigree: by I Am Invincible from Set To Unleash
  • Trainer: Toby Edmonds
  • Major Target: Golden Slipper Stakes (5th)

Firmed into a favourite for the Golden Slipper Stakes the smart win in the Magic Millions Classic from barrier 16 of 16 in Queensland. Prepared on the Gold Coast this up-and-comer has now won all four of her career starts and she overcame barrier 16 of 16 for the lucrative Magic Millions success. Raced again at Eagle Farm over the weekend and set a weight-carrying record with 63kg on her back for a 4 length win over 1000m. Is a star and can step-up in grade giving She Will Reign a run for her money in the Group 1 even with the wide barrier (16 into 14).



Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival Featured Horses: Catchy

The Lindsay Park-trained filly Catchy could head to Sydney for the Golden Slipper after winning Melbourne’s Blue Diamond Stakes. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • Age: 2YO
  • Sex: Filly
  • Pedigree: by Fastnet Rock from Cats Whisker
  • Trainer: David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig
  • Major Target: Blue Diamond Stakes (1st). Golden Slipper Stakes (16th)

Lindsay Park-trained youngster who lived up to her potential winning the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m). Dominated early betting on the classic before easing on race day, but her class was clear with the come from behind win. Super versatile and impressive handing co-trainer David Hayes his sixth win in the race. Now in Sydney for a Golden Slipper bid. Also nominated for a run during ‘The Championships’ in April if they press on with the filly. Option to turn out ahead of the spring after the Slipper with indication she’ll be even better as a three-year-old.