Featured Horses – Sydney Autumn Carnival 2018

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.


Horses to watch during the Sydney Autumn Carnival: Winx @ Ladbrokes.com.au

Winx will steal the show again this 2018 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • Age: 6YO
  • Sex: Mare
  • Pedigree: by Street Cry out of Vegas Showgirl
  • Trainer: Chris Waller
  • Major Target: Queen Elizabeth Stakes 

Absolutely no list of racehorses would be complete without household name Winx. This Waller-trained champion is the world’s best and continues to defy history and salute for the fans. Officially the highest earning Australian racehorse of all time with over $15.6 million in the bank to date, Winx was last seen saluting in her third straight Cox Plate. She’ll be just as dominant back in Sydney for another autumn bid that was originally set to start on February 17 with the Apollo Stakes, which she’s won for the past two years. The suspension of Hugh Bowman however saw the Apollo Stakes bid abandoned and Winx will instead be saved for a first-up run in the Chipping Norton Stakes on March 3. She still on show on Apollo Stakes Day in a simulated race after the third to put a few more metres in her legs. A 16th Group 1 success in the Chipping Norton Stakes calls, a race she also won in 2016 and 2017. The same Group 1 treble as last year could be on the cards for the heroic mare with the George Ryder Stakes second-up and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes third-up during The Championships. Won’t be beaten this autumn. A slight chance to miss the Queen Elizabeth Stakes with the riches of England’s Royal Ascot also calling. Also holds a nomination on Day 2 of The Championships for the Queen Of The Turf Stakes.


Sydney Autumn Racing Horses to back at Ladbrokes: Shoals

Shoals is out to be the first Surround Stakes winner since the race was upgraded to a Group 1 for 2018. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The recently upgraded Surround Stakes looks an easy Group 1 target for some of the season’s best fillies and early betting is wide open. Shoals is one of the pre-field favourites after the Mornington-trained filly beat the older mares on VRC Derby Day in the spring’s Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m). Before that she was runner-up to Aloisia in the Thousand Guineas, defeating Alizee (3rd). The 1400m early in the autumn will suit this proven miler and if she’s improved from last time in, she’ll be challenging even at set weights against a field of familiar rivals. She got the weight advantage in the Myer Classic, but also has raced competitively against her own kind and has winning form over Formality in Sydney from last April. Plenty to like in this and further ahead in the Coolmore Classic. Resumed on February 10 but was slightly flat running eighth (second last) to booker in Caulfield’s Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m). Better over further, don’t discount yet.


Ladbrokes Sydney Autumn Racing Horses to Watch: Sunlight

Magic Millions Classic winner Sunlight is new 2018 Golden Slipper favourite. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • Age: 2YO
  • Sex: Filly
  • Pedigree: by Zoustar from Solar Charged
  • Trainer: Tony McEvoy
  • Major Target: Golden Slipper

Trainer Tony McEvoy is again proving himself a master of two-year-olds and the headline youngster in his autumn contingent is this untapped and still improving Zoustar filly Sunlight. She has won three of her four starts in impressive fashion including the two length Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) victory at the Gold Coast in mid-January. She copped early interference but was still far too good for her rivals and looks the real deal according to McEvoy. She’s now favourite for the Golden Slipper Stakes. There will be market changes between now and Slipper Day, but if this filly keeps going the way she has she’s a huge hope to do the double last completed by Capitalist (2016).


Ladbrokes Sydney Autumn Racehorses to Tip: Performer

Performer is Golden Slipper Stakes 2018 bound for top Sydney-based trainer Chris Waller. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • Age: 2YO
  • Sex: Colt
  • Pedigree: by Exceed And Excel from Gavroche
  • Trainer: Chris Waller
  • Major Target: Golden Slipper

Ace horseman Chris Waller has achieved plenty of success, but a Golden Slipper trophy has so far eluded the trainer made famous most recently by Winx. He could be out to change that this spring with his progressive colt Performer one of the best in early Golden Slipper Stakes betting. Was knocked off top spot by the Magic Millions Classic winning filly Sunlight, but he’s unraced this year and can regain favouritism with a good resuming run. On debut at Randwick in late September saluted in the Breeders Plate and won his recent Rosehill trial at the start of January showing plenty of early promise ahead of the autumn features. Blue Diamond Stakes in Melbourne could also be on the cards, and the Slipper bid began on February 3 with a Canonbury Stakes win at Rosehill.



Sydney Autumn Racehorse to Watch at Ladbrokes: Ace High

VRC Derby winner Ace High is after more Derby success in the ATC edition this autumn in Sydney. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • Age: 3YO
  • Sex: Colt
  • Pedigree: by High Chaparral from Come Sunday
  • Trainer: David Payne
  • Major Target: ATC Derby

All reports from the Rosehill stables of David Payne are that his striking black colt Ace High is looking a million bucks ahead of his autumn return. He made it three spring wins on the trot when heading to Flemington last November and dominating his rivals with a two length romp home in the VRC Derby (2500m). That followed his Randwick success in the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) and proved he’s up to the Derby distance. Now he will chase the interstate Derby double, out to break a 24 year drought and become the first Victoria Derby winner to salute in the following year’s Australian Derby over 2400m in Sydney in that time. First-up run on February 3 at Rosehill in the too-short Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) when fifth, beaten 2.3 lengths by the Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist. Improvement to come out of that.