The All Aged Stakes meeting will be held at Royal Randwick this Saturday. The course proper was rated a Good 4 on Thursday and with fine weather in Sydney leading up to the weekend, Randwick will be racing on a Good track on raceday.
The Frank Packer Plate is a good horses’ race with previous winners including Juggler, Might and Power, Dodge and Clangalang who all went on to win multiple group 1 races (Sydney Race 3, 2000m). Murray Baker-trained The Chosen One has the right profile to take out this Group 3 race on Saturday. The 3YO colt won the Manawatu Classic over 2000m on 30th March before his slashing 4th last start in the Australian Derby, coming from a long way back to finish just behind the placegetters. With reasonable pace in the race, Blake Shinn should be able to slot in just behind mid-field from barrier 11. The Chosen One is rock hard fit and will run out a strong 2000m.
Loving Gaby looks to have conditions to suit in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (Sydney Race 6, 1600m). The Melburnian visitor has put up a mighty effort to finish 4th in the Golden Slipper and was beaten only 1.8 lengths on the line. Last start in the Sires Produce Stakes, the filly had beaten all but the Golden Slipper runner-up Microphone. And Microphone has not accepted for the Champagne Stakes so Loving Gaby has become the horse they all have to beat. In-form James McDonald will once again be aboard the filly and from barrier 7, McDonald will settle mid-field one off the fence. With a cushy run in transit, Loving Gaby will show off her good turn-of-foot and run over the top of this field.
Godolphin can continue their hot form this Autumn in the All Aged Stakes with D’Bai (Sydney Race 7, 1400m). The Charlie Appleby-trained 5YO shares a similar form line to his stable mate, Jungle Cat, who won the Group 1 Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) in the Spring. Saturday’s trip should be perfect for D’Bai as the gelding has won 4 times and placed 4 times from 10 starts at 1400m, including his last start victory over this trip in a Group 2 race at Meydan. Race jockey Kerrin McEvoy was happy with D’Bai after he rode the final piece of work on the gelding on Wednesday morning. D’Bai is fit and ready to go in the All Aged Stakes.
By Owens Wong, Editor