The Spring Champion Stakes meeting will be held at Royal Randwick this Saturday (28th Oct). The course proper was rated a Good 4 on Thursday and with light showers in Sydney leading up to the weekend, Randwick will border on Good/Soft condition on raceday.
The Godolphin-owned Tom Kitten has been in good form as he has placed in every start this campaign and he has drawn to take out the Spring Champion Stakes (Sydney Race 7, 2000m). The 3YO colt went very close last start finishing 2nd to Raf Attack coming from a fair way back in the Gloaming Stakes. He’s rock hard fit being fifth-up on Saturday and he is going to run out a strong 2000m. The inside gate will allow Adam Hyeronimus to settle closer in mid-field on the fence to save energy and Tom Kitten will be rocketing home.
The in-form Tyler Schiller could take Magic Time across the line first in The Invitation (Sydney Race 8, 1400m). The 4YO mare had a light autumn having won the PJ Bell Stakes and a 3rd in the James Carr Stakes. She resumed with a 5th in an unsuitable 1100m race at Caulfield before taking out The Nivison brilliantly last start. Fitter again being 3rd up on Saturday and is ready to step up to 1400m. It’s likely Schiller will go forward and sit outside Parisal and Magic Time is the one they all have to catch.
Fresh from winning The Everest on Think About It, Sam Clipperton could take out the Callander-Presnell and this time on Snowman (Sydney Race 9, 1600m). This Waller-trained Snitzel colt has risen through the rank very quickly having only broken his maiden status in August. The 3YO has since won a BM72 race with further two placings in handicap company before a respectable 6th last start in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes, beaten only 1.6 lengths. Stepping back to the mile shouldn’t be a problem. Clipperton will be able to box seat from the good gate (2) and Snowman will be ready to pounce rounding the home turn.
By Owens Wong