Group 1 racing concludes for the 2018/19 Sydney season at Randwick on Saturday with the $600,000, Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m) with 17 nominations on Monday and the $500,000, Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes (1600m) with 18 nominations.
Godolphin are taking a two pronged attack on the All Aged Stakes with nominations from both the James Cummings and Charlie Appleby stables.
Cummings has put forward Osborne Bulls after the five-year-old Street Cry gelding’s 3 1/2L second to Santa Ana Lane in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes over 1200m on the 8th. Osborne Bulls was ninth at the 400m but could not run down the winner who is now heading to Sha Tin for the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) on April 28th.
Home Of The Brave (IRE) is also nominated from the stable with the winner of the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes over 1300m back in September not racing since his subsequent fourth in the Group 1 Rupert Clarke over 1400m at Caulfield behind Appleby’s Jungle Cat (IRE).
Appleby has nominated D’Bau (IRE) for his first race in Australia. The five-year-old Dubawi gelding won the Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort over 1400m at Meydan on January 24th under James Doyle. D’Bau is a Group 3 winner in the UK over 1442m at Haydock Park last June.
Richard Litt’s Dundeel colt Castelvecchio is nominated for the two-year-old classic Champagne Stakes after his closing third to Microphone in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes over 1400m on the 8th. The colt was tenth at the 400m and he finished just under a length to Godolphin’s winning colt.
The Course Proper is rated a Good 4 on Monday and the rail will be out 6m for the entire circuit.
Sydney’s weather this week has rain forecast on Tuesday and Wednesday with up to 3mm possible each day and temperatures all week of 24c to 25c. Saturday’s forecast is for a partly cloudy day with 17c – 26c.
Course Proper rated a Good 4 on Monday, picture ThoroughbredNEWS