Trapeze Artist, the three-year-old winner of the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes over 1200m at Randwick on April 7th, heads the nominations for the $600,000, Group 1 WFA Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m) on the final day of the Randwick carnival.
A total of 17 nominations were received by the Australian Turf Club on Monday. They include another three-year-old Snitzel colt, the Hawkes’ trained Showtime, who was second to Catchy in the Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint over 1200m at Randwick last Saturday.
The Darren Weir trained Brave Smash (JPN) is nominated after his seventh in the TJ Smith Stakes. The seven-year-old entire won the Group 1 Futurity Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield on February 24th and was then second to Redkirk Warrior (GB) in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap over 1200m at Flemington on March 10th.
Godolphin have nominated both Hartnell (GB) and It’s Somewhat (USA). For Hartnell it will be the first time back at Randwick since his second to Winx in the 2017 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000m last April and for It’s Somewhat the first time since his success in the 2017 Group 1 Doncaster Mile over 1600m the Saturday prior to the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Hartnell’s last run was for 10th in the Group 1 Australia Cup over 2000m at Flemington on March 10th while It’s Somewhat was last seen when fifth in the Group 1 Kingston Town Stakes over 1800m at Ascot on December 9th.
Trapeze Artist has opened as the $2.50 favourite with TAB.com.au with Brave Smash $7.00, Le Roman $8.00, Hartnell $9.00 and Showtime $11.00.
There are 18 two-year-old’s nominated for the $500,000, Group 1 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes (1600m). The Benjamin Smith shock winner, paying $151 on fixed odds, of the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes over 1400m, the Ilovethiscity filly El Dorado Dreaming, is nominated to step up to the longer distance.
The filly narrowly defeated Oohood, not nominated for Saturday, Outrageous and Long Leaf, with the latter two both nominated.
The Mick Price trained Hinchinbrook filly Seabrook (NZ), ninth in the Sires’ Produce Stakes and fifth in the Golden Slipper, has opened as the $4.40 favourite with Long Leaf and Not A Single Cent $6.00, Bondi and Outrageous $8.00 and El Dorado Dreaming and Irukandji $11.00.
There are four supporting $150,000 Group 3 races on the nine race programme, the TAB Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) with 12 nominations which are extended until Tuesday; Sharp Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) with 21; ALM Frank Packer Plate (2000m) with 15 and the HKJC JHB Carr Stakes (1400m) with 16.
The Randwick track is rated a Good 4 on Monday after 2mm of irrigation for the last 24 hours and 11mm for the last seven days.
Trapeze Artist and Tye Angland winning the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes, picture Stevehart.com.au