Randwick hosts the first Saturday meeting of the 2020 winter this week with the feature the $150,000, listed Bob Charley AO Stakes (1100m) with 21 nominations received on Monday.
They included the lofty name of Classique Legend, Les Bridge’s possible The Everest contender who trialled impressively last week at Canterbury over 910m under Kerrin McEvoy. The four-year-old Not A Single Doubt gelding powered away to win by 2 1/4L.
Classique Legend, the Group 2 winner of the Arrowfield Stakes over 1200m at Randwick in April, was last seen when finishing 10th in the Golden Eagle over 1500m at Rosehill in November. He went into that race off a sixth in the 2019 The Everest in October.
The nominations include four current last start winners in Adelong, Coruscate, Snitz and Witherspoon.
The Kris Lees trained Witherspoon, a four-year-old Exceed And Excel mare, won under apprentice Louise Day with 53.5kg in the Benchmark 78 over 1000m at Randwick on May 23rd. The track was a Heavy 9 but she is unlikely to have those conditions on Saturday with fine weather in Sydney this week.
Lees has also nominated Tactical Advantage after his seventh with 60kg to Snitz, with 54kg, in the listed Takeover Target Stakes over 1200m at Randwick on May 9th. Prior to that the six-year-old Bel Esprit gelding won the listed Hawkesbury Gold Rush over 1100m at Rosehill on April 25th.
The Bob Charley AO Stakes has a capacity field of 13 plus four emergencies.
The Course Proper is rated a Heavy 8 on Monday after 65.7mm of rain in the last seven days. The rail will be out 9m for the entire circuit.
Sydney’s weather is forecast to be partly cloudy from Tuesday through to Friday with temperatures from 17c to 19c. Saturday’s forecast is for a sunny day and 8c to 19c.
The rail will be out 9m for the entire circuit on Saturday, picture ThoroughbredNEWS