The Bjorn Baker trained Samadoubt has drawn barrier 10 for Tim Clark in the $500,000, Group 1 WFA Colgate Optic White George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday with Godolphin’s Avilius (GB) in barrier eight for Kerrin McEvoy and John Thompson’s Dreamforce in one for Nash Rawiller.
A field of 11 were accepted on Wednesday with Baker’s Samadoubt the star of the early spring races winning the Group 1 Winx Stakes over 1400m and backing that up with the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes over 1600m two weeks later.
The six-year-old Not A Single Doubt gelding under well-timed rides by Tim Clark took the Winx Stakes by 1/2L and the Chelmsford Stakes by 3 1/4L. Both races at Randwick were on Good 4 rated tracks, however, significant rain in Sydney has delivered 47mm at Randwick over the last 24 hours and 59mm for the last seven days and the track is rated a Heavy 9.
From four starts on a Heavy track Samadoubt has a sole second in a Benchmark 73 over 1250m at Canterbury back on June 17th, 2017.
Happy Clapper was second on the Winx Stakes and Avilius fourth. The latter appreciated the step up in distance for second in the Chelmsford. Happy Clapper, with Glen Boss, has barrier four.
The George Main Stakes is Race 7 at 3.55pm.
The three-year-old fillies step up in distance to the 1400m of the $200,000, Group 2 Darley Tea Rose Stakes, the third leg of the Sydney Princess Series. A field of 12 have been accepted.
Libertini, the winner of the first two legs, the Silver Shadow Stake and Furious Stakes, has the wide barrier of 11 for Tommy Berry while Godolphin’s Flit, who was second in the Silver Shadow Stakes on August 24th, is on the opposite side in barrier one.
Back to racing against her own sex is the Snowden’s Fastnet Rock filly Anaheed who was a 2L third to Exceedance and Bivouac in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill on August 31st.
The form is impeccable with Bivouac winning the Group 2 The Run To The Rose over 1200m last Saturday with Exceedance third and both colts running very quick sectionals. Anaheed has barrier nine.
The Tea Rose Stakes is Race 4 at 2.05pm.
The two $160,000, Group 3 contests, The Agency Real Estate Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) and Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m), have fields of 16 and 12 respectively.
The meeting commences at 12.45pm with a field of 12 for the $75,000, TAB Cobroft Trust Highway Handicap (1000m). The nine race programme received 129 acceptances.
As mentioned the Randwick track is rated a Heavy 9 and the rail will be in the True position for the entire circuit.
Rain continues throughout Wednesday and into Thursday with 2mm – 6mm possible and 21c. Friday is partly cloudy with 23c and Saturday’s forecast is for a partly cloudy day with a medium (50%) chance of showers and 0mm – 3mm with 16c – 25c.
Course Proper rated a Heavy 9 on Wednesday, picture ThoroughbredNEWS