The $500,000, Bisley Workforce Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday does not have the Group 1 status of the Flight Stakes, TAB Epsom Handicap and The Metropolitan at Group 2 level, but there is certainly elite interest in the eight horse field accepted on Wednesday.
The first two with TAB’s market for the $15m, TAB Everest (1200m) at the same track on the 17th, Nature Strip and Classique Legend at $3.50 and $5.00 respectively, look set to dominate proceedings for the Premiere Stakes as well.
Nature Strip came through his trial with ease at Rosehill on Monday ordered by Racing NSW stewards’ after he dislodged jockey James McDonald at a trial at Randwick on the 21st. His opening race of this spring was his second to Gytrash in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes over 1000m at Randwick on September 5th. It is now time for Nature Strip to step up to justify the Everest favourite slot.
On Saturday Nature Strip has barrier five for McDonald.
Two barriers further out in seven is Classique Legend with Kerrin McEvoy. The Les Bridge trained Not A Single Doubt gelding was impressive when winning his lead-up in the Group 2 The Shorts over 1100m on the 19th.
TAB opening market for Saturday has Nature Strip at $1.80, Classique Legend at $3.20, Faskia and Libertini at $11.00, Standout at $13.00 and the rest $21.00 and over.
The Premiere Stakes is Race 6 on the nine race programme at 3.25pm
Race 5 at 2.45pm is the $500,000, Group 1 Darley Flight Stakes (1600m) with a field of seven and TAB opening their market with the Chris Waller trained Frankel filly Hungry Heart the $2.50 favourite over Dame Giselle at $2.80.
The Snowden trained I Am Invincible filly Dame Giselle won the first three legs of the Princess Series, the Silver Shadow Stakes and Furious Stakes at 1200m and the Tea Rose Stakes at 1400m. She steps up to 1600m for the first time.
Dame Giselle has barrier one with Hungry Heart in four for McDonald.
Following the Premiere Stakes is the TAB Epsom Handicap at 4.05pm and the Heineken Metropolitan at 4.45pm.
The meeting commences at 12.25pm with a field of 11 for the $125,000, Cleanway Bm88 Handicap (1600m).
The Course Proper is rated a Good 4 on Wednesday and the rail will be out 3m for the entire circuit.
Sydney’s weather leading into the weekend is for a partly cloudy day on Thursday with 25c, a sunny day and 25c on Friday and a sunny day with 13c to 28c on Saturday.
Course Proper rated a Good 4 on Wednesday, picture ThoroughbredNEWS