There were 129 acceptances for the final metropolitan meeting of the Sydney 2020/21 season including 10 for the $130,000, Moet & Chandon Bm 88 Handicap (1400m) and 12 for the $130,000, Fujitsu General Bm 88 Handicap (1100m).
The Chris Waller stable have accepted with last start winners Blondeau and Vitesse for the Moet & Chandon Handicap plus New Arrangement (GB) sharing top-weight of 59kg under James McDonald.
Blondeau, a rising four-year-old I Am Invincible gelding, won the Benchmark 88 over 1400m at Randwick on July 17th by a clear 1 1/4L for his fourth win from 17 starts. On the same programme Vitesse, a rising six-year-old Snitzel mare, won the F & M Benchmark 78 over 1400m for her sixth win from 38 starts.
Vitesse has been dual accepted for the Benchmark 78 Handicap (1300m) where she is the second emergency with 60.5kg. Kathy O’Hara is booked for both races and in the Moet & Chandon Handicap they have 55.5kg and barrier four. Tommy Berry rides Blondeau with 55.5kg and barrier nine.
The stable have accepted with 17 runners for the programme as they look to end the season on a high note with over 214 Sydney winners and nearly $25 million in stakes.
The Moet & Chandon Handicap is Race 7 at 2.50pm.
Greg Hickman has accepted with Our Bellagio Miss for the Fujitsu General Handicap with the rising five-year-old Casino Prince mare going for three wins in succession.
Our Bellagio Miss has the distinction of winning the first Midway Handicap when taking the $100,000 1100m race at Rosehill on July 3rd. She then went on to take the Benchmark 78 over 1000m at the July 17th meeting at Randwick for her sixth overall win and taking her stakes to just under $300,000.
Tommy Berry rides with 55kg and barrier one.
The Fujitsu General Handicap is Race 9 at 4.10pm.
The meeting commences at 11.20am with a field of 11 three-year-old’s in the $130,000, ATC Thank You Stable Staff Bm 72 Handicap (1300m).
The track is rated a Soft 5 on Monday and the rail will be out 12m from the 1600m to the Winning Post and 10m for the remainder of the circuit.
Sydney’s weather into the weekend remains mild and sunny with 18c on Thursday and 19c on Friday. Saturday’s forecast is for a partly cloudy day and 10c to 22c.
The rail is out 12m from the 1600m to the Winning Post on Saturday, picture ThoroughbredNEWS