Randwick’s feature $1m, Group 1 Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) on Saturday has a field of 11 after acceptances were taken on Wednesday.
Mark Newnham’s Shadow Hero leads the field after the Pierro gelding’s 3 1/4L win under Josh Parr in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes over 1800m at Rosehill on September 28th. On Saturday Shadow Hero and Parr have barrier two.
Third in the Gloaming Stakes was the Baker and Forsman trained Quick Thinker and fourth the Waterhouse and Bott trained Just Thinkin’, both being by So You Think, with both accepted to step up to the 2000m.
Nash Rawiller rides Quick Thinker from barrier four and Tim Clark is on Just Thinkin’ with barrier 10.
The Group 1 Champagne Stakes winner Castelvecchio returns to middle distance racing after his seventh to Bivouac in the Group 1 Golden Rose over 1400m on the 28th. Brenton Avdulla ride with barrier seven.
Shadow Hero is TAB’s market favourite at $1.85 with Castelvecchio $4.20, Quick Thinker $5.00 and Just Thinkin’ $7.00 with the rest $51.00 and over.
The Spring Champion Stakes is Race 7 at 4.50pm on the nine race programme.
The meeting commences with a field of 13 for the $75,000, TAB Highway Handicap (1600m) at 1.10pm with the first black type race the fourth at 2.55pm, the $250,000, Group 2 Yulong Australia Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) with a field of nine three-year-old’s.
Race 5 at 3.30pm is the $300,000, Group 2 Polytrack Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) with a field of seven.
Gerald Ryan has accepted with his unbeaten Exceed And Excel colt Standout. The colt has started three times for three wins with the last in the listed Heritage Stakes over 1100m on the 28th. Josh Parr rides with barrier two.
The Snowden’s Cosmic Force is accepted after his second to Standout with barrier seven and the Waller stable have accepted with Accession, barrier three, and True Detective, barrier five.
Godolphin have accepted with their Group 1 winning two-year-old Microphone. Nash Rawiller rides with barrier six.
The Exceed And Excel colt was last seen winning the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce over 1400m at Randwick on April 6th. He started six times last season for four wins and two seconds including behind stablemate Kiamichi in the Group 1 Golden Slipper over 1200m at Rosehill in March.
Cosmic Force is the favourite with TAB at $2.30, just ahead of Microphone at $2.50. Standout is at $8.00, Accession and True Detective $9.50 and Human Nature $19.00.
Race 6 at 4.10pm is the $160,000, Group 3 Bentley Angst Stakes (1600m) for mares with the Waller stable’s Noire top-weight at 57kg.
There are 103 acceptances for the meeting.
The Course Proper is rated a Soft 5 after 0.6mm of rain in the last 24 hours and 15.6mm for the last seven days. The rail will be out 6m from the 1600m to the Winning Post and 4m for the remainder of the circuit.
Sydney’s weather has rain forecast through the rest of the week. Thursday’s forecast is for a partly cloudy day with a medium (60%) chance of showers and 1mm – 6mm and 19c, Friday is cloudy with a high (80%) chance of showers with 8mm – 15mm and 18c and Saturday is cloudy with a very high (90%) chance of showers with 10mm – 20mm and 13c – 18c.
Rail out 6m from the 1600m to the Winning Post, track Soft 5 on Wednesday and rain forecast, picture ThoroughbredNEWS