Special Reward heads Carrington Stakes field

The Kris Lees trained Special Reward carries top-weight of 59kg for the $150,000, Listed The Agency Carrington Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday with the six-year-old Demerit gelding starting in his third stakes race in succession.

Special Reward won the Listed Razor Sharp over 1200m at Randwick on  December 11th with 56kg under Glyn Schofield. He was then second to Prime Candidate, with 55kg, in the Listed Xmas Classic over 1200m at Canterbury on January 7th with 59kg under James McDonald.

On Saturday Prime Candidate carries 57kg under Jason Collett with Through The Cracks, third in the Xmas Classic with 53.5kg, again carrying 53.5kg under Rachel King. Prime Candidate has barrier eight and Through The Cracks barrier 12 while Special Reward has barrier two for Schofield.

The Carrington Stake is Race 8 at 4.40pm.

The ten race programme, with 133 overall acceptances on Wednesday, commences at 12.25pm with a field of eight three-year-old’s in the $130,000, Petaluma Bm72 Handicap (1100m).

Race 2 at 1.00pm is the $130,000, Heinken 3 Handicap (1000m) for two-year-old’s with a field of 14 including Zambezi River and Emperor who were second and third respectively in the Group 3 Breeders’ Plate over 1000m on October 2nd.

Both are colts by I Am Invincible with Chris Waller training Zambezi River and Matthew Dunn training Emperor. Hugh Bowman rides Zambezi with 58.5kg and barrier eight and Nash Rawiller rides Emperor with 58kg and barrier 14.

The Course Proper is rated a Soft 5 on Wednesday after 43.8mm of rain in the last seven days. The rail will be out 8m for the entire circuit.

Sydney’s weather leading into the weekend has the showers easing with a cloudy day on Thursday with 25c and partly cloudy days with 26c on Friday and Saturday.

Randwick fields

Special Reward is the top-weight for the Listed Carrington Stakes, picture