The highly-anticipated race programme for Chelmsford Stakes Day 2011 originally scheduled to run at Royal Randwick this Saturday, September 3, has been transferred to Warwick Farm Racecourse.
After engineers inspected Randwick’s Queen Elizabeth Grandstand, issues arose over the structure’s safety, forcing the Australian Turf Club (ATC) to relocate the early Sydney Spring Racing Carnival meeting to Warwick Farm.
The QEII Stand, originally constructed in 1960, is set to be replaced in 2012 as part of the $150 million Randwick racecourse refurbishment that was announced earlier this year.
The meeting transfer will not affect field limits for the eight-races on the programme, but there has been one distance amendment with the Benchmark 80 Handicap that was to be run over 1800 metres, now to be held over 1600 metres.
ATC noted that the moveable rail at Warwick Farm will be out three metres from the 1000 metres to the Winning Post and True for the remainder on Saturday.
Five of the eight metropolitan Sydney races on the Warwick Farm, formerly Randwick race card, hold black-type status.
Headlining the programme is the $175,000 Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m).
Top-line entries for the weight-for-age feature include the Doncaster Mile winner Sacred Choice, Grahame Begg’s Flight Stakes champion Secret Admirer and four from the stables of Sydney Premiership winning trainer Chris Waller.
Waller is likely to accept all four of his Chelmsford Stakes entries, including resuming star import My Kingdom Of Fife.
The former Queen-owned horse has raced four times since joining Waller earlier this year, My Kingdom Of Fife winning a hat-trick of races on the trot including the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
Waller is yet to confirm the exact spring programme for My Kingdom Of Fife, the six-year-old featuring prominently in betting markets at Luxbet for both the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 15 and the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley a fortnight later.
My Kingdom Of Fife is rated an $18 chance in the Caulfield Cup 2011 odds, while Luxbet have them at a generous quote of $26 for the 2011 Cox Plate.
Yesterday Waller said he was happy with the 55kg weight allocation My Kingdom Of Fife received for the Caulfield Cup, three kilograms less than reigning Melbourne Cup winner and top-weight Americain (58kg).
“I’d rather have a horse closer to the top of the weights than the bottom because it means they are good enough to be there,” Waller said.
“Obviously it doesn’t make winning the race any easier but it guarantees them a start.”
Waller has 14 gallopers currently nominated for the Caulfield Cup this year including Hawk Wing six-year-old Hawk Island (53kg), Sydney Cup winner Stand To Gain (52.5kg) and the former William Knight-trained European galloper Illustrious Blue (53kg), all three also set to contest the Chelmsford Stakes on Saturday.
Stay tuned to Races.com.au for the Warwick Farm race fields and barriers, including the 2011 Chelmsford Stakes acceptances, to be released later today.
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