Day 1 of The Championships has been confirmed to go ahead at Royal Randwick today after heavy rainfall forced the event to be postponed from its original schedule on Saturday.
It is a fine day in Sydney today and while conditions have improved somewhat from Saturday’s dire circumstances, the track remains a heavy 9 rating and is sure to play a key role in the overall successes and flops of the day.
Royal Randwick Track Report – 6/4/2015
- Rail Position: True
- Track Condition: Heavy (9)
- Track Type: Turf
- Weather: Fine
- Rainfall: Nil last 24 hours, 65.8mm last 7 days
The talent-rich ten race card is highlighted by four Group 1 features including the Doncaster Mile (1600m) and begins at 11:25am as eight two-year-olds contest the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m).
The Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) has attracted a classy field of ten runners and will jump Race 6 at 2:25pm. Pride Of Dubai won the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) last start but faces tough competition in Odyssey Moon, Ready For Victory and Gai Waterhouse’s English, who ran second in the Golden Slipper (1200m) a fortnight ago.
The Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) will play host to the second meeting between standout Australian three-year-old stayer Preferment and kiwi raiders Mongolian Khan and Volkstok’N’Barrell; the latter of whom won the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) last time out.
The world’s leading sprinters will line up for the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1020m) at 3:40pm; however Terravista, Lankan Rupee and Chautauqua may find competition via the likes of Tiger Tees and Rain Affair on the rain-soaked track.
A capacity field has been confirmed for the Doncaster Mile, highlighted by the inclusion of some of Australia’s leading thoroughbred racehorses and several exciting international raiders. Chris Waller-trained Sacred Falls has won the two most recent editions of the Doncaster Mile and will be chasing history this afternoon from a wide draw, with a race-high 58kgs.
Race 1 (11:25am) – Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m)
Race 2 (12:00pm) – Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m)
#1 Sweynesse, #2 Kermadec
Race 3 (12:40pm) – Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m)
#1 Rising Romance, #3 Permit
Race 4 (1:15pm) – Country Championship Final (1400m)
#1 Binalong Road, #17 High Opinion, #19 Wings, #20 In A Wink, #21 Because We All Can, #22 Hula Girl, #23 Marmaduke’s Lady, #24 Playing Game
Race 5 (1:50pm) Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m)
#4 Savoureux, #7 Fine Mist, #9 Dual Star, #12 Snip Spur
Race 6 (2:25pm) Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m)
Race 7 (3:00pm) Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m)
No Current Scratchings
Race 8 (3:40pm) Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m)
#10 Sweet Idea
Race 9 (4:20pm) Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m)
#5 Moriarty, #12 It’s Somewhat, #23 Aomen, #24 Malavio
Race 10 (5:00pm) Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m)
#9 Heavens Above, #12 Finda Fitter Filly
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