Post-field markets for Saturday’s 2015 All Aged Stakes are now up at bookies around the country with the rails-drawn Chautauqua for Team Hawkes the firming favourite to win the Royal Randwick classic.
Last time out the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Encosta De Lago four-year-old scored his first elite level victory, Chautauqua narrowly beating home Lord Of The Sky in the final stride to claim the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) trophy.
That was win number six at start number 13 for the flying stallion who is now at $3 through Ladbrokes.com.au to go back-to-back at Randwick with another top level win, this time in the $400,000 Group 1 Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m) on the weekend.
The TJ Smith Stakes has produced four of the past 10 All Aged Stakes winners, Chautauqua well fancied to be the next after coming up trumps with barrier one for his hoop on Saturday Tommy Berry.
After the dominant Chautauqua, out to become the fourth favorite in the past five years to salute for the punters, the All Aged Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes are a tight affair with four other single figure hopes.
Following the barrier draw Terravista in gate two, one on the outside of the favourite, has firmed into $6 second favouritism followed by Lucky Hussler on the drift out to $6.50 after he came up with the outside alley.
Hugh Bowman stays on Joe Pride’s Captain Rio five-year-old Terravista who he won the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) on at Flemington during the spring.
Terravista and Bowman reunited first-up back at Flemington when third in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) last month before the horse’s brave third again this time to Chautauqua in the TJ Smith.
Lucky Hussler meanwhile comes via a different lead-up and is looking to become the first sprinter in history to win the All Aged Stakes on the back of a run in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
Darren Weir’s Husson gelding didn’t just run in the William Rid, he won it first-up after his second in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) last November and on Saturday he shoots for his third 1400m win in his Randwick debut.
The two other single figure All Aged Stakes hopes this year are then exciting Group 1 winning three-year-olds Shooting To Win ($7.50) and Wandjina ($8) drawn at opposite ends of the field in barriers three and 12 respectively.
Caulfield Guineas champ Shooting To Win is ridden by 2010 All Aged Stakes winning jockey Tim Clark (Hot Danish), Peter & Paul Snowden’s Northern Meteor colt four runs into his autumn and backing up from a fifth to Real Impact in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m).
Gai Waterhouse’s in-form Snitzel colt Wandjina has the wide barrier hoodoo to overcome, no All Aged Stakes winner having jumped form wider than barrier eight in over 30 years, but is a classy type proven by his win in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne on March 7.
The only other runners in Saturday’s Sydney major inside of $20 for the win are then market drifter Dissident ($8.50 out to $11) for his swansong career run and the third three-year-old taking on the open-age field Scissor Kick ($15).
See below for the full All Aged Stakes 2015 odds, fixed win prices open online now at Ladbrokes.com.au who are offering Best Tote or SP + 20% on BOTH Group 1s at Randwick this weekend!