John O’Shea’s talented Group 1 winning stallion Complacent is back to top form and ready to salute for the punters on Saturday in Sydney as the short-priced favourite for Royal Randwick’s Craven Plate 2015.
Running as Race 6 at 3:20pm (AEST) on the Epsom Handicap Day line-up, this year’s $125,000 Group 3 APN Outdoor Craven Plate (2000m) features a final field of 10 weight-for-age hopefuls.
Drawn nicely in barrier two for one of Sydney’s best hoops James McDonald to ride, the Godolphin-raced Authorized five-year-old Complacent sits top of the Craven Plate odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $2.20 as the market mover.
An ace three-year-old back in 2013 when winning Sydney’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) before a second in that year’s Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) to Polanski, Complacent spent a massive stint on the sidelines before coming back this August.
Second-up he returned to winning form with a success over subsequent George Main Stakes winner and now Cox Plate favourite Kermadec in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) before a last start third in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) behind last year’s Victoria Derby winner Preferment.
Up to the 2000m on Saturday Complacent is set to thrive at his pet track where he’s won two from four to date on way to the Melbourne majors again this spring carnival season.
There are four other single figure hopes in the 10-horse field including the fellow O’Shea-trained hopeful Hauraki ($6.50).
Jumping one inside his better fancied stablemate from barrier three with Brazilian hoop Joao Moreira booked for the ride, Reset four-year-old Hauraki comes off a seventh in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at the track a fortnight back but has winning form up to 2000m having won the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill in March before his second to Mongolian Khan in the Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) in the autumn.
The next best in betting are Ruling Dynasty ($7.50), the rails-drawn Grand Marshall ($8) for Chris Waller and stablemate Moriarty ($9.50).
James Cummings’s Medalia D’Oro four-year-old Ruling Dynasty is a progressive stallion up in class this weekend on the back of two top two runs at Randwick this time in over the mile, the latest producing a Benchmark 85 win.
His last run in Group company was a sixth in the ATC Derby back in early April and third-up over more distance should be nearing his peak with Tommy Berry retaining the ride.
Waller’s upset Sydney Cup winner over the two miles at Randwick earlier in the year, Dansili gelding Grand Marshall is after his first win since and was beaten under two lengths last time out at the track and distance in the Hill Stakes.
The fellow Waller-trained Group 1 winner Moriarty is a Hugh Bowman mount in the Craven Plate, the veteran eight-year-old a dual winner from three previous runs over the 2000m at Randwick who hasn’t won since the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) in Perth back in December last year.
Waller’s 10-year-old Doomben Cup third placegetter from May I’m Imposing (10) and the Robert Hickmott-trained Group 1 winner in France Gallante ($12) are also in the mix at double figures looking for the upset and value payout after finishing well out of the money in their lead-up runs this campaign.
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