The official All Aged Stakes 2016 field and updated betting markets for Saturday’s feature race at Royal Randwick are now out with a host of livewire chances in the weight-for-age Sydney classic.
Running as Randwick Race 7 at 3:45pm (AEDT), this season’s $600,000 Group 1 Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m) has attracted just eight final acceptors, continuing the run of below capacity fields for the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival showdown.
In the latest All Aged Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, five of the eight runners are under double figures for the win including the $3.50 favourite Press Statement prepared by Chris Waller.
Waller trained the 2009 All Aged Stakes winner Danleigh and this year his three-year-old Hinchinbrook colt Press Statement is out to become the first favourite to salute for the punters since All Too Hard (2013) won in his three-year-old season.
Winner of the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne last year, Press Statement has had three runs this time in including a Randwick Guineas second as the beaten favourite and his last start third to Winx in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) on March 19.
The last All Aged Stakes winner to back-up straight out of the George Ryder Stakes without another run in between was Racing To Win (2nd) in 2008.
Hot on Press Statement’s heels in the All Aged Stakes markets at $4.40 each for the win are co-second favourites Malaguerra and English.
The in-form Magnus four-year-old Malaguerra is favourite for the winter’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) in Brisbane, but first tackles his first elite level assignment on the weekend since his 2014 Blue Diamond 10th to Earthquake.
He has won his four latest starts dating back to early November and was last seen beating home Target In Sight on March 26 at Rosehill in the Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m).
Blake Shinn retains the ride in the All Aged Stakes on Malaguerra who is drawn a treat in barrier two.
English is out to become the first All Aged Stakes winning filly since Atlantic Jewel (2012) when she lines-up for the race’s four-time winning trainer Gai Waterhouse.
Waterhouse won the race with All Our Mob (1997), Arlington Road (2003), Shamekha (2005) and Bentley Biscuit (2007) and is back in 2016 with her three-year-old daughter of Encosta De Lago.
English won first-up off a lengthy spell at Randwick taking out the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) before her sixth in The Galaxy and last start third in a brave effort from barrier 14 of 15 in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).
She has a strong Randwick record of two wins and a third from four starts, her TJ Smith Stakes jockey Shinn replaced on Saturday by Sam Clipperton.
Rounding out the hopes under $10 are then the now Darren Weir-trained Black Heart Bart ($5) and Waller’s other runner Kermadec ($7).
Former Western Australian-trained galloper Black Heart Bart has had two runs for Weir in Melbourne running second in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington before his Caulfield win on March 26 in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m).
Kermadec meanwhile was runner-up in the George Ryder Stakes before failing to beat home any other runner, pulling up lame after his 15th in the Doncaster Mile that he won 12 months earlier.
He’s recovered since that disappointment, Waller hoping he is back to his best as the Teofilo four-year-old looks to earn a trip to England’s Royal Ascot along with Press Statement later in the year.
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