The All Aged Stakes 2016 steals the show in Sydney on Saturday afternoon and while there may only be eight in the mix for the weight-for-age feature at Royal Randwick, it is shaping up as a cracking edition.
Set to run as Randwick Race 7 at 3:45pm (AEST), this year’s $600,000 Group 1 Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m) markets at Ladbrokes.com.au have five in the field under $10 for the win in a wide open affair.
Current $3.60 favourite in the All Aged Stakes odds is the Chris Waller-trained Caulfield Guineas winner Press Statement.
He jumps from barrier six with the in-form Hugh Bowman booked for the ride on the Hinchbrook colt whose lead-up runs include a Randwick Guineas second as the beaten favourite and the third to the world’s best Winx in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) from March 19.
Following closely are the likes of fellow three-year-old English ($4.60) for the race’s most successful trainer Gai Waterhouse and the current 2016 Stradbroke Handicap favourite Malaguerra ($4.20) who is also the All Aged Stakes market mover backed in from an earlier quote of $4.60.
So will Press Statement win another Group 1 on Saturday or is there value tipping an upset All Aged Stakes result from the likes of Waller’s other runner Kermadec ($6.50) or the Darren Weir-trained Newmarket Handicap runner-up Black Heart Bart ($6)?
#6 Press Statement ($3.60)
There are plenty of livewire hopes in the field, but it is hard to look past the current favourite. Favourites have a gun recent record in the race and think this in-form three-year-old can continue the punters’ luck here. He was brave when third in the WFA George Ryder last start and has had the good little freshen-up since. Bowman is in form also and is aboard here, Press Statement boasting an excellent 90% place rate and two-from-three record over the 1400m he’s down to on Saturday.
#1 Kermadec ($6.50)
Willing forgive Kermadec the Doncaster failure last start, and think this horse can bounce back stepping back to 1400m on Saturday. The classy four-year-old has a great record at Randwick (7-2-2-1) and there were plenty of excuses last start. He’s passed fit since and is out to atone in a smaller field at a good price.
#7 English ($4.60)
Waterhouse has trained more All Aged Stakes winners than any other trainer and her smart filly English is a genuine hope of adding to the trophy cabinet this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. She’s drawn in gate seven with Sam Clipperton in the saddle, the Encosta De Lago filly two-from-four at the track and coming off the brave third to Chautauqua in the TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) from a wide barrier 14 of 15 draw.
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