Outside of the elite racing action happening in Brisbane for Stradbroke Handicap Day the other Black-Type of the weekend is Saturday’s June Stakes 2016 at Royal Randwick where Spieth is short priced favourite to win the Sydney feature.
Set to run as Randwick Race 8 at 3:50pm (AEST), this year’s $100,000 Listed Sydney Markets Limited June Stakes (1100m) originally drew an above capacity field.
The full 14 runners are still set to line up however with the first two emergencies Le Cordon Bleu (15) and Jungle Edge (5) coming in for early scratchings Sultry Feeling (17) and I Am Zelady (6).
Sitting top of the June Stakes betting markets as the firm $2.50 top fancy is the in-form Spieth for trainer Bryce Heys, the Thorn Park colt chasing his third win on the trot should he also gain a run.
Currently the three-year-old is the fourth emergency, meaning he needs a further two horses to come out of the line-up before he is confirmed of a start in the handicap clash.
He is up in class again after a failed 10th to Japonisme three back in Randwick’s Group 2 Arrowfield 2YO Sprint (1200m) having enjoyed confidence boosting wins at Kembla Grange and Rosehill in May.
The bookies are taking no chances with Spieth who is a triple acceptor across the June Stakes Day card.
His other possible runs should he fail to gain a start in the day’s feature are in the $85,000 Sydney Markets Foundation Handicap (1100m) where he is allocated the 60kg but will carry 56kg thanks to the claim of apprentice Rory Hutchings, and he is also the fourth of five emergencies in the $85,000 Glenn Wheeler Handicap (1200m) that closes the card as Race 9 at 4:30pm (AEST).
Following Spieth in the June Stakes betting markets this season are a further five other single-figure hopes including the $5.50 second favourite Brook Road.
Brenton Avdulla is booked to ride Kris Lees’ God’s Own mare, the five-year-old chasing her fourth win from nine starts at the distance.
She’s a four-time placegetter from five runs at Randwick and was last seen crossing a credible fourth to Kaepernick, who runs in Eagle Farm’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) in Brisbane on Saturday, in the Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m) at Scone on May 14.
That followed on from another brave effort behind another Stradbroke starter this winter when third to Two Blue in Randwick’s Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) during ‘The Championships’ in April.
The next best in the June Stakes odds at $7 is the 58kg top weight Kuro drawn a treat in barrier two.
Joe Pride’s Denman four-year-old is a dual winner at the track but hasn’t won a race since last year’s Listed Mick Dittman in Brisbane.
He ran sixth in the Ortensia Stakes in mid-May and has been brought on since with a winning Warwick Farm trial by nearly four lengths over 802m on May 30.
The early June Stakes market mover backed in from $8.50 to $7.50 is the flying Danish Twist coming off three wins on the trot.
Another in the mix for Newcastle’s Lees, the four-year-old daughter of Dane Shadow’s latest turf triumph was at Scone a month ago when enjoying a good win from a wide barrier (14 of 15) in the Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) against her own kind.
She’s up against the boys again on Saturday then and goes up from 54kg last start to 56kg on the weekend.
The last of the runners under $10 in betting is Le Cordon Bleu ($8.50) who has secured a start but still has work to do from a wide alley.
A jockey is also still to be confirmed for the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Snitzel five-year-old who comes off a win over 1200m at Rosehill in a Benchmark 82 from May 21.
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