The opening Group race on the Chelmsford Stakes Day program in Sydney on Saturday is the Ming Dynasty Quality 2016 where the James Cummings-trained Skylight Glow makes her return to racing.
The Northern Meteor filly is one of just eight three-year-olds accepted to face off in this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Daily Telegraph Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m), the handicap clash due to run as Randwick Race 3 at 1:20pm (AEST).
Drawn in barrier three, Skylight Glow is as yet untested in stakes company but makes her Black-Type debut first-up on Saturday after winning two of her opening three starts in the winter.
The latest was over the same track and distance of the Ming Dynasty on May 28 and she has trialled twice at Randwick since for two fourths leading up to her return.
Cummings originally also had his star Champagne Stakes winner Prized Icon nominated for the race, but he will be tested in tougher weight-for-age company taking on Winx in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1400m) at the meeting instead.
Carrying the equal 58kg top weight with Skylight Glow in the Ming Dynasty Quality is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Taj Mahal.
A son of More Than Ready, the colt won at Warwick Farm over 1300m to round out his juvenile preparation before a first-up fifth when under three lengths off the 2016 Golden Rose-bound winner Divine Prophet in Randwick’s Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m) on August 20.
Team Snowden have also accepted for Argentina who jumps from barrier six, one alley wider than stablemate Taj Mahal in seven.
Sebring colt Argentina comes off a last start 1200m win at Kembla Grange from a fortnight ago, Saturday his first stakes run.
Also coming off a win is the John Sargent-trained Bit Dusty who jumps from barrier two on the weekend with Tim Clark aboard the O’Reilly gelding.
Bit Dusty won at Beaumont on debut in Newcastle in mid-August and needs to handle a tougher class of rivals to remain undefeated in just his second career run on Saturday.
Other notable Ming Dynasty Quality hopes this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival include the Team Hawkes-trained Swear who won at Hawkesbury on debut over 1300m in late April and Chris Waller’s High Chaparral colt High Mist.
High Mist has had five runs to date for just the one win and was last seen finishing a close second only a neck off the winner Golden Organic over 1500m in a two-years-old handicap at Rosehill in late July.
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2016 Ming Dynasty Quality Final Field & Barrier Draw
Randwick Race 3 (1:20pm) – 03/09/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||511x||SKYLIGHT GLOW||James Cummings||TBA||3||58kg||72|
|2||3x271x5||TAJ MAHAL||Peter & Paul Snowden||TBA||7||58kg||68|
|3||1x||SWEAR||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||5||57.5kg||67|
|4||8×1642||HIGH MIST||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||4||56.5kg||65|
|5||5×102||SHAZEE LEE||Scott Singleton||TBA||1||56.5kg||63|
|6||245×71||ARGENTINA||Peter & Paul Snowden||TBA||6||56.5kg||62|
|7||1||BIT DUSTY||John Sargent||Tim Clark||2||56.5kg||62|
|8||0x32||FABVIER||John P Thompson||TBA||8||56.5kg||60|