Le Romain Leads All Aged Stakes 2017 Field

With the as expected non-acceptance of Black Heart Bart from Saturday’s 2017 All Aged Stakes field the new top fancy for the Royal Randwick feature is the Kris Lees-trained Le Romain.

Le Romain

Le Romain leads the 2017 All Aged Stakes Field & Odds for the weight-for-age Group 1 at Randwick this weekend. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Darren Weir’s champion galloper Black Heart Bart bypasses the $600,000 Group 1 Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m) with Sydney racing set to happen on another rain-affected track on the weekend.

The Goodwood-bound Black Heart Bart instead heads straight to Adelaide next month, while Le Romain will take top spot in the All Aged Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au for this weekend’s autumn Group 1.

Dissident in 2015 was the first four-year-old All Aged Stakes winner since the mare Shamekha (2005), but the bookies are taking no chances with four-year-old stallion Le Romain this season.

The multiple Group 1 winner’s last turf triumph was in the Canterbury Stakes over 1300m at Randwick on a wet track in early March.

A second to Winx in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) followed before the son of Hard Spun failed to fire running 15th to It’s Somewhat in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) a fortnight back.

He faces an easier task at weight-for-age back to 1400m on the weekend, his three previous runs over the distance producing a trio of second place efforts that he’ll be out to go one better than in the All Aged Stakes results.

The last All Aged Stakes winner to come out of the Doncaster Mile was the Japanese-trained mare Hana’s Goal (6th in 2014), while the last favourite to salute in the race was All Too Hard (2013) the previous year for Team Hawkes.

The reigning All Aged Stakes winner English has been accepted to defend her title, out to go back-to-back in the race for the first time since Rough Habit (1992-93).

Top mare Sunline subsequently won dual editions of the All Aged Stakes, but on non-successive years saluting in 2000 and 2002.

Prepared by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, English won the event last autumn as a three-year-old filly coming off a third in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).

She had her final lead-up in the same Randwick sprint this year, finishing second to the now triple champ Chautauqua.

English must still clear a Thursday vet check before being confirmed for the All Aged Stakes field however after suffering a minor leg laceration.

The sole last-start winner in the mix meanwhile is Mick Bell’s known mudlark Jungle Edge.

The son of Dubawi was a relative unknown until this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Two back he ran a shock third after an on-pace run up front in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill as a 50/1 roughie on a mud track.

He then saluted over 1200m at Rosehill in the Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes at much shorter odds on March 25.

Saturday will be his first look at 1400m since finishing last (13th) to Bon Aurum in the Group 1 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield in September last year.

Other notable All Aged Stakes acceptors this year include the Newmarket Handicap winner Redkirk Warrior in barrier three for jockey Craig Williams and Weir’s remaining hopeful Voodoo Lad with the rails run from barrier one.

See below for the full All Aged Stakes 2017 field, barriers and jockeys with updated markets to open shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 All Aged Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Randwick Race 7 (3:45pm) – 15/04/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 22251×1120 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 10 59kg 116
2 20x5x21x10 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 3 59kg 109
3 3x6039x650 JAPONISME Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 5 59kg 107
4 2311210×25 VOODOO LAD Darren Weir Damian Lane 1 59kg 107
5 251162×156 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 6 59kg 106
6 7x8390190x FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith Jay Ford 9 59kg 103
7 134028×531 JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Kevin Forrester 4 59kg 102
8 x26330x154 TIVACI Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 7 59kg 102
9 1x5470x172 ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Blake Shinn 2 57kg 114
10 13x1421x97 DIVINE PROPHET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 8 56.5kg 104

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