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Ten three year olds are chasing Group 1 glory today at Randwick when they line up in the $500,000 Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).
Ace High is the early favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au and trainer David Payne is looking forward to another bold front running display that he produced to win Group 3 $200,000 James Boag’s Premium Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill a fortnight ago.
Also on the nine event card is the Group 2 $300,000 Polytrack Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) for the sprinting three year olds and the Group 3 $150,000 Mostyn Copper Angst Stakes (1600m) for the mares.
Follow the Day’s results at Randwick race by race here at races.com.au.
2017 Spring Champion Stakes Day Results
(All times are local times)
Race 1 $100,000 (12:30pm) BRMM Handicap (1400m)
The Bjorn Baker trained Goodfella put up a phenomenal performance to take out the first race on Spring Champion Stakes Day. Winning jockey Jason Collett had no luck from barrier seven in the nine horse field and was caught three wide for the entire trip.
Despite having a tough run, Goodfella ($10) was able to hold off the finishing challenge of the runner up, Our Mantra ($6) who had settled at the tail of the field.
The Chris Waller trained Sparky Lad ($4.40 favourite) tried hard in the straight to finish in third position.
- 1st – Goodfella
- 2nd – Our Mantra
- 3rd – Sparky Lad
Race 2 (1:10pm) $100,000 IGA Liquor Handicap (2000m)
Alward proved to be the better of the three Chris Waller trained stayers that made up the small field for the IGA Liquor Handicap.
The final field of three was stretched out over many lengths with Blake Shinn setting a handy lead on Veladero with Up ‘N’ Rolling second in the run while Brenton Avdulla was happy for Alward to sit behind his two stablemates in the early and middle stages.
The three Waller runners were three abreast on the home turn with Alward ($3.10) proving to be the stronger stayer in the run to the line beating Up ‘N’ Coming ($1.55 favourite) by one and three quarter lengths with Veladero ($8.50) a further three quarters of a lengths away in third spot.
- 1st – Alward
- 2nd – Up ‘N’ Rolling
- 3rd – Veladero
Race 3 (1:50pm) $100,000 Adina Apartment Hotel Handicap (1600m)
Interlocuter kept the punters happy with a comfortable win in the BenchMark 85 Handicap over 1600m.
Winning jockey Tye Angland settled the James Cummings trained Interlocuter midfield before pushing the $2.40 favourite into the clear shortly after heads were turned for home.
The Medaglia D’Oro stallion stretched out nicely in the run to the line to score a dominant win over Mapmaker ($3.90) and Impavido ($6.50).
- 1st – Interlocuter
- 2nd – Mapmaker
- 3rd – Impavido
Race 4 (2:25pm) $60,000 Highway Handicap (1600m)
Murwillumbah based trainer Matt Dunn trifected the Highway Handicap with Bronzed Venom, Cascata Rossa and Dia De Reyes finishing one, two, three.
Winning jockey Benton Avdulla settled Bronzed Venom ($13) mid field and was able to get into the clear at the right time in the straight to surge past his stablemate and favourite Cascata Rossa ($2.30).
Dia De Reyes ($8.50) ran on from back in the field to finish third.
The winner Bronzed Venom was the outsider of the three Dunn runners in the Highway Handicap.
- 1st – Bronzed Venom
- 2nd – Cascata Rossa
- 3rd – Dia De Reyes
Race 5 (3:00pm) $100,000 Bowermans Office Furniture Handicap (1400m)
Jockey Jason Collett produced a great front running ride to lead all of the way on Sir Plush to take out the Bowermans Office Furniture Handicap.
Sir Plush was sent out as the heavily backed $2.25 favourite and racked up a winning double for the trainer Bjorn Baker and Collett.
Mighty Lucky ($11) raced just behind the leaders and battled on in the straight for second with All Our Roads ($14) running on late for third.
- 1st – Sir Plush
- 2nd – Mighty Lucky
- 3rd – All Our Roads
Race 6 (3:35pm) Group 2 $300,000 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m)
The James Cummings trained Viridine kept his undefeated record intact with a tough win in the Roman Consul Stakes.
Brenton Avdulla settled Viridine ($2.25 favourite) just behind the two leaders and responded strongly when pushed up along the fence to grab a two lengths victory over Single Bullet ($5.50) to make it four wins from four starts.
The winner’s stablemate Beau Geste ($4.80) battled on okay to fill third spot.
Avdulla has now ridden Virine twice for two wins.
- 1st – Viridine
- 2nd – Single Bullet
- 3rd – Beau Geste
Race 7 (4:10pm) Group 1 $500,000 Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (2000m)
Jockey Tye Angland stuck to his front running tactics to claim the Group 1 $500,000 Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes.
Angland led on Ace High last start to win the Group 3 $200,000 James Boag’s Premium Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill a fortnight ago and the same tactics proved successful again.
Ace High ($3.10 favourite) dictated from the jump and held on to recorded a nose win over the Chris Waller trained Tangled ($5.50) who attacked the winner all the way down the straight.
Third placegetter Sully ($8.50) ran on strongly from the back to find his way into the minor prizemoney.
- 1st – Ace High
- 2nd – Tangled
- 3rd – Sully
Race 8 (4:50pm) Group 3 $150,000 Angst Stakes (1600m)
Trainer Ron Quinton provided the quinella in the Angst Stakes with Dixie Blossoms turning the tables on her stablemate Daysee Doom.
Kerrin McEvoy settled Dixie Blossoms midfield ($2.70 favourite) and started to make a move forward at the 500m, giving the mare clear running all of the way down the straight.
Daysee Doom ($4.80) was in the firing line from the outset and didn’t give in without a fight when Dixie Blossoms loomed up on her outside.
Dixie Blossoms got the better of her stablemate in the run to the line with Zenalicious ($17) holding on for third place.
- 1st – Dixie Blossoms
- 2nd – Daysee Doom
- 3rd – Zenalicious
Race 9 (5:30pm) $100,000 BenchMark 80 Handicap (1200m)
Trainer Wendy Roche and jockey Brock Ryan combined with the first emergency Chalk to take out the last race on Spring Champion Stakes Day.
The win of Chalk ($13) foiled a betting plunge on the runner-up Redouble who was heavily backed to start the $3.70 favourite with Firsthand ($6.50) running on for third.
Ryan had Chalk parked just off the speed and gave the four year clear running in the straight to hold off the challenge of the Bjorn Baker trained Redouble.
- 1st – Chalk
- 2nd – Redouble
- 3rd – Firsthand
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