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*UPDATE: #5 Clearly Innocent is out of the All Aged Stakes field and our updated All Aged Stakes Tips have Le Romain running second and Hartnell in third
A smart field of middle-distance gallopers clash at Randwick in the 2018 All Aged Stakes this Saturday in Sydney, our insider tips and update odds on the feature found below.
The last elite level of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, this season’s Group 1 $600,000 Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m) is tipped to go to the gun three-year-old Trapeze Artist.
Last time out the Gerald Ryan-trained Snitzel colt put two lengths on champion sprinter Redzel to win the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) in an upset.
He is now out to frank that form a fortnight on, rising to 1400m and paying $2.25 at Ladbrokes.com.au to salute for the punters in All Aged Stakes betting.
Trapeze Artist is no stranger to the distance having gone all-the-way for his four length win at blowout odds in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) last spring and a third Group 1 success could follow this weekend.
If for some reason the three-year-old doesn’t back-up as well as expected, the bookies have the Darren Weir-trained Brave Smash at $6.50 to improve on his lead-up seventh in the TJ Smith Stakes.
Third to Redzel in The Everest last October, five-year-old Brave Smash won the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield back in late October the last time he got out to the All Aged Stakes distance.
Earlier we published our comprehensive All Aged Stakes 2018 Form Guide & Betting Preview, our insider tips below based on the facts and stats uncovered there.
#10 Trapeze Artist ($2.25)
Too hard to ignore the form of Ryan’s gun three-year-old who won the TJ Smith Stakes emphatically without having been originally set for the race. He’s a four length Group 1 winner over the 1400m that he gets back up to for his original Grand Final this weekend and will be very hard to hold out. Racing for the punters and a slot in The Everest field during the spring, but is out to do a double not completed since 2007. The three-year-olds have a 50% winning strike rate in the past six years, he’s proven at 1400m and wouldn’t need to do any improving on his last start to win again.
#5 Clearly Innocent ($26)
Kris Lees’ six-year-old hasn’t won the Group 1 Kingsford Smith in Brisbane last May, but tipping a return to form here. His latest three starts have produced sixth placed efforts, but the latest was behind Winx in the George Ryder so that’s still a pretty strong form line. Good strike rate at 1400m (4:2-0-1), has been freshened up and is drawn to win in the race’s most successful barrier (7). Also boasts the highest Win Rate (41%) of the field and presents as a livewire place chance, especially if there’s any give in the track.
#1 Le Romain ($8.50)
Last year’s runner-up presents fit third-up and has plenty of form at Randwick (12:4-5-0). From five 1400m runs he has ran second four times and will relish getting out over the trip after the solid fourth in the TJ Smith Stakes at huge odds. Trainer Lees is confident the horse is back to his best with Le Romain chasing his first win since the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) here over a year ago.
Get behind our exclusive All Aged Stakes 2018 tips or your own Sydney racing selections on the Group 1 at Randwick this weekend at the best odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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