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The 2020 Blamey Stakes is the key support act at Flemington on Australian Guineas Day this Saturday and betting on the Group 2 is led by the defending champion Fifty Stars.
Durbridge (1994-95) was the last back-to-back winner of the mile feature, a feat the Lindsay Park-trained Fifty Stars is out to emulate this weekend in the Group 2 $200,000 Thoroughbred Club Blamey Stakes (1600m).
Taking place one race after the highly anticipated rematch between Alligator Blood and Catalyst in the Group 1 $1.5 million Australian Guineas (1600m), the Blamey Stakes field features just nine hopefuls this autumn.
The five-year-old is at a current quote of $3.60 and firming to take out the title again after saluting second-up last season as a $9.50 shot in a 14-horse field.
Fifty Stars went on to win Rosehill’s Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) following the Blamey in 2019 on a Heavy (9) track but hasn’t been first past the post since.
Despite a year between wins he shapes up as the one to beat returning to Flemington where he ran a nice second to Fierce Impact in last November’s Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m) and fifth when stepped up in distance for the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on successive Saturdays.
He ran 11th first-up in last year’s Group 1 CF Orr leading-up to the Blamey Stakes and finished fourth at blowout odds ($41) when only 1.65 lengths off the winning three-year-old Alabama Express in the same event this season.
It is an open Blamey Stakes betting affair in 2020 with a further five runners under $10 to stop Fifty Stars going back-to-back including the firming $4.20 second elect Night’s Watch.
Night’s Watch is the early market mover for trainer Chris Waller and five-time Blamey Stakes winning hoop Damien Oliver.
It has also been a while between drinks for the Redwood six-year-old who hasn’t won a race since the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) back in September of 2018.
Like Fifty Stars, he too has Group 1 form around Fierce Impact when runner-up in last October’s Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m).
First-up Night’s Watch ran 11th in the CF Orr and he is out to emulate Fifty Stars by improving on that placing with a Blamey Stakes win second-up on Saturday coming back from 59kg to 55kg at set weights plus penalties.
Admiral’s Joker ($6), So Si Bon ($7), Ringerdingding ($7.50) and Guizot ($8.50) then present as the dangers bringing to the race a variety of different form lines.
Lightly-raced seven-year-old Admiral’s Joker has just his 17th career start, the Seymour Cup winner third-up after a fifth to Anaheed in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) and fifth again behind Galaxy Raider last start in a 1400m Flemington handicap on February 15.
A stablemate to the favourite, So Si Bon is also prepared by David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig with the So You Think six-year-old looking to improve on a lead-up CF Orr Stakes eighth.
Four-year-old Sebring entire Ringerdingding looks to add to his strong 1600m record (4:2-0-0) and is also a CF Orr graduate (10th) who will appreciate the extra distance, while Guizot comes off a third to Miss Siska in the Group 3 TS Carylon Cup (1600m) at the start of the month.
Miss Siska franked that form returning last weekend to win the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m), which bodes well for 50-start veteran Guizot in the Blamey this Saturday.
2020 Blamey Stakes Field & Barriers
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||16x042874x||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||Archie Alexander||Damian Lane||1||58kg||103|
|2||x6768256x4||FIFTY STARS (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Craig Williams||7||58kg||107|
|3||21x1112x55||ADMIRAL’S JOKER||Kylie Vella||Steven Vella||6||58kg||101|
|4||0x125040x8||SO SI BON||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Luke Nolen||3||57kg||104|
|5||47100x6x40||RINGERDINGDING||Anthony Freedman||John Allen||4||57kg||98|
|6||115×311218||SECRET BLAZE||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Jamie Kah||8||57kg||96|
|7||00x59260x0||NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ)||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||2||55kg||105|
|8||34518×5243||GUIZOT (IRE)||Aaron Purcell||Jordan Childs||9||55kg||96|
|9||Fx63x84811||GALAXY RAIDER||Grahame Begg||Teodore Nugent (a)||5||55kg||95|
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