2020 Chipping Norton Stakes Day: Randwick Scratchings & Track Report

February 29, 2020

2020 Chipping Norton Stakes Day: Randwick Scratchings & Track Report

The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival action continues today, Saturday February 29, with the dual Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes Day 2020 meeting – a full Randwick track report and latest scratchings for which are detailed below.

Fierce Impact. Photo: Steve Hart.

Fierce Impact looks one of the best value runners in the 2020 Chipping Norton Stakes field at Randwick. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

Randwick Track Report – 29/02/2020

  • Rail: True
  • Penetrometer: 5.09
  • Weather: Fine
  • Track Type: Turf
  • Track Rating: Good (4)
  • Irrigation: Nil last 24 hrs; 8mm last 7 days
  • Rainfall: Nil last 24 hrs; 1mm last 7 days

The weather in Sydney is for a partly cloudy but fine day and with no chance of rainfall across the afternoon the current Good (4) Randwick track rating looks set to remain making for a perfect day’s racing.

Randwick racing kicks off at 12:55pm (AEDT) and the nine-race card continues through until 5:50pm (AEDT).

The early features on the program are for the Golden Slipper-bound two-year-olds with a ballot free ride into the $3.5 million feature on offer in both the Group 2 2020 Sweet Embrace Stakes (Race 2) and the Group 2 2020 Skyline Stakes (Race 3).

The Sweet Embrace Stakes field is down to seven fillies following three notable scratchings: #4 Supreme Idea (5), #6 Dubai Star (9) and #9 Close To Me (8) and updated odds are firming on the Team Snowden-trained favourite Stellar Pauline ($2.20 @ Ladbrokes.com.au).

In the equivalent race for colts and geldings, the full nine starter Skyline Stakes field remains with betting led by the undefeated Canonbury Stakes winner Prague ($2.60 @ Ladbrokes.com.au).

The meeting is of course headlined by two elite level races starting with the Group 1 2020 Surround Stakes (Race 6) for three-year-old fillies.

Eleven are left in the Surround Stakes field after a trio of withdrawals from the half-a-million-dollar clash most notably the unbeaten #7 How Womantic (13).

It still looks a brilliant edition of still-new Group 1 race with first-up Light Fingers Stakes winner Flit ($2.90 @ Ladbrokes.com.au) firming into favouritism over Funstar ($3.40).

The marquee race on the card is then the Group 1 2020 Chipping Norton Stakes (Race 7) and in the mile classic 13 will do battle after Chris Waller withdrew #14 Danzdanzdance (3) from the weight-for-age showdown.

The latest Chipping Norton Stakes odds online have the Kiwi raider Te Akau Shark ($2.90 @ Ladbrokes.com.au) as the one to beat, but there looks plenty of class and value in the race including the $6.50 price on multiple Group 1 champ Fierce Impact.

See below for the full Randwick race scratchings and jump times before heading online to Ladbrokes.com.au for the top Saturday racing odds.

Randwick Scratchings – 29/02/2020

Total Scratchings: 16

Race 1 (12:55pm) – $75,000 TAB Highway Handicap (1000m)

  • #2 Conspirator (9)
  • #4 Siege Warfare (12)
  • #10 Casino Delight (17)
  • #11 Dixie (21)
  • #16 All Hollywood (22)
  • #21e Mon Petite Fille (1)

Race 2 (1:30pm) – Group 2 $200,000 Drinkwise Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m)

  • #4 Supreme Idea (5)
  • #6 Dubai Star (9)
  • #9 Close To Me (8)

Race 3 (2:05pm) – Group 2 $200,000 Schweppes Skyline Stakes (1200m)

  • No current scratchings

Race 4 (2:40pm) – Group 3 $160,000 Liverpool City Cup (1300m)

  • #7 Haunted (10)

Race 5 (3:15pm) – Group 2 $200,000 Guy Walter Proven Thoroughbreds Stakes (1400m)

  • No current scratchings

Race 6 (3:50pm) – Group 1 $500,000 Heineken 3 Surround Stakes (1400m)

  • #7 How Womantic (13)
  • #10 Betcha Flying (10)
  • #12 Emeralds (8)

Race 7 (4:30pm) – Group 1 $600,000 TAB Chipping Norton Stakes (1400m)

  • #14 Danzdanzdance (3)

Race 8 (5:10pm) – $125,000 Ranvet Handicap (2000m)

  • #2 Mongolian Wolf (13)

Race 9 (5:50pm) – $125,000 Quincy Seltzer Handicap (1200m)

  • #10 Dio D’Oro (10)

*All times quoted are local (AEDT) and subject to change  

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