King Charles III Stakes 2023 Field & Betting: Mr Brightside Tipped to Shine

October 11, 2023

King Charles III Stakes 2023 Field & Betting: Mr Brightside Tipped to Shine

Update: Zaaki is a late scratching from the King Charles III Stakes field today. Click here to read more. 


The inaugural edition of the 2023 King Charles III Stakes runs at Royal Randwick this Saturday and it is the flying Mr Brightside out to stamp himself as the world’s best miler as he returns to Sydney.

2023 Makybe Diva Stakes Winner Mr Brightside

Mr Brightside is tipped to keep the Group 1 wins coming heading up to Sydney for the 2023 King Charles III Stakes this weekend. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Ben, Will & JD Hayes-trained star heads into the Group 1 $5 million King Charles III Stakes (1600m) – a race replacing the George Main Stakes – on The Everest Day on the back of five straight wins.

He did the All-Star Mile – Doncaster Mile double in the autumn before returning this spring to win all three of his lead-up runs including the Group 1 Memsie Stakes and Makybe Diva Stakes at elite level in Melbourne.

Craig Williams continues associations with the six-year-old son of Bullbars this weekend as Mr Brightside looks to add to his imposing 1600m record that stands at 10 wins and a third from 14 previous runs over the distance.

He is also two-from-two at Royal Randwick, gets his chance from a mid-field barrier eight draw which should suit considering he came from mid-field to win the Makybe last start at Flemington, and is the horse to beat.

Mr Brightside sits top of the King Charles III Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au at $2.20 with favourites boasting an imposing record in the old George Main Stakes with 11 wins from 2010-22.

The dangers occupying the second and third lines of King Charles III Stakes betting on the new look event this spring are the nine-year-old weight-for-age marvel Zaaki ($8.50) and Chris Waller’s multiple Group 1 winning mare Fangirl ($9).

Zaaki jumps one inside of Mr Brightside from gate seven with Jamie Kah in the saddle and looks lovely value to keep his good runs going.

The $10.5 million earner has plenty of form at Randwick and the mile and is looking to frank the Sydney form lines this prep.

He ran third to Fangirl fresh in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) only a half-length beaten and was good again in the $1 million 7 Stakes (1600m) at this track and distance going down by the barest of margins after boxing on well.

Zaaki simply doesn’t know how to run a bad race, has some early money coming for him, and would not surprise to see the Annabel Neasham-trained cult horse score an upset here.

Sydney’s premiere trainer Waller has an outstanding record in the old George Main Stakes preparing eight previous winners before the revamp most recently in 2021 with his subsequent Melbourne Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant.

He returns with a livewire shot at a ninth title (first as the King Charles III Stakes) in Fangirl who won the Winx Stakes first-up before a credible third last start in the 7 Stakes two lengths beaten.

She has been kept fit with a subsequent Rosehill trial, jumps from barrier two and has James McDonald on looking to return to winning form.

Waller plays a strong hand in the race numbers-wise with five final acceptors in total.

Fangirl is joined in the King Charles III Stakes field by stablemates Democracy Manifest ($71), the rails-drawn Rediener ($41) coming off four straight wins including the Group 1 Epsom Handicap here with only 50kg on his back, Group 1 winning mare Atishu ($31) coming off a Golden Pendant second to her The Everest contending stablemate Espiona, Kovalica ($12) out in gate 15.

There is a touch of money for Ocean Park four-year-old Kovalica who won the Group 1 Queensland derby (2400m) in Brisbane in style over the mile and a half back in May.

He has had two runs this time in including just being defeated by Rediener here in the Epsom Handicap and he meets him equal in the weights now.

Other standouts in the mix looking to stop the Mr Brightside dominance include the Kerry Parker-trained 7 Stakes winner Think It Over ($14) with super hoop Nash Rawiller aboard from gate four and the imported Fast Company entire Light Infantry Man ($10) on debut down under for the Maher/Eustace stable.

The 2023 King Charles III Stakes is set to run as Randwick Race 9 at 5:35pm (AEDT) as the penultimate event on the bumper 10-race The Everest Day program.

Click here for the latest King Charles III Stakes 2023 markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2023 King Charles III Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x14241x631 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 4 59kg 120
2 3x5211x111 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Craig Williams 8 59kg 119
3 341x217x32 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham Ms Jamie Kah 7 59kg 118
4 8x0653216x HUETOR (FR) Peter & Paul Snowden Joshua Parr 12 59kg 111
5 2x6x372332 LIGHT INFANTRY MAN (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Zac Purton 6 59kg 110
6 6x6026x647 MY OBERON (IRE) Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 3 59kg 109
7 x216x143x2 BUCKAROO (GB) Joseph O’Brien Hugh Bowman 10 59kg 107
8 121735×454 ZEYREK (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Sam Clipperton 13 59kg 106
9 1113553×40 NUGGET (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dylan Gibbons (a) 9 59kg 104
10 3x1761x015 DEMOCRACY MANIFEST Chris Waller Tyler Schiller 16 59kg 101
11 x2400x9013 GOLDEN MILE James Cummings Zac Lloyd (a) 5 58.5kg 109
12 11x3131x92 KOVALICA (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 15 58.5kg 108
13 x641211x11 REDIENER Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 58.5kg 107
14 62x3227x13 FANGIRL Chris Waller James McDonald 2 57kg 114
15 23x216Px52 ATISHU (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 11 57kg 111
16 42x1442x36 HOPE IN YOUR HEART Kerry Parker Jason Collett 14 57kg 109

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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