Autumn Racing Wraps Up at Randwick this Saturday
Major racing at Sydney’s Randwick is near the end of the autumn season. After last weekend’s big day, the meeting this Saturday has the Group 1 All Aged Stakes for those who enjoy a 1400-metre weight-for-age event and the Group 1 AJC Champagne Stakes, a test of the juveniles at 1600 metres run under set-weight conditions.
There are also four Group 3 races on the card, so the final meeting of quality racing at Randwick will showcase the up-and-coming two-year-olds, the crop of three-year-olds that may prove worth watching in the spring, and perhaps the older sprinters looking for one last shot at glory.
English won the All Aged Stakes last year. Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott’s 4YO bay mare is in the field again, priced at $4.00, as this is being typed, and second favourite to Le Romain at $3.80. She carries the best rating in wet conditions.
Darren Weir has Voodoo Lad in at $6.50 and Japonisme at $31.00, making the 4YO gelding the longest proposition in the field of 10, so far as horses with a legitimate chance are concerned.
In the All Aged Stakes, Peter and Paul Snowden’s Invader is almost prohibitive at $1.85. The colt carries a 100 rating in his limited exposure to wet conditions. Only James Cummings’ Whispered Secret at $4.80 figures into the calculations, but as any punter will tell, handicapping two-year-olds requires an adeptness at voodoo, lads.