Last Day of Major Autumn Racing at Randwick Looks Promising

This weekend marks the last hurrah for Group 1 racing at Royal Randwick in Sydney. There are six of the races on the card that represent the top level of Australian thoroughbred racing.

The Group 1s are the All Aged Stakes and the ATC Champagne Stakes.

At the Group 3 level are the Japan Racing Association Plate, the James HB Carr Stakes, the Hall Mark Stakes and the Frank Packer Plate.

The first Group 1 of the day is race number six, the Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes. You do not have to break open a bottle of the bubbly to watch or have a punt, but you certainly can do so, if that is your preference.

Thirteen horses are on the market for the race and this looks like a tough one in which to pick a winner. Three horses are tied on the first line of the betting, Outrageous, coming out of three, Not A Single Cent, coming out of five, and Seabrook, from the 12th barrier, all quoted at $5.50 for the moment by Ladbrokes. Other than Blazing Issue at $81, no horse in the field is over $34, so this looks to be tight 1600 metre for the two-year-olds and recent history has shown that even an $81 chance in a juvenile race is not out of the question.

Of the three favourites, Outrageous is being backed, Not A Single Cent has been stable and Seabrook has lengthened by almost a dollar.

The other Group 1 is next, the Schweppes All Aged Stakes.

Since this one is weight-for-age, the punting will be a bit easier and Trapeze Artist is the clear favourite at $2.20. Next is Brave Smash at $7.50, followed by Le Romain at $8.50 and good old Hartnell at $9.00.

Hartnell has Hugh Bowman as his rider and Bowman may be keen to add to his impressive Group 1 haul from his autumn carnival work.

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