Preview of The Championships Day 2 at Randwick

April 12, 2019 | By More

Day 2 of The Championships will be one for the ages!

Winx will compete in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes in her final run as a racehorse before she heads off to the breeding barn.

An astonishing career that will culminate in her 25th Group 1 victory, making a total of 37 career wins, with 33-straight.

Interestingly, a victory in the Queen Elizabeth will equal Phar Lap’s record in total number of races won.

For punters, it’s a “no bet” race unless you have a lazy $250k to invest at 6% interest.

That’ll pocket you $15k, by the way. Interested?

The spotlight is quite rightly upon our champion Winx, however there is a lot more to the program that will whet the appetite of punters.

Day 1 of The Championships was incredible, highlighted by the win of Santa Ana Lane in the TJ Smith Stakes.

Day 2 promises to be even better and is the culmination of what has been a super high quality autumn carnival in Sydney.

The $4M Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes

The Queen Elizabeth does not require in depth analysis.

Against 8 ever hopeful but forever forlorn rivals, Winx will win a third Queen Elizabeth Stakes in a row.

The hardest part is lining up the 2nd and 3rd placegetters.

The Tancred and Doncaster are the races to study.

Studying the form from these two races, our main bet is Hartnell, for the place at $3.50, who is in top class form.

Shillelagh $71.00 is way over the odds, especially if we get a soft track or better. 

Bet on the Queen Elizabeth Stakes with our preferred online bookmaker, BetEasy.

The other three group 1’s are all quality events with good form references.

The $1M Group 1 Australian Oaks

In the Australian Oaks, Verry Elleegant a short-priced favourite and her versatility has her the top-rated galloper.

The Vinery Stud Stakes has been the better guide over the past decade, but the Adrian Knox has had its share of winners and placegetters. 

If you are looking for a bet outside the favourite, then Aliferous $17.00 looks overs.

The New Zealand Oaks is also a good guide, and normally you should be concentrating on the first and second from that race.

However, Clementina was extremely unlucky and last week, she was a little one-paced.

Back out to the 2400m she could add value to the exotics by finishing top four at $34.00.

Bet on the Australian Oaks with our preferred online bookmaker, BetEasy.

$2M Group 1 Sydney Cup

The Sydney Cup is my favourite race of the day.

Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby has a precedent with his runners so Dubhe $3.50, the favourite, deserves to be our main bet.

Dubhe appears to be favourite on the basis of his trainer’s superb record in bringing horses to this country.

He bypassed the lucrative Dubai World Cup meeting to run here.

Keep in mind, there are a number of other very good, well-weighted stayers in this race.

Big Duke $9.00 comes through the best form references with a top class second in the Tancred and drops to 54 kgs.

Lining up for his second go at the race – his only other attempt in 2017 saw him run a close third.

He later ran 4th in a Melbourne Cup.

His recent form is sound but he does seem to prefer it wet these days.

One of the major players even on a firmer surface.

A definite hope.

Other Sydney Cup hopes

The Chairman’s Handicap has been a good guide for the placings, so Sir Charles Road $21.00 and Gallic Chieftain $17.00 are chances.

Gallic Chieftain comes off a dominant win in the Chairman’s but whether he runs a really strong two miles is the question.

Fourth placegetter, Charles Road ran third in the Sydney Cup last year off the back of a win in the Chairman’s Handicap.

Going well enough to sneak into a place here without surprising.

I never thought I would tip this horse at Group 1 level, but Yogi’s WFA form this time in has been high quality.

Yogi is a genuine two miler who will relish getting out to this trip.

His recent form has seen him running at career peaks, but he has been short of his optimum trip.

He has a huge finish on him and should be charging home late.

Yogi aligns nicely with other runners who have performed well in this race, and he is excellent value at $11.00.

Although the Manion Cup run at Rosehill over 2400m has not been a good guide, Midterm’s win was very good.

Midterm’s stable have a habit of overcoming precedents, so at $8.00 he would be worth an interest.

If you can find a replay of Glory Days winning the Auckland Cup, he would be a valuable addition to your trifectas and first fours.

The Auckland Cup was on a very heavy track but her other form suggests she isn’t just a wet tracker.

All in all, this an excellent edition of the Sydney Cup! 

Bet on the Sydney Cup with our preferred online bookmaker, BetEasy.

$1M Group 1 Coolmore Legacy Stakes

The final Group 1 for The Championships Day 2, and for the Randwick Autumn Carnival, is the Coolmore Legacy Stakes.

The race, formerly known as the Queen Of The Turf, is a 1600m WFA event for fillies and mares.

The Legacy is one of the best fields assembled this autumn.

Since it has been run at Randwick, the Coolmore Classic has become the main lead up.

For 3yo fillies however, the Vinery Stud Stakes as your final prep is the best guide.

The Emancipation Stakes, since being switched to in-between the Coolmore Classic and the Legacy, has also been a good guide.

Interestingly, the Doncaster Mile has not been a great guide, with only one winner and only four placegetters coming from that race.

Mares who have come through with a placing in the Sunline Stakes at Moonee Valley have a good record.

Suggested bets for the Legacy

After studying these precedents for 3YO fillies, Nakeeta Jane $7.50 is the one you want to be on.

She has been up for a long time and coming back from 2000m isn’t ideal.

But she is a really good filly and we are prepared to make her our main bet.

Of the older mares, the three that stand out are Dixie Blossoms, Oregon’s Day and Consensus, who is over-the-odds at $21.00.

Dixie Blossoms was one of the best runs in the Doncaster last week when she flew home in a race dominated by on pacers.

In fact, she recorded the fastest last 600m of any horse in the race.

She is coming off a Group 1 win against mares the start prior so if she holds her form, she’s a huge chance.

Consensus is the kiwi mare who picked off a Group 2 at Moonee Valley last time and is racing very well.

The barrier makes it hard but she can be somewhere in the finish.

Prompt Response took the WFA path, and her two runs in the Canterbury Stakes and George Ryder Stakes were excellent. 

Bet on the Coolmore Legacy with our preferred online bookmaker, BetEasy.

Enjoy The Championships Day 2

Our Mayor’s racing tips and best bets are published every Saturday morning for your convenience.

Make sure you check them out for The Championships Day 2.

Racing tips, best bets, lucky longshots, quaddies and the highly successful ‘Weekend Special’ are all part of the service.

Don’t forget to register your entries in the coffee quaddie over in our Tipping Forum.

We’ll review the meeting next week and see how punters fared.

As always, we wish all investors good luck and many winners!  

By Voyager, a Village member since 2007.

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