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Preview of the All Aged Stakes meeting at Randwick

April 19, 2019 | By More

The All Aged Stakes meeting on Easter Saturday at Randwick concludes a memorable 2019 Sydney autumn racing carnival.

Two wide open Group 1 races, the All Aged Stakes (1400m) and the Champagne Stakes (1600m), represent highly competitive racing.

The All Aged Stakes is the final “open age” Group 1 of the Sydney autumn and has attracted an elite field of sprinters.

The Champagne Stakes sees a quality field of two year olds come together for the final leg of the Triple Crown.

All Aged Stakes

The All Aged Stakes is a time-honoured event and has brought together a very good line up. 

The open-aged WFA event, sees us isolating the T.J.Smith and the Doncaster as the two races to study.

Study of these two races show up some interesting facts.

Those coming through the Doncaster should have run between 6th and 15th. They also need to be at $9.00 or better.

The runners also need to have Group 1 form at 1400m. 

With the T.J.Smith Stakes we need to isolate the top four and horses who have had the two 1200m runs, preferably up to the 1400m.

After the form study, Osborne Bulls, Pierata, Champagne Cuddles, Le Romain and Siege Of Quebec are our winning chances. 

The main bet is Osborne Bulls @ $3.20.

Bet on the All Aged Stakes with our preferred online bookmaker, Unibet.

Osborne Bulls’ day in the sun?

Osborne Bulls has finished second to three different horses in Australia’s three premier sprints – the Lightning, Newmarket and TJ Smith.

Only concern, is this an afterthought at the end of a long campaign?

The two over-the-odds are Le Romain and Siege Of Quebec.

It has been a long campaign for Le Romain and dropping back from a mile off a wide draw is a difficult ask. He’s brilliant on his day.

Siege of Quebec ran a solid seventh in the Doncaster but that was right down the bottom of the weights.

This is quite a difficult ask at weight for age and might be a risk to be caught wide from the draw.

Champagne Stakes

The other Group 1 is pretty straight forward.

The Champagne Stakes sees the two year olds line up for the 1600m at Randwick and the Inglis Sires Produce is the race to study.

Placegetters in the Sires’ have a good record in the Champagne.

Horses who ran 4th to 9th in the Sires’ go around at double figure odds and represent good value, especially in the exotics. 

The three runners to isolate are Castelvecchio, Loving Gabby and Crystal Falls. 

For me the main bet is Castelvecchio @ $3.60, and the overs is with Crystal Falls @ $13.00.

Bet on the Champagne Stakes with our preferred online bookmaker, Unibet.

Castelvecchio deserves a Group 1.

Castelvecchio skipped the Golden Slipper in order to target the Sires and Champagne.

It looked like he felt the effects of the five weeks between runs at the end of the Sires.

Still ran really well to finish third behind Microphone and Loving Gaby.

He should have taken improvement from that run and the patience of connections can be rewarded here.

Loving Gaby lines up in her third straight Group 1 and her efforts can’t be faulted in any of them.

Nonetheless, it has been a huge campaign and could they be going to the well once too often?

Given there was very little between her and Castelvecchio in the Sires, we’re leaning towards the colt who has been targeted for this race.

It would be no surprise though if Loving Gaby grabbed her Group 1 here.

Crystal Falls got past the stragglers in the Sires Produce.

While she shapes a place chance it’s hard to make a case for her turning the tables on Loving Gaby and Castelvecchio but is a good filly.

The Fernhill is not as prevalent for placegetters here.

Assuming they have taken no harm, the two horses who fell in the Fernhill last week, Persan and War Baron, are huge overs.

Persan could have gone very close to winning if he had not been brought down.

It is hard to be confident as it’s just one week later.

Just a side note for the Champagne.

Most runners usually come through the Sires or the Fernhill.

However, there is some precedent for placing here without having run in either of those events.

Conversely, horses who have not run in either of those races have had to have won at their last start, and they need to be double figures.

In this year’s race, Lady Lupino and Chia both come through that formline.

They have depth to their form, especially Chia who has a close second to Kiamichi on her record!

Chia comes off a dominant win last time when leading throughout at Hawkesbury.

She probably sits outside Lady Lupino here and is in the mix to run top four.

Lady Lupino knocked off Chenier, the $1.24 favourite, last time at Sandown and she was well and truly holding him on the line.

The form is excellent because the time for the race was pretty smart.

She can go forward here and control the race, and we expect her to lead for a long way.

Enjoy the conclusion of Sydney’s Autumn Carnival

Grab the betting promotions for this weekend. Read the page thoroughly as there’s sure to be something for you.

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

Make sure you check them out for the All Aged Stakes meeting before making your bets.

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 early next week.

While the Sydney carnival may have drawn to a close, we still have several Group 1’s in Adelaide and Brisbane to review over the next six weeks.

As we always do we would like to wish all investors, the best of luck this weekend!

By Voyager, a Village member since 2007.

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