One of the glamour days on the Australian racing calendar Moët & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day at Royal Randwick continues Sydney’s spectacular $40 million Everest Carnival this Saturday.
The Group 1 $1 million Moët & Chandon Stakes for three-year-olds headlines a big day of Group racing which also includes the inaugural running of the $500,000 Silver Eagle for the four-year-olds.
The Sliver Eagle is a key pathway to the Everest Carnival’s innovative $7.5 million Golden Eagle, with the first three placegetters on Saturday automatically in the field for the showpiece race at Rosehill Gardens on 2 November.
Ladies and all of the style and glamour of a Spring day at the track take centre stage on Saturday for the Harrolds Fashion Chute, adjacent to the Theatre Of The Horse, with thousands of dollars in prizes on offer.
It is one of a host of precincts across Royal Randwick for general admission customers including Pony Palms on the leger lawn as Sydney prepares for the world’s richest race on turf the $14 million The TAB Everest on 19 October.
The Mark Newnham-trained Shadow Hero for jockey Josh Parr is the $1.80 favourite with TAB fixed odds in the Moët & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes. Newnham is looking to win the race for a second consecutive year.
Castelvecchio ($4) trained by Warwick Farm’s Richard Litt and ridden by Brenton Avdulla is gunning for his second Royal Randwick Group 1 win after taking out the Moët & Chandon Champagne Stakes in the autumn.
The first running of the $500,000 Silver Eagle has attracted a strong field, headed in TAB markets by the Tasmanian visitor The Inevitable ($2.60) for trainer Scott Brunton and top Sydney jockey Nash Rawiller.
Fasika, trained at Warwick Farm by Joe Pride and ridden by Rachael King, is a $5 second favourite, ahead of Mizzy ($6.50), aiming for a fourth straight win for trainer Anthony Cummings and ridden on Saturday by Tim Clark.
The Group 2 $300,000 Polytrack Roman Consul Stakes features the return of top Godolphin youngster Microphone ($2.40). He shares favouritism with the Peter and Paul Snowden stable’s Cosmic Force ($2.40).
The Group 3 $250,000 Yulong Australia Stan Fox Stakes features the highly-promising and unbeaten Gerald Ryan colt Bottega ($2.40). He takes on the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace filly Kooweerup at $3.50.
The Group 3 $160,000 Bentley Angst Stakes sees the Chris Waller-trained Noire a $3.70 favourite in a wide-open betting race.
The Royal Randwick track was rated a Good 4 on Thursday morning and for a track report with Royal Randwick Racecourse Manager Michael Wood below.
Travel on all NSW Transport services to and from Royal Randwick this Saturday is included in the price of pre-purchased tickets, as well as for Australian Turf Club Members.
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