Four Group races – including a 'mini The Everest' and Australian racing’s most exciting three-year-old filly – headline a cracking card of racing at Royal Randwick this Saturday as Sydney heads towards its biggest ever spring.
Just two weeks before the official start of Australian Turf Club’s Everest Carnival, Saturday’s Might and Power Raceday offers Sydney racegoers a first taste of world-class spring racing.
Saturday’s Might and Power Raceday will again raise funds and awareness for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and in particular its Babies At Risk program.
More than $5.7 million has been raised on racedays over the past 22 years through the involvement of former champion galloper Might and Power’s owner Nick Moraitis.
The Group 2 $200,000 Darley Furious Stakes – the second leg of the Darley Princess Series – sees Anthony Cummings’s boom filly Libertini a dominant $1.18 TAB fixed odds favourite.
To be ridden by the in-form Tommy Berry, Libertini is looking to take out the second leg of the Darley Princess Series after winning first up in the Darley Silver Shadow Stakes.
The only other runner under double-figure odds is the Gerald Ryan trained Villami, at $6.50 for jockey Tim Clark.
The Group 3 $160,000 Forum Concorde Stakes features six of Australia’s best sprinters, including three The TAB Everest slot runners and three others looking to attract a slot for the world’s richest race on turf.
Remarkably, Redzel, the winner of the first two runnings of the TAB Everest and the defending Concorde Stakes champion, is the $8 TAB 'outsider' in Saturday’s field, headed in the market by Nature Strip at $2.30.
Redzel will again represent slot owner Yulong Investments in the $14 million The TAB Everest at Royal Randwick on 19 October, while Nature Strip is looking to gain a remaining slot.
The TAB Everest slot runners Sunlight ($5), for father and son training partnership Tony and Calvin McEvoy, and the Warwick Farm, Greg Hickman-trained Pierata ($7) add a further dimension to the Forum Concorde Stakes.
And Saturday’s super field includes the unbeaten Queensland flyer Zoustar – trained by Tony Gollan and ridden by Brad Stewart – at $5.50, and Kris Lees’s gun four-year-old entire Graff ($6.50) for jockey Brenton Avdulla.
The Group 2 $250,000 Bob Ingham Chelmsford Stakes has attracted a strong 16-horse field, headed by the James Cummings-trained and Godolphin owned star Avilius, a hot $1.95 favourite.
He takes on last-start Group 1 Winx Stakes winner Samadoubt ($8.50) for Warwick Farm trainer Bjorn Baker and jockey Tim Clark, along with a host of Chris Waller runners headed by Unforgotten ($8).
The Group 2 $200,000 Harvey Norman Tramway Handicap is headed in TAB markets by cult New Zealand runner Te Akau Shark at $2.50.
Trained by Jamie Richards and ridden by James McDonald, Te Akau Shark has among its owners high-profile NRL Cronulla Sharks star Paul Gallen.
Further star horse power will be on show this Saturday with a serious of exhibition gallops for horses headed towards several of the Everest Carnival’s Group 1 races.
Following the running of Race 1, the Anthony Cummings-trained Mizzy (Tommy Berry) and Prince Fawaz (Kerrin McEvoy) will gallop over 800m.
They will be immediately followed by the James Cummings pair of Osborne Bulls (Hugh Bowman) and Home Of The Brave (Tim Clark) also over 800m.
After the running of Race 2, the Chris Waller-trained Yes Yes Yes (Nash Rawiller) and Zousain (James McDonald) will gallop separately over 1000m.
The Royal Randwick track was rated a Soft 7 on Thursday morning but is expected to continually improve towards a Good surface by Saturday morning.
A track report with Royal Randwick Racecourse Manager Michael Wood is available here:
All racing, ticketing and general information for Saturday and the upcoming Everest Carnival in Spring is available at theraces.com.au