The Group 3 $160,000 Quincy Seltzer Up & Coming Stakes headlines a nine-race card at Royal Randwick this Saturday as a classy field of three-year-olds heads toward the $1 million De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose.
Highly-promising Hawkes Racing-trained colt North Pacific has opened the $2.30 TAB favourite in the Quincy Seltzer Up & Coming Stakes with Sydney’s reigning premiership-winning jockey James McDonald aboard.
Unbeaten colts Smart Image ($4.20 TAB) for trainers Peter and Paul Snowden and jockey Kerrin McEvoy and Yardstick ($4.80 TAB) trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and ridden by Tim Clark are next in betting.
The Quincy Seltzer Up & Coming Stakes is the first of a number of pathway races for the three-year-olds over the coming weeks before the running of the first $1 million race of the Sydney Spring – the De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose at Rosehill Gardens on 26 September.
Saturday also sees the start of Spring campaigns towards two other feature Group 1 races of the Sydney Spring Carnival – the $1 million TAB Epsom and $750,000 Heineken 3 Metropolitan.
The $125,000 Spring Preview is headed in TAB markets by Man Of Peace for in-form apprentice Louise Day and trainer Matthew Dale, ahead of the Chris Waller trained Shared Ambition ($5.50 TAB) for jockey Tom Sherry.
The Australian Turf Club continues to welcome spectators back to the track under strict Covid protocols and enhanced safety measures.
All patrons must either pre-purchase hospitality to dine in selected restaurants or must pre-book tickets to unreserved seating areas in line with the current NSW Public Health Order.
The Royal Randwick track was rated a Heavy 9 on Thursday morning.
A track report recorded on Thursday morning with Royal Randwick Racecourse Manager Michael Wood is available here.
All racing, ticketing and general information for Saturday and future racedays is available at theraces.com.au