Sydney’s world-class Autumn Racing Carnival concludes this Saturday with the running of the Group 1 Schweppes All Aged Stakes and Group 1 Moët & Chandon Champagne Stakes on a nine-race card at Royal Randwick.
The Group 1 $480,000 Schweppes All Aged Stakes has again attracted a magnificent field for the traditional end to the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Pierata, having possibly his final race start for Warwick Farm trainer Greg Hickman and jockey Tommy Berry before being his new career as a sire, is the early $4.40 TAB favourite. Pierata is looking to win his second consecutive Schweppes All Aged Stakes, a feat last achieved in 1992/1993 by champion galloper Rough Habit.
One of Australia’s best sprinters Santa Ana Lane ($4.80), trained by Anthony Freedman, will be ridden by in-form jockey Tim Clark, who has already won three Group 1 races during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
The James Cummings-trained Godolphin colt Bivoauc is next in the TAB market at $5, for jockey Hugh Bowman, as the champion jockey chases his third Group 1 win of the carnival.
The 14-horse Schweppes All Aged Stakes includes the John Thompson-trained Dreamforce ($8.50) for jockey Nash Rawiller, as they look to go back-to-back after their last start win in the Group 1 The Agency George Ryder Stakes. Collectively, the Schweppes All Aged Stakes field has won almost $30 million in prizemoney.
The Group 1 $400,000 Moët & Chandon Champagne Stakes is the third leg of the two-year-old Triple Crown, and is headed in TAB markets by the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Kings Legacy ($2.60) for jockey Hugh Bowman.
Hawkes Racing-trained Ole Kirk for jockey James McDonald is the $4.20 TAB second favourite. The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable will be looking to add to their stellar season with the two-year-olds, saddling up Holyfield ($7.50) for jockey Tom Marquand.
The star UK jockey is looking to add to the two Group 1 races he has won during the Sydney Autumn Carnival on Addeybb, including last week’s Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Australian Turf Club Executive General Manager of Racing Services, James Heddo, said Saturday continued one of the best quality Sydney Autumn Racing Carnivals in history.
“We have seen some world-class performances by horses, jockeys and trainers over the past five weeks and Saturday again features a great card of Group 1 and black type racing,” Mr Heddo said.
“Australian Turf Club has been both proud and grateful to have hosted these race meetings during these very challenging times. We thank all of our participants and also our raceday partners and sponsors including this week Schweppes and Moët & Chandon in helping to keep our racing going for everyone on and off track.”
The Royal Randwick course proper was rated a Soft 5 on Thursday and continues to improve heading towards the raceday. A track update and video report with Royal Randwick Racecourse Manager Michael Wood can be found here: