A high quality group of sprinters make up the list of nominations for the Group 1 $600,000 Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Half of the eighteen entries are Group 1 winners which will ensure that the All Aged Stakes will contain a start studded line up for the curtain call of the 2017 Sydney Autumn Carnival.
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained English will be looking for back to back wins in the weight for age Group 1 after beating Black Heart Bart in a tight finish last year.
English is racing in fine form and will start as one of the favourites after a last start second to Chautauqua in the Group 1 $2.5m Darley T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 1.
At her previous two starts English scored a first up win in the Group 2 $500,000 Hyland Race Colours Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on March 4 followed by a seventh to Russian Revolution in the Group 1 $700,000 Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill on March 18.
English looks set to clash again with The Darren Weir trained Black Heart Bart who has only missed a place once from his last ten starts since last year’s All Aged Stakes when ninth to Winx in the Group 1 $3m Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley during the 2016 Melbourne Spring Carnival.
Among Black Heart Bart’s last ten starts has been five trips to the Group 1 winner’s stall with his latest effort being a Group 1 winning double at Caulfield during the 2017 Melbourne Autumn Carnival with victories in the $500,000 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) and in the $500,000 italktravel Futurity Stakes (1400m).
Also among the nominations for the All Aged Stakes are Autumn Carnival Group 1 winners Le Romain and Redkirk Warrior.
The Kris Lees trained Le Romain beat Chautauqua three starts back in the Group 1 $500,000 BMW Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on March 4 before finishing second to Winx in the Group 1 $1m China Horse Club George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on March 18.
At his latest run Le Romain failed to impress under handicap conditions when fifteenth to It’s Somewhat in the Group 1 $3m The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on April 1.
The Lindsay Park trained Redkirk Warrior was outstanding with a first up win in the Group 1 $1.25m Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on March 11 but then also struggled in the Doncaster Mile when eleventh to It’s Somewhat.
Outher Group 1 winner’s to be nominated for the All Aged Stakes are Caulfield Guineas winner Divine Prophet, Famous Seamus, Flamberge, Japonisme aand Rebel Dane.
Early betting for the All Aged Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4.20 Black Heart Bart, $5 English, $6.50 Le Romain, $9 Hellbent, $10 Redkirk Warrior, Voodoo Lad, $11 McCreery, Tavaci, $17 Divine Prophet, Spectroscope, $19 Jungle Edge, $26 Counterattack, Flamberge, $31 Japonisme, Rebel Dane, $51 $Articus, $61 Arod, $101 Famous Seamus.
Nominations for the 2017 All Aged Stakes
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||00352×0200||AROD (IRE)||H||6||Chris Waller||105|
|2||4x31215x0x||ARTICUS (FR)||H||5||Darren Weir||105|
|3||x12129x211||BLACK HEART BART||G||6||Darren Weir||115|
|5||13x1421x97||DIVINE PROPHET||C||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||104|
|6||1x5470x172||ENGLISH||M||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||114|
|7||7x8390190x||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||G||8||Noel Mayfield-Smith||103|
|11||134028×531||JUNGLE EDGE||G||6||Mick Bell||102|
|12||22251×1120||LE ROMAIN||G||4||Kris Lees||116|
|13||251162×156||MCCREERY (GB)||G||5||Chris Waller||106|
|14||x236710x99||REBEL DANE||H||7||Gary Portelli||109|
|15||20x5x21x10||REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB)||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||109|
|16||x13433x110||SPECTROSCOPE (USA)||H||4||John O’Shea||100|
|18||2311210×25||VOODOO LAD||G||5||Darren Weir||107|