Three times Group 1 winner Le Romain has drawn the outside barrier in the ten horse field for the 2017 Group 1 $600,000 Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Hugh Bowman gets the ride again on Le Romain after the pair finished well back in the field when fifteenth to It’s Somewhat in the Group 1 $3m The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on day one of “The Championships’ on April 1.
Even though Le Romain has won over 1600m on two occasions, both at Group 1 level, trainer Kris Lees considers dropping back to the 1400m of the All Aged Stakes will be ideal for the four year old.
“Although he is a two-time group 1 winner at the mile, I think the 1400 metres could be his best trip because of his high cruising speed,” Lees told The Sydney Morning Herald.
“He won the Canterbury Stakes and I think that showed his strength is around this sort of trip.
“He can just sustain it for longer at 1400m and makes him very tough to beat. We will make a final decision on Tuesday after he works but I’m confident he will run, and run very well, on Saturday at the moment.”
Newmarket Handicap winner Redkirk Warrior is also dropping back in distance and is also coming of a last start eleventh in the Doncaster Mile.
Top Melbourne jockey Craig Williams takes over from Regan Bayliss on Redkirk Warrior who has drawn barrier three.
The non-appearance of Black Heart Bart has left leading Victorian trainer Darren Weir with one All Aged Stakes runner, Voodoo Lad, who has drawn the pole position with Damian Lane in the saddle.
Voodoo Lad has been kept to the sprint distances during the Autumn Carnival and after finishing second to Redkirk Warrior in the Group 1 $1.25m Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on March 11, ran fifth to Chautauqua in the Group 1 $2.5m Darley T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 1.
Chris Waller will saddle up two runners in the All Aged Stakes, Japonisme with Glyn Schofield to ride from barrier five, and McCreery with Kerrin McEvoy from gate six.
Tulloch Lodge trainer Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott will be hoping English can go one better in the All Aged Stakes than her last start second in the T J Smith Stakes and will jump from gate two with Blake Shinn retaining the ride.
Cranbourne trainer Mick Bell is hoping for another rain affected track at Randwick on Saturday for his mudlark Jungle Edge who has drawn nicely at barrier four with Kevin Forrester in the saddle again.
The Team Hawkes trained Divine Prophet is the only three year old in the weight for age All Aged Stakes field and will jump from gate eight with Tommy Berry taking over from Dwayne Dunn.
The Mike Moroney trained Tivaci, barrier seven with Damien Oliver, and Noel Mayfield-Smith’s Famous Seamus, barrier nine with Jay Ford, make up the rest of the All Aged Stakes field.
2017 All Aged Stakes Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||22251×1120||LE ROMAIN||Kris Lees||Hugh Bowman||10||59kg||116|
|2||20x5x21x10||REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Craig Williams||3||59kg||109|
|3||3x6039x650||JAPONISME||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||5||59kg||107|
|4||2311210×25||VOODOO LAD||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||1||59kg||107|
|5||251162×156||MCCREERY (GB)||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||6||59kg||106|
|6||7x8390190x||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith||Jay Ford||9||59kg||103|
|7||134028×531||JUNGLE EDGE||Mick Bell||Kevin Forrester||4||59kg||102|
|8||x26330x154||TIVACI||Michael Moroney||Damien Oliver||7||59kg||102|
|9||1x5470x172||ENGLISH||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Blake Shinn||2||57kg||114|
|10||13x1421x97||DIVINE PROPHET||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||8||56.5kg||104|