Super consistent Victorian mare Silent Sedition will be out to continue her successful raid in Sydney on Saturday heading a class Queen Of The Turf Stakes 2017 field in the last on Day 2 of ‘The Championships’.
Royal Randwick is host to a bumper nine races on the weekend with the action coming to a close with the $1 million Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m), run this autumn as the Coolmore Legacy Stakes.
A capacity field of fillies and mares is engaged for the weight-for-age mile classic including War Chant four-year-old Silent Sedition coming off the narrow Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) victory at Moonee Valley.
In her fifth top two run on the trot, Silent Sedition beat home Hellbent by the narrowest of margins under the lights at the March 24 meeting and is back in Sydney on the weekend for the second time this campaign.
Two back she was devastatingly close to posting her maiden elite level success when just nudged out at Rosehill by Heavens Above in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) before the atonement at the Valley.
Silent Sedition has had an unconventional preparation and is back up in distance for the Queen Of The Turf Stakes where Craig Williams has the mount from barrier seven.
Noblet, who is after just his second Group 1 success as a trainer on the weekend, is confident Silent Sedition has what it takes to salute for the punters on Saturday despite no Queen Of The Turf Stakes winner having come off a non-Sydney lead-up since Typhoon Tracy in 2010.
“I thought she would run really well in the William Reid but to win it was a huge bonus,” Noblet told AAP.
“I put her in there mainly because it was going to be a month between runs on a rain-affected track and she was feeling that well.
“I thought she could run in the first three and to go there and win it was just massive.
“After the frustrations of the start before when I thought she should have won the Coolmore Classic, to come out and do that was just really pleasing.”
Silent Sedition’s conqueror in the Coolmore Classic Heavens Above is also in the mix on Saturday chasing the double last achieved by Appearance in 2013.
Tim Martin’s five-year-old shares the sire Street Cry with champion mare Winx, who chases her seventeenth straight win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday’s Randwick race card, and is drawn well in barrier five.
Also coming off a last start victory are the John Thompson-trained Zanbagh and the Mick Price-trained Oregon’s Day who both suffered wide barriers drawing sixteen and fifteen respectively.
Zanbagh took out the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on March 25, a race that has produced two of the past three ATC Queen Of The Turf Stakes winners with the Gai Waterhouse-trained duo of Diamond Drille (4th in 2014) and Amanpour (2nd in 2015).
Oregon’s Day is a three-year-old daughter of Domesday out to be the first filly to beat home the older mares in the race since Forensics for Peter Snowden back in 2008.
She won a Group 3 by a nice margin on William Reid Stakes night, but is yet to race in Sydney.
The other filly in the mix this autumn is the Chris Waller-trained Foxplay out to improve on her close fourth behind Montoya’s Secret in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m).
The Coolmore Legacy Stakes (Queen Of The Turf Stakes) is due to jump at 4:35pm (AEST).