Twelve two year olds, headed by the John O’Shea trained Telperion, will line up in the Group 1 $1m Inglis Sires’ (1400m) on the first day of ‘The Championships’ at Randwick on Saturday.
Telperion, the only runner in the field to carry the Godolphin royal blue colours, has drawn barrier four with the stable’s number one rider James McDonald back in the saddle.
Godolphin’s English based jockey James Doyle rode Telperion in the Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on March 19 when he was an eye catching fourth to Capitalist when wearing the blinkers for the first time.
The Street Cry colt settled near the tail of the field and made up many lengths in the straight to finish only two and a half lengths from the winner, indicating that the extra 200m of the Inglis Sires’ will suit him perfectly.
O’Shea said that Telperion had pulled up well after the Golden Slipper and worked strongly at Warwick Farm on Monday morning.
“It was hard to miss his Slipper run and he worked good on the course proper at Warwick Farm on Monday. Taken no harm from it,” O’Shea said.
“He only has to repeat his Golden Slipper run to be right in the finish here.”
The David Vandyke trained Yankee Rose is also coming off a first class effort in the Golden Slipper when a fast finishing second to Capitalist and will also appreciate the step up to the 1400m of the Inglis Sires’.
Hong Kong based Australian jockey Zac Purton rode Yankee Rose in the Golden Slipper and will back to ride her at Randwick on Saturday.
Good Standing from the James Cummings stable is also coming out of the Golden Slipper where he finished tenth behind Capitalist and has drawn the outside gate of the twelve horse field.
The Artie Schiller colt was never out of trouble in the Golden Slipper and after being hampered at the start was always in the second half of the field.
Good Standing also had to be restrained at the 1000m and laid in under pressure from the 500m and all the way down the straight, giving Hugh Bowman an awkward ride.
Bowman was aboard Good Standing at his previous start when he won the Group 2 $175,000 Pro-Ride Skyline Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on February 27 and will stick with him again this week.
Golden Slipper winning trainers Peter and Paul Snowden will saddle up two runners in the Inglis Sires’, last Saturday’s The Schweppervescence winner Attention and the consistent Detective.
Detective has finished in the runner’s up stall at all his four race starts and is coming off a last start second to Seaburge in the Group 2 $200,000 MSS Security Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on March 12.
Attention has drawn the inside gate with Damien Oliver taking over from Blake Shinn who will stick with Detective who has drawn barrier six.
The David Hayes and Tom Dabernig trained Seaburge has drawn out wide at barrier eleven with Mark Zahra to ride while the Lindsay Park Team will also saddle up smart filly Zamzam from barrier seven with Nickolas Hall in the saddle.
Zamzam is the winner of two of her four race starts and heads to Randwick on the back of a win in the Listed $120,000 Spicer Thoroughbred Valley Pearl (1200m) at Moonee Valley on March 18.
Inglis Sires’ field: 1 Telperion (4), 2 Good Standing (12), 3 Seaburge (11), 4 Attention (1), 5 Detective (6), Chimboraa (10), 7 Rivo Boy (9), 8 Yankee Rose (8), 9 Zamzam (7), 10 Faraway Town (5), 11 Omei Sword (2), 12 Sparkle (3).
Inglis Sires’ market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3.80 Yankee Rose, $4.20 Telperion, $5 Omei Sword, $8.50 Seaburge, $10 Good Standing, $11 Detective, $15 Attention, $17 Zamzam, $31 Chimboraa, Faraway Town, $67 Rivo Boy, $101 Sparkle.