The continued wet Sydney weather will suit the in-form Tiger Tees as he searches for a hat trick of wins in the Group 2 $175,000 Tattersalls Club Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.
The Randwick track has been rated a slow 7 at acceptance time on Wednesday but is unlikely to improve with more rain forecast for the Sydney area for the rest of the week.
Tiger Tees lived up to his ‘good wet tracker’ tag with an all the way win in the Group 2 $175,000 Pro-Ride Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on August 23 on a heavy track.
The Joe Pride trained Tiger Tees will have no trouble crossing over from barrier eleven in the sixteen horse field and is certain to be hard to run down again.
Pride has found the secret with Tiger Tees and took the rejuvenated sprinter to Melbourne before his Warwick Stakes to win the Group 3 $150,000 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) down the Flemington straight on August 9.
“He’s won four out of his last eight now and he didn’t look like he was going to win another race there for a while,” Pride said.
Premier trainer Chris Waller will saddle up three runners in the Tramway Stakes with Danchai and Weary drawing the two inside gates while the inconsistent Vilanova also drawing favourably at seven.
Weary should be ready to find some winning form after two runs back from a spell with a fifth to Sweet Idea in the Group 2 $175,000 McGrath Estate Agents Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on August 9 and a sixth to Tiger Tees in the Warwick Stakes.
While Danchai and Vilanova are both first up after a Brisbane Winter Carnival campaign.
New stable acquisition Toydini is one of three runners for the Team Hawkes stable who will also have Ninth Legion and Zephyron going around.
Toydini will be having his first start for Team Hawkes after being previously prepared by the late Guy Walter and has drawn out wide at gate fourteen with Zephyron fairing worse with the outside gate.
Ninth Legion has drawn the best of the Hawkes runner and is certain to get a good run from barrier six.
Last start winner My Sabeel is taking the next step after winning the Group 3 $125,000 Toy Show Quality (1300m) at Randwick on August 23 on a heavy track and will jump from gate ten.
Last season’s Group 1 winning three year old fillies Rising Romance (barrier 9) and Lucia Valentina (barrier 5) will be making their 2014 Spring Carnival debuts while Kirramosa (barrier 13) has had one run back for a sixth to Sweet Idea in the Missile Stakes.
The John Sargent trained Kirramosa won the 2013 Group 1 $1m Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington in the Spring while Lucia Valentina won the Group 1 $400,000 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill and Rising Romance took out the Group 1 $1m Seven News Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick both during the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
Co-trainer Peter and Paul Snowden are hoping for an improved effort from Gypsy Diamond, who drew gate eight, after the Not A Single Doubt mare was well beaten first up as favourite when fifth to My Sabeel in the Toy Show Quality.