The curtain comes down on the 2018 Randwick Autumn Carnival today but there is still plenty of action on the track with the running of two Group 1 races and a support program on the nine race card that includes four Group 3 races.
The Group 1 $600,000 Schweppes All Aged Stakes over 1400m sees the young gun Trapeze Artist take on the older horses again at weight for age while the two year olds step up to the 1600m when they do battle in the Group 1 $500,000 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes.
Can El Dorado Dreaming prove that her upset win at $81 in the Group 1 $1m ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick a fortnight wasn’t a fluke when she lines up in the Champagne Stakes?
At horseracing.com.au we will follow all the action at Randwick today and keep you up to date with race by race results.
All Aged Stakes Day Results
Race 1 (12:00pm) Highway Handicap (1200m) Results
A rails hugging ride by promising apprentice Mikayla Weir saw Nic’s Vendetta surge to the front over the final 50m to take out the first race on All Aged Stakes Day at Randwick, the Highway Handicap.
The Tod Howlett trained Nic’s Vendetta ($6) was too strong for the $2.90 favourite Ori On Fire with Northern River ($11) running on for third.
Weir had Nic’s Vendetta quickly out of the barriers and let Hugh Bowman on Ori On Fire take up the running but never let him out of her sight, settling just behind the leader before sticking to the rails in the straight.
- 1st – Nic’s Vendetta
- 2nd – Ori On Fire
- 3rd – Northern River
Race 2 (12:35pm) BenchMark 85 Handicap (1200m) Results
The Mark Newnham trained Anatola brought her winning trial form to the race track for a first up victory in the BenchMark 85 Handicap.
Winning jockey Josh Parr had Anatola ($4.80 favourite) travelling kindly in second spot from the start and once he said go at the 250m, the More Than Ready mare raced away to score a very commanding two and a half lengths win.
Runner up Test The World ($5) was trying her best in the run to the line but was making no impression on the winner while third placegetter Dissolute ($5) made up some ground from the back.
- 1st – Anatola
- 2nd Test The World
- 3rd – Dissolute
Race 3 (1:10pm) Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) Results
Burning Passion provided trainer Mark Newnham and jockey Josh Parr with a race to race double by winning the Hall Mark Stakes after the pair combined previously to win the BenchMark 85 Handicap with Anatola.
Parr had Burning Passion ($5) in a forward position from the outset and the six year old was able to come up trumps in a three horse battle all the way down the straight to score a neck win over Oxford Poet ($10) who fought on well after setting the pace.
The consistent Dothraki was sent out as the $3.40 favourite aand after hitting the front at the 250m mark, faded slightly to fill third position.
- 1st – Burning Passion
- 2nd – Oxford Poet
- 3rd – Dothraki
Race 4 (1:45pm) Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) Results
Trainer Chris Waller was able to quinella the Frank Packer Plate with Higher Ground ($5.50) and Tangled ($6) crossing the line together with only millimetres separating them.
The Mick Price trained Holy Snow ($3.90 favourite) was attacking out in the middle of the track and was a close up third.
Tangled was racing with the blinkers back on and looked like he was going to get an instant result but his stablemate Higher Ground was able to get the bob in right on the line to get the judge’s decision.
- 1st – Higher Ground
- 2nd – Tangled
- 3rd – Holy Snow
Race 5 (2:20pm) Group 3 J H B Carr Stakes (1400m) Results
The Peter and Paul Snowden trained Moss Trip was able to produce a last to first finish to take out the J H B Carr Stakes in another tight finish.
Moss Trip was able to stretch her nose out right on the line to get the photo decision over runner up Dyslexic ($8) with Manicure ($5) holding down third position back to the inside.
Race favourite So Far Sokool ($3.40) finished in fourth spot sneaking up along the inside fence.
Moss Trip ($8.50) was last to leave the barriers but jockey Kerrin McEvoy was able to bide his time at the tail of the field before making a forward coming to the home turn.
McEvoy eased Moss Trip to the centre of the track and the filly showed an enormous amount of courage to grab victory in the last stride.
- 1st – Moss Trip
- 2nd – Dyslexic
- 3rd – Manicure
Race 6 (2:55pm) Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) Results
A first class Damien Oliver ride saw Victorian filly Seabrook storm home to win the Group 1 Champagne Stakes for the two year olds.
Oliver settled the Mick Price trained Seabrook ($9.50) near the tail of the field and rode for luck in the straight and after sneaking up along the fence found a gap in between runners to dive through and record a half a length win.
The Team Snowden trained Bondi ($8) ran a mighty race to grab the runner’s up cheque while Sires’ Produce Stakes winner El Dorado Dreaming ($7.50) ran on again from back in the field to fill third position.
- 1st – Seabrook
- 2nd – Bondi
- 3rd – El Dorado Dreaming
Race 7 (3:35pm) Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) Results
Three year old Trapeze Artist scored back to back Group 1 wins with a grinding win in the All Aged Stakes today after taking out the Group 1 T J Smith Stakes two weeks ago.
Tye Angland settled Trapeze Artist ($2.30 favourite) in the leading division and the colt’s never say die attitude saw him out grind runner up Le Romain ($11) in the run to the line.
The Team Hawkes trained Showtime ($17) held on for third after setting the pace.
- 1st – Trapeze Artist
- 2nd – Le Romain
- 3rd – Showtime
Race 8 (4:15pm) Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) Results
The addition of the blinkers to Tally got an instant result with the five year old returning to the winner’s stall in the Japan Racing Association Plate.
The James Cummings trained Tally ($26) settled well for Tim Clark in the middle of the field and found the line strongly after steering a passage up along the fence before splitting runners close to the line.
Runner up Nettoyer ($9.50) ran another honest race for second with Rising Red ($19) hanging on for third after racing on the pace.
The disappointment of the race was the $4.80 favourite Arbeitsam who missed the start and instead of being up with the leaders was forced to settle near the tail of the field and was never a threat.
- 1st – Tally
- 2nd – Nettoyer
- 3rd – Rising Red
Race 9 (4:55pm) BenchMark 99 Handicap (1400m) Results
The Mike Moroney trained Tribal Wisdom was rewarded for some consistent Autumn form with a win in the last race on the All Aged Stakes nine race program in the BenchMark 99 Handicap.
Kerrin McEvoy wrapped up a winning double on Tribal Wisdom after winning earlier in the day on the Peter and Paul Snowden trained Moss Trip in the J H B Carr Stakes.
McEvoy settled Tribal Wisdom ($7) in the middle of the field and took the shortcuts up along the fence before hitting the front and was able to hold off the fast finishing $2.30 favourite Osborne Bulls for a nose win.
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Savapinski ($9.50) raced on the pace and battled on well to fill third position.
- 1st – Tribal Wisdom
- 2nd – Osborne Bulls
- 3rd – Savapinski