Randwick Racing Preview 28th April

Champagne Stakes (SR3) – Pierro has won all five of his career starts and is one of the best two year olds that has been since in this country for some time. His last start win in the Sires Produce Stakes was arguably the best of his career and it’s hard to oppose him in this contest. His stablemate Raceway ran well in the same race and can give Gai Waterhouse a quinella on the race, while Flying Snitzel and Dear Demi were both last start winners and will not be stretched by the distance of this event.
Selections: Pierro, Raceway, Dear Demi, Flying Snitzel 

All Aged Stakes (SR5) – Atlantic Jewel puts her unbeaten record to the test in this race as she tackles older horses for the first time. Following an injury that ended her spring campaign, there were question marks as to whether she would return to her best but a devastating reappearance win in the Sapphire Stakes quickly put paid to those fears. Rain Affair has proven himself one of the best sprinters in Sydney and will be tough to beat, although he may have had enough for this campaign. King Mufhasa will run his usual honest race, while Albert The Fat and Ofcourseican are place chances.
Selections: Atlantic Jewel, King Mufhasa, Rain Affair, Albert The Fat 

Sydney Cup (SR6) **TattsBet $250,000 First Four Jackpot** – Chris Waller won this race with imported galloper Stand To Gain last year and he looks to have a strong chance with another import in Permit this time around. The son of Dansili has won four of his last six starts, including the Group Two Chairman’s Quality and Listed Manion Cup. Although this is tougher, he is a certainly a contender. Niwot has been set for this race and his leadup runs have been full of merit. He finished fourth in both the Ranvet Stakes and BWM at Group 1 level at his last two starts, finished eighth in last year’s Melbourne Cup and looks well weighted. Drunken Sailor was third in the BMW and has form over this trip, while 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient and last year’s runner-up Older Than Time warrant respect.
Selections: Niwot, Efficient, Permit, Drunken Sailor 

Queen Elizabeth Stakes (SR7) – This could be one of the races of the carnival, with Doncaster Handicap winner More Joyous clashing with 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain and Manighar, who has won Group One races at each of his past three starts. Although she has proven herself the best miler in the land, More Joyous is yet to show that she can run out a strong 2000m. She finished fifth in the 2010 Cox Plate behind So You Think and is also a query having carried a big weight in the Doncaster just a week ago. Manighar has raced over this trip twice for wins at the highest level and will again be tough to beat, while Americain should be at his best at his third start this preparation. Rekindled Interest should have arguably won the Cox Plate last year and is a blowout chance.
Selections: Manighar, More Joyous, Rekindled Interest, Americain

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