Queen Elizabeth Stakes (SR4)
– It’s A Dundeel scored his third straight win with his six length win in the AJC Derby here a fortnight ago and the ease of that success makes it hard to oppose him in this event. Three year-olds have dominated the big races so far this year, scoring a series of feature races wins and that run is likely to continue here. High class import Reliable Man flew home behind Pierro in the George Ryder at his first start in Australia three weeks ago and will appreciate the step up to 2000m here. His form over this distance is top class. Manighar showed a glimpse of his best form when charging into fourth in the George Ryder and will be in the mix if at his best, while Silent Achiever and Happy Trails are both place chances.
Selections: It’s A Dundeel, Reliable Man, Manighar, Happy Trails
Champagne Stakes (SR5)
– The Sires Produce Stakes is likely to be the best guide for this event, with Guelph and Scandiva locking horns again after finishing first and second here two weeks ago. Although the Darley galloper came out on top in that race, she is unlikely to get the same strong pace and the step up to a mile not suit her as much as her rivals. Scandiva will get a good run on the speed from barrier five and won’t be stopping at the end of 1600m.Criterion has been set for this since running home strongly into 6th in the Golden Slipper at the start of the month and gives every indication that the trip will suit. He has won three of his five career starts and is a genuine threat to the fillies. Fast ‘N’ Rocking and Shahad are others to consider for a place.
Selections: Criterion, Scandiva, Guelph, Fast ‘N’ Rocking
Sydney Cup (SR6)
– Kelinni finished fourth in the strongest 3200m race in the world – the Melbourne Cup – last year and will be extremely tough to beat in this race against a relatively weak field. He scored a soft win with 60kg on his back last week and will be at his peak now. 2010 Melbourne Cup runner-up Maluckyday has always promised to win a big race and gets his chance here having run well enough in WFA races this preparation, while Mourayan also has good form over this trip having run well in last year’s Melbourne Cup. Tremec and Blood Brotha fought out the finish of the Chairman’s here a fortnight ago but the form out of that race is questionable and it may be worth including Adelaide Cup winner Norsqui at big odds, with the Tasmanian trained gelding having finished no worse than third at four runs over this trip.
Selections: Kelinni, Mourayan, Maluckyday, Norsqui
All Aged Stakes (SR7)
– Multiple Group One winners More Joyous and All Too Hard meet in the final Group One of the Sydney Autumn carnival and there could hardly be a better finale to a month of top class racing. Black Caviar’s younger brother has been simply awesome winning his two starts this preparation and should be primed to run well after being freshened up for this, although there is still a question mark over his ability to bring his Melbourne form to Sydney. More Joyous couldn’t run down her stablemate Pierro on her reappearance and was unlucky in the Queen Of The Turf but has shown no signs that she lacks her zest for racing and will be extremely tough to beat. Epaulette made a pleasing reappearance when second to Black Caviar in the TJ Smith and is unbeaten over this trip, while Rain Affair was second behind superstar filly Atlantic Jewel in this twelve months ago and is sure to run well again.
Selections: All Too Hard, More Joyous, Epaulette, Rain Affair
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