Superb racing last week on Day 1 of The Championships and Day 2 looks equally exciting with the coming together of International form in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes the highlight.
Narrowed the Provincial Championships down to three main chances. Asharani was impressive winning the Gosford Qualifier at Newcastle over 1200m and looks suited getting to 1400m at Randwick and it’s a similar comment for the runner-up Through The Cracks. Asharani is the best weighted horse in the race under the set-weight conditions and has a slight edge on Through The Cracks again. The Gwenda Markwell-trained Electric Girl overcame a wide barrier draw to win the Kembla Qualifier running solid speed ratings and with four wins from her last five starts is on an upward spiral from a form perspective. Forced to tip one it would be Asharani narrowly ahead of Electric Girl and Through The Cracks.
The tip: (10) Asharani ($5.50)
The Vinery Stud Stakes is the traditional lead-up to the Oaks with the winner Shout The Bar and runner-up Probabeel prominent in betting for Saturday’s Fillies Classic but reckon the Adrian Knox won by Colette might be the strongest lead-up race this year. The Godolphin filly showed she was the real deal racing away in the straight and it looks a case of the further they go the better. Colette the top pick for me ahead of Probabeel and Toffee Tongue.
The tip: (4) Colette ($3.00)
The Kris Lees-trained Mustajeer has done everything right in three runs this preparation winning the Parramatta Cup resuming before finishing runner-up last two including the H E Tancred Stakes last start. He was less than two-lengths from the winner in the Caulfield Cup at his first Australian start before finishing down the track in the Melbourne Cup. Happy to give him another chance at the 3200m. The UK visitor Young Rascal was tough winning the N E Manion Cup and looks well weight dropping 3kg. The Chosen One wasn’t disgraced in the Melbourne Cup last spring and should be right at his peak after four runs back from a spell whilst Yogi looks the best roughie.
The tip: (1) Mustajeer ($5.50)
The Queen Elizabeth Stakes has the potential to be the race of the autumn with UK, Japan, New Zealand and the best of the Australian form coming together. The Japanese five-year-old Danon Premium has won six from 10 and is a Group II winner over 2000m and is a 1600m Group I victor and has to be respected. The UK visitor Addeybb could not have been more impressive winning the Ranvet at his first Australian start defeating Verry Elleegant and how good does that form look with the mare demolishing the Tancred Stakes field last start. Te Akau Shark is the pride of New Zealand and as a Cox Plate placegetter is ready to peak stepping up to 2000m for the first time this preparation and the Kiwis also have Melody Belle which has a superb Group I record and was unlucky in the Doncaster last Saturday. Verry Elleegant the best of those we claim as Aussies ahead of Master Of Wine and Vow And Declare. Great race.
The tip: (2) Addeybb ($4.60)
Funstar didn’t see out the 2000m of the Vinery last start but confident she will bounce back on Saturday coming back to the mile. She was impressive winning the Phar Lap two back and won the Flight Stakes this track and distance in the spring. Alizee for the quinella which comes back to a Fillies and Mares race for the first time in 12 months. Amangiri was a run short in the Emancipation resuming and is right in play with the first-up run under her belt and Miss Fabulass and Delectation Girl look the best of the roughies.
The tip: (17) Funstar ($2.90)