The Championships Day 2 Preview!

Four spectacular Group 1’s in store for us at Royal Randwick on Day 2 of The Championships, featuring some foreign stars and home grown hero’s, it’s a huge day for racing fans ahead! Here’s my top hopes for the features.

The Australian Oaks 2400m

Pennyweka is the most pure bred and capable stayer in this contest. Won the NZ Oaks in a very promising display and has preformed multiple occasions on a heavy deck. Will find a spot from that wide draw and will be able to capitalise on the better going towards the outside of the track in the home straight. The on top hope here.

Arts was a dominant winner last start and looked to have plenty in hand when sprinting away to win over 2000 metres. Proven on wet ground and the week back up could play in hand. She’ll be rock hard fit and ready to utilise that explosive turn of foot with a good tempo on paper here. The main danger.

Fireburn has been ultra consistent this preparation. Was game to the line last start and stuck to the task well suggesting that the rise in distance could help her chances here. Is a genuine wet tracker and a multiple group winner and is hard to leave out on class alone. Genuine place chance in the conditions.

Pavitra has the ability to be in the finish here and can only improve after a solid display in The Vinery. Will roll forward and could potentially have the ability to control the race from there with McDonald onboard. The conditions are the only query for her hopes but is in with a genuine chance here.

Sydney Cup 3200m

Arapaho has found some serious form in his last two outings claiming The Canberra Cup and The Tancred. Was strong to the line there over 2400 and off his one run in The Melbourne Cup I believe is capable of running out the 2 miles here. Is a genuine wet tracker and will find a handy spot midfield to be running on down the middle late. Top hope in the cup.

Knights Order is looking to defend his crown and has been searching for more ground in his previous runs. The wet track will be no dramas what so ever and will control the race and make his own luck on the pace. Has the ability to go back to back and is a genuine player here.

Cleveland is a classy import who is a proven stayer over this trip. Was very good in his Australian debut when hitting the line very strong and can only improve from that. Won on a heavy track in Ireland and will get his chance to show his capabilities here and will be in the finish.

Timour is a Smokey chance over this distance. He fell in last start when grinding away but will be fresher than the majority of his competitors here. Is a genuine stayer and has performed on rain affected going in the past. One for the exotics.

Queen Elizabeth 2000m 

Anamoe, the Australian champion looks to prove himself as the best here. He hasn’t been defeated this preparation and still looks to have more to offer. Is ready for the rise in distance now and in the conditions is capable of running extremely well. Will find a nice spot just behind the speed and will be able to swing into clear air and use the better going late. He’s our champion and he’s got the grit and guts to continue in his winning ways. On top here.

Dubai Honour absolutely smashed them in the Ranvet with an electric turn of foot. His form in the UK is behind the best and if can replicate his first up Australian debut he will be extremely hard to beat but the heavier the track the less appealing I see him against Anamoe. A four time winner over 2000m and a good second up record, he’s going to be right in the finish.

Cascadian is as genuine as they come. Won twice on heavy ground and 3 times over this distance. His win in the Australian cup was very impressive and although is tougher here has the class to be competitive with his stablemate and Dubai Honour. Place hope.

Montefilia was good late when defeated in the Ranvet by Dubai Honour. Has a big gap to bridge to be competitive against both him and Anamoe here but has a good record at the track and trip and is very consistent. Place chance.

Queen Of The Turf 1600m

Alcohol Free is by far the class horse here. Brings the best European form across with her and defeated has beaten one of Australia’s better horses in Artorious. Won twice first up and over this distance and can go in the wet. The class of the race and on top hope here.

Fangirl is the main danger to upset the favourite. Was good enough in The Doncaster last start and can manage a heavy track. Is racing in terrific form and if things go right is capable of upsetting the import.

Levante was good late in The George Ryder and back against her own sex should be capable of improving again. Has never ran a bad race and is extremely consistent and will be running on late here.

Roots won in style last start and does rise in grade here but is capable of running another very good race at odds. Been racing extremely well this preparation and is always around the mark. Will go back and settle in a good spot midfield from that wide draw and will be given her chance to attack the line late. Place hope.



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