NEALE DONNELLEY previews the four feature races from Royal
Randwick this weekend:
Group 3 $160,000 CONCORDE STAKES (1000m):
BRILLIANT sprinter REDZEL has been marked an odds-on $1.75 favourite for his racing return
in the Concorde Stakes.
Last year’s emphatic winner of the inaugural $10 million The Everest, REDZEL is first-up after
his four-start autumn campaign in Melbourne and Sydney.
Trainers Peter and Paul Snowden have gone on record this week declaring the now six-yearold
son of super sire Snitzel is as good as he has ever been.
Under the set-weights and penalties conditions of this race, REDZEL will carry the topweight
of 60.5kgs for Kerrin McEvoy.
Team Snowden has given REDZEL two trials leading into this first-up assignment, the second
being an impressive win at Rosehill on August 20.
Clearly the form danger to REDZEL is Gai Waterhouse’s flying mare INVINCIBLE STAR, who
hasn’t been seen at the races since her brave second in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes
at Flemington last November.
By champion sire I Am Invincible, INVINCIBLE STAR has trialled brilliantly leading into the
Concorde and she looks tough to hold out.
For mine, INVINCIBLE STAR can cause a minor upset here by beating REDZEL given she is
drawn inside him in what could prove to be a critical start.
Group 2 $200,000 TRAMWAY STAKES (1400m).
SATURDAY’S Tramway Stakes has attracted a fabulous field that resembles a mini Epsom or
The form-lines are many and varied but they are all strong, many Group 1 rated.
THE latest TAB market has the emerging PIERATA marked favourite at $3.30 off the back of
his last start defeat of Godolphin’s pin-up boy Kementari in the G2 Missile.
Veteran Group 1 performer LE ROMAIN, a first-up winner of the G3 Show County, is on the
next line at $3.70, with LANCIATO ($7.00) and the enigmatic TOM MELBOURNE ($8.00) next
Chris Waller’s COMIN’ THROUGH ($12) is resuming having not been seen since his stunning
win in the Group 1 Doomben Cup in May.
Waller’s EGG TART ($26) is another resuming, she coming into this race after winning the G2
O’Shea Stakes at the Sunshine Coast, which followed her second in the G1 Doomben Cup.
Godolphin’s DUCA VALENTINOIS ($34) hasn’t raced since winning the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s
Cup at Doomben, and ARBEITSAM ran third in the G1 Doncaster Mile two starts back.
LANCIATO was huge first-up when a charging fourth in the G2 Missile behind Pierata, while
TOM MELBOURNE is resuming and sizzles fresh, winning or running second in 5 of 7 starts.
Great contest, for mine COMIN’ THROUGH at nice odds ($12) looks a good value bet on an
Group 2 $250,000 CHELMSFORD STAKES (1600m).
IF EVER you needed proof Chris Waller dominates Sydney races, take a quick look at the
Group 2 Chelmsford where the Hall Of Fame trainer has seven runners.
He has a staggering array of different horses from across the globe and locally, giving him an
irresistible hand in this exciting race.
He has Irish imports ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN and LIBRAN; Japanese import SATONO RASEN;
New Zealand import PATRICK ERIN along with local stars RELIGIFY, SINGLE GAZE and last
start ATC Oaks winner UNFORGOTTEN.
UNFORGOTTEN looks a very special talent having won five of her 10 starts, and although this
will be short of her preferred distance, the TAB has marked her favourite at $3.80.
With eight runners coming into this year’s edition of the Chelmsford first-up, punters will
understandably be wary of betting too early.
Market leads will be crucial in determining those ready and perhaps those not so ready.
The strength of Waller’s hand is undeniable but it might be fellow ‘giant’, Godolphin, who
produces a horse to hold off Waller’s warriors.
Head-trainer James Cummings has three runners – IT’S SOMEWHAT, MR MOONLIGHT
MAGIC and ALLERGIC – with the former having strong claims.
IT’S SOMEWHAT is a three-time winner first-up and thrives around this distance range of
1600-metres. He’s good value for mine at $16.
Group 2 $200,000 FURIOUS STAKES (1200m).
COULD Australia’s best maiden – OOHOOD – finally break her ‘duck’ in the Furious Stakes at
Royal Randwick tomorrow?
OOHOOD is already the winner of more than $1 million in prize-money throughout her
career despite having never won a race.
She has, however, finished third in the G1 Blue Diamond, second in the G1 Golden Slipper
and second in the G1 Sires Produce!
The Tony McEvoy-trained daughter of I Am Invincible started favourite when resuming in
the G2 Silver Shadow two weeks ago, but finished in sixth place behind the flying Fiesta.
That brilliant filly will again be a stumbling block tomorrow along with many other quality
fillies that makes this Furious Stakes a terrific contest.
The TAB has the Kris Lees-trained MISS FABULOUS favourite off the back of an all-the-way
win at Canterbury first-up.The other notable fact about MISS FABULOUS is she is by the great Frankel out of Lees’
former VRC Oaks winning filly Samantha Miss.
She looked very good first-up but this is a lot harder with a huge amount of depth and speed
involved in this race.
For mine, PURE ELATION for Team Snowden could be tough to beat first-up having drawn
barrier 1, which should guarantee her a soft run in the race.