GROUP ONES GALORE FOR TAB EPSOM DAY AT ROYAL RANDWICK
September 28, 2022
Royal Randwick’s signature day of Spring Group 1 racing featuring the $1.5 million TAB Epsom, $750,000 Furphy Metropolitan and $750,000 Darley Flight Stakes continues the $66 million Sydney Everest Carnival this Saturday.
The three Group 1 races are part of Sydney’s super weekend of sport with NRL Grand Final ticketholders allowed free entry to Royal Randwick this Saturday.
The Australian Turf Club’s hugely-popular music acts after the final race in the Theatre Of The Horse also continues with a tribute performance by Queen Forever.
Saturday’s massive 10-race card also includes the Group 2 $1 million Bisley Workwear Premiere Stakes and sees four confirmed TAB Everest runners clash just two weeks out from the world’s richest race on turf, the $15 million TAB Everest.
The bumper card also sees the running of the Group 2 $1 million Fujitsu General Hill Stakes while the first races for the two-year-olds ultimately aiming for the iconic Longines Golden Slipper are run: the Group 3 $200,000 Keeneland Gimcrack Stakes and Group 3 $200,000 Arrowfield Breeders’ Plate.
Australian Turf Club Executive General Manager Racing and Wagering James Ross said Saturday’s card featured world-class horses, jockeys and trainers.
“TAB Epsom Day as part of a record-breaking $66 million Sydney Everest Carnival features some of the highest quality of racing across the card on any day of Spring,’’ Mr Ross said.
“Saturday features several of Sydney’s most iconic races including the TAB Epsom and Furphy Metropolitan which have more than 150 years of history and tradition at Royal Randwick.
“More than $6 million in prizemoney will be won on Saturday across a range of feature races including important breed-shaping juvenile races in the Arrowfield Breeders Stakes and Keeneland Gimcrack Stakes.
Icebath trained by Brad Widdup and ridden by champion Sydney jockey James McDonald has opened a $3.50 TAB favourite in the Group 1 $1.5 million TAB Epsom.
One of the most popular horses in Sydney racing and placed five times in eight Group 1 starts, she is chasing her very first Group victory to add to her $4.5 million in prizemoney.
Top Ranked for rising star trainer Annabel Neasham and with Hugh Bowman aboard is a well supported second TAB favourite ($4.50-$4.40) ahead of Hinged for Chris Waller and jockey Kerrin McEvoy ($6 TAB).
Top Ranked last start won the Bill Ritchie at Royal Randwick – a race which has provided the last three TAB Epsom winners.
Twelve of the past 20 winners of the TAB Epsom have started within the top three of the betting markets.
In the Group 1 $750,000 Furphy Metropolitan, Durston for 12-time Sydney Trainers Premiership champion Chris Waller and jockey Kerrin McEvoy opens a $3.50-$3.60 TAB favourite.
Kerrin McEvoy is looking for his first Furphy Metropolitan victory while Chris Waller looks to add a fifth.
Stockman for Warwick Farm trainer Joe Pride and jockey Sam Clipperton is at $7-$7.50 TAB after a last start fourth in the Kingston Town Stakes – a pathway race that has provided five of the past eight winners of the Furphy Metropolitan.
Grove Ferry trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and with jockey Winona Costin is at $9-$8.50 TAB as Gai looks to add to her record eight wins in the race whilst Winona would create history as the first female rider to win the race.
Chalk Stream owned by the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth – one of five Chris Waller runners – is at $26 TAB and will be ridden by Kathy O’Hara – aiming with Winona Costin, Rachel King (Arapaho) and Alysha Collett (Francesco Guardi) for the same piece of riding history.
The final leg of the Darley Princess Series – the Group 1 $750,000 Darley Flight Stakes – sees equal early $3 TAB favourites Fireburn (Gary Portelli and Brenton Avdulla) and Zougotcha (Chris Waller and James McDonald).
Fireburn is looking to become only the third filly to complete a Golden Slipper and Flight Stakes double following Ha Ha (2001) and Bounding Away (1986).
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