KIA TANCRED STAKES AND VINERY STUD STAKES CONTINUE A GOLDEN AUTUMN IN SYDNEY
March 23, 2022
Two Group 1 events including Australia’s only 2400m Group 1 Weight For Age race headline the Australian Turf Club’s third day of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday.
The Group 1 $1.5 million KIA Tancred Stakes – a race won by some of Australian racing’s greatest champions – and the Group 1 $500,000 Vinery Stud Stakes for the three-year-old fillies are the features of a 10-race card which includes six other Group races.
Saturday’s meeting continues the Australian Turf Club’s Longines Golden Slipper Carnival before the $37 million Sydney Autumn Carnival moves to Royal Randwick for The Star Championships.
Multiple Group 1 winning mare Duais trained by Edward Cummings and ridden by Josh Parr was well supported as early TAB favourite ($3.40-$2.90) when final field markets for the Group 1 KIA Tancred Stakes opened on Wednesday morning.
Think It Over – a winner of eleven races and almost $5 million prizemoney – is $3.90-$4 TAB for trainer Kerry Parker and regular jockey Nash Rawillier with joint TAB Fixed Odds pick Spanish Mission ($4.40-$4 TAB) trained by Peter Moody and ridden by James McDonald.
In the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes, unbeaten boom Queensland filly Gypsy Goddess, for trainer David Vandyke and jockey William Pike, is the opening $3.90-$4.20 equal TAB favourite to record her sixth win in six starts.
Three Chris Waller trained fillies – Hinged well backed early ($5.50-$4.20 TAB) for Longines Golden Slipper winning jockey Brenton Avdulla, Fangirl ($5.50 TAB) Hugh Bowman and Pretty Amazing ($6.50-$7 TAB) James McDonald – are next in TAB betting.
Australian Turf Club Executive General Manager Racing and Wagering James Ross said: “The Group 1 KIA Tancred Stakes has attracted another highly competitive field of 11 runners who have amassed more than $20 million in prizemoney.
“The Vinery Stud Stakes is a rare chance for middle distance and staying fillies to gain Group 1 and blacktype over the 2000m and is also a strong pathway to The Star Australian Oaks at Royal Randwick in two weeks time.’’
Rosehill Gardens’ racegoers – off the back of a huge Longines Golden Slipper Day – will be able to sample the inaugural ‘Taste of the Southern Highlands’ festival on Saturday.
A contingent of top food and wine vendors from the region will celebrate the best produce the region has to offer. Racegoers can sample and shop between races undercover behind the JR Fleming Stand.
Saturday’s racing program also sees two Group 2 and four Group 3 races run on the day.
The Group 2 $200,000 Yarraman Park Tulloch Stakes has a 16-horse field as horses continue on a pathway to the Group 1 $2 million Bentley Australian Derby. Four of the last five winners of the Tulloch Stakes have also won the Derby.
On Saturday, Sword Point for reigning Sydney premiership champions Chris Waller and James McDonald has been heavily backed from $8.50 into $5 TAB favourtism.
In the Group 2 $200,000 Canadian Club Emancipation Stakes, visiting Victorian gun jockey Kamie Kah ride favourite Annavisto ($3.50-$3 TAB) for trainers Michael Price and Mick Kent Jr.
For all racing, general and ticketing information including final available hospitality packages for all days of the Sydney Autumn Racing go to theraces.com.au
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