A field of eight will contest the $500,000, Group 2 Santos Coffee Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday including the leading favourites, Trapeze Artist and Redzel, for the $13m, The Everest (1200m) in two weeks’ time.
Trapeze Artist is the current favourite with TAB.com.au’s The Everest market at $5.00 with Redzel at $6.00.
On Saturday they will start just about side-by-side with the Snowden trained Redzel in barrier one with Kerrin McEvoy, the Kris Lees trained In Her Time with Corey Brown in barrier two and Trapeze Artist in barrier three with Tye Angland.
In Her Time is starting for the first time this spring and she is at $11.00 in The Everest market alongside the Anthony Freedman trained Santa Ana Lane, in from $13.00 earlier in the week.
Freedman’s pair of Santa Ana Lane and Shoals have barrier four with Ben Melham and barrier seven with Tim Clark respectively. The latter is at $17.00 for The Everest.
The balance of the field is Bjorn Baker’s Music Magnate (NZ) in barrier five with Hugh Bowman; the Waterhouse and Bott trained Invincible Star in barrier eight with Stephen Baster and Lees’ Invincible Star in barrier six with Brenton Avdulla.
The Premiere Stakes is Race 5 at 2.50pm.
The nine race programme, with 128 overall acceptances, commences at 12.25pm with the first of the two juvenile races, the $160,000, Group 3 Keeneland Gimcrack Stakes (1000m). There is a capacity field of 14 fillies as there are for the colts division in the Group 3 Arrowfield Breeders’ Plate (1000m).
The $500,000, Group 2 Yulong Australia Hill Stakes (2000m) has a field of 11 with the Waller stables’ Who Shot Thebarman (NZ) the top-weight with 59kg under Hugh Bowman.
The Randwick Course Proper is currently rated a Soft 5 after 5.6mm of rain in the last 24 hours and 15.2mm for the last seven days. The rail will be out 3m for the entire circuit.
Sydney's weather this week has fine days for Thursday with 22c and Friday with 27c. Saturday's forecast is for a cloudy day with a medium (60%) chance of showers with 1mm-8mm and 14c - 19c.
Trapeze Artist and Tye Angland, picture Sportpix.com.au
$3 Redzel and Trapeze Artist
$7 In Her Time
$8 Santa Ana Lane and Invincible Star
$23 Music Magnate and Invincible Gem
$2.50 Egg Tart
$4 Ace High
$6 It’s Somewhat
$11 One Foot In Heaven and Luvaluva
$4.60 Catch Me
$6 Bright Rubick
$8 Diddles and Honey Go Lightly
$2.90 Exceed The Stars
$5.50 Fiery Red