The $500,000, Group 1 WFA George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday received 19 nominations on Monday including the main protagonists from the earlier lead up races, Samadoubt, Avilius (GB), Happy Clapper and Invincible Gem.
Bjorn Baker’s Samadoubt has been the star of the early spring races winning the Group 1 Winx Stakes over 1400m and backing that up with the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes over 1600m two weeks later.
The six-year-old Not A Single Doubt gelding under well-timed rides by Tim Clark took the Winx Stakes by 1/2L and the Chelmsford Stakes by 3 1/4L. Both races at Randwick were on Good 4 rated tracks which is unlikely to be repeated on Saturday with significant rain forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Happy Clapper was second on the Winx Stakes, Invincible Gem third and Avilius fourth. The latter appreciated the step up in distance for second in the Chelmsford.
The three-year-old fillies also step up in distance to the 1400m of the $200,000, Group 2 Darley Tea Rose Stakes, the third leg of the Sydney Princess Series.
Libertini, the winner of the first two legs, the Silver Shadow Stake and Furious Stakes, is nominated along with 12 others. They include Godolphin’s Flit who was second in the Silver Shadow Stakes on August 24th and Villami who was strong in her second in the Furious Stakes.
The Randwick track is rated a Good 4 on Monday and the rail will be in the True position for the entire circuit.
Sydney’s weather has rain arriving during Monday night and a very high (95%) chance of rain on Tuesday with 20mm – 45mm possible and 17c. Wednesday is cloudy with a high (80%) chance of showers with 6mm – 15mm and 19c, Thursday is partly cloudy with a high (70%) chance of showers with 2mm – 5mm and 22c.
Friday’s forecast is for a partly cloudy day with 23c and Saturday has a partly cloudy day with a medium (50%) chance of showers and 0mm – 3mm with 15c – 25c.
Samadoubt and Tim Clark winning the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick, picture Stevehart.com.au