The $500,000, Group 3 WFA Camera House Sydney Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday has a field of 16 with the race splitting the two invitation races, the $1.3m, The Kosciuszko (1200m), Race 5 at 2.50pm, and the $13m, TAB Everest (1200m), Race 7 at 4.15pm.
The race changes complexion with the transfer to Osborne Bulls to The Everest and Voodoo Lad being accepted for the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield.
Greg Hickman’s Pierata, ninth in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap over 1600m at Randwick on the 29th, returns to the sprint distance and will be the likely favourite. However, the Pierro four-year-old has barrier 11 for Tommy Berry, not that a wide barrier on what will be a rain impacted track may be a disadvantage.
Darren Weir’s Kemono (JPN) has also drawn out at 10, while the Kris Lees trained Tactical Advantage has barrier one for Brenton Avdulla.
Gary Frazer’s five-year-old Hinchinbrook mare Spright returns to Sydney after her third behind Everest contenders Viddora and Brave Smash (JPN) in the Group 1 Moir Stakes over 1000m at The Valley on the 28th. Spright has barrier eight for Damien Oliver.
The Sydney Stakes starts at 3.30pm.
The $500,000, Group 3 WFA 360 DMG Craven Plate (2000m) has a field of 15 with the Waller stable accepting with four; Who Shot Thebarman (NZ) with barrier eight, Comin’ Through with barrier 15, Shillelagh (NZ) with barrier 12 and Egg Tart with barrier two.
The Craven Plate is Race 8 at 4.50pm. Following the Craven Plate at 5.35pm is the $500,000, Bisley Workwear St Leger Stakes (2600m) with a field of 12 headed by The Metropolitan winner Patrick Erin (NZ) with barrier nine.
Earlier in the ten race programme at 1.40pm is the $140,000, listed Daily Telegraph Reginald Allen Quality (1400m) for three-year-old fillies with a field of 10. Godolphin’s Exceed And Excel filly Cristobal heads the field with 59kg under Hugh Bowman with barrier two.
The meeting commences at 12.30pm with a field of 10 two-year-old’s in the $125,000, Victory Vein Plate (1000m).
Overall the meeting has 148 acceptances.
The Course Proper is rated a Soft 7 on Wednesday morning after 0.2mm of rain in the last 24 hours and 68.8mm in the last seven days. The rail will be back in the true position for the entire circuit.
Sydney’s weather has showers forecast for each day into Saturday. Cloudy days are forecast from Wednesday to Friday with 6mm-12mm of rain for Wednesday, 2mm-4mm forecast for Thursday with 18c and 1mm-3mm for Friday with 19c.
Saturday’s forecast is for a cloudy day with a high (70%) chance of showers with 3mm-8mm and 14c – 20c.
Randwick Course Proper rated a Soft 7 on Wednesday with further rain forecast, picture ThoroughbredNEWS