All Aged Stakes 2017: What you need to know

Posted by Sports News First on 14/4/2017
Filled in: Racing

ALL AGED STAKES

1400m, $600,000, weight-for-age

HISTORY

* Before 2004 run over 1600m

* First run in 1866 when won by Falcon

* Outstanding winners include: Tim Whiffler (1870-71), Carbine (1889-90), Wakeful (1902), Chatham (1934), Peter Pan (1935), Ajax (1938-39-40), Bernborough (1946), San Domenico (1952), Tulloch (1958), Lord (1959), Sky High (1961), Wenona Girl (1964), Tobin Bronze (1967), Emancipation (1984), Rough Habit (1992-93) and Sunline (2000, 2002), English (2016)

TALKING POINTS

* English ran third in the 2016 TJ Smith before winning the All Aged. She ran second in the TJ this year on her way to defend her title.

* Gai Waterhouse has won the race five times and this year saddles up English with training partner Adrian Bott.

KEY COMMENTS

“We’re trying Japonisme over 1400 and McCreery’s coming back from the mile. We’ve put blinkers on him to try and keep him sharp” – trainer Chris Waller.

“He won the C S Hayes Stakes over 1400 metres last season but there really hasn’t been the right races for him at 1400. We’re quite happy to step him back up to that distance” – Tivaci’s trainer Mike Moroney.

“He’s versatile. He’s won two Group Ones over the mile but 1400 metres could be his best trip because of his high cruising speed” – Le Romain’s trainer Kris Lees.