The All Aged Stakes (1400m) is the final Sydney Group 1 for the 2016-2017 racing season. Last year’s winner English is back to defend her crown. It took a miracle finish of Chautauqua to beat her in the T.J. Smith Stakes so she should be one of the main contenders again.
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Jockey: Hugh Bowman.
Why he can: Won the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1500m) three starts back, followed that up with a second to Winx in the Ryder Stakes. Did not get things run to suit in the Doncaster (1600m) and was held up at a crucial stage when 15th of 20. Smaller field suits and winkers go back on.
Why he can’t: Just a query on his latest disappointing run, but capable of bouncing back.
Jockey: Craig Williams.
Why he can: Won the Group 1 Newmarket (1200m) at Flemington then stepped up to 1600m in the Doncaster and finished in the middle of the pack. He did not handle the heavy track last start and is another that can improve.
Why he can’t: A heavy track would damage his chances.
Jockey: Glyn Schofield.
Why he can: Showed a possible glimpse of a return to form when fifth in the William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley. He followed that up with a disappointing 11th behind Chautauqua in the T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m), when given every chance. Extra distance could help his cause.
Why he can’t: Not racing well enough.
Jockey: Damian Lane.
Why he can: Followed a second in the Newmarket behind Redkirk Warrior with a solid fifth to Chautauqua in the T.J. Smith. He is very honest and out to 1400m here is in his favour.
Why he can’t: Impossible to knock, gives his all every run.
Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy.
Why he can: Has his hoof on the till. Drew a wide gate in the Doncaster and went back to near the rear of the field in the early and middle part. He ran on strongly to be beaten just under six lengths. Fit, good gate this time and smaller field in his favour.
Why he can’t: Rises six kilograms under this weight-for-age scale and meets several Doncaster rivals worse at the weights.
Jockey: Jay Ford.
Why he can: Resuming from a spell and won a Hawkesbury trial.
Why he can’t: Best years are behind him.
Jockey: Kevin Forrester.
Why he can: Showed speed and went all of the way to win the Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes last start. Prior to that he was third in the Group 1 Galaxy. He’s had three runs from a break and will be right at peak now.
Why he can’t: He has won over 1400m, but he is better suited at 1200m or shorter.
Jockey: Damien Oliver.
Why he can: He gave the impression he is looking for 1400m when a nice fourth to Chautauqua in the T.J. Smith (1200m). He was beaten 3.3 lengths, but had to race wide and couldn’t stay in touch early. The step-up to 1400m is a definite plus.
Why he can’t: He’s a winner at Listed level and just seems to find a few better when tackling the A-grade.
Jockey: Blake Shinn.
Why she can: She won this race last year and came into it after a placing in last year’s T.J. Smith. She looked home in this year’s T.J. but was nabbed on the line by Chautuaqua. Mare in form and always gives her best.
Why she can’t: She obviously has won this trip, though her strongest distance is 1000m-1200m, but hard to knock.
Jockey: Tommy Berry.
Why he can: Sparingly raced three-year-old, having his third start since winning the Caulfield Guineas (1600m) last October. He followed a ninth to Black Heart Bart in the Orr Stakes with a last start seventh to Hey Doc in the Australian Guineas. Winner this track and blinkers go on.
Why he can’t: Tackling older horses and hasn’t shown a lot this time in, but chance if he can recapture spring form.