All Aged Stakes 2015: Classy youngsters target final day of Sydney autumn carnival   Leave a comment

All Aged Stakes 2015: Classy youngsters target final day of Sydney autumn carnival

Tye Angland rides Scissor Kick to victory in the Eskimo Prince Stakes. Picture: Simon Bul

Tye Angland rides Scissor Kick to victory in the Eskimo Prince Stakes. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: Supplied

THE All-Aged Stakes will boast one of the hottest line-ups of the season when it headlines the final day of the Sydney autumn carnival at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Scissor Kick trialled last week and was scratched from the Arrowfield Sprint on the weekend as trainer Paul Messara shoots for that elusive Group 1 win with the son of Redoute’s Choice.

The Arrowfield Stud colt is looking to continue the strong recent record of three-year-olds in the event.

The younger brigade have won two of the past three All-Aged Stakes, while Flying Spur sported the famous Arrowfield colours to win the race in 1996 as a three-year-old.

Shooting To Win is another three-year-old being aimed at the All-Aged. He has been costly to punters this autumn, failing to win a race, and last start was unplaced in the Group 1 ­George Ryder Stakes.

“We tried to get him ready for the Doncaster but he hurt his back and that set us back, plus he has taken time to get over it,” co-trainer Paul Snowden said.

“We’re confident he’s in A1 condition and while this appears a hot race, the conditions of the race should ­really suit him.”

Shooting To Win won the Caulfield Guineas last spring over the mile but plenty of punters are questioning if he’s better suited over shorter trips after looking as though he didn’t run out the 1600m in the Randwick Guineas.

TJ Smith winner Chautauqua will back up in the All Aged Stakes this weekend. Picture: Get

TJ Smith winner Chautauqua will back up in the All Aged Stakes this weekend. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

“I don’t think a lot has gone right for him this prep and I still think he can run a mile,” Snowden said.

“Aside from his back issue, he has had to lead, be scrubbed along early and just not a lot has landed in his favour. But that’s racing, you can’t win every time.”

Unfortunately for Shooting To Win, he tackles some of the world’s best sprinters in Chautauqua and Terravista, who stretch out to the 1400m for the first time this season.

Chautauqua was awesome last start, coming from last to win the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes ahead of Terravista (third).

“He’ll know he’s in a race but off the short let-up I think coming back to 1400m will help,” Snowden said.

“This might be the first time we can see him settle with cover and then pounce.

‘‘That’s when he’s at his best.”

The Gary Portelli-trained Rebel Dane is also a likely starter.

Meanwhile, Snowden reiterated that Pride Of Dubai won’t contest the third leg of the two-year-old Triple Crown — the Champagne Stakes.

“He has won the Blue Diamond Stakes and Sires’ Produce Stakes, both at Group 1 level,” Snowden said.

“He has done his job and it’s important to give him a good rest before the spring.”

Pride Of Dubai won’t contest the third leg of the two-year-old Triple Crown — the Champag

Pride Of Dubai won’t contest the third leg of the two-year-old Triple Crown — the Champagne Stakes. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Originally published as Classy youngsters leave best till last

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Posted April 13, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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