Day 1 of the Championships at Randwick is here, and as usual a smorgasbord of quality racing awaits. The four Group 1s are a beautiful mix – open class weight-for-age and handicap, plus set weights for the two- and three-year-old’s. Sprinters, milers, stayers all on show. Bring it on.
Mugatoo is the market-elect, and while carrying the number one saddlecloth, he is actually well in at the weights after his glorious All Star Mile win. Four weeks between runs and another soft track give him every chance to claim victory again.
Think It Over has been flying all prep, taking out a Group 3 first-up, following it up with a narrow defeat second-up, splitting I Am Superman and Rock, before being a surprise winner of the George Ryder third-up. That win graduated him to Group 1 WFA, but didn't see him penalised at the weights. He plummets 6.5kg's from that race too.
Funstar is one you can make a case for if overlooking her plain run in the George Ryder as favourite, where she looked to tick every box. Perhaps she's not as keen on wet ground as she was as a younger filly, but her run in the Chipping Norton behind Verry Elleegant keeps her in this as a value hope.
Best of Days is a rising eight-year-old, but has arguably never raced better. He nearly defied all-comers in the Australian Cup, and it took a proper WFA horse to beat him. For a galloper used to carrying big weights, 52.5kg's is a gift the last time he saw anything like this on his back, in 2018, he won the Group 1 Cantala Stakes at the Flemington Mile on Derby Day. He's by far the best roughie in this, but he is better on top of the ground.
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