Golden Gift, 1100m
The Sydney spring carnival rounds out with this $1m feature race for 2YOs that offers runners a chance to lay down an early marker for next year’s Slipper.
Captivant (3.20) (pictured above) was very impressive when winning the Victory Vein Plate on debut at Randwick three weeks ago, the colt settling midfield before unleashing a powerful run to win by nearly two lengths.
He’s still raw and will face a track with a bit more give in it here but Team Snowden appear to have a very high opinion of him and a repeat of that effort sees him hard to beat again.
Indeed, the stable are set to have a big hand in this with filly Mura Mura (7.00) (in below tweet) also engaged.
— Snowden Racing (@SnowdenRacing1) November 2, 2020
She lost out to Tiger Of Malay in the Kirkham Plate but it was a satisfactory debut as she raced wide throughout and stuck to the task right to the line.
She’s another with plenty of natural improvement to come and should be all the better for that experience.
Ghostwriter (7.50) bypassed the Kirkham and instead headed to Brisbane where the Annabel Neasham-trained colt made a winning start to his racing career after a strong on-pace performance in the Spring Plate at Doomben.
Headed towards the Magic Millions in January, he’s done everything asked of him to date and will be ridden by Nash Rawiller.
This looks a bit harder but should push forward again and give himself every chance.
Sneaky Five (5.50) is the only one of these to have encountered a soft track and looks a pretty capable filly based on her win in the Inglis Banner on Cox Plate day.
The Maher/Eustace team continue to have plenty of success with their juveniles and she warrants respect with a favourable draw.
— Racing NSW (@racing_nsw) September 21, 2020
Of the others, Godolphin will be represented by Athelric (8.50) (in above tweet), who edged out Hunnam (8.00) in a recent trial having run a competitive fourth in the Breeders Plate.
While Cerda’s (11.00) run in the Kirkham Plate was also strong and every reason to think she can measure up again.
My Tip: Captivant (3.20) (in below tweet)
Congratulations @SnowdenRacing1 Captivant the first winner for Capitalist.
— Barastoc Racing & Breeding (@barastoc_racing) October 17, 2020
Hot Danish Stakes (1400m)
Later, this Group 2 race for the girls provides the main support act with half the field coming out of The Nivison.
Positive Peace (3.00) returned to winning ways there in conditions clearly to her liking, overhauling Sweet Deal at the 150m mark and surviving the late challenge of Wandabaa.
A winner of the Emancipation Stakes here during the autumn, she has the ability to string a few results together and should figure prominently once again.
Wandabaa (3.50) has been a measure of consistency since the winter having finished in the placings at each of her eight starts since May.
She was a tad unlucky not to get the chocolates a fortnight ago but has to carry an extra 3kgs here and might have to settle for the minor spots again.
Savatiano (3.10) (in below tweet) returns home after a mixed campaign down south, the Godolphin mare maintaining her excellent fresh record with a hard-fought win in the PB Lawrence Stakes before two slightly underwhelming runs at Flemington.
The most accomplished horse in the field, she’ll start from the outside gate but has a touch of class and should get through the ground without too much worry.
My Tip: Savatiano (3.10)
— Racing.com (@Racing) August 15, 2020