Held over 1400m, the All Aged Stakes is run at weight-for-age conditions, with the distance providing a mix of winners that are good sprinters stepping out to the limit of their distance range and good milers stepping back.
The Champagne Stakes is restricted to two year olds and run over 1600m at Group 1 level. It is one of only two events for the juvenile gallopers held over the mile distance, the other being the TJ Smith (JJ Atkins) in Brisbane during the Queensland Winter Carnival.
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Opening a marginal favourite once the final field was announced, the Robert Hickmott trained Irish import has remained steady. Last time out he secured his maiden Group 1 win in the Ranvet Stakes over 2000m at Rosehill with a superb finish defeating Hauraki and Criterion who he meets again.
The pinnacle staying event on the NSW racing calendar, the Sydney Cup is the only major state capital Cup race along with the Melbourne Cup that maintains Group 1 status.
Winning the VRC Oaks when 5th up in the Spring, Jameka will be 5th up this campaign as she goes in search of the Oaks Double.
A relatively new race as a Group 1 event, the Queen Of The Turf Stakes dates back to 1985 when it was first held as a Group 3 event over 1500m at Rosehill. Upgraded to Group 2 status in 1996 it was granted G1 standing in 2009.
A race with a long tradition, the Doncaster Handicap or Doncaster Mile as it is sometimes referred to, is one of the most prestigious mile (1600m) races on the Australian turf calendar.
As part of the huge increases in prizemoney that occurred with the introduction of The Championships, The TJ Smith Stakes is now the world’s richest sprint race.
The ATC Derby held over the classic distance of 2400m or 12 furlongs in the old scale and run at set weights, has long been considered the ultimate Derby to win because of its position in the Autumn.