In the Golden Slipper, Menari was third across the line behind She Will Reign. In a bumping duel with Tulip as they both were working home towards the outside rail, the Snitzel colt finished 3rd but later lost the bronze in the stewards room, relegated to 4th owing to the interference caused to Tulip. Menari has faced the starter on four occasions, securing victory on debut in a set weights and penalties event over 1100m at Randwick, starting as an odds-on favourite. He again started in red figures in the Canonbury Stakes when finishing a one length 2nd behind Pariah. He was the favoured runner again in the Todman Stakes but struggled to make ground in the straight in the slop and finished five lengths in arrears of Gunnison. The track conditions have appeared to work against him his past two starts and connections will be hoping for a drier track.
Frolic is yet to miss a place in her five career starts, but will have to face a wide barrier here to keep that record in-tact. Trained on track at Randwick, the filly has managed to win both her race starts at her home venue. Finishing 2nd at her first two starts, at career start number 3 at Randwick, she took on the sales restricted Inglis Classic and after settling at the rear of the field powered home strongly in the home straight to take victory by 1.5 lengths. Next up in the G2 Reisling on a heavy 9 the filly was able to finish strongly and romped home, posting a two length victory, with She Will Reign finishing 2nd, with that filly turning the tables in the Golden Slipper when Frolic finished strongly along the inside for 2nd.
The daughter of Pierro will be looking to emulate the deeds of her sire that was successful in this race in 2012 in the year he was able to secure the 2YO Triple Crown. Tulip gained 3rd in the Slipper on protest after stewards deemed the interference she received from Menari was enough to uphold and reverse the past-the-post positions. A winner on debut over 1000m at Moonee Valley, the filly hit the line strongly in the closing stages after settling at the rear of the field. She then settled closer to the speed in the Blue Diamond Fillies Preview when finishing a head from the winner, Limestone and then in the Blue Diamond she finished 4th behind Catchy. Starting in the G3 Magic Night at Rosehill looking to secure a Slipper start, the Hayes/Dabernig trained filly was able to finish strongly an forge clear to secure victory by just on two lengths.
Gunnison was kept out of the final acceptances of the Golden Slipper by connections to concentrate on this race. A chestnut gelding by Not A Single Doubt, his career started at Canberra over 1000m. Settling handy to the speed he was able to get a half-length victory, hitting the line well in the closing stages. Second-up at Randwick in the G2 Todman Stakes, Blake Shinn put the gelding on the pace and leading the field was able to hang on for victory at the end of the 1200m journey. Run a heavy 9, the win was enough to secure a start in the Golden Slipper with the ballot exemption awarded to the winner, however the Snowden’s opted not to compete. He has since trialled at Wyong on a heavy 10 where he was solid against older horses in winning by two lengths in the 1000m trial.
The Sires Produce Stakes is run over 1400m at Royal Randwick and is the middle leg of the 2YO Triple Crown, the 1st leg being the 1200m G1 Golden Slipper and the final leg the G1 Champagne Stakes over 1600m. It is an opportunity for the 2YO’s to compete in Sydney in a Group 1 race at greater than 1200m for the first time in the season.
In 2017 the race is worth total stakes of $1,000,000 and the winner will receive $585,000. Held under the conditions of set weights, colts and geldings will carry 56.5kg with fillies to carry 54.5kg.
The race has a long history and dates back to 1867 when initially run over one mile. The last horse to successfully complete the Triple Crown was Pierro in 2012 and he is one of only 6 to have completed the unique treble. Past winners of this race include Sebring, Dance Hero, Octagonal, Luskin Star, Tulloch and Ajax.
The Sire Produce Stakes forms a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|ATC Sire Produce Stakes Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 1st April 2017|
|Race Time:||14:10 AEST|
|Race Type:||2YO Set Weights|
|2016 Winner:||Yankee Rose|
|2017 Sire Produce Stakes Odds|
The ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes is a Group 1 race that is for two-year-olds and is contested at set weight conditions. Taking place during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, it is part of Championship Day 1 and is raced alongside other Group 1 races such as the ATC Australian Derby, the TJ Smith Stakes and the Doncaster Mile. Held at the famous Royal Randwick Racecourse, it is contested over a distance of 1400m.
Since its inception in 1867, the race has featured some first-class horses, such as Octagonal in 1995 and Sebring in 2008. This race is the middle leg of the Australian two-year-old “Triple Crown”, which also includes the Golden Slipper Stakes and the Champagne Stakes.
Only six horses have won the Triple Crown; Baguette (1970), Luskin Star (1977), Tierce (1991), Burst (1992), Dance Hero (2004) and Pierro (2012). Horses which generally run well over the seven-furlongs go on to the Champagne Stakes which is run over 1600m. Youngsters to complete the Sires’ Produce/Champagne double recently include; Guelph (2013), Pierro (2012), Dance Hero (2004), Hasna (2003), Victory Vein (2002), Viscount (2001) and Assertive Lad (2000).
|2016||YANKEE ROSE||ZAC PURTON||DAVID VANDYKE||01:24.3|
|2015||PRIDE OF DUBAI||HUGH BOWMAN||PETER SNOWDEN||01:25.7|
|2014||PEGGY JEAN||NASH RAWILLER||GERALD RYAN||01:27.6|
|2013||GUELPH||KERRIN MCEVOY||ANTHONY CUMMINGS||01:23.2|
|2012||PIERRO||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:21.4|
|2011||HELMET||KERRIN MCEVOY||PETER SNOWDEN||01:24.0|
|2010||YOSEI||MICHELLE PAYNE||STUART WEBB||01:23.5|
|2009||MANHATTAN RAIN||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:23.5|
|2008||SEBRING||BLAKE SHINN||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:25.9|
|2007||CAMARILLA||DARREN BEADMAN||JOHN HAWKES||01:25.1|
|2006||EXCITES||ZAC PURTON||GUY WALTER||01:23.9|