2018 All Aged Stakes – Preview and Tips
The All Aged Stakes has become a respected WFA sprint event since the advent of The Championships concept. many consider this to be the second staging of the T.J Smith Stakes, though at a slightly longer distance of 1400 metres. The horse to watch is the three-year-old Trapeze Artist.
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Here’s the field as they line up for the 2018 All Aged Stakes:
50x74 1. Le Romain (13), J: G Schofield W: 59 Kgs, 8.50
53127 2. Brave Smash (5), J: M Zahra W: 59 Kgs, 7.50
0x130 3. Hartnell (11), J: H Bowman, W: 59 Kgs, 9.00
0335x 4. It's Somewhat (1), J: T Clark, W: 59 Kgs, 26.00
5x666 5. Clearly Innocent (7), J: J Collett, W: 59 Kgs, 26.00
1150x 6. Red Cardinal (12), J: TBA, W: 59 Kgs, 91.00
X3149 7. Endless Drama (10), J: M Walker, W: 59 Kgs, 26.00
30x25 8. Tom Melbourne (4), J: K McEvoy, W: 59 Kgs, 10.00
X238x 9. Satono Rasen (6), J: B Shinn, W: 59 Kgs, 41.00
X1431 10. Trapeze Artist (8), J: T Angland, W: 56.5 Kgs, 2.20
X2372 11. Showtime (9), J: C Brown, W: 56.5 Kgs, 12.00
0x855 12. The Mission (3), J: B Avdulla, W: 56.5 Kgs, 26.00
33671 13. Muraaqeb (2), J: D Oliver, W: 56.5 Kgs, 26.00
The All Aged Stakes has featured some excellent finishes in the last few years. One I remember fondly was back in 2014 when Japanese mare Hana’s Goal came with a withering Chautauqua like finish to claim victory. I remember it fondly because I had a stack of cash on her. In the 2018 edition of this race, former Japanese galloper Satono Rasen (now with Chris Waller’s stable) lines up, but I don’t think the punters cash will be as free-flowing as it was four years ago.
The radar will certainly be locked down to Trapeze Artist after his stunning win to down Redzel in the T.J Smith Stakes two weeks ago. Already a multiple Group 1 winner as a three-year-old, surely the racing world is his oyster as he concludes his break-out season, then takes a break to come back as a four-year-old in the Spring. Another clash with Redzel in The Everest looms this October. He must be a good thing here?
The iron horse of the field is unquestionably Hartnell. This bloke has done it all, from short to long distances. He’s quite capable of winning this, and Hugh Bowman will need to have him handy to pounce when the time is right.
Darren Weir’s Brave Smash is one of the better sprinters going around. His form this season has been superb, and he must surely feature here again.
I’m a big fan of Showtime and he just keeps turning up to the big dance, it’s only a matter of time before he lands a big one. He’ll carry some weight relief against the older horses, and I’ll back him to run in the first four at least.
You gotta love the persistence of perennial bridesmaid Tom Melbourne. A decent race last start, he wasn’t too far off the winner, and his up-front style of racing allows him to make his own luck. Has Kerrin McEvoy onboard this Saturday, but he’ll need to fend off fast finishers to realistically have a chance.
Of the mid-tier horses, I’m not so certain about Le Romain, It’s Somewhat and Clearly Innocent. Other than Le Romain who has an SP of $8.00, the other two are both at outside odds. All three are Group 1 winners and have won on both good and heavy tracks, so should be respected on race day.
Interesting to see top international stayer Red Cardinal lining up here. Obviously, the distance of the All Aged Stakes will be too short for him, but he is a quality galloper as his record shows, and quality horses can also do quality things.
Trapeze Artist is a colt on the rise, and that win the other day over Redzel said a lot about his potential. I’m expecting a repeat, with the gutsy Brave Smash and versatile Hartnell filling the minor places.
Trapeze Artist, Brave Smash, Hartnell (with Showtime a close up fourth)
I’ll go with the Japanese horse Satono Rasen at $41, purely for shock value, and because.. the Japanese trainers are masters at getting their horses up for big races, and even though he is now with the Waller stable, his lead-up work has been very good.
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