This Saturday Royal Randwick Racecourse will host the next feature meeting of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival headlined by the $175,000 Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m).
Just 12 weight-for-age runners have been nominated for the 2010 Chelmsford Stakes, but the diminutive size of the field in no way takes away from the class of the contenders.
Top hopes sure to dominate the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au if they run in the Chelmsford on Saturday include Chris Waller’s last start winning trio in the Warwick Stakes, Metal Bender, Triple Honour and Danleigh.
All three are among the entries for Saturday, with Metal Bender the favoured stablemate after he won the Warwick Stakes first-up last weekend adding to his impressive $1.47 million in career prizemoney, while Danleigh is likely to start in the Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington instead.
Waller will face a tough test, however, as a number of other highly rated turf stars are also set to start including Gai Waterhouse’s Group 1 winner Theseo, one of the early 2010 Melbourne Cup favourites Jessicabeel and the John Thompson-trained duo of Count Encosta and Run For Naara.
The John O’Shea-trained Jessicabeel is an interesting contender, the five-year-old Zabeel mare resuming racing after she won the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) last start back in April.
Following her Sydney Cup win, Jessicabeel is already equal third-favourite to win the 150th Melbourne Cup this November paying $17 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
The 2010 Chelmsford Stakes is one of three Group races worth having a bet on through Ladbrokes.com.au at the meeting, the others being the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1400m) and the Group 3 Tramway Quality Handicap (1400m).
The final field of acceptances for the Chelmsford Stakes will be announced on Thursday and published right here so bookmark this page.
Once the final field is out Ladbrokes.com.au will open up their lucrative betting markets on the race, so get ready to lock in the best odds by signing up with them today!
2010 Chelmsford Stakes Nominations
|#||Horse||Trianer||Ballot||Weight (kg)||Hcp. Rating|
|2||METAL BENDER (NZ)||Chris Waller||2||59||116|
|3||NO WINE NO SONG||Kevin Moses||3||59||108|
|5||TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ)||Chris Waller||6||59||114|
|6||RAINBOW STYLING (NZ)||M, W & J Hawkes||7||59||96|
|7||GET UP JUDE||Kevin Moses||10||59||91|
|8||MR CHARLIE (NZ)||Peter G Moody||12||59||81|
|9||COUNT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson||9||58.5||93|
|11||JESSICABEEL (NZ)||John O’Shea||11||57||108|
|12||RUN FOR NAARA||John P Thompson||8||56.5||101|