The world’s leading trainer Aiden O’Brien has nominated 5 entries in the upcoming Championship to be held at Royal Randwick this April. O’Brien trained 26 horses that won Group 1 races in 2017. Top of the list of his nominees is Deauville, War Secretary and War Decree for the $3m Doncaster Mile while T.J. Smith Stakes with moneyprize of $2.5 Million will have Washington DC and Spirit of Valor. If indeed O’Brien will decide to send his best horses to Sydney, it will make the Sydney racing meeting exciting.
According to James Ross the Australian Turf Club Recruiter, if O’Brian focusses on the autumn race, it will make the race prominent and acceptable worldwide. He further said that it feels nice to get 5 entries from O’Brian and it is hoped that he will send a few more top horses to the autumn carnival.
So far, the Championship has attracted about 1454 nominations in the 10 races including the Group 1 races that will be run on April 17 at Royal Randwick. Out of these nominees, there will be 41 international entries, which will feature 26 horses from Japan. The horses will include Chris Wallers imports Satono Rasen and Admire Winner. Notice that Winx is among the 121 entries that will be chasing the 2000 meters Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Satono Crown will also be among the entries for Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Meanwhile, Charlie Appleby has entered Ray Rhythm for the 3200mm race which will be held on the second day of the championship. Dunlop who trained Red Cadeaux- the three-time runners-up of Melbourne Cup will have Red Verdon entered in the Sydney Cup.
As expected, Chautauqua will contest the TJ Smith Stakes which he won last year. He will contest against experienced gallopers like Redzel who is also the Everest Winner. If Chautauqua wins the race, it will be his fourth successive win of the TJ Smith Stakes.
Meanwhile, the Sydney Autumn will not feature many international until the start of the next races in a few weeks to come even though it is certain that the championship will this year attract the biggest wave of horses that were trained in the northern hemisphere. The Sydney Autumn has become a well-established championship that is recognized worldwide. Peter V’landys, the Racing NSW’s chief executive, says that the championship has become the undisputed grand finale in Australia. Already 40 overseas horses have been nominated to contest.