7 STAKES - Randwick, 1600m R7
The 7 Stakes is the newest feature race on the Sydney racing calendar, run over the Randwick 1600m, invented (and bizarrely named) by Racing NSW to keep the best horses up there.
Fangirl is the early favourite, after taking out the Winx Stakes first-up four weeks ago. She’s been a high class horse for a long time, prevented from winning more races by often chasing Anamoe or striking wet ground. She will finally get a good track here, Anamoe is retired, she should be better at 1600m than she was first-up at 1400m, and half the field couldn’t win with Batman pulling and Superman pushing.
Barrier 10 may be a little awkward, and Kerrin McEvoy isn’t exactly in the form of his life, so Fangirl may be either caught wide or give up too much of a start if settling back. But all things being equal, she’s the one to beat.
Hardy veterans Zaaki and Think It Over are next in betting. Both are extremely well credentialed, have drawn well, and we know have the quality to be in the mix at WFA level. Of course they can win if things go their way, and both will be suited at the mile here, but can they still match it with the fresher legs of Fangirl and one or two others?
Pericles is the fresh horse on the scene, tackling weight-for-age for the first time. He was a solid three-year-old, competitive in everything without winning at Group 1 level, and tested out to Derby trips a couple of times. He has resumed at four with two wins in good races over 1400m, and will clearly be kept to a maximum of 1600m-2000m this time around. He’ll go forward to try and take bad luck out of the equation, and can be the surprise packet.
Hinged is forever thereabouts in these races, having finished fourth at her last three starts, all Group 1s. She couldn’t beat Fangirl with the cut out of the track last start, so will be even more disadvantaged on the dry.
Selections: 1.Fangirl 2.Pericles 3.Zaaki 4.Think It Over
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