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Robert Sangster Stakes Preview & Tips 2020
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The $400,000 2020 TAB Robert Sangster Classic has a field of 16 runners plus 2 emergencies. There is one two-year-old, one three-year-old, 9 four-year-olds, 6 five-year-olds and one seven-year-old. The clear favourite is Sunlight who was 2nd in the RN Irwin Stakes last start when resuming after 24 weeks. Second favourite is two-year-old Away Game who won the G2 Percy Sykes Stakes last start and only carries 47kg here. Third favouritism is shared between I Am Excited, Savatiano who ran 5th and 6th in the G2 Sapphire Stakes last outing, and Lyre who was 4th in the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes.
Bam’s On Fire was a solid winner of the G3 Victoria Handicap over 1400m. Humma Humma was 2nd in the Bel Esprit Stakes. Teleplay was 3rd in the VOBIS Gold Sprint after two wins in Melbourne. Madam Rouge was 7th in the Sapphire Stakes and this is her best distance. Bella Vella has won her last two starts. All of the other runners are currently at 30 to 1 or longer. Mystery Love has been scratched early Friday morning.
Robert Sangster Stakes Runner by Runner 2020
This Zoustar mare is the quality runner of the field who already has three Group 1 wins and has earned prizemoney of $6.6 million. She has won 11 of her 22 starts, and 7 of those wins have been over this distance. She was 2nd in the G3 RN Irwin Stakes when resuming and has won 3 of her 4 second-up starts. She looks the hardest to beat.
2. I Am Excited
She won the Group 1 The Galaxy two starts ago then kept chasing for 3.1 lengths 5th in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes on a heavy track last outing when she was wide and covered a lot of ground. She is capable of placing here.
When resuming this campaign she was an impressive 2.8 length winner of the G2 Millie Fox Stakes , and followed that with 2nd in the G1 Canterbury Stakes, 7th in The Galaxy and 6th in the Sapphire Stakes. She seems to do her best racing when fresh.
4. Madam Rouge
In December she won the Listed Christmas Classic over 1200m at Randwick, then she won the $1m Magic Millions Sprint over 1200m. She resumed for 9th in The Galaxy then 7th in the G2 Sapphire Stakes. Not the worst.
One of 2 runners for Mick Price, she won successive Group 2 races in the Spring and resumed for 3rd over 1200m at Caulfield last start. she has drawn well in barrier 2 and could make her presence felt.
6. Bam’s On Fire
This mare has only been out of the trifecta once in her last 9 starts and always runs a good race. She followed 2nd in the G2 Sunline stakes over 1600m with a 1.25 length win in the G3 Victoria Handicap over 1400m. This is her first attempt at a Group 1 race and she will go well..
7. Spanish Whisper
She has drawn wide and does not have a good record on slow on heavy going. My money won’t be on her even though she has three Group 2 wins under her belt.
8. Humma Humma
Last outing she ran 2nd in the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes over 1100m. She has not won beyond 1100m and will find this race too difficult..
9. Embrace Me
This mare has not won since February 2019 when she won the G3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes over this distance. At her latest start she finished 8th in the G1 William Reid Stakes. She has drawn barrier 17 and I don’t think she can place here..
10. Bella Vella
She is in fine form with a 2.5 length win over 955m at Moonee Valley followed b a 1.7 length win over 1000m in the Listed Hills Railway Stakes. She can handle heavy going but she is another runner who has not won beyond 1100m and will find the rise in grade too challenging.
The rank outsider of the field, this mare was 2nd in the Listed Matrice Stakes at this track and distance 2 starts ago. She is a very honest mare but this is a massive rise in class for her.
12. Everyday Lady
Another runner at triple figure odds, this mare only beat two runners home in the G3 Irwin Stakes and will find this race too tough.
13. Street Icon
She won a fillies and mares BM70 over 1200m at Sandown Lakeside on 1 April, then ran 2nd in the VOBIS Gold Sprint over 1200m at Caulfield on 18 April. This is her first try at Group 1 level and I don’t expect her to be in the finish. although she always tries hard.
14. Beautiful Flyer
At seven years of age she is the oldest horse in the race and has won 4 races at this track and distance. Her last win was in a BM78 at Bendigo and this looks beyond her.
This three-year-old followed 4th in the G1 Surround Stakes with 4th in the Bel Esprit. She is a quality filly who could place, but I don’t expect her to win..
16. Away Game
The baby of the field, this two-year-old has won 4 of her 7 starts. She ran 2nd in the Golden Slipper in March then won the Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes over 1200m by 1.5 lengths on a heavy track at Randwick on 11 April. She carries 9kg less than she did there and is a genuine winning chance with her light weight and good barrier.
17. Mystery Love – 1st Emergency SCRATCHED 7am May 1st
With 4 wins and a place from 6 starts, this mare has a great strike rate but she is having her first run in a Group race and will likely find the class rise too tough.
18. Kenyan Wonder – 2nd Emergency
This loccally trained mare is one of 3 by Zoustar in this race (the others are Sunlight and Madam Rouge). She has won 3 races at hi strack and distance and was 5th in the G3 Irwin Stakes. Has drawn the inside barrier if she gets a run, bit will find this too tough.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|16 Away Game
|6 Bam’s On Fire
|2 I Am Excited