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Start the key to Encap’s All Aged finish

Encap can become the tenth three-year-old to win he All Aged Stakes in the past four decades.

ENCAP winning the ACY SECURITIES MING DYNASTY QUALITY.
ENCAP winning the ACY SECURITIES MING DYNASTY QUALITY. Picture: Martin King / Sportpix

Celestial Legend gave the three-year-olds bragging rights over the older horses in the Doncaster Mile, now a trio from that age group will be out to repeat the dose in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes.

Australian Guineas winner Southport Tycoon, Hobartville Stakes runner-up Encap and filly Tiz Invincible form the three-year-old contingent in Saturday's 1400 metre showpiece.

Nine have won the race in the past 40 years, four of them in the past decade including Giga Kick 12 months ago.

But having partnered Celestial Legend to his breathtaking Doncaster Mile success under handicap conditions, jockey Tyler Schiller knows the task Encap faces when he links with the gelding at Randwick on Saturday.

"It's a big assignment up to the Group One, weight-for-age, but he's a chance," Schiller said.

"He just has to get the first half of his race right."

Schiller has partnered Encap once before, the Gary Portelli-trained gelding storming home to finish second in a Warwick Farm maiden in August.

Two starts later, he captured the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) at Rosehill before beating all but Militarize in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m).

Encap kicked off his current campaign with a brace of stakes placings and was a luckless fifth behind Celestial Legend in the Randwick Guineas (1600m) when badly held up for a run.

While he wasn't disgraced against the older horses in the George Ryder Stakes (1400m) at his latest appearance, settling in the second half of the field and doing his best work late to finish sixth, Schiller wants to see him position himself more prominently on Saturday.

"Gary said he's kept him fresh, so hopefully he can get that start right and if he can put himself fifth or sixth, he's got the turn of foot to put himself in the finish," Schiller said.

Pre-post markets indicate the mares hold the key to Saturday's renewal with Espiona a $3.90 favourite ahead of Sunshine In Paris ($4.80).

Southport Tycoon, shooting to become the first colt since Flying Spur in 1996 to capture the Australian Guineas-All Aged Stakes double, is rated the pick of the three-year-olds at $6, with Encap a $15 chance.


Racing and Sports

Randwick

Saturday, 20th April 2024

8
ET

SCHWEPPES ALL AGED STAKES (G1)

Type: OPEN
7 f TURF HEAVY
8

(local)
AUD $1,505,000
7 f HEAVY

SCHWEPPES ALL AGED STAKES (G1)

Type: OPEN


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 11. MAGIC TIME (AUS) 4yo M
HELLBENT (AUS) - TIME AWAITS (AUS)
MICHAEL DEE
GRAHAME BEGG
$6.5
57kg
Milburn Creek Thoroughbred Stud (Mgr: J L Muir)

Sales Information

2nd 7. AMENABLE (AUS) 4yo G
LONHRO (AUS) - CARRIBEAN SUNSET (IRE)
CHAD SCHOFIELD
MICK PRICE & MICHAEL KENT JNR
$51
59kg
J MacLean, D Maclean, Mrs A MacLean, C Charteris, Killara Racing (C Lee), T Tonkin, H Bentley, P Sweeney, P Henley, Lifestylin 1 (G Cook), D Hollyman, Edward River Racing (R Taylor), BlueMoon Racing (R Cartledge), Pony Pals (M Williams), Carribean Syndicate (S Cochrane), J Willcox-Litovkin & M Huff

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3rd 1. PRIVATE EYE (AUS) 6yo G
AL MAHER (AUS) - CONFIDENTIAL QUEEN (AUS)
JAMES MCDONALD
JOSEPH PRIDE
$12
59kg
PROVEN THOROUGHBREDS, P YATES, N DIMITRAKIS, S FLEGMAN, MS M KEATINGE, SIXTH SENSE RACING, B PLAYFORD, G LESTER, P DAVIDSON, D GEORGE, M ROSS, C HACKETT, MARTIN THOROUGHBRED RACING, MRS B DAVIDSON, MS LAUNDY, MRS S ROWDEN, T FINDLAY, CITY TATTERSALLS CLUB (CAMPION), MS I BRAZIL & BEAMS

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4th 10. SUNSHINE IN PARIS (AUS) 4yo M
INVADER (AUS) - ZENAIDA (NZ)
RYAN MALONEY
ANNABEL NEASHAM
$5
57kg

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5th 4. BANDERSNATCH (AUS) 7yo G
CASINO PRINCE (AUS) - DIVINE FAITH (AUS)
DYLAN GIBBONS
M, W & J HAWKES
$26
59kg

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6th 8. CHAIN OF LIGHTNING (AUS) 5yo M
FIGHTING SUN (AUS) - MAGIC ART (AUS)
RACHEL KING
PETER G MOODY & KATHERINE COLEMAN
$6
57kg
7th 9. ESPIONA (AUS) 5yo M
EXTREME CHOICE (AUS) - DAHOOIL (NZ)
NASH RAWILLER
CHRIS WALLER
$5.5
57kg

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8th 5. BUFFALO RIVER (USA) 8yo G
NOBLE MISSION (GB) - FASHION INSIDER (USA)
TIM CLARK
MICHAEL MORONEY
$26
59kg

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9th 12. SOUTHPORT TYCOON (AUS) 3yo C
WRITTEN TYCOON (AUS) - READY TO RULE (USA)
JAMIE KAH
CIARON MAHER
$6.5
56.5kg

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10th 13. ENCAP (AUS) 3yo G
CAPITALIST (AUS) - ENQUARE (AUS)
TYLER SCHILLER
GARY PORTELLI
$21
56.5kg

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11th 3. BUENOS NOCHES (AUS) 4yo H
SUPIDO (AUS) - KOI (AUS)
MARK ZAHRA
MATTHEW SMITH
$13
59kg

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12th 14. TIZ INVINCIBLE (AUS) 3yo F
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - AMULETUM (GB)
ZAC LLOYD
CIARON MAHER
$26
54.5kg

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13th 6. AIRMAN (AUS) 4yo G
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - ZARA BAY (AUS)
TOMMY BERRY
M, W & J HAWKES
$61
59kg

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