Australian Racing: 3yo’s Take the Stage at Randwick
And for two of them a Classic opportunity could lay ahead.
The colts Sanctioned (James Cummings/Jay Ford) and Toga Picta (James Cummings/Michael Walker) both resume in the G3 Up And Coming Stakes, and both have indicated in recent trials they are ready to make forward showings.
“This might be a little sharp for Sanctioned, but he’s a very interesting horse,” Cummings said.
“He has no weight on his back under the conditions of Saturday’s race, but I also expect him to be competitive in the better set-weights races later on.”
“He’s been very good in the two trials he’s had this prep and he’s a colt with the strength and constitution to handle a good spring preparation.”
Toga Picta is also headed for races longer than the 1300m of Saturday’s race.
“He showed a lot of promise with a barnstorming finish in the Fernhill Handicap in his final run as a two-year-old and he’s trialled well this time in,” his trainer said.
“There are bigger fish to fry for him later in the spring.”
Alizee (Glyn Schofield), a half-sister the G1-winning sprinter Astern, has already begun her three-year-old campaign in good style and looks capable of adding the Listed Silver Shadow Stakes to her record.
“She’s the only filly in the field with match fitness and she gets a wonderful opportunity on top of the ground here,” Cummings said.
“It was a classy win first up, she could hardly have been more impressive.”
Alizee is opposed by only four runners, including the G3 winner and G1 Blue Diamond placegetter Formality and Champagne Cuddles who is unbeaten in her only two starts.