A talented field of juveniles will step out over the 1400m at Randwick on Saturday in what is shaping up to be an exciting edition of the Group 1 Inglis’ Sires Produce.
The current crop of two-year-olds is packed with quality and with favourites holding a less than impressive record in this race, we could be in for a minor boilover.
You can find all of our best bets for the race below.
- 1 Unit #8 Ole Kirk
- 1 Unit #7 Aim
Ole Kirk resumes at the 1400m after running third in the VRC Sires’ at Flemington three weeks ago. This will be his first look at Randwick, so I like the fact he’s had a trial in the leadup to this race, which makes the $10 about him seem a little over the odds.
In my book, the colt by Written Tycoon had the Sires’ won if he didn’t get stuck on the fence behind Larimer Street. When he did get clear he found the line strongly to finish third, so with a nice cruising speed, a strong turn of foot and Tommy Berry in the saddle, I can’t go past him at the current price.
Favourites have won the Inglis Sires’ only three times over the last 13 years, so I’m happy to take on Mamaragan and give Aim a second chance following last fortnight’s flat effort in the Pago Pago Stakes (1200m). The Star Witness colt didn’t go a yard down the straight as he struggled to make up ground on the wet track, however his run prior in the Skyline Stakes at Randwick was still somewhat encouraging.
Aim was held up down the straight but did well to weave his way into third from a similar inside alley to the one he’s drawn on Saturday. Also working in his favour is Kerrin McEvoy, who has won the Sires’ twice already for the Snowden’s.
Mamaragan let down beautifully over the final furlong to win the Skyline Stakes and I simply can’t argue with his turn of foot. John Thompson’s two-year-old has been enormous all Autumn and he gained plenty more admirers when third in the Golden Slipper a fortnight ago. He’s drawn perfectly in barrier 2 and has three-time Sires’ winner Nash Rawiller in the saddle. Thompson said himself that he originally pegged Mamaragan as a sprinter though, so it remains to be seen how he handles the step up in distance.
Prague should sit up on the speed from barrier 15 and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if he finished somewhere near the finish. The two-year-old by Redoute’s Choice has won three from five starts in his lightly raced career and has shown plenty of ability with wins in the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) and the Pago Pago (1200m). He does have a tendency to over-race, so that, and Brenton Avdulla replacing Tom Marquand in the saddle, are the only knocks.