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2021 Carrington Stakes Day Tips & Preview

We have a massive 10 race card to look forward to this Saturday at Royal Randwick with the feature race being the Listed Carrington Stakes.

Our full 2021 Carrington Stakes Day Tips and Preview can be read below.

Race 1: The Paul Hoffman Handicap (1000m) 12:40pm
No. 2 Harlem Groove

Harlem Groove was impressive when winning at Scone on debut back on the 11th of December.

He is the only horse bringing winning form into the race and that experience might prove the difference in the opening race of the day.

Race 2: Highway Handicap (1100m) 1:15pm
No. 1 Art Cadeau

This is a tricky edition of the Highway race as there are many in form gallopers in the race.

I’ve landed on Art Cadeau who has been incredibly consistent throughout his eight race career to date.

He is yet to finish outside the top two in that time and despite the big weight, he is the one to beat from barrier three with Tommy Berry steering.

Race 3: Highway Handicap (1100m) 1:50pm
No. 1 Melik

It takes a certain kind of progressive horse to win these Highway races and the Paul Messara trained Melik looks exactly that.

The five year old gelding by Redoute’s Choice has two wins and two placings to his name from four career starts and although he is first up since June, his recent trial suggests he is ready to win.

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Race 4: Benchmark 78 Handicap (1100m) 2:25pm
No. 2 Emanate

Emanate went from strength to strength last prep when she strung together three wins in a row to close out her campaign.

The daughter of Lonhro has now won four of eight career starts and been unplaced just once.

Her ears were pricked and she was eased down on the line in a recent trial and she looks ready to run a race first up to my eye.

Race 5: Benchmark 72 Handicap (1100m) 3:00pm
No. 5 Rule Of Law

Rule Of Law finished his first racing campaign with back to back wins by a combined 4.5 lengths at Newcastle and Gosford.

The three year old colt by Snitzel has trailed really well leading into this first up assignment suggesting to me that he is ready to win fresh.

Watch betting for a guide.

Race 6: Benchmark 88 Handicap (2000m) 3:40pm
No. 4 Sacramento

Sacramento is a pretty handy young horse who showed his toughness when he fought back to win last start at Randwick.

The Pierro gelding will only be fitter for that run, he drops down 2.5kgs for the win and the step up in distance is ideal at this stage in his prep.

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Race 7: Benchmark 78 Handicap (1400m) 4:20pm
No. 9 St Covet's Spirit

St Covet’s Spirit has just the one win to her name from 18 career race starts but she is a very consistent mare who is never far away in her races.

The 1400m is ideal for her, she has drawn perfectly in barrier four and the blinkers are being applied for the first time.

$9.00 seems very juicy.

Race 8: Listed Carrington Stakes (1400m) 5:00pm
No. 9 Chat

Chat is a young horse with a fair amount of upside which can not be said for a lot of the runners in the 2021 Carrington Stakes.

The son of Deep Field kick started this campaign with a nice win at Canterbury and he has been competitive all the way through including a fast finishing fifth behind Eleven Eleven last start.

He can take a sit in behind what looks a pretty good tempo set by Bandersnatch and Cradle Mountain and pounce late.

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Race 9: Benchmark 78 Handicap (1600m) 5:40pm
No. 7 Strange Charm

I’ve got quite an opinion of four year old mare Strange Charm who has impressively won both of her starts so far this prep.

She broke through for her maiden race win back in March last year, beating home Toffee Tongue and Entent who have both gone on to be classy horses.

She got to within 2.6 lengths of Asiago in the Group 3 Kembla Grange Classic out her next start, proving she has some ability.

I believe she is better than this grade of racing and she represents great value at her current quote of $8.50.

Race 10: Benchmark 88 Handicap (1600m) 6:15pm
Boxed Tri 5/9/13/14

You know the drill.

Let’s box four up to finish the day on a massive high!