Colette. Photo by Steve Hart.

2021 Chipping Norton Stakes Day Tips & Preview

Group 1 racing returns to Royal Randwick this Saturday with a plethora of quality racing taking place.

The Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes is the feature event with the Group 1 Surround Stakes also taking place.

Our full 2021 Chipping Norton Stakes Day Tips & Preview can be read below.

Race 1: Highway Handicap (1000m) 1:15pm
No.6 Water Dove

It takes a certain type of progressive horse to win these Highway races and Water Dove fits that profile perfectly.

The three year old filly won her first two race starts including first up this prep before finishing second in a very similar race to this one at last start.

Jason Collett steers from barrier three.

Race 2: Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) 1:50pm
No. 2 Captivant

Captivant comes into this first up assignment off the back of two really impressive trial wins in which he was held together well.

The colt by Captalist won the Victory Vein on debut back in October before finishing fourth in the Golden Gift behind Sneaky Five.

He is currently 1 $26 chance in the Golden Slipper but I have a feeling that quote will be reduced after this race.

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Race 3: Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) 2:25pm
No. 2 Nice For What

Profiteer was dominant when winning the Inglis Millenium but the Maher and Eustace trained filly Nice For What caught the eye back in the field.

She was near last when rounding the turn but she weaved her way through the field and was doing her best work late.

This shapes as a very different race and she should land much closer to the speed for Hugh Bowman from barrier six.


Race 4: Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) 3:05pm
No. 2 Trumbull & No. 10 Criaderas

Trumbull is a very progressive type of horse who can go to another level this prep.

The Kim Waugh trained five year old gelding has had two really nice trials leading into this assignment and he has four wins from six starts when fresh.

Criaderas is another horse that has a fair amount of upside.

He has four wins from eight starts and has been unplaced just once. Handles the wet well.

Race 5: Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) 3:45pm
No. 7 Icebath

Icebath resumed with a third in the Group 3 Triscay Stakes at Randwick when she got within 1.7 lengths of the winner Tailleur.

Her main danger is Funstar in my opinion and she meets that mare 5kgs better at the weights for their last meeting in the Golden Eagle where Icebath was narrowly defeated by Colette.

That form looks really good and the soft or heavy track seems to be no issue.

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Race 6: Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) 4:25pm
No. 7 Colette

Every autumn there is a new superstar of the turf emerge and Colette is that horse in 2021.

She took out the Golden Eagle in the wet to conclude her spring campaign but it was her victory first up in the Apollo Stakes that was her most impressive win.

The Hallowed Crown mare has always had a huge amount of upside but she proved she has returned a bigger and stronger mare this time in by putting away a very good field at Randwick when resuming.

She beat Kolding and Verry Elleegant by over two lengths and was eased up on the line and with a heavy track expected on Saturday, she looks the one to beat again with plenty of improvement in her.

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Race 7: Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) 5:05pm
No. 7 Never Talk

Kris Lees has another very handy filly on his hands with Never Talk.

The daughter of No Nay Never has managed five wins from eight career starts and has shown a very quick turn of foot in her races on all surfaces.

She weaved her way through the field coming from near last when freshened in the Group 2 Light Fingers to just miss and meets many of those horses in this event.

I don’t think the extra 200m will hurt, she will only benefit from the expected rain and she has a fitness edge on many of these.

Race 8: Benchmark 88 Handicap (2000m) 5:40pm
No. 10 Great House

Great House has shown he has some ability in his four career starts with two wins and two minor placings.

The lightly raced four year old import from the Waller stable was impressive when winning by 2.3 lengths over this distance last start and he has had a trial in between runs to get him ready for this assignment.

Lots of upside.

Race 9: Benchmark 88 Handicap (1200m) 6:15pm
No. 5 Zakat

Zakat looked the winner late in the race when resuming down the Flemington straight only to be run down late by I’m Telling Ya.

Jamie Kah just got him to the front a touch early on that occasion but he is a talented horse who can end our day on a winning note.