Probabeel. Photo by Steve Hart.

2021 The Championships Day 2 Tips & Preview

The Championships continue at Royal Randwick this Saturday afternoon with four Group 1 races taking place on Day 2.

We have taken a look at all 10 races on the card at Randwick and our full The Championships Day 2 Tips & Preview can be viewed below.

each way
Race 1: Listed The Agency Real Estate Mile (1600m) 11:30am
No. 3 Arnaqueur

A tough way to start the day with not a hell of a lot of exposed form to go on but Arnaqueur looks over the odds to my eye.

The son of Astern was excellent when scoring on debut at Kembla Grange and if he continues to improve in between runs, he can run a cheeky race at double figure odds.

each way
Race 2: Listed South Pacific Classic (1400m) 12:05pm
No. 5 Acrophobic

Acrophobic had to do a fair amount of work when circling the field at Warwick Farm when resuming but he worked to the line quite well.

The son of Dissident got to within half a length of Peltzer at Group 2 level in October last year and if he can produce an effort like that, he will be going close in this Listed race.

He is an each way proposition at his current odds.

best bet
Race 3: Provincial Championships Final (1400m) 12:40pm
No. 5 Darleb & No. 10 Game Of Thorns

Was really keen on Great News but with her coming out it has really opened this race up.

Kris Lees has six runners in the race and I’ve plucked out two at each way odds.

Darleb was well beaten in his first two runs this prep but he is far better suited over 1400m and was savaging the line late behind La Jolie Fille at Kembla Grange last time to run second.

Game Of Thorns comes out of that race as well and she was also seen doing her best work late in the race.

She has been in the stables since before Christmas so she will have plenty of residual fitness and with a bit of pace on up front, she can figure late in the piece.

Race 4: Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) 1:15pm
No. 2 Najmaty

Najmaty is having just her third career race start but she looks an absolutely beauty.

She kick started her racing career with a 1.3 lengths win in Sydney before shifting south and taking out the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes at Caulfield by almost three lengths.

The daughter of I Am Invincible has a very bright future and she should account for these with ease.

Race 5: Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) 1:50pm
No. 2 Amarelinha

Amarelinha brings some very good winning form from New Zealand into the 2021 Australian Oaks.

The kiwi filly has now won three stakes races in a row including the New Zealand Oaks at her last start where she won by a length as the short priced favourite.

She is a filly who oozes class and although this is another step up, she is already a winner at the distance and will be very fit for this race.

Race 6: Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) 2:25pm
No. 8 September Run

This race always attracts a very good field of young sprinting horses and it’s no wonder as it is worth as much as the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes!

This has been astute placement by Chris Waller with his star sprinter September Run, preferring this option to the T.J Smith last weekend.

This is by no means an easy task for her, especially from the tricky draw on the fence, but she is a filly with an enormous turn of foot late in her races and if she is within striking distance, she will be storming over the top late in this year’s Arrowfield Sprint.

Race 7: Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) 3:05pm
No. 2 Southern France

Southern France had not been seen at the races for almost an entire year when the Irish import resuming in the Chipping Norton over 1600m, finishing seventh behind Verry Elleegant.

He then had five weeks in between runs into the Tancred Stakes where he was grinding away to finish seventh again, doing his best work in the tail end of the race.

He gets out to his preferred distance now in the Sydney Cup, has drawn perfectly in barrier five and drops 4kg on his last run.

That will do me.

Race 8: Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) 3:50pm
No. 1 Addeybb

This an absolute cracking edition of the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes with a number of winning chances in the race.

Verry Elleegant got the better of Adeyyb in the Ranvet Stakes in what is fast becoming one of the all time great duals in Australian racing history.

Adeyyb was far from disgraced in that race and he will take plenty of benefit from that run into this one.

VE sat right in behind him in the run during that race which was a smart move by James McDonald because she used her fitness edge to her advantage.

If James McDonald does that again in this race, I’m not sure that VE will be able to stick with him and she will lose her turn of foot late.

Should be a ripper race and there are more than just the two chances!

CLICK HERE for our full 2021 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Tips & Preview

Race 9: Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) 4:30pm
No. 1 Probabeel

Probabeel resumed with back to back wins including her third group 1 victory in the Futurity Stakes proving herself one of the best mares in the country in the process.

We can forgive her run in the All-Star Mile when the track became very rain effected on the day and she is a better horse on top of the ground with seven wins from nine starts on the good.

She will be very tough to beat at set weights here in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes from the good draw.




Race 10: Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) 5:10pm
Box Tri - 1/4/8/11/14

Let’s finish the day with a boxed trifecta.

Plenty of value in these five!