We have had a look at Sydney’s answer to the Melbourne Cup, the Sydney Cup and the main event, which is Winx in the ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes, but day two of The Championships at Randwick features two other Group 1 races that should not be overlooked.
One of these is the 2400-metre Group 1 ATC Australian Oaks and the other is the 1600-metre Queen Of The Turf Stakes.
At 2400-metres, the Australian Oaks is for staying sorts and is worth prizemoney totaling $1 million. The race is restricted to three-year-old fillies and run under set weight conditions.
Bonneval won last year from Perfect Rhyme and Lasqueti Spirit. The race was first run in 1885 until 1894, but was not held between 1895 and 1921. Flight, Wenona Girls, Light Fingers, Leilani and Surround are the most notable winners from past years.
Bonneval has won the Group 1 Underwood Stakes in the 2017 – 2018 season.
This year’s Australian Oaks looks to be a tight one, with Unforgotten a $4 chance to supply Hugh Bowman with another Group 1 win. Four others have single digit quotes, however, so it looks to be an exciting race. Luvaluva may be one to watch, according to Ladbrokes.
The 1600-metre Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes was won by Foxplay last year. It is a newer race, having started in 1972. It was run at Rosehill Racecourse, with Canterbury used one time in 2008, until it was moved to Randwick in 2014.
Foxplay will not be back this year and she has not won since, but she put in a good show in running second to Winx in August on 2017 in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes.
More Joyous is the only multiple winner, taking first in 2011 and 2012.
The weight-for-age race is also restricted to fillies and mares.
Dixie Blossoms is a $5.50 favourite and if Bowman wants to add to his Group 1 haul from this race, he is going to need Zanbagh ($71) to have the race of her life.