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    Black Caviar’s quest for her 20th consecutive win headlines a star-studded afternoon of racing that also features Atlantic Jewel, Americain, More Joyous Pierro. Join us for live updates from 2.45pm AEST.

    Robert Sangster Stakes: Race 7, Morphettville (1200m) – 4.23pm AEST

    Australia’s love affair with the fairytale horse of our generation continues this afternoon, with Peter Moody’s peerless mare B;ack Caviar turning out for a two-race preparation in Adelaide before her much-anticipated Northern Hemisphere at Royal Ascot in June.

    Unsurprisingly, she has been sent out at $1.04 or 25-to-1 on in the old scale and for good reason too.

    There is no Hay List amongst this field and there is not even the slimmest chance that she will lose this afternoon.

    It will be 20 on the bounce this afternoon for Black Caviar, with Sistine Angel, Lone Rock and Power Princess chances to come within five lengths of the champion.

    All Aged Stakes: Race 5, Randwick (1400m) – 2.55pm AEST

    The second of four group 1 races gets underway just before three o’clock this afternoon with the ‘other’ Australian champion well-placed to continue her own unbeaten streak.

    Mark Kavanagh’s Atlantic Jewel has been nothing but impressive throughout her six-race career and the Black Caviar-esque price of $1.20 suggests nothing will change this afternoon.

    Still, small fields can sometimes be tactical minefields for short-priced favourites and with only six horses lining up in this race, Michael Rodd will need to be alert.

    With the scratching of King Mufhasa this morning, only Albert The Fat and Rain Affair look realistic chances.

    Sydney Cup: Race 6, Randwick (3200m ) – 3.35pm AEST

    The feature race of the afternoon. Niwot has been solidly supported in pre-post betting and with an ideal preparation looks a worthy favourite for the two-mile race.

    The Team Hawkes-trained galloper was the first local horse home in last year’s Melbourne Cup and should settle midfield with Permit and Drunken Sailor. There should be a handy speed through the likes of Once Were Wild and Precedence from out wide and Solid Billing should go forward as well.

    But with a good run in transit it should be Niwot and Permit fighting this one out at the finish. Each-way claims arise through Drunken Sailor, Efficent and Precedence.

    Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) – 4.15pm AEST

    Probably the most fascinating race of the afternoon. After being set for – and triumphantly claiming – the Doncaster Handicap last Saturday, the Gai Waterhouse-trained More Joyous will be out for back-to-back wins.

    The mare will face stiff competition from the one-two finishers of the BMW earlier in the month.

    Manighar has been one of the horses of the autumn carnival, while 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain has looked threatening this prep and would have won the BMW had Gerard Mosse not absolutely butchered the ride.

    The key here will be the mile-and-a-quarter distance. Will it be too far for More Joyous, who has been set for races over the mile? Can Americain find enough room to get out into the clear at the top of the straight?

    But the eight-horse field is full of chances such as Rekindled Interest, Secret Admirer and crack Kiwi gallopers Jimmy Choux and Rangirangdoo. The winner could come from just about anywhere.

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    • April 28th 2012 @ 1:45pm
      Hackett98 said | April 28th 2012 @ 1:45pm | ! Report

      Good afternoon and welcome to The Roar’s coverage of Sydney Cup Day. Justin Cinque is unavailable today so I will be stepping in to fill the void.

      A great day of racing today throughout Australia. We will be focusing on the Sydney Cup Meeting at Randwick but will be crossing to Morphettville for the Sportingbet Classic were the pride of the nation Black Caviar will be looking to make it 20 wins on the trot.

      The Sydney Cup is slightly overshadowed this year by the star studded Queen Elizabeth Stakes which has a stacked field including: More Joyous, Americain, Manighar and Rekindled Interest while super classy 3 year old Atlantic Jewel takes on the older horses in the All Aged Stakes.

      The All Aged Stakes jumps at 2.55, followed by the Sydney Cup at 3.35 and the Queen Elizabeth at 4.15.

      The great Black Caviar jumps at 4.23.

      If you have a tip, question or an opinion, let us all know!

    • April 28th 2012 @ 1:46pm
      Too True said | April 28th 2012 @ 1:46pm | ! Report

      Was very surprised to see Americain posted up at del over 4s this morning, had to have a nibble at that. Is the query the distance?

      • April 28th 2012 @ 1:51pm
        Hackett98 said | April 28th 2012 @ 1:51pm | ! Report

        The distance is not the problem. The $4 is available because Manighar has had Americain’s number so far this campaign as well as the presence of More Joyous in the race. With Craig Williams on board though I agree that the $4 represents good value. It will be a fascinating race.

    • April 28th 2012 @ 1:47pm
      Hackett98 said | April 28th 2012 @ 1:47pm | ! Report

      Pierro wins the Champagne Stakes to complete the Triple Crown. Great ride by Nash Rawiller and the classy Colt never looked in doubt.

      Gai Waterhouse said it best ” Outstanding, simply outstanding”.

    • April 28th 2012 @ 2:08pm
      Hackett98 said | April 28th 2012 @ 2:08pm | ! Report

      Race 4 at Randwick is the Group 2 Emacipation Stakes for Fillies and Mares. I think the main changes are:

      1. Miss Keepsake- Great run behind More Joyous in the Queen of the Turf. Will be looking to get out of the barriers than it did in that race.

      3. Fibrillation- Was impressive winning the Group 3 Epona Stakes at last start. Comes back to the Mile which she has won over in the past. A definite chance.

      5. Crafty Irna- Blocked for a run when second behind Fibrillation and meets her slightly better at weight in this run.

      6. Divorces- Consistent Peter Snowden galloper a must for trifectas.

      My pick is Miss Keepsake from Crafty Irna and Divorces.

    • April 28th 2012 @ 2:10pm
      Michael said | April 28th 2012 @ 2:10pm | ! Report

      Great to see BC back in action before she heads to UK!

      Who wins by more, BC or AJ?

      • April 28th 2012 @ 2:17pm
        Hackett98 said | April 28th 2012 @ 2:17pm | ! Report

        You can actually bet on that on Sportingbet. Black Caviar is $1.41 favorite while Atlantic Jewel is $2.95. I’m expecting Black Caviar to win by three lengths and I don’t think Atlantic Jewel will win by more than two lengths.

    • April 28th 2012 @ 2:19pm
      Hackett98 said | April 28th 2012 @ 2:19pm | ! Report

      Skyerush wins a blanket finish. Fibrillation should get second in a photo finish.

      • April 28th 2012 @ 2:24pm
        Hackett98 said | April 28th 2012 @ 2:24pm | ! Report

        Divorces gets third.

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