The ever-popular Challenge Stakes Day, filled with ample high quality racing, is coming up next Saturday and the stunning Randwick Racecourse will be up to the job once again.
One of the highlight’s of the day will be the Royal Sovereign Stakes for three-year-old colts and geldings, and as the day comes closer it seems anticipation is building to see who will benefit from the $150,000 prize money up for grabs.
Peter Snowden’s colt Demerit looks to make a start next Saturday using the 1200m race as a run-out before March’s Group 1 Australian Guineas. Demerit already has two wins to his name and will be hoping to add the 2010 Royal Sovereign Stakes as a third.
Local trainer David Payne seems set to start More Than Great at Randwick next week as the colt is taken out of the Expressway Stakes to perform to his best on the track for the Royal Sovereign Stakes. The three-year-old will be hoping to use the Stakes as a warm-up for the Doncaster Mile (1600m) in April.
Manhattan Rain would certainly be a favourite if raced on the 13th.
Manhattan Rain would certainly be a favourite if raced on the 13th. The Gai Waterhouse colt took second spot at the Group 1 Cox Plate last October at Moonee Valley and has since placed in two more runs.
Other notable races taking place on the Challenge Stakes Day are the Breeders Classic (1200m), Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) and the Frederick Clissold Stakes (1200m).