Sydney – Young Rascal and Addeybb can provide a morale boost for English racing if they can secure a Group 1 double at Randwick this Saturday.
The day could be dominated by international raiders as Young Rascal is favourite for the Aus$1- million Sydney Cup (3200m) and Addeybb and Japan’s Danon Premium are equal favourites for the Aus$2- million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
The global coronavirus pandemic has shut down English racing, but Young Rascal and Addeybb – both trained by Newmarket-based William Haggas – have already made their mark at the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
“With what is going on back home, the Rosehill wins were a massive boost for the yard,’’ said Harry Eustace, the travelling assistant-trainer for Haggas.
Tom Marquand, who rode Young Rascal and Addeybb in their Rosehill wins and will be on the duo at Randwick, said the success of the Haggas-trained stayers is giving the English racing industry some reason for optimism.
“I think it provides a lift not just for William’s yard but for Newmarket and English racing in general,” he said.
Marquand said Young Rascal and Addeybb have improved since their winning Sydney debuts.
“They both look a picture and have come on from their last runs,’’ he said.
“Coming here is a long way to travel and I think it does take a little bit out of them, but obviously they took it well because they were able to win first-up.’’
Eustace said Young Rascal and Addeybb were fit when they arrived in Sydney, but their recent Rosehill wins were designed to have both stayers at their peak for Randwick on Saturday.
Sydney Cup Hot 3
* Young Rascal dominates Sydney Cup betting after his tough win in the Manion Cup. This resolute English stayer is a deserved favourite for the Sydney Cup but it’s worth noting he has never raced beyond 2400m.
* Mustajeer, the former English stayer and winner of the prestigious Ebor Handicap last year, has struck top form this autumn, winning the Parramatta Cup first-up before seconds in the Sky High Stakes and Tancred Stakes. Classy stayer.
* Southern France ran poorly in the Tancred but is worth another chance. He finished down the order in Melbourne Cup but bounced back next start to win the Sandown Classic.
Cup Early Odds
$2.60 Young Rascal
$15 Avilius, Corncrake, Raheen House, Southern France, Star Of Carrum, The Chosen One
$26 Attorney, Beau Balmain, Future Score, Gallic Chieftain