Global, Gaby eye Group 1 assault; Weekend Preview

Day one of The Championships at Randwick on Saturday is shaping up to be a big one for team CMR as we head north with a strong hand of runners in Group 1 action.

In the Group 1 1400m Inglis Sires’ we have two talented two-year-olds, Dubious and Loving Gaby lining up as genuine contenders.

Loving Gaby was very impressive in the Golden Slipper last start where she drew the carpark and raced wide but managed to run on and finish fourth.

A line can be put through Dubious’ Golden Slipper run as he just didn’t handle the wet ground.

Both have come through the run well and we expect them to enjoy the step up to 1400m.

Loving Gaby will be ridden by James McDonald from barrier five and Dubious will be ridden by Mark Zahra from barrier eight.

We then have Global Exchange and Extra Brut lining up in the Group 1 Australian Derby over 2400m.

Global Exchange has had a faultless preparation winning all of his three starts including a Group 2 and a Group 3.

He trialled up in Sydney with Kerrin McEvoy last week and handled the different way of going.

This is a race that he has been set for, for a long time and we think he is spot on.

Extra Brut is already a Derby winner so we know he handles the distance and is up to the grade, but he doesn’t handle a wet track so if the track doesn’t dry up before Saturday, he is unlikely to run.

Global Exchange will jump from barrier eight with Kerrin McEvoy on board and Extra Brut will be ridden by Sam Clipperton from barrier 18.

Our final runner at Randwick is Aloisia in the 1600m Group 1 Doncaster Mile.

She ran terrific in the Group 1 Coolmore where she drew the carpark, raced at the end of the field and ran on down the fence on a Heavy 9.

She has finally drawn a good barrier and has a little weight so we are hopeful she can run another big race.

Jay Ford will take the ride from barrier six.

Down at Caulfield on Saturday we have a big hand of runner with the first being last start winner Zabalan in a 1600m handicap.

He won very well last start over 1400m in a fast run race and we will be hoping for more speed in his race on Saturday.

He has drawn wide but going back won’t be an issue with him and with a three-kilo claim, he should be able to finish off strong.

Teo Nugent will take the ride from barrier 14.

We then have Think Bleue running in a 1600m handicap for fillies and mares.

This is a big step down in grade for her as she has been racing in stakes company for her last couple of preparations.

She has drawn well with barrier three and has a three-kilo claim so we are hopeful her class will prevail, and she can get a win under her belt.

Teo Nugent will take the ride from barrier three.

In the following race, we have Esthetic running in a handicap for three-year-olds over 1600m.

He has been improving at every start this prep and was unlucky to not finish closer to the winner last start, but he came through the run well and this is a similar calibre of race.

The winner of his last race will be tough to beat but he has a big weight and we are hopeful that can work in our favour.

Teo Nugent takes the ride from barrier three.

Later in the day, we have Kemono stepping out in the 1400m Anniversary Vase.

He was disappointing last start and will need to bounce back but he is a talented horse who we think will appreciate stepping out to 1400m.

His form before arriving in Australia was best around this distance so we think he can run a good race.

John Allen will ride from barrier nine.

In the final event of the day we have Sopressa and Thunder Cloud running in a 2000m handicap.

Sopressa ran well in the Mornington Cup last start but we think the 2000m might be a bit short of her best.

Thunder Cloud has been racing consistently all preparation and this looks like a suitable race for him.

He was unlucky to not finish closer last start but he came through the run well and we think he will run another good race on Saturday.

Teo Nugent will take the ride from barrier 12.