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Racing round-up - Round up of all the action at Moonee Valley and Randwick on Saturday September 7

Adam Cusworth in News 7 Sep 2019
  • Racing was at Moonee Valley and Randwick on Saturday September 7. 
  • Who were the major players and where are they headed next?
The Concorde Stakes was taken out by Redzel (PA Images)

Racing was at Moonee Valley on Saturday September 7 for the running of the Feehan Stakes (1600m), while in Sydney, the action was at Randwick. 

Here is our round up of the day as we take a look at where the big names are headed next. 

Homesman earns Cox Plate (2040m) start with win in the Feehan

The Group 2 Feehan Stakes attracted a quality bunch of gallopers this year and at stake was a spot in the Cox Plate with the winner exempt from the ballot in the weight-for-age championship. 

In an open betting race, the Liam Howley-trained Homesman started as a $5 chance, just behind the well backed Fifty Stars ($4.80). 

In the early stages, Homesman was able to cross into a forward spot from the wide barrier and took control at the home turn, going on to win comfortably by over two lengths. 

Last year's Caulfield Cup (2400m) placegetter will now head on a similar path. He will tackle the Underwood Stakes (1800m) before bypassing the Caulfield Cup en route to the Cox Plate in late October. 

Big plans for Faatinah, Exhilarates and The Inevitable 

It was a successful return to Australian racing ranks by Faatinah, who lined up in his home country for the first time since tackling some big races over in Dubai earlier this year. 

Sent out a $7.50 chance in the McEwan Stakes, the seven-year-old held out off a fast finishing Bons Away and will now be aimed at the Moir Stakes (1000m) at the same track in three weeks time. The Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) winner, Exhilarates may also join Bons Away in the Moir after her emphatic victory earlier on against the fillies. 

Another impressive winner at Moonee Valley was The Inevitable, who confirmed that he is a horse going places by churning out yet another win, the seventh from nine starts for the Tasmanian galloper. 

The four-year-old took out Race 6 of the day and his trainer, Scott Brunton, has earmarked the Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and the Golden Eagle (1500m) as possible targets. 

Samadoubt does it again at Randwick, big guns out to scale Everest

The Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) was the highlight at Randwick and it was another upset win for Samadoubt, who was too good for the highly fancied Avilius in the Group 2 race. 

The Bjorn Baker-trained galloper, who was coming off a big win in the Winx Stakes (1400m), left his rivals behind by careering to a two length win and is set to have another crack at Group 1 level in a few weeks time in the George Main Stakes (1600m). 

One of the highlights of the day was the crack field that assembles in the Concorde Stakes (1000m), which was taken out by the two time Everest (1200m) winner, Redzel. 

The seven-year-old benefitted by what was a day for leaders at Randwick and held off a fast finishing Pierata, who produced some amazing closing sectionals from the tail of the field. A number of the runners out of the Concorde will be aimed at the Everest later on this spring. 

Libertini was another big winner at Randwick, taking out the Furious Stakes (1200m) and is likely to tackle the Princess Series for the three-year-old fillies. Her next target is likely to be the Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) and then the Flight Stakes (1600m). There was some talk post race that she could be aimed at the Everest as well but that remains to be seen. 

Looking Ahead

Group 1 racing returns to Flemington on Saturday September 14 for the running of the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), while in Sydney, the action is at Rosehill. 



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