All Aged Stakes Tips & Preview 2024

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Looking for All Aged Stakes tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2024 All Aged Stakes at Randwick.


Espiona is the $3.90 favourite for the All Aged Stakes with PlayUp after the barrier draw ahead of Sunshine In Paris at $5. The last start Australian Guineas (1600m) winner, Southport Tycoon, is one of three horses aged three in the race and is at $6. 

The Jo Pride-trained Private Eye is at $8.50 alongside Magic Time, while the last start TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) winner, Chain Of Lightning, is at $9. Encap at $14 and Tiz Invincible at $23 head the rest of the 14-horse field. 


Espiona is one of five horses that come out of the TJ Smith Stakes that was held on Day One of The Championships. The Chris Waller-trained mare was 6th in what was a blanket finish, finishing just under a length behind Chain Of Lightning. 

The six-year-old was back and behind what was a very slow tempo up front. She was held up from the 400m to the 150m mark but managed to produce the fastest last 200m. She gets out to the 1400m for the first time this campaign and has won her past three starts at the distance with one of those coming fourth up at her last preparation. 

Chain Of Lightning defeated some big names in the TJ Smith and gained the split on the inside at the top of the straight before sticking on strongly. The Peter Moody and Katherine Coleman-trained galloper went 8.7 lengths faster than standard benchmark to claim the prestigious Group 1. 

Sunshine In Paris (5th), Magic Time (7th) and Buenos Noches (9th) are the other contenders to come out of the TJ Smith Stakes. Of that trio, we might see some improvement out of Sunshine Paris, who was another that was less than half a length from the winner. Magic Time will be suited if the track can hold its current Good rating. The forecast for Thursday to Saturday is a bit hit and miss with 0-20mm of rain forecast. Buenos Noches doesn’t seem to be going as well this time in. 

Southport Tycoon comes in with the best last start benchmark figures of any runner, having gone a healthy 13.3 lengths faster than standard when claiming the Australian Guineas (1600m) back on March 2 ahead of two subsequent Sydney Group 1 winners in Veight and Riff Rocket. He was scratched from the Doncaster Mile but has been kept up to the mark with a couple of trials. 

Four runners come out of the George Ryder Stakes (1500m) and were among the beaten brigade behind Veight. Golden Mile went 9.4 lengths faster than standard to finish a two-length 4th, while Encap was 6th. Tiz Invincible was 8th, while Amenable was 9th. Not quite sure if the form of this quartet will be good enough. 

Private Eye jumps up to the 1400m and wasn’t suited under the Handicap conditions of the Galaxy at his most recent start when 11th. Not sure the 1400m is his go but he did go 10 lengths faster than standard the last time he tackled the trip, which was when he finished runner-up in the 2022 Stradbroke Handicap. The Jo Pride-trained galloper will be suited back to the weight-for-age conditions. 

Airman, Buffalo River and Bandersnatch are the others in the race. Airman comes in with the second best last start benchmark figures of any runner, having gone 9.6 lengths faster than standard when 7th in the Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m) on March 30. The Team Hawkes-trained galloper gets to to the 1400m for the first time and was a third up winner over the 1200m at Randwick at his last preparation. 

Buffalo River is a likely leader that mixes his form. He has form around Pride Of Jenni this preparation but does tend to buckle late in his races. Bandersnatch has been ok at his last two starts but a win would surprise. 


Keen on Southport Tycoon. The three-year-olds have enjoyed a solid time of it in this race over the years and I love the form around his dazzling win in the Australian Guineas with Veight taking out the George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at his next start, while Riff Rocket claimed both the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and the Australian Derby (2400m). Southport Tycoon ran quick time at Flemington and had excuses when missing out over the 1400m prior to that. He comes in with more than a month between runs but we must respect the stable and the Victorian horses have dominated the local scene over the last few weeks. The son of Written Tycoon gets a nice run in transit from barrier 5 with Jamie Kah to ride.