All Aged Stakes Tips & Preview
ALL AGED STAKES TIPS & PREVIEW
Looking for All Aged Stakes tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2022 All Aged Stakes at Randwick.
Tips will be available following the barrier draw. See our 2021 preview below for an example of what to expect.
The All-Aged Stakes is the final Group 1 race of the Sydney autumn and this year’s edition shapes as a beauty with the TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) runner-up, Masked Crusader, in action, as well as the Doncaster Mile (1600m) winner, Cascadian.
Masked Crusader has been installed as a $2.80 favourite with NEDS after the barrier draw, while Cascadian is at $8.50. Savatiano splits that pair at $7, while the three-year-old, Tagaloa, is a $9.50 chance.
Masked Crusader seems to be in career best form and the figures back that up. The Team Hawkes galloper went 11 lengths faster than standard when winning the William Reid Stakes (1200m) two starts ago before going 10.6 lengths faster when runner-up to Nature Strip recently.
The son of Toronado produced the fastest last 200m in the TJ Smith Stakes and may have finished a bit closer but was held up for a period of time early on in the straight. He has drawn barrier 12 and this is his first go at the 1400m but he will be hard to beat on his recent run.
The All-Aged Stakes brings together some many and varied formlines. Savatiano has had seven weeks in between runs since taking out the Canterbury Stakes (1300m). Masked Crusader was 3rd in that race.
The Godolphin mare races well on the fresh side and was coming off a five week break that day before going nearly 12 lengths faster than standard. She has produced similar figures in her recent 1400m runs and is a clear danger.
Cascadian thrived on the hot early tempo in the recent Doncaster and went 12.7 lengths faster than standard when taking out the rich Mile race. The query for mine is that he rises in weight, while he is always a risk coming from the rear.
An interesting element of this year’s race is that there are three horses aged three in action and they are Tagaloa, Prague and Peltzer. The youngsters have won four of the past nine editions of this race, most recently Trapeze Artis in 2018.
All three in this year’s edition have some solid credentials. Tagaloa is a Victorian that has raced well in Sydney in the past, having finished runner-up in the 2020 Todman Stakes (1200m) before running 4th in the Golden Slipper (1200m).
He has some excellent recent figures, going 14.3 lengths faster than standard when taking out the CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) from Aysar and Mounga at Flemington. He was in it for a long way when stepping up to the 1600m of the Australian Guineas (1600m) running 3rd to Lunar Fox and went nine lengths faster than standard. The 1400m looks his trip, while he will race handy, which can be a bonus at Randwick with the rail out.
Prague might be slightly outclassed but was 4th in the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington before running 3rd in the Arrowfield Sprint (1200m) at Randwick last weekend. He produced the fastest last 200m in both of those races so the 1400m might suit. Peltzer will need to improve on recent runs but is a track specialist, having won five of six at Randwick.
Of the others, I am willing to take on the likes of Zoutori, Dreamforce and Imaging but a possible improver might be Kolding, while I Am Superman is in the hunt after drawing barrier 4. Kolding will appreciate a firmer track.
All Aged Stakes Tips & Verdict
I have settled on a couple here and it is Masked Crusader that is the definite class in the race. He is hard to ignore on his last start TJ Smith performance. He was very strong late in that race and just needs an even tempo to take this out. Tagaloa maps well and must be included on the back of the strong performances of his age group in this race over the years, while the figures out of his recent runs suggest that he can measure up at the each-way quote.