The Randwick Wrap : 2020 Championships - Day 2

The Randwick Timeform recap featuring an overview of Group 1 racing from Day 2 of The Championships on April 11.

UK Raider Addeybb produced a dominant victory in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) ahead of Tancred Stakes winner Verry Elleegant with Japanese star Danon Premium third.

The Waterhouse-Bott stable continued their stellar autumn with Con Te Partiro backing up strongly from the Doncaster Mile to win the Coolmore Legacy Stakes (1600m).

Glen Boss celebrated a Group 1 double with Colette and Etah James claiming the Australian Oaks (2400m) and Sydney Cup (3200m) respectively.

ADDEYBB winning the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stks
ADDEYBB winning the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stks Picture: Bradley Photography

Race 8: Addeybb - Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m)

The William Haggas-trained gelding relished the rain affected ground, powering through it for a 2.8 length success.

The son of Pivotal has gone from strength to strength in the past 12 months with Saturday's Queen Elizabeth Stakes his fourth victory in six starts.

Addeybb's latest display returned a Timeform rating of 129, five pounds clear of his previous master figure returned initially when second in the Champion Stakes (2012m) behind Magical at Ascot and also his Australian debut when claiming the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on March 21.

In winning the Queen Elizabeth on Saturday, Addeybb became the first horse to claim the Ranvet Stakes - Queen Elizabeth Stakes double since Desert War in 2007.

Verry Elleegant concluded her impressive autumn campaign with another second to Addeybb after a slender defeat to the six-year-old in the Ranvet Stakes (2000m).

Japanese star Danon Premium looked set to justify the hype surrounding his Australian debut working up to the 300m however peaked inside the furlong, running five pounds shy of a career best display when second to superstar Almond Eye in the Group 1 Tenno Sho (2000m) at Tokyo last October.

Master Of Wine was brave in his Group 1 debut which concludes a meteoric rise through the grades this season that started with a second in a midweek Benchmark 76 on the Kensington surface behind Mapmaker.

A dual placegetter in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, popular veteran Happy Clapper was safely held in seventh and has subsequently been retired.

The son of Teofilo exits racing with three Group 1 wins, the 2017 Epsom Handicap (1600m), the 2018 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) and the 2018 Doncaster Mile (1600m).

He placed behind champion mare Winx on six occasions.

ADDEYBB winning the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
ADDEYBB winning the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Picture: Steve Hart

Race 9: Con Te Partiro - Group 1 Coolmore Legacy Stakes (1600m)

The well travelled mare was given a dream run by Tim Clark, settled one out and one back behind Amangiri and Positive Peace.

The class quickly rose to the top on straightening, with Con Te Partiro hitting the front down the centre of the track at the 250m and dashing clear from Funstar and Danzdanzdance on her inside.

Con Te Partiro's performance returned a Timeform rating of 115, a new career peak for the mare and a figure which sits on the five year winning average of the event.

The Gai Waterhouse-Adrian Bott-trained six-year-old in winning the Coolmore Legacy Stakes became the first mare to claim the Coolmore Classic-Coolmore Legacy Stakes double since the latter event was moved to Randwick in 2014 as part of The Championships.

Appearance claimed the double in 2013, the last year the Coolmore Legacy Stakes (Queen Of The Turf) was held at Rosehill.

Now a six-year-old, broodmare duties this spring appear the most likely route for Con Te Partiro however the Breeders' Cup meeting in October has been flagged as a potential option for the daughter of Scat Daddy.

CON TE PARTIRO winning the Coolmore Legacy Stakes
CON TE PARTIRO winning the Coolmore Legacy Stakes Picture: Bradley Photography

Race 7: Etah James - Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m)

Likely in the twilight of her career as a rising eight-year-old, Etah James became a Group 1 winner on Saturday in her stable debut for Ciaron Maher and David Eustace.

It was a career best display for the daughter of Raise The Flag whose previous best success came in the 2018 Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) at Morphettville.

Etah James has clearly thrived in the month she has been under the care of the Maher-Eustace stable and on Saturday became the first mare since Jessicabeel in 2010 to claim the Sydney Cup.

The 2020 Sydney Cup profiles as a weaker renewal of the Group 1 staying feature, with Etah James' rating coming in well below the event's five year winning average which is skewed to some extent by the 2018 victory of Who Shot Thebarman assessed at 122.

Who Shot Thebarman's success sits as the equal highest winning figure of the Sydney Cup since the turn of the century along with 2014 winner The Offer.

Outside of Etah James, runner up The Chosen One has concluded his autumn campaign with a string of career best efforts.

ETAH JAMES winning the Schweppes Sydney Cup
ETAH JAMES winning the Schweppes Sydney Cup

Race 6: Colette - Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m)

It was the Adrian Knox Stakes form which reigned supreme over the Vinery Stud Stakes form with the first three across the line in the Adrian Knox achieving the same trifecta seven days later.

In winning the Australian Oaks, Colette became the first filly since Royal Descent in 2013 to claim the Adrian Knox Stakes - Australian Oaks double.

Colette returned a winning figure well below the prior five year winning average of the Australian Oaks after renewals claimed by the likes of Verry Elleegant, Unforgotten and Bonneval who all went on to claim Group successes as mares.

COLETTE winning the The Star Australian Oaks
COLETTE winning the The Star Australian Oaks Picture: Bradley Photography

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