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Australian Racing: Dubai Honour set for glory

There is a big weekend of racing in Sydney with four Group 1 races on the Randwick card, including the $5million Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000m.

Race 8 Randwick

Dubai Honour @ 2.30

Race 7 Randwick

Arapaho @ 12.00

Race 6 Randwick

Arts @ 6.00

Dubai to claim Queen Elizabeth

The previously mentioned Queen Elizabeth Stakes has attracted a field of 13 and is headed by James Cummings' Anamoe. 

The winner of all three of his starts this spell, the pick has won 14 of his 24 outings in total, having registered his first top-level success at this venue just under two years ago.

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The pick has also won in the forecast heavy conditions, as he delivered a victory in the Group 1 Cox Plate over 2040m on a heavy 8 track at Moonee Valley in October.

However, the four-year-old appears to be at his best on quicker ground and he faces a useful European rival in Dubai Honour.

Trainer William Haggas is no stranger to success in this hemisphere, and his charge looked a cut above his rivals when drawing four-and-a-half-lengths clear of his rivals in the 2000m Group 1 Ranvet Stakes.

That victory last month came on the first start of his 2023 campaign. Jockey Tom Marquand has partnered the selection in Europe and he returns to the saddle here, with the pick having been partnered by Ryan Moore in the Ranvet.

The trip and going are both in the picks favour and, while Unicorn Lion from Japan adds additional intrigue to the field, William Haggas' performer is expected to prove too strong.

Arapaho for Cup glory

Fellow European raider Cleveland is expected to start favourite for the 3200m Group 1 Sydney Cup.

The Joseph O'Brien-trained entire showed promise when finishing two lengths fifth in the 2400m Group 1 Tancred Stakes on what was a good 4 track at Rosehill on his Australian debut.

The son of Camelot kept on nicely having raced from off the pace and rates a worthy favourite despite a wide alley for this event.

Trained by Bjorn Baker, Arapaho was never a factor when eleventh having raced from off the pace in the Melbourne Cup back in November.

However, the six-year-old has shown better form this spell and is preferred in this contest.

The winner of the 2000m Canberra Cup on his penultimate outing, he delivered a narrow victory in the previously mentioned Group 1 Tancred Stakes over 2400m at Rosehill two weeks ago.

The pick tracked the pace on that occasion and, with a good barrier in eight here, is well drawn to employ similar tactics. 

Jockey Rachel King gets on well with the selection, having won four times from ten mounts on the import, and the pair look capable of completing a hat-trick.

Arts for Oaks success

The first of the Sydney Group 1 races comes up as the sixth race on the Randwick card, the 2400m Australian Oaks.

Richard and Will Freedman's Pavitra found only favourite Prowess too good when racing close to the pace in the 2000m Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill two weeks ago.

A number of her rivals here finished in behind that day, including Fireburn (third), Pierossa (fourth) and Byron Belle (fifth). 

The extra distance here is no issue for the American Pharoah filly, who placed second in the 2500m Group 1 Kennedy Oaks at Flemington on her final start of 2022. 

The heavy 8 going is a concern here, however, as she failed to shine on heavy tracks twice when racing in maiden company last year.

With the going in mind, Arts is preferred here, with the Edward Cummings-trained filly having impressed on a heavy 8 surface in the 2000m Adrian Knox Stakes here a week ago.

The Xtravagant filly had disappointed on a good 4 surface over 1600m in a Group 3 at Kembla Grange prior.

With just three starts to her name, Arts is the least experienced galloper in the field and has a top jockey in Hugh Bowman in the saddle. 

Backing up quickly here and with the extra distance expected to suit, she is selected to salute on her first start at this level.

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