The Group 1 racing action continued at Randwick on Saturday April 8 for the running of the All Aged Stakes (1400m) and the Champagne Stakes (1600m) for the two-year-olds.
Here is our round-up of all the action.
Tivaci surges to win the All Aged
After a few near misses, the Michael Moroney-trained Tivaci broke his Group 1 duck by rattling home from last at the 400m mark in the All Aged to take out the $600,000 event from Le Romain and Jungle Edge.
Sent out as a $9 chance after producing a nice run to finish 4th behind the flying Chautauqua in the T.J.Smith Stakes (1200m), Tivaci defied the pattern of the day by making up ground from the back.
The four-year-old, who placed in the Toorak Handicap (1600m) and the Cantala Stakes (1600m) last year, is just a few months away from a stud career and notched up his sixth career win with the effort.
Earlier in the race it was the Victorian galloper, Jungle Edge that made the running with Le Romain and the race favourite, English, stalking the leader. As the field charged down the straight, it was a tight battle as Le Romain gained the upper hand and briefly looked the winner, before Tivaci bounded past in the shadows of the post.
The Mission steals the Champagne
The Paul Perry frontrunner, The Mission, claimed the first Group 1 of the day, the Champagne Stakes (1600m), after leading all the way with jockey Damian Lane on board.
The son of Choisir, who won the Ballieu Handicap (1400m) with similar authority two starts ago, was sent out a $9 chance behind the $1.85 favourite and Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) winner, Invader, but dictated terms and scooted away in the straight to score.
Invader was unable to reproduce his Sires win but ran on well to grab 2nd, beaten more than two lengths, while the James Cummings-trained Whispered Secret finished 3rd.
The support races.
The three-year-olds lined up in the Frank Packer Plate (2000m) and it was a win for the Darren Weir-trained Mongolian Wolf. The son of Pluck was sent to the Weir stables after finishing unplaced in the NZ Derby (2400m) last month and was too good as his Australian debut, winning by over a length from Veladero.
In the Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) for the sprinters, the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Redzel led from start to finish, defeating Counterattack and Hellbent. The consistent four-year-old, who finished runner-up at Group 1 level behind Russian Revolution at his last start, notched up his sixth career win and his first since scoring at the Flemington carnival in November last year.
Other winners at Randwick included Raiment, who put paid to an ordinary last start effort by romping home in the J.H.B.Carr Stakes (1400m), while Top Of My List claimed the JRA Plate (2000m)
It's take two for the Sydney Cup (3200m) after the $2 million affair was abandoned last weekend with the stayers set to line up at Randwick on April 22. On the same day at Doomben and Morphettville the action begins to heat up with the respective South Australian and Queensland carnivals just around the corner.