tancred stakes

One of Sydney’s premier staying races, the Tancred Stakes is a 2,400m weight-for-age race held at Rosehill Racecourse in autumn. Total prizemoney is $1.5m. The race is the feature event on the second Saturday of the Rosehill Autumn Carnival, held the week after Golden Slipper Day.

Tancred Stakes: Key runners

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MELODY BELLE I’m keen on this mare. She is in top form having taken out the G1 Bonecrusher last start at Ellerslie, rating 116, which is her top. She’ll hopefully slot in the back somewhere and she should prove very tough to hold out.

SIR DRAGONET was terrible in his first two runs this prep, then had a marked improvement third-up in the Ranvet when he fought it out well behind Verry Elleggant. He is less suited back on the dry here, but he’s the class runner of the race. 2400m is fine for him, too, but no further I think.

NICKAJACK CAVE is a European having his first start in Australia. He won 2/2 in his last prep in Europe, rating well over 2800m and 2400m. If he brings that game here he can certainly figure in the finish at a nice price.

TOFFEE TONGUE is a talented mare who got back close to her top last start in the Sky High and can improve again off that. Her figures aren’t quite as strong as Melody Belle’s but there’s a chance we haven’t seen this mare’s real top figure yet. She could improve more here and find it.

MIRAGE DANCER improved effort last start in the Sky High and he can improve again. His best is probably behind him as a seven-year-old now, but he’ll get his chance here mapping well. Can figure.

CHAPADA was good two back then failed at Mornington but can bounce from that. He would likely need some of the more fancied runners to fail for him to win, though, because I don’t see a new peak out of him now.

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