The curtain closes on the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival with a wide-open All Aged Stakes (Race 8) at Randwick on Saturday.

2023 Coolmore Classic Winner Espiona

Group 1 winning mare Espiona is tipped to salute for the punters in the 2024 All Aged Stakes on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Fourteen horses will vie for a share of the $1.5 million prize money in this weight-for-age showdown.

Leading the charge in the early betting at Ladbrokes is Chris Waller‘s Espiona ($4.20).

Drawn in gate eight for the 1400m race, the five-year-old daughter of Extreme Choice is ready to peak this campaign.

She’s been knocking on the door in Group 1 races all year, finishing a close third in both the Black Caviar Lightning and Canterbury Stakes.

Last Saturday, she came within a length of victory in a thrilling finish to the TJ Smith Stakes.

With the ideal distance (1400m) now on her plate, Espiona looks poised to deliver Waller his third All Aged Stakes win.

Hot on her heels is Sunshine In Paris ($5), trained by Annabel Neasham.

Ridden by Ryan Maloney, this four-year-old mare boasts a perfect gate two draw and a history of success at Randwick.

She captured the Group 1 Surround Stakes here over 1400m last year and has been running competitively this season, narrowly missing out on victory in The Galaxy and finishing just ahead of Espiona in the TJ Smith Stakes.

Three-year-old colt Southport Tycoon ($6.50), trained by Ciaron Maher, is looking to add his name to the list of victorious youngsters in the All Aged Stakes.

Following Giga Kick’s win last year, Southport Tycoon will be aiming to repeat the feat.

Fresh off a win in the Group 1 Australian Guineas, he’ll be making his Sydney debut in this race.

Ms Jamie Kah will be in the saddle as he tackles the older horses in a reversed direction.

Several other contenders are worth keeping an eye on, including the Group 1 winners Magic Time ($8) and Chain Of Lightning ($9), and Joe Pride’s Private Eye ($8.50).

Click here for the latest All Aged Stakes 2024 betting odds thanks to Ladbrokes.

2024 All Aged Stakes Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 05x132x260 PRIVATE EYE Joseph Pride James McDonald 10 59kg 112
2 901393×784 GOLDEN MILE James Cummings Adam Hyeronimus 13 59kg 107
3 x1382x4909 BUENOS NOCHES Matthew Smith Mark Zahra 3 59kg 106
4 765824×702 BANDERSNATCH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dylan Gibbons (a) 12 59kg 103
5 1410×33346 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Tim Clark 9 59kg 103
6 11x3128x37 AIRMAN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 11 59kg 102
7 54x1564x29 AMENABLE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Chad Schofield 14 59kg 99
8 64x370x011 CHAIN OF LIGHTNING Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Ms Rachel King 4 57kg 115
9 x21714x336 ESPIONA Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 8 57kg 113
10 13121x1x25 SUNSHINE IN PARIS Annabel Neasham Ryan Maloney 2 57kg 113
11 13x5131x67 MAGIC TIME Grahame Begg Michael Dee 6 57kg 109
12 1129×221 SOUTHPORT TYCOON Ciaron Maher Ms Jamie Kah 5 56.5kg 108
13 23125×3256 ENCAP Gary Portelli Tyler Schiller 7 56.5kg 96
14 x11169x688 TIZ INVINCIBLE Ciaron Maher Zac Lloyd (a) 1 54.5kg 9

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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