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Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes: What you need to know about the Group 1 race over 2000m at Royal Randwick on October 28

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Royal Randwick will host the $2million Moët & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes on Saturday afternoon at 4pm – and the Group 1 feature is looming as a very open affair.

The James Cummings trained Tom Kitten, with colourful jockey Adam Hyeronimus securing the ride, is the $2.30 favourite ahead of Chris Waller’s filly Tutta La Vita ($7) for Jason Collett. 

Tutta La Vita is aiming to become of the fourth filly in the past seven years to win the race over 2000m.

Below is Daily Mail Australia’s runner-by-runner guide to the Moet and Chandon Spring Champion Stakes.

1.Raf Attack (barrier 11)

Distance is perfect for the Kiwi star, barrier could be a concern.

Odds: $6.50

Trainer: Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott

Jockey: Regan Bayliss

Talented jockey Adam Hyeronimus will look to snare another career Group 1 on board Tom Kitten come Saturday

The Group 1 feature race is looming as an open affair, with a healthy crowd anticipated at Royal Randwick

The Group 1 feature race is looming as an open affair, with a healthy crowd anticipated at Royal Randwick

2. Tom Kitten (barrier 1)

Talented Godolphin colt who should feature at the winning post.

Odds: $2.30

Trainer: James Cummins

Jockey: Adam Hyeronimus

3. Ganbare (barrier 4)

Genuine chance, has beaten Raf Attack and Tom Kitten previously.

Odds: $9

Trainer: Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott

Jockey: Brett Pebble

4. Kintyre (barrier 3)

Prefer others, query on whether he can run the distance.

Odds: $18

Trainer: Gary Portelli

Jockey: Dylan Gibbons (apprentice)

5. Glad You Think So (barrier 2)

Looked promising in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes, but class of field could prove telling.

Odds: $17

Trainer: John Sargent

Jockey:  Jean Van Overmeire

6. Port Lockroy (barrier 8)

Improver, looming as a place hope.

Odds: $11

Trainer: Annabel Neasham

Jockey: Ryan Maloney

Trainer Annabel Neasham has high hopes for Port Lockroy in the Moët & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes at Royal Randwick

Trainer Annabel Neasham has high hopes for Port Lockroy in the Moët & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes at Royal Randwick

Royal Randwick will also host the The Invitation over 1400m on Saturday, with $2million in prizemoney

Royal Randwick will also host the The Invitation over 1400m on Saturday, with $2million in prizemoney

7.  Ravello (barrier 12)

Tommy Berry has a point to prove after recently returning from suspension, but prefer others.

Odds: $18

Trainer: John O’Shea

Jockey: Tommy Berry

8. Cap Ferrat (barrier 9)

Superb run in the Gloaming, don’t discount.

Odds: $16

Trainer: Chris Waller

Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy

9. Long Genes (barrier 10)

Unproven over 2000m, unlikely to finish top three.

Odds: $41

Trainer: Edward Cummings

Jockey: Tyler Schiller

10. Medatsu (barrier 7)

Not the worst, showed what he can do after blitzing the field at Kembla Grange.

Odds: $31

Trainer: Chris Waller

Jockey: Josh Parr 

11. Ramble On (barrier 6)

Long-shot, step up in class will be significant.

Odds: $151

Trainer: Kerry Parker

Jockey: Jay Ford

Plenty of punters will be riding Tutta La Vita home in the Moet and Chandon Stakes, with Jason Collett (pictured on board)

Plenty of punters will be riding Tutta La Vita home in the Moet and Chandon Stakes, with Jason Collett (pictured on board)

12. Tutta La Vita (barrier 5)

Primed to win this, she will be given every chance by a savvy hoop in Jason Collett.

Odds: $7

Trainer: Chris Waller

Jockey: Jason Collett

Bet Right CEO Anthony Waller is confident Tom Kitten will salute ahead of the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Ganbare and Raf Attack. 

‘It looks to be the ideal race for rising three-year-old colt Tom Kitten to join the ranks of Group 1 winner,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Has been a model of consistency, and all of his runs suggest the 2000m feature should be right up his alley.

‘A win for Tom Kitten would cap off a remarkable return for the likeable hoop Adam Hyeronimus, who only recently returned from a lengthy stint on the sidelines due to suspension. 

‘Since returning, Hyeronimus has ridden 14 winners, including a recent Group 1 in Tropical Squall.

‘He has also positioned himself for a good day in Sydney on Saturday, with many of the top (Sydney) jockeys electing to ride at Moonee Valley.

‘Opportunities to ride favourites in Group 1 races are rare, and young Hyeronimus will be keen to capitalise.’

Waller went to state the Waterhouse and Bott duo of Ganbare and Raf Attack are not without hope and both have similar form lines to Tom Kitten. 

All three recently contested the Gloaming Stakes where Raf Attack prevailed with a narrow win. 

Bet Right Selections:

1. Tom Kitten

2. Ganbare

3. Raf Attack

Get the best odds on both the Moët and Chandon Spring Champion Stakes and The Invitation from Bet Right. 



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