SIRES’ PRODUCE STAKES
1400m, $1 million, Group One for two-year-olds at Randwick
* First run in 1867 when won by Glencoe
* Some greats of the Australasian turf have won the race including Furious (1921), Hall Mark (1933), Ajax (1937), Shannon (1944), Tulloch (1957), Fine And Dandy (1959), Wenona Girl (1960), Time And Tide (1963), Eskimo Prince (1964), Black Onyx (1968), Baguette (1970), Toy Show (1975), Luskin Star (1977), Snippets (1987), Octagonal (1995), Pierro (2012) and Yankee Rose (2016)
* Second leg of the Sydney two-year-old triple crown also comprising the Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) and Champagne Stakes (1600m)
* Baguette (1970), Luskin Star (1977), Tierce (1991), Burst (1992), Dance Hero (2004) and Pierro (2012) have won the triple crown
* Shane Dye is the most successful jockey with six wins from 13 ridess.
* There will be no triple crown winner this year with Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign in the spelling paddock.
* Gerald Ryan has three Golden Slipper runners backing up – Chauffeur, Menari and Trapeze Artist
* While Gingernuts and Jon Snow are the prominent New Zealand horses on Saturday in the Australian Derby, another Kiwi, Group One winner Summer Passage, can make his presence felt in the Sires’.
* Since 2000 Gai Waterhouse has trained seven winners, including Sebring and Pierro but she does not have a runner this year
WHAT CONNECTIONS ARE SAYING
“He’s done well since the Slipper, and if anything has probably improved a bit, which he needed to” – Veranillo’s trainer John O’Shea.
“He gets through slow to heavy ground and he’s a quality colt who will be more competitive in these sorts of races going forward. Whether he can overcome the gate (19) is another issue” – O’Shea on Astoria
“We just thought we’d come and have a go and put our toe in the water. What will be will be after the weekend. It’s exciting to be a part of this carnival.” – Andrew Scott, co-trainer of New Zealand colt Summer PassageNo tags for this post.