Around The Benz with Andrew Bensley 09/03/2020

Sky Racing’s resident newshound, ANDREW BENSLEY, brings you up to date after another action-packed weekend of racing around Australia.



The build up to this year’s $5 Million All Star Mile at Caulfield has gained momentum each week over the past month but now the serious business is about to unfold.

The final field and barriers will be known Tuesday with the draw particularly crucial from the mile start point.

Can ALLIGATOR BLOOD go to the well one more time and give trainer David Vandyke and jockey Ryan Maloney one of their biggest paydays in a race worth $5 million?

Alligator Blood clearly deserves top billing following his recent wins at Flemington, and now he has the opportunity to atone after Super Seth nailed him late in the G1 Guineas at Caulfield.

Class will carry for a long way.



One trainer that has put everything into planning his assault on the All Star Mile is Warwick Farm mentor Matt Smith.

From the moment FIERCE IMPACT earned a Wildcard, Smith moved the horse to Melbourne and stabled him at Caulfield for crucial lead-up gallops.

A key stat for the followers of Fierce Impact is his recent love affair with the Caulfield circuit.

In the Spring, the six-year-old steamed to victory in the Toorak Hcp and then two runs back this Autumn he found plenty late in the CF Orr to finish second.

Craig Williams who claimed the Toorak success (pictured) will be reunited with Fierce Impact in the big race on Saturday.

Pretty much from the Spring onwards Pakenham trainer Phillip Stokes is another who has been eying the All Star Mile and will run MR QUICKIE first-up in the race.

Talking to Stokes over the past couple of months he has been able to build things up with recent trials at Werribee and Cranbourne to have Mr Quickie ready to launch fresh at a mile.

Mr Quickie finished his Spring campaign with a strong second to Hunting Horn in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup and Damien Oliver rides the four-year-old this weekend.


Click here for the latest All-Star Mile TAB market.



Are we any closer to predicting the winner of the Golden Slipper at Rosehill on Saturday week?

The answer has to be yes after watching FARNAN (pictured) lead all the way to win Saturday’s Todman Stakes at Randwick. Barriers can change the make-up of a race like the Slipper but Farnan appears to have the gears and strength to overcome any tricky gate.

As a supporter of SEE YOU SOON I haven’t quite given up on the filly pulling off a Slipper win following her return run in the Reisling Stakes and trainer Jean Dubois is confident See You Soon has  improvement to come for Slipper day.

After another stirring battle on Saturday it is clear there is not a lot between See You Soon and DAME GISELLE.


Check out the latest Golden Slipper TAB market here.



This Saturday the action in Sydney swings to Rosehill with the official start of the Sydney Autumn carnival.

The Australian Turf Club is combining with the McGrath Foundation to stage the inaugural Pink Ladies raceday.

It is the last chance for the two-year-old’s to gain a berth in the Golden Slipper and Snowden Racing will have the likes of AIM, STELLAR PAULINE and ARGENTUS lining up, but Thursday morning’s trials at Randwick may create the most attention.

Keep an eye out for Blue Diamond placegetters HANSEATIC and PERSONAL who are expected to go around in tune-ups ahead of the glamour race.


Andrew Bensley can be heard on Sky Sports Radio, Tuesday to Friday mornings from 9am with all the breaking carnival news, plus Saturday mornings from 6.30am on Racing HQ.

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