$501 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $501 in bonuses*
Deposit $50, Bet with $250*
Sign-up, deposit $50 & receive $200 in Free Bonus Bets!*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
$600 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up, deposit $400 & receive $600 in Free Bonus Bets!*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.
Astern's much-anticipated return to racing risks being delayed

Astern’s much-anticipated return to racing risks being delayed with trainer John O’Shea confirming Godolphin’s star colt will not contest the $2.5 million TJ Smith Stakes if Sydney’s weather deteriorates.

Although the sun made a welcome appearance on Wednesday, rain is forecast to return before and during Saturday’s opening day of The Championships at Randwick.

The three-year-old, who is expected to go to stud after the autumn carnival, has not raced since finishing second to Flying Artie in October’s Group One Coolmore Classic at Flemington because of niggling injuries and viral issues.

Randwick was upgraded to a soft classification as the climate changed for the better this week, but if the track is downgraded to heavy, Astern will be kept on ice until the All Aged Stakes (1400m) at the same track on April 15.

“We just have to hope the rain doesn’t come, because if it got to ‘heavy’ we wouldn’t run Astern,” O’Shea said.

“Ideally in the heavy ground it’s best to have a run somewhere, which he hasn’t had.”

Astern, who has accrued $1.1 million prize money from eight races, has had three barrier trials, his most recent on a heavy track at Randwick on March 7 in which he ran fifth of seven.

Last year’s Group One Golden Rose winner has drawn gate four in the TJ Smith (1200m) and is second favourite ($6) with online bookmaker Luxbetย behind Hawkes Racing’s Chautauqua ($4.60).

O’Shea nominated Russian Revolution, the last-start winner of The Galaxy at Rosehill, as the main danger.

“He’s met Russian Revolution ($7) previously and been able to get past him but I think he’s the horse to beat,” he said.

O’Shea also said wet weather would not do Hauraki any favours in the $3 million Doncaster Mile despite his previous exploits over the distance.

The five-year-old prefers solid footing and unfortunately the Canterbury Stakes – in which he was third – and George Ryder (4th) were run on heavy.

“Unfortunately he hasn’t had the best of preps with all his runs being on heavy ground, and it doesn’t appear he’ll get anything but that again,” O’Shea said.

“He’ll just be ridden quietly as always and see if he can come over the top of them.

Despite O’Shea’s meteorological concerns Hauraki was listed as the joint $9.50 second favourite at William with the Chris Waller-trained McCreery.

The Kris Lees-trained Le Romain heads the TAB market at $6.

 
Deposit $400, Bet with $1000
Sign-up, deposit $400 & receive $600 in bonus bets. That's $1000 to bet with!*
Racecourse: Randwick
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
    with
    $250*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first bet
    matched
    up to
    $501*
    CLAIM NOW
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
    with
    $200*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first deposit
    matched
    up to
    $500*
    CLAIM NOW
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Bonus Free Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with the best Free Bet offers available at every online bookmaker in Australia during the...

Azkadellia

Racing manager cops massive ban

Suspended trainer Ciaron Maher’s former racing manager has been disqualified for more than two years over his part in an...

Cox Plate Field โ€“ 2017

View the field and barriers for the 2017 Cox Plate in which Winx dominates the odds. The Cox Plate will...

Chautauqua

Manikato Stakes Field โ€“ 2017

View the field and barriers for the 2017 Manikato Stakes. The Manikato Stakes will be run on Friday 27th October...

5 Horses who could beat Winx

With the Cox Plate to be run this Saturday, we take a look at the horses that may be able...

 
 
 
Copyright © 2017 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved.

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.