The Group 3 Quincy Seltzer Up & Coming Stakes for three-year-olds over 1300m is the feature on Royal Randwick’s nine-race card this Saturday. Team Hawkes saddle up impressive last-start winner North Pacific, who holds favouritism over Yardstick and Smart Image. Yardstick and Marsannay will lead, with Holyfield likely to go forward from the outside alley.
2020 Up & Coming Stakes racing tips
North Pacific @ $2.20 Neds
North Pacific looks a clear standout and has to be if he is to live up to the hype as a genuine Golden Rose contender. He finished third on debut behind Golden Slipper winner Farnan and was put away until a month ago when bolted in at Rosehill on a Heavy 8 deck. He looks like he will appreciate every bit of the 1300m going off that performance. James McDonald will have plenty of options from barrier one and no doubt ride him like the best horse in the race. If he hasn’t already, North Pacific can make his name known before the big dance in September.
Smart Image @ $4.20 Neds
Smart Image has been good in winning his two career runs by only small margins. Last start he was bolting for a run when Hugh Bowman barged clear and knocked down Hot N Hazy, which did take a shine off the victory, but he would’ve been a certainty beaten had he not got the job done. He’s drawn well in barrier four to land in a good spot off the speed for Kerrin McEvoy, who rode the colt to victory on debut at Warwick Farm. Both wins have come on soft going, so we can assume he will handle the heavy conditions in this. The way he Smart Image hit the line in both starts suggests the 1300m will suit him big time.
Holyfield @ $12 Neds
Holyfield is one of only a few Group winners in this field, having taken out the Group 3 Baillieu Handicap over 1400m before putting in a stinker in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes when ridden poorly. After missing the jump, Tom Marquand elected to rev the colt up and loop the field to sit outside the leader. He was the first horse beaten at the top of the straight and faded to finish 10 lengths off the winner. He has since placed in two trials and is a winner first up in the past, so he should be fit enough to win this. He is likely to lead under Tommy Berry and will take some reeling in.
North Pacific – $90 win
Holyfield – $10 win