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The Tancred Stakes: What you need to know

What you need to know about the Group One $1.5 million weight-for-age Tancred Stakes at Rosehill.

THE TANCRED STAKES

2400m, $1.5 million, weight-for-age, run at Rosehill

HISTORY:

* First run in 1963, won by Maidenhead

* Quality Handicap from 1963-76

* In 1964 was run over 10 furlongs (2000m)

* Until 1990 was the H E Tancred Stakes, until 1995 The BMW, until 2002 the Mercedes Classic, reverting to The BMW again before becoming the Kia Tancred Stakes in 2018

* Some greats of the Australasian turf have won the race: Hyperno (1978), Kingston Town (1980), Bonecrusher (1986), Beau Zam (1988), Octagonal (1996, 1997), Might And Power (1998), Tie The Knot (1999, 2000), Makybe Diva (2005) and Preferment (2016)

* The 2019 edition was won by the James Cummings-trained, Godolphin-owned Avilius

TALKING POINTS

* Avilius will be striving to join Octagonal and Tie The Knot as dual winners

* The Chris Waller-trained mare Verry Elleegant is favourite coming off a second to international visitor Addeybb in last Saturday's Ranvet Stakes. Avilius was third.

* Verry Elleegant won the Group One Vinery Stud Stakes on the corresponding program a year ago

* Avilius' jockey Hugh Bowman will be chasing his fourth win in the race in the past eight years after winning on Fiveandahalfstar (2013), Preferment (2016) and Jameka (2017)

* Verry Elleegant's rider James McDonald has won two of the past five Tancreds on Hartnell (2015) and Avilius (2019)

* Trainer Kris Lees will saddle up three runners, all imports, including last year's Ebor winner Mustajeer

WHAT THE KEY PLAYERS ARE SAYING:

"He's looked well throughout this campaign, maybe too well. But he hasn't been at his absolute best, making me feel that he's been half-a-run short. This race has been his main target, he got to the line to finish third last start and this will be his first run over 1 1⁄2 m in 12 months" - Avilius ' trainer James Cummings

"Of mine, I'd say Mustajeer (is top pick) because it's the race we always thought he'd show up in" - trainer Kris Lees

"He improved dramatically first-up to second-up and he has taken another good step so I expect him to run well in what is a pretty strong race. Everything we do now is about the Melbourne Cup" - Carif's co-trainer Peter Snowden


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