Cepheus heads capacity Ingham Stakes field

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The Group 2 Ingham Stakes (1600m) is the headline act this Saturday at Royal in Sydney, Australia, with a capacity field of 20 set to duke it out over A$2 million.

Formerly known as the Villiers Stakes, the winner earns ballot exemption from the Group 1 Handicap (1600m) in the following autumn.

The Matthew Dunn-trained leads the field as top weight, with the seven-year-old gelding yet to be seen since finishing runner-up in The (1600m) at this course on November 7.

Nash Rawiller is set to take the reins once again, but he is sure to have his hands full with the son of Sea The Stars drawing barrier 19.

Detonator Jack will be searching for back-to-back wins after proving too strong in (1600m) at Kembla Grange a fortnight ago, while the barn will also have Cranbourne Cup winner in the mix.

It's no surprise to see the yard bring a strong contingent of six, with Hinged, Osipenko and Waterford all needing to improve from winless campaigns so far.

The -trained pair of Kirwan's Lane and ran into the Ingham quinella last year and will be looking to replicate that feat this weekend.

The 2023 Ingham Stakes is the first leg of the Randwick quaddie and is set get underway at 4pm local time.

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