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Randwick Blackbookers for 19.12.2020
Poetic Charmer looks ready for a return to the winners stall followiing a solid second-up performance on Saturday. (Getty)
 

Looking for the latest Randwick blackbookers and horses to follow from Royal Randwick racing? 

Our Sydney racing expert Alex Marsh gives us the eyecatchers after the December 19 card at Randwick.
   

Randwick Blackbookers December 19



Race Four

Picaro (Fourth): A full-brother to dual Group One winner Shadow Hero is Picaro, a very honest galloper from the Gary Portelli stable who we can generally catch once or twice a preparation and off his two runs so this campaign, he's not far away in the right race.

Following a decent midfield return on November 28, the six-year-old went straight from the 1500m to 2000m second-up here and after settling towards the rear as a result of a tardy getaway, picked up ground towards the inside and recorded the fastest last 600m of this contest (35.56) with an eventual one and a half-length defeat into fourth at the finish.

Picaro was going up in grade here from a Benchmark 78 to an 88 and with a rating of just 73, he can come back a notch now and pick-up a win in the right set-up.

Likely Target: There's plenty of races around: Can come back to a 1900m Benchmark 72 (and claim) on January 1 at Canterbury, step out to the 2400m on January 2 at Kensington (Benchmark 78). Warwick Farm 2200m on January 6 (Benchmark 72) or 1800m at Randwick on January 9 (Benchmark 78) are two more options.
Race Six

Maui Girl (Third): By Lope de Vega and of the mare Run For Naara (winner at 2000m/placed in a Rosehill Guineas & Oaks), Maui Girl a lightly raced mare who after a long layoff, resumed with a pair of wins at the Provincials back in the autumn before coming to town.

The five-year-old encountered a string of heavy tracks following that and given the Soft 6 tilt at the back-end of the campaign was her most competitive, albeit that did coincide with a step back to Benchmark 70 level, it still suggested that really testing conditions aren't to her liking.

After catching the eye fresh at 1200m, Maui Girl improved further at seven furlongs here where despite looking appearing a little flat-footed in the run home, it was a performance that indicated a step up in trip again would suit.

Likely Target: With a rating of just 69, there's plenty of room to move. 1550m options are available at Canterbury on January 1 (Benchmark 72) as well as Kensington on January 2 (Benchmark 78). There's also a Benchmark 72 option at 1600m via the January 6 card from Warwick Farm.

Race Nine

Poetic Charmer (Third): Following a winter preparation which netted two wins from four outings, this son of Your Song was excellent in both trials ahead of this campaign and although hasn't won, is building perfectly towards a 1400m tilt now.

Poetic Charmer was the only runner on that December 5 program from Rosehill (fresh) to break 33 seconds for the last 600m (32.95) and again finished off with intent second-up with a 33.48 last 600m (race fastest) where whilst he was no match for the impressive Big Parade, it was the effort of a galloper needing seven furlongs

Whilst he's not as easy to place as the above two blackbookers, the rating is still manageable at 84 and although perhaps a little more suited to a firmer surface, this gelding is versatile enough in that regard and after settling well back of late, is capable of taking closer order in the run.

Likely Target: The Benchmark 88 contest at Randwick on January 9 (1400m) looks a really nice third-up target for Poetic Charmer.
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