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Randwick Blackbookers - Saturday, June 20

  • Alex Marsh details some of the runners to follow from the Randwick Saturday program
Randwick Blackbookers from 20.06.2020
Exhibition ridden by Andrew Adkins (purple cap) was a tough winner of the opening race at Royal Randwick on Saturday. (Getty)
Race One

Exhibition (First): It was hard not to be impressed with the fighting win from this Richard & Michael Freedman-trained colt who arrived here at just start number two following a midfield finish at Newcastle on June 6 when finding the six furlong nature of that too sharp.

A half-brother to group one winning sprinter Japonisme, Exhibition resembles more the staying elements of his breeding (dam is a half-sister to a NZ Oaks winner) which couldn't have been any more evident in this performance where he was off the bit a long way out but responded to riding and slowly but surely found the line first.

The depth and overall strength of this line-up is perhaps a little questionable, but there was enough like with Exhibition to suggest he could be a nice middle distance/staying prospect in his three-year-old season.

Race Eight

My Swashbuckler (Third). Following a forgivable Australian debut at Randwick Kensington where he was reportedly slow to recover post-race, this import racing under the OTI banner made a significant improvement here off a lillte freshen-up with the ear muffs being applied following that May 20 flop.

A winner over nine furlongs in Europe and a placegetter over 3000 metres, there's plenty of room to progress with this gelding who clearly found the mile here a little slick, but off a good rolling tempo up front, was the pick of closers with a race fastest last 600m of 37.18 when doing his best work late behind Agassi and Mr Dependable.

I suspect a further climb in trip will be coming next start for My Swashbuckler who relishes wet ground and with a rating of 74, there's plenty of options over the rest of winter.

Race Nine

All But Gone (Eight). Likely to not be coming Saturday winner, however, with a very low rating of only 65 and off two solid performances to begin this campaign, there's a win in this veteran back to the Provincials or midweeks off these recent runs.

An honest eight-year-old gelding who generally finds his right race every preparation which was evident last time in a Benchmark 70 success before taking on stronger company, All But Gone again did himself no favours again with a bad getaway, however he is admittedly a backmarker and is the type that does cash in when he comes back a rung or two in class.

Over a mile third-up will likely be the aim for this veteran and if he happens to bob up in something easier, is one to certainly respect next time out in that right grade.


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