Race 1 - 11:05AM SCHWEPPES HANDICAP Tips (1400 METRES)
6. HONEYCREEPER is a Godolphin filly that took on the three-year-old's following a fresh Provincial victory and given the tempo, has got home well with the quinella just having a turn-of-foot at 1300m. She will get over further in time, but the Randwick 1400m is a good start and is back against her own age here. Well placed and we want to see Rachel King a little more positive third-up.
2. War Eternal was fair on debut before getting outsprinted by Dragonstone at Warwick Farm, who placed behind Sky Command last Saturday. He was three-wide via that June 16 run whereas this colt did less work, but the time was good and they gapped third.
1. Revivalist tried to get home in the worst part of the track at Hawkesbury before saluting at Newcastle last start. Not convinced on that form, but there was plenty of merit to the win given he was inconvenienced in the run by a riderless horse. 1400m suits.
3. Miss In Charge worked home fresh to place behind Verne (subsequent Saturday winner) before getting the split at Canterbury and breaking through second-up. Much more depth here, but she's fit and handles a wet track.
Race 2 - 11:40AM TAB HIGHWAY CLASS 2 HANDICAP Tips (1200 METRES)
2. ANETHOLE was ordinary at Scone, but the freshen-up did him the world of good, flashing home for third at Rosehill and had no luck on July 3 when eased back, then riding for luck in the straight, saw nothing but backsides via that run home. Comes down to a Class 2, but stays at 58kg after the Tom Sherry claim and with luck in transit from ideally a midfield position, he's due.
6. Amicus Curiae
won his first two starts before a disappointing summer campaign. He has ability and the blinkers were applied for his second lead-up trial on July 7, a strong bit of work and the shades stay on for race day. He's of some value here ($14.00 @ Sportsbet
10. Lady River started her campaign with two victories at Scone before a third in the July 3 Highway, unsuited given very little figured on that card in the middle/wider lanes. She should get a lovely run just in behind them from gate six.
9. Private Agent is the early favourite and is a hard one to gauge here fresh. A galloper that looked city class early, he had every chance in a poor race back in October, albeit it was only his third start and his two winter trials were only fair. Watch the betting.
Race 3 - 12:15PM THE AGENCY REAL ESTATE HANDICAP Tips (1200 METRES)
12. YANGARRA ROSE dropped back to the Provincials for a Class 1 kill on a heavy track after being ridden too warm second-up, and was completely unsuited on July 7 when set a big task as the only runner making any impression out wider from off the speed (one of the quickest last 200m of the card). From ideally midfield, she has an each-way chance in what's a very open race.
13. Bubbly Lass broke her Maiden over the Bool' carnival before a freshen-up and her next two runs have been solid. She was only a few strides off saluting at Sandown and the last effort had merit at Caulfield from the rear with nothing taking her into that event.
1. Vrenelli is an honest on-speed runner that won three of four starts in his preparation (in all conditions) and was softened-up early via his July 3 return, where he boxed on quite well considering. Is certainly open to improvement here.
4. Fastconi has been up a little while now, but is holding form and although he doesn't exactly win out of turn, this gelding is generally thereabouts. He's once again in the top three/four mix.
Race 4 - 12:50PM CITY TATTERSALLS CLUB HANDICAP Tips (1800 METRES)
8. LA CHEVALEE was building well prior to her third-up attempt on June 12 where she was held-up at key stages and was a good thing beaten behind Zing, the second favourite here. Wide, back and dropping to 1500m with an apprentice on, the July 3 set-up was a poor one, but up to 1800m now with JMac taking the reins, this does look very suitable. She'll be hard to beat with even luck.
was resuming off a freshen-up on June 26 where at 33.80, he's recorded easily the fastest last 600m of his seven-furlong event (third fastest of the day) when getting home well from an impossible position. Big odds ($18.00 @ TAB
), but he's a small saver/exotic option.
1. Zing was getting costly prior to her fourth-up performance where she recorded a much-deserved win and remains at 1800m on Saturday. All things being equal, I couldn't back her to beat La Chevalee off their June 12 clash, but she is consistent.
5. O'Mudgee is as honest as the day as long and the Bjorn Baker-trained gelding is in form, winning two of his last three including a tough effort with 60kg on July 7. This is his first attempt past 1550m which is the main query.
Race 5 - 1:25PM ELITE SAND & SOIL HANDICAP Tips (1600 METRES)
4. PAPAL WARRIOR appears as the safest...words that couldn't be described for this gelding when he had just one win from 18 starts, but he's now got three victories, going back-to-back via his last two efforts. After defeating Tycoonist, he carried another 5.5kg to salute on July 3 and while he'll need to lump the 59.5kg again for a 78 over a mile, I'm not convinced this is much harder.
10. Kobe Rocks gets to the mile for the first time and given he just lacks the dash over the shorter trips at Saturday level, it could suit. He backs-up from last week and although up in grade, isn't spotting weight to progressive rivals which has been the case recently.
11. Matowatakpe landed good bets for us at Warwick Farm on June 30 and missed a run last Saturday with the last two races behind abandoned. Unsure at 1600m, but he's going well, Josh Parr sticks and he's relishing the wet tracks at present.
1. Morton's Fork
is one of the outsiders ($41.00 @ Palmerbet
) and although never in winning contention, the July 3 return was okay and this seven-year-old is a long way back in grade to 78 level off what he's been contesting over the last few years.
Race 6 - 2:00PM MIDWAY HANDICAP Tips (1200 METRES)
3. CATAPULT is a five-year-old that never runs a bad race and was desperately unlucky first-up. While the 1100m was short as he wanted it and after being run off his feet early, he was bolting in the straight, but had nowhere to go, getting into the clear when it was all over. The step to 1200m is a tick and he's better suited drawn a shade more here. A good each-way chance.
4. Henschel is a galloper I've been with in average country races where he's turned it up, but is talented when on and he bounced back to form with a big win over From The Bush, last Saturday's Highway winner. They've kept him on the fresh side for this.
6. Just Field was competitive at Listed level in the autumn, albeit she tended to perform similarly when running regularly in 72 company over the spring. It was a big effort fresh in the inaugural Midway, but she was a little plain second-up last campaign off an easy first-up win.
5. Get The Idea was well backed and landed good bets when ploughing through the wet first-up at Warwick Farm. She only had one trial prior to that off a six-month break and is unbeaten second-up, so there could well be improvement to come.
Race 7 - 2:40PM ACY SECURITIES HANDICAP Tips (1800 METRES)
7. GREAT HOUSE looked hard to beat second-up and was backed accordingly, but he had to settle for third with the equally-frustrating Brutality prevailing. While talented, this import has his quirks, wanting to lay in at a key stage last start, so with Tommy Berry back on (has been aboard for his two Aus wins) that could well be the key. Need to start seeing some consistency from this gelding.
3. Ballet Master
won at Caulfield, seemingly at random given the three prior efforts, although he was returning off a long spell. He defeated Bandersnatch via his last Randwick visit, who is now a triple Stakes winner. He could well be the value runner ($13.00 @ PlayUp
2. Mubariz is a big strapping type that is racing career best form, narrowly edging out Great House last start and that followed back-to-back victories. While he prefers racing to the outside of rivals, JMac may be forced to give up early ground from gate 10.
1. Opacity practically finished next to Great House and Mubariz via that June 26 clash, but he did have a much better run than those two and wasn't as strong through the line. His last three wins have all been at Randwick, however, so back to this circuit is a tick.
Race 8 - 3:20PM BOWERMANS COMMERCIAL FURNITURE HANDICAP Tips (1400 METRES)
6. SURF DANCER is an import having his first Australian start, now under the care of the Waterhouse & Bott yard and the trials have been encouraging, improving at his second hit out when stretching out nicely to score at Canterbury on a Heavy 10. As far as Benchmark 88's go, this isn't an overly deep one and he's arguably the runner with the most scope/X factor in this line up.
4. Oscar Zulu is starting to deliver on the early promise and has been very well placed by Chris Waller, going through the grades this winter. He does now rise in the weights, but if the second market elect is a bust, the winning streak can continue.
6. Itz Lily can be a dynamite fresh performer and she's had a let up following a pair of black-type tilts in Brisbane when not as effective on firmer ground. A return to a wet track is a plus and JMac takes the ride, who was aboard via her last Sydney attempt.
9. Kordia looked a potential spring candidate last year, but just never went on with it after completing a winning hat-trick in June. Plain fresh, but he's still very lightly raced and the July 2 trial was faultless. Stable confident now going straight to 1400m?
Race 9 - 4:00PM TAX TODAY HANDICAP Tips (1400 METRES)
13. EIGHT DIAMONDS is superbly bred, out of the dam Elusive Leone (half-sister to Star Witness and Nostradamus) and while she's still learning, this a talented filly. She comfortably accounted for older rivals fresh at Canterbury which followed a good trial and there were excuses in her last 1400m attempt (reared at the start and lost ground). Interested to see how she stacks up in a competitive race.
1. Expat has been ridden to her strengths via her last two attempts and they've brought about back-to-back wins. There looks more pressure here on paper, but with the 2kg claim, she only goes up 1kg for staying in the same grade, so is well placed again.
9. Steel Diamonds
was very good on stable debut for Waller and that resulted in good money for her to roll Expat on July 3, but she put in a bit of a shocker there. A third-up winner on a heavy track last winter, she's a winning chance at a price ($10.00 @ Unibet
) off that fresh run.
was a 78 winner first-up in the spring over this trip and was competitive at Group level two starts later. Speed on will suit while any upgrade on the current Heavy 9 will be a plus. She's capable and her lobbing at bolters odds ($26.00 @ Winnersbet
) wouldn't shock.
Race 10 - 4:35PM HEINEKEN HANDICAP Tips (1000 METRES)
4. THE BOPPER was scratched last Saturday in what was an easier assignment, but suspect they nearly have to run here and the track won't be as testing. In a BM88 first-up in January, he opened as an odds-on chance and then drifted hard late in a race set up for a subsequent Group winner Tailleur. Has trialled well twice ahead of this return and the wide gate may be a blessing come the last.
8. Our Bellagio Miss is the fit and in-form sprinter of this field, but does come back up to 78 grade after a second-up Midway win. The drop to 1000m is a plus if anything and she was three-wide the trip when tiring late behind Malkovich fresh.
12. Nikohli Beagle was impressive first-up and off that, looked more than capable of working through the grades this winter. He was poor on June 19, with a slowly run race attributed for the loss. Shouldn't have that issue here and he plummets in the weights.
1. I Am Power is unknown on a heavy track, but the ex-Hong Kong runner is otherwise going superbly and has trialled nicely off a freshen-up. That form around Blondeau and Rammstein is starting to look a little suspect, however.