Race 1 - 11:20AM ATC THANK YOU STABLE STAFF HANDICAP Tips (1300 METRES)
6. SUPER EFFORT would've made it interesting had he drawn a gate on July 17, but irrespective, it was a great second-up effort, coming from a Newcastle Maiden win. He only got off heels at the 100m before storming home late behind a fit winner that had all the favours and draws for a suck run here behind a good speed. Off that most recent effort, he's a good each-way chance.
9. Skedaddle won on debut in good time back and following a plain return on June 16, was ridden with a sit again and bounced back second-up. Seemingly has more upside than most of these and is only half a kilo over the minimum after the Brock Ryan claim.
4. Seleque beat subsequent Saturday winner Van Giz fresh and looked a near good thing second-up, but was never comfortable in the run despite finishing second. Perhaps that's first-up effort just flattened her at Canterbury and she draws gate one on Saturday.
1. Vrenelli won three of four starts in his first preparation and although clearly underdone, the July 3 return had merit. Was terrible second-up, but he did pull up lame and the blinkers now go on third-up. Could be a big improver.
Race 2 - 11:55AM TAB HIGHWAY CLASS 3 HANDICAP Tips (1200 METRES)
6. PHILIPSBERG will come into his own over a little further, although off a fast run 1200m, class can take him a long way fresh. He was given a sore back on his Australian debut prior to back-to-back wins, including one over Swagger, a Highway winner back in May and brought up a third victory in March following a defeat as favourite in the Albury Guineas. The July 17 trial win was faultless.
is huge odds ($26.00 @ bookmaker
), but is a chance with more luck here third-up from gate one. After just missing in a blanket finish fresh, Moetta was three-wide the trip on July 3 and wasn't disgraced considering that run. The winkers have now been applied.
2. Mr Hussill recorded his second career win back in October, 2019 and had to wait until July 17 this year to complete the winning hat-trick, a superb training effort by Cameron Crockett. Obviously has his issues, but he clearly has some talent.
11. Sunrise Ruby got the chocolates for us at Albury, making it three wins from four career starts and she did pull up lame in that one defeat. All of her wins have come on heavy ground, however and she draws wide here, so there's a few question marks.
Race 3 - 12:30PM ATC THANKS FRONTLINE WORKERS HANDICAP Tips (1800 METRES)
2. LE CHEVALEE looked the good thing of the July 17 meeting and she saluted accordingly, kicking away late for a comfortable win over the Randwick 1800m and is back against her own sex here, only going up 2.5kg due to the Tom Sherry claim. On a wet track, she'd be a banker once again, but on an improving Soft 5? That's the query, albeit I'm still not in a rush to back any of these to roll her.
4. Bring The Ransom has the class to take this out and looks so well placed back to mares' grade after being outgunned by Criminal Code late in a fast run affair, but she still gapped third. Now steps to 1800m which is a question mark.
10. My Demetra steps up in grade although plummets back to 54kg as a result and with the winkers on third-up, she is close to a peak. Her form behind Sacramento and New Arrangement over the Randwick 1800m back in January reads very well for this.
3. So Wicked has been up a long time, but is racing consistently and wasn't far away in similar race on June 26 before contesting a hard run BM88. She's much better placed back against the mares here at 78 level.
Race 4 - 1:05PM THE AGENCY REAL ESTATE HANDICAP Tips (1800 METRES)
3. BADOOSH has been building okay, and his last victory came over this trip with Hugh Bowman aboard, who takes the reins here. He beat Parry Sound in the process (multiple Stakes placed) in what was his fifth start for that prep (same pattern here) and prior to that, he defeated She's Ideel (Group 1 placed). Not going quite as well as then, but anything resembling that form wins this.
8. Bethencourt has been a big tease for punters, looking a certainty beat on May 19, but has had chances since then and hasn't been able to cash in. Down to an impost of 55kg and with Tim Clark on, they should roll forward without a stack of speed in this field.
1. Criminal Code brought up a much-deserved victory on July 17 and he was only third-up with a month between runs, so can improve to 1800m, while he's well-placed staying in this grade with the claim. I just can't see him getting the same tempo here, though.
10. Silent Agenda
doesn't win out of turn, but he's very consistent and they've skipped a Wyong Provincial event (one he would've won) to get up to the 1800m. From a soft draw with 52kg, he could easily figure for the exotics at a price ($16.00 @ Sportsbet
Race 5 - 1:40PM MIDWAY HANDICAP Tips (1300 METRES)
2. CATAPULT is one we've been with in both starts this prep, a very honest gelding that arguably should've won on July 3 and second-up, just didn't have the turn-of-foot from the rear on a heavy track in what was a muddling affair, but as per usual, he didn't disgrace himself. Hugh Bowman is back on (won on him in January) and off a more genuine tempo, he's worth another chance.
6. Zorocat is a tough filly, now approaching start eight of just her second racing preparation and after bolting in on the July 10 Midway, she deserves favouritism here, although with Asman and Lord Zoulander drawn out, there does look to be decent pressure early.
5. Epic Dan was enormous in the July 17 Midway, as the clear pick of the closers despite never being in winning calculations. He's clearly going well and is a winning chance...just would've loved for him to draw kinder than 13.
is now having his second start for Kim Waugh, a five-year-old that was progressing well up north prior to a poor summer campaign. Back onto a firmer deck here and coming out of a good form race at Canterbury, he could give a sight at big odds (26.00 @ TopSport
Race 6 - 2:15PM ATC THANK YOU OWNERS HANDICAP Tips (1500 METRES)
11. WAIRERE FALLS was strong on return behind subsequent Listed winner Charleise then was a little unlucky behind Great House second-up. His summer attempts on a Soft 7 and then a Heavy 8 weren't flash, so he hasn't exactly had his preferred conditions of late and is better suited now on a Soft 5/Good 4. Down in the weights for Jmac from a soft draw, this is D-Day.
2. Canasta has to lump 61kg, but gets gun front-running rider Josh Parr back aboard and the drop to 78 level along with finding firmer are two big positives this Saturday. If he's able to dictate this from the front, then he'll take catching in the weakest race he's faced this prep.
10. Think Free isn't well weighted coming out of a mares' 78, but she was only a stride off winning and over 1500m with four runs under her belt, could be the one ready to peak here. Jason Collett sticks and he should be more positive than what he was in the July 17 outing.
1. Mr Tipla
is a hard fit Victorian visitor that won three starts back at Flemington and has been racing consistently all campaign. This isn't any harder to what he's been contesting in Melbourne and is a decent quote ($17.00 @ bet365
) from a good draw.
Race 7 - 2:50PM MOËT & CHANDON HANDICAP Tips (1400 METRES)
9. MADAM LEGEND has had to wait for her second-up run, with a missed race and she was scratched from a horror draw last Saturday with Les Bridge opting to trial her on Monday, where she worked strongly. The four-year-old was a superb fresh winner and looks to be flying, now stepping up the 1400m, a trip in which three of her five career wins have come over. This looks a very winnable BM88.
2. Surf Dancer dictated proceedings on his Australian debut and given the soft run up front, he was a shade disappointing for third, but he can certainly improve. This import has got the speed to cross Vitesse early if Tim Clark wants the front again.
8. Blondeau is the most annoying horse in Sydney (for punters). Won like a superstar first-up in slick time, before turning it up at his next three outings, then travelled like the winner for every inch of the 1400m he contested on July 17. Talented, but hard to catch.
1. New Arrangement is always thereabouts, a Chris Waller-trained gelding that has won two of his last six attempts, including a first-up victory on June 12. Stays up in the weights, but this isn't a strong 88 and he'll be better suited on firmer ground.
Race 8 - 3:30PM PRECISE AIR HANDICAP Tips (1000 METRES)
3. NIKOHLI BEAGLE was very impressive first-up, looking more than capable of working through the grades, but was then was poor with a slowly run affair attributed, and it wasn't a dissimilar scenario on July 17 in a leader dominated affair. Firmer ground, Nash back on and down in grade, he can certainly improve off a stronger tempo, albeit this is probably the most open race of the day.
1. Van Giz continues to show up deep into a long prep that's netted her three wins, including a victory two starts back before being caught three-wide the trip via her latest. That was perhaps an end of prep run, but on consistency, she has to be considered here.
9. Sixgun looked a very promising galloper over his first two preps and was expected to deliver off that, returning in May as a gelding, but his racing manners are still proving a worry (keeps over-racing). The blinkers now go on for the first time.
14. Battleground is a galloper I had plenty of time for early, but he never progressed last year, with a sole spring run in September the last time he's been sighted. Resumes for a new yard and comes straight to town off no trials? Respect the betting.
Race 9 - 4:10PM FUJITSU GENERAL HANDICAP Tips (1100 METRES)
7. VALAQUENTA resumes and racing on his last day as a three-year-old, is well placed fresh in a BM88, carrying just 54.5kg. A half-brother to Kementari, this gelding won twice as a two-year-old and is dual Stakes-placed this season, finishing his last prep with a win at Sandown. He's had two Flemington jump outs in readiness for this, comfortably winning the last of those on July 16.
1. Spaceboy has reportedly come on well from his fresh assignment in Melbourne, where he was beaten in the last few strides by a winner he was spotting 7.5kg to. He hasn't won in more than 12 months, but is generally in the mix and should be competitive here.
8. Hulk wins even less than Spaceboy, but is another that is consistently in the finish, barring his July 10 attempt when he never handled a heavy track. Firmer going here and will the speed on, he could easily salute in a race of this nature if they're making ground.
9. Liberty Sun
has trialled strongly twice ahead of this first-up tilt and was a BM88 winner only two starts back in February at Randwick, the same grade he resumes and is the outsider ($51.00 @ BlueBet
) of the field. You only need a peanut on at that price.
Race 10 - 4:50PM ATC THANK YOU TRAINERS HANDICAP Tips (1300 METRES)
6. NIGHT OF POWER won via his second Australian start, but he wasn't able to quite go on with it, mixing his form when well fancied in a variety of grades from 72-88 level since then and has become costly. He was good fresh and has trialled quietly since, while the firmer footing on Saturday will suit. Hard one to trust, but in a raffle to finish the Randwick card, he's a winning chance.
3. Cuban Royale was terrific at a big price fresh and proved that was no fluke, winning last Saturday over 1200m. The step up to 1300m won't worry him and this six-year-old is going as well as any of these. Just the wider barrier this week makes things trickier.
5. Snitzify is still quite a lightly raced gelding who although hasn't proved himself in this grade, he still has some upside and Bowman sticks from the back end of his last prep. His trials were sound and he draws for a lovely run from gate two.
1. Kordia could well turn up and blow this lot away, a Godolphin galloper who was a Stakes winner as a two-year-old and looked on track for bigger things. Off his last three runs, which have all been poor and spaced out, I suspect he's had a few problems.
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