Race 1 - 11:15AM CLUBSNSW WESTERN METROPOLITAN HANDICAP Tips (1400 METRES)
9. LARKSPUR RUN is yet to compete on a good track which is an obvious query, however, with just four starts, James Cummings hasn't exactly been avoiding them. The blinkers made an immediate effect in a Provincial Maiden win that had plenty of merit, while the July 14 fresh victory was more brilliant, running good time for that Canterbury meeting. She's on the 52kg minimum and this race isn't overly strong.
1. Vrenelli was fair fresh and after pulling up lame second-up, the blinkers went on last week where he over-raced in the early/middle stages which proved costly. Nash Rawiller goes on now and that's a significant booking for this gelding who'll make his own luck.
2. Diamonds'n'stones improved throughout his second campaign, recording a winning hat-trick over the summer before a spell and I think he only improves off the fresh run, which was okay. May just need one more, but a firmer surface second-up is a big tick.
may just lack the class which his price ($26.00 @ TAB
) reflects, but his fresh effort was terrific and with the big weight, raced flat second-up. Soft draw, back down in the weights and to 1400m now third-up, he might be a big improver here.
Race 2 - 11:50AM CLIFF CLARE HANDICAP Tips (2400 METRES)
1. HARPO MARX is the best horse in the race by some distance, a very consistent import who bolted in third-up before being left with too much to do when stepping to 2400m for the first time this prep on July 24. I like him back to Randwick, albeit the 62.5kg is a decent leveller over 12 furlongs and is he perhaps more effective at 2000m? May just be too classy for this lot irrespective.
5. Arabaloni won two in a row at the Provincials before contesting that same July 24 event as Harpo Marx, beating the favourite home there and he did have his momentum stopped slightly when trying to get off heels at a key stage. He'll roll forward from out wide.
8. Pecuniary Interest backs up off a Provincial 64 victory last Saturday where he sustained a good run in his first 2400m attempt. Well up in class, but down in the weights, I have no knock on him if the favourite is vulnerable.
2. Spencer landed good bets when saluting at Rosehill on July 4 and the No Compromise/Sound Of Cannons form was franked straight away. He has been flat in two subsequent efforts, however and will need a soft run on the speed to bounce back.
Race 3 - 12:25PM TAB HIGHWAY CLASS 3 PLATE Tips (1800 METRES)
15. DREAM RUNNER was very brave in the July 24 Highway when racing wide throughout and was forced to go for home early, where he understandably tired as a result, but lost no admirers and now with three runs under the belt, the blinkers have been applied. Has come up with another wide draw, although with any luck after JMac rolls forward, I'm confident that he's on the best horse in the race.
9. Zoo Station was another luckless runner in that same Rosehill event as the favourite where she was a little slow way and saw nothing but backsides before flashing late. Don't mind the step up in trip now, albeit she likely spots them a start from gate 16.
8. Birdonawinningpost could well be the biggest improver in this field, a mare that won an 1800m Highway at the end of her first prep before being spelled and it's been a slower build up via two runs this time in. She draws to do no work from barrier one.
11. So Say You won that July 24 Highway and while the saloon passage did come for her to nail Dream Runner, this mare only goes up 1.5kg and she may well get that suck run in behind them again from gate seven. Still lightly raced, she has some upside.
Race 4 - 1:00PM BILLY CAMER HANDICAP Tips (1500 METRES)
6. INVINCIANO isn't the most talented galloper in this field, but she's probably the most genuine, a mare that thrives on good tracks, conditions she finally got on the Kensington circuit last start and she duly bolted in. This six-year-old can hold form deep into her preps, while there's no reason why Brenton Avdulla can't take up the running again and give a big sight here.
9. Loveplanet is a progressive Waller-trained gelding who has won three in a row following a Pakenham debut defeat and he did enough to score fresh at Sandown. I'm not in love with that form, but he's still untapped and should land outside Invinciano early.
2. Great House
has become costly, although off a string of short starting prices in stronger races, I'm a little surprised at the odds ($9.00 @ bet365
) coming back to a 78, having won first-up in this grade and over this trip. There's been a big hype on this import since a big win in January.
4. Above And Beyond
is another at a fair quote ($16.00 @ Palmerbet
) and with 59.5kg over 1200m when racing in restricted room fresh, the return run was a pass mark and is better suited to 1500m. As a dual winner at 78 level this year, he's well in with 57.5kg after the claim.
Race 5 - 1:35PM MIDWAY HANDICAP Tips (1800 METRES)
10. SAVVY CROWN was 30/1, but produced just about the run of the July 24 Midway despite the closing sectionals favouring a quinella that narrowly held him at bay. Off a brave fresh win on a heavy track, the son of Savabeel hit a big flat spot in the run home before picking up again and launching late. Third-up/1800m are both ticks as is the 1.5kg weight swing on Casino Mondial.
1. Casino Mondial was superb late to grab victory via that first-up attempt when well ridden by Bowman, who saved him up for one last look at them. A proven weight carrier that has a good second-up record, there's no reason he can't go back-to-back.
9. Bazooka must be a frustrating galloper for connections, one that is capable of placing twice at Group level, but still remains stuck on one win from 20 starts, despite consistently being in the mix. Perhaps he's been looking for the 1800m this entire time?
2. Margie Bee comes back from a 78 last Saturday where was honest, but no match for So Wicked who put in a clear personal best. Only goes up 1kg and will look for the front from out wide. Her recent form reads quite well for this.
Race 6 - 2:15PM RAY SELKRIG HANDICAP Tips (1200 METRES)
4. MORE PROPHETS was teasing in three autumn efforts, but fresh in a 78 against her own sex, could well blow these away. Dominant in a January win prior to a spell, she was aimed towards black-type via that last prep and was a beaten favourite at Group level second-up. In an 88 first-up, she was a well-supported $5 chance behind Lost And Running, who is light years above anything here at 1200m.
10. Eight Diamonds proves that a Randwick heavy is more testing than a Canterbury heavy deck, after winning fresh and failing second-up which was attributed to the conditions. Back to 1200m and on firmer ground, she could easily bounce back.
2. Starla has been so consistent and she recorded a much-deserved victory on July 24, although now goes up 2kg versus a slightly stronger field. The key for her is staying away from the heavy tracks, so she'll get conditions to suit and a soft run in transit again.
8. Exotic Ruby is now very deep into her prep and steps up to 78 grade, although she doesn't handle heavy tracks and I'm not convinced she runs 1400m, which they attempted again last start. 1200m on a Good 4 is about her right range.
Race 7 - 2:55PM HEINEKEN MISSILE STAKES Tips (1200 METRES)
5. PHOBETOR was a drifting favourite first-up, but was an excellent winner at Doomben ahead of a Ramornie tilt where he was a well-supported market elect and nothing went right in an event that he should've won comfortably. This is obviously harder, but with a cleaner jump, he can settle close to Fasika and this gelding is still very much untapped. We'll get a better gauge on him here.
2. Viridine appeared to be labouring a little prior to his last start Bletchingly Stakes attempt Caulfield where he recorded the fastest last 200m of that entire program. Fit and as a sprinter that can dash off any tempo, this is a great chance to record win number 10.
7. Fasika is a galloper that I've always had a soft spot for and she's definitely a winning chance off a very soft map, but there's some holes in her autumn form, especially for what is quite a handy sprint here. At around $2.60, she's too short at her current quote.
1. Kolding is almost a dry track/Randwick specialist these days, conditions that have brought about his last three wins. He's a multiple Group One winner, so certainly warrants respect, albeit the July 27 trial was quite poor. The betting may tell the story.
Race 8 - 3:35PM FUJITSU GENERAL ROSEBUD Tips (1100 METRES)
GET $4 for Remarque to finish 1st or 2nd
3. REMARQUE is a full brother to the 2018 Golden Slipper winner Estijaab and he was fancied himself in the autumn two-year-old features, backing up a dominant debut win with a two-length defeat behind Anamoe and Profiteer before a slight setback forced them to spell for the spring. The two lead up trials suggest he's ready to pounce fresh and this colt draws gate one for Tommy Berry.
1. Paulele is a stakes-winning two-year-old hence the 59kg impost here and has showed class in two campaigns to date, despite doing plenty wrong early days. His lead up trial was superb and James McDonald sticks from that July 19 heat.
7. In The Congo will have residual fitness having raced in late autumn/early winter, while the flashy big chestnut from the Waterhouse & Bott camp was kept to the mark with a trial win in what was good time for the 1045m sets on July 27.
4. Sky Command has been impressive in two winter victories, ploughing through the wet to run her rivals ragged, the last of those coming over the Randwick 1100m. First time on top of the ground and at now competing at listed level has me questioning the $4 quote.
Race 9 - 4:15PM LITTLE WINGS HANDICAP Tips (1100 METRES)
1. LANCASTER BOMBER admittedly had his chance third-up, but as usual, ran an honest race, Prior to that, he recorded the best closing splits via his July 10 attempt and that followed a good return behind Malkovich (subsequent Melbourne winner), beating Our Bellagio Miss in the process (won her next two). Loses the claim, but gains Nash Rawiller, who has been aboard for his last two wins.
7. Sixgun was getting costly, but with the blinkers applied, got the job done last Saturday in a tough performance given he was there to beaten in the last 100m and was still pulling away on the line. That win may well have been the making of him and this is no harder.
2. Hulk is a bookies pal, a five-year-old with just three wins from 28 starts and he's consistently high in the market. Back on a good surface after failing on a heavy track, he's one that can certainly threaten late if they overdo it up front.
12. Nikohli Beagle had his chance last week behind Sixgun, although it was a much-improved effort off a colder ride and is clearly suited back on top of the ground. He does meet the favourite 3kg better from last week's clash.
Race 10 - 4:55PM ATC THANK YOU JOCKEYS HANDICAP Tips (1300 METRES)
3. HANDSPUN was easily the pick of the off-speed runners in her first-up effort behind an in-form winner, and I loved the way she found there line fresh over 1000m, with the step up to 1300m being a positive. This Godolphin mare was plain over the summer, but was mostly consistent prior to that and with any improvement second-up, looks one of the better each-way chances on the card.
1. Academy was 88/fringe Stakes class last campaign, so certainly respecting him fresh in a 78 having won his last two attempts in this grade. Arrives off two big trial wins and he'll land right on the speed form gate one. There's not a whole lot to knock.
11. Kingsheir returns as a gelding and has been given plenty of time since a first preparation which saw him tried at 78 level from a debut win at the Provincials. Will get over further, but he does ooze class and could simply just be better than these.
4. Tycoonist has been up for a little while now, but he continues to hold his form and despite recording a much-deserved win two starts back on a heavy track, I do think he's more effective on top of the ground. Jmac takes back the reins on Saturday.