Race 1 - 11:20AM TAB HIGHWAY CLASS 2 HANDICAP Tips (1100 METRES)
8. TEN BELLS is big odds in a competitive race and she has less convictions than most of these. Overcoming trouble to score well on debut in March, she'd simply had enough at start two, but returned well when sustaining a long run to win easily at Goulburn (Smuggler's Run has won either side of that). From a low draw and with a turn-of-foot, she creates some appeal.
1. Baby Wong
is a colt that placed behind a handy Alpine Edge twice at Stakes level, so is big odds in a Highway ($13.00 @ TAB
). Didn't handle a heavy track behind Sky Command, but still placed behind that mudlark who was third favourite in a strong Rosebud.
17. Battleground has to lump to 62kg for coming all the way back to a Class 2 Highway following a narrow miss at 72 level fresh. That was a terrible Saturday race, although he always showed potential when campaigning for Snowden.
3. Surrooj was well supported fresh when bolting in via a weak Class 1 at Scone, but you only have to go back to last year to find her placing a few times in Melbourne and she won't spend a penny here under Bowman from gate one.
Race 2 - 11:55AM GOLD COAST TURF CLUB TROPHY Tips (2400 METRES)
7. RED SANTA looks well placed back to Sydney for a weak staying affair and although he's rather one-paced, this Maher & Eustace galloper is very honest. After plugging away behind Wicklow and Crystal Pegasus, he won at Caulfield before having no luck at The Valley when wide throughout in a brave effort. Is drawn out, but Kerrin McEvoy should be rolling forward irrespective.
2. Shuffle Up took a few runs to get warm following a long lay-off and has improved with every outing, stepping up to the 2400m last start to record a strong win on the Kensington circuit. This isn't any harder and he remains at the staying trip.
8. Mr Bond faces easily his hardest assignment to date, but deserves a crack at this off the back of two easy Provincial wins. Still very lightly raced and seemingly more untapped than a lot his more exposed rivals here.
3. Master Shuhood is yet to win in four attempts at this trip which is the knock, although he should be at his peak physically now with four runs under his belt this winter and there's no Harpo Marx in this field.
Race 3 - 12:30PM MIDWAY HANDICAP Tips (1600 METRES)
1. MONEGAL won two Saturday 78's last year, so has to be respected in a Midway where she gets good relief after the 3kg claim. This mare ran a great race fresh and true to form, was just that bit flat second-up, while third-up last campaign, she made good late ground in the Group Three Belle Of The Turf on unsuitable heavy ground. A repeat of that effort would surely be good enough for this.
16. Enduring Night
continues to race well and with her very low rating, is much better placed back to a restricted 72. Carries 52kg again for Rachel King and while some luck will be needed from out wide, I don't think she's far off a peak at decent odds ($14.00 @ Unibet
7. Majella landed the cash for us at Newcastle last Wednesday after a strong return in a good form race on July 21. She did have every favour in that last start win, albeit was only second-up and should get a cosy run again from barrier one.
4. Arctic Thunder had her chance in a Midway two starts back when narrowly defeated and backed that up with a strong midweek victory over Centimental who was coming off a city win. Needs a little luck in transit, but this isn't much harder.
Race 4 - 1:10PM SAJC TROPHY Tips (1600 METRES)
11. LOVE PLANET bolted in at starts two and three in Victoria late last year before doing enough on resumption with a victory at Sandown on July 14 in a rather weak race. Admittedly had his chance if good enough second-up where he was out-sprinted, but did pick up again late and J-Mac sticks. Should have no trouble leading and with a shade more improvement third-up, this looks very winnable.
2. Pesto caught the eye late at Caulfield in his Australian debut before taking a month of Sundays to wind up when stepping up in grade and trip on April 25 before a spell. His lack of early speed is the knock, but with a clean jump, he could well be the class runner here.
4. Re Edit was only fair fresh and it certainly wasn't the same return as last spring where she should've beaten subsequent Group winner Rocha Clock. Poor overall record at Randwick....not sure what to do with her here.
10. California Longbow
could well hit a flat one here second-up, although he was only runner making any impression behind Wairere Falls last start. Was competitive in deeper races early last prep and is one to throw in at a big price ($19.00 @ Palmerbet
) for the longer exotics.
Race 5 - 1:45PM GOW GATES HANDICAP Tips (1200 METRES)
8. MORE PROPHETS is a classy mare that was well placed resuming fresh at 78 level against her own sex and it was a complete forgive for a runner that does need momentum and galloping room, two things she wasn't afforded off a slow tempo. J-Mac jumps aboard for this second-up engagement in a bigger field that will suit. I like her staying at 1200m for now and she's worth another chance.
13. Nags to Riches could well eyeing off some black-type deeper into the spring, a now four-year-old who resumed with a big win on August 4, rattling home in slick time from the rear. This is harder, but she does have more upside than most of this line up.
3. Love Tap was unbeaten from his first four starts, the last of those wins being a Group Three last September. He went off the boil following that with some setbacks and the two trials leading into this have been inconclusive. Watch the betting.
1. Best Stone was interestingly sent out favourite first-up in an 88 where she was ordinary, albeit she had no fresh form and bounced back off a similar effort to salute second-up last prep. Is up in weight now for coming back to 78 level.
Race 6 - 2:25PM DARLEY SILVER SHADOW STAKES Tips (1200 METRES)
1. FOUR MOVES AHEAD looks on a Flight Stakes/Thousand Guineas path, so while it'll be perhaps a slower build up than her first campaign, she might simply just be better than what doesn't look an overly strong fillies' crop. She was easily the best filly from the autumn despite already having peaked before the majors and was hard to miss late when strong through the line in a recent Randwick trial.
could be anything, a frustrating Godolphin filly that has talent, but hasn't put it together on race day. She should've won a Stakes race in the autumn and should be ridden colder second-up. At a double figure quote ($17.00 @ Sportsbet
), I could entertain a small saver.
3. Jamaea may not have the class of the above two, but she could be a little more genuine at present and her only poor effort via her first campaign was on a soft track. Tommy Berry stays aboard from the autumn where she was a Group Two winner.
9. Latino Blend
was a brilliant debut winner and stuck on well in the Magic Night despite racing a little greenly. With a more genuine tempo, she can improve at big odds ($31.00 @ TAB
) off a fresh effort that had excuses.
Race 7 - 3:05PM MOSTYN COPPER SHOW COUNTY QUALITY Tips (1200 METRES)
5. CHAT is hard fit and arguably in career best form, so he's the way we're leaning, albeit I think any of these could lob without surprising. He sprinted hard off a slow tempo first-up to score and his Missile Stakes runner-up finish was by far his best second-up attempt to date. With a suck run off a good speed, the race fitness could well come into effect late in the piece.
8. Private Eye for mine is a genuine Epsom Handicap chance later in the spring, so while he'll improve off this return run, Joe Pride has given him two winter trials wwhere he's looked quite forward. He's a bombproof galloper that's competitive in anything he runs in.
will need some luck, but as another hard fit runner that's improved deeper into the prep and is over the odds ($15.00 @ Palmerbet
). The Godolphin gelding ran the fastest last 200m of the day at Caulfield on July 24 and recorded the same feat at Randwick on August 7.
10. Embracer was pushed out to win an August 6 trial, but scooting along up front is when his best, especially on firmer going which he didn't get following a brilliant fresh victory in the autumn. If leaders are favoured earlier in the card, he's the one they'll come for.
Race 8 - 3:45PM WINX STAKES Tips (1400 METRES)
12. VERRY ELLEEGANT added yet another string to her bow in last year's Winx Stakes, winning first-up at 1400m and it was an outstanding victory, where the champion continued to find late despite racing three-wide for the entirety of that journey. Her July 27 trial was every bit as good as to what we've seen from her prior to previous campaigns and she's the starting point in this feature.
is a great each-way price ($21.00 @ TAB
), a galloper that arguably should've won this race last year and he was luckless fresh in the CF Orr earlier this year, racing three-wide throughout. Waller likes to keep him on the fresh side and this looks a genuine target.
11. Mo'unga is the one from last season's three-year-old crop that had real X factor and while still not the finished product last campaign, he recorded a Group One win in the Rosehill Guineas. Fascinated to see what he does as a more mature galloper this spring.
may lack class at WFA level, but his two lead-up trials were strong and he'll have residual fitness having raced in June. If Rachel King is positive early and crosses with Dreamforce, he can give a sight at huge odds ($41.00 @ PlayUp
) given the lack of speed.
Race 9 - 4:25PM BOWERMANS COMMERCIAL FURNITURE TOY SHOW Tips (1100 METRES)
4. SEASONS bounced back in the autumn, putting them to the sword on Golden Slipper Day and belting a field that included Written Beauty (third fav here). A very lightly raced seven-year-old, she seems to now just have one or two peak runs early in a prep before training off and if anything, her August 6 trial was a shade stronger than her hit out before that last campaign.
7. Great News
is another lightly raced mare, albeit a five-year-old and while on paper this is her sternest task to date, she's risen to most challenges so far and is yet to finish outside the top three. At a fair quote ($15.00 @ bet365
) in a very open race, she's another I could entertain.
1. Entriviere has really caught the eye with some big performances across the ditch, winning five from seven and arguably should be unbeaten, having narrowly missed to Fasika here in the autumn. Easily the class runner, but has the visitors draw once again.
8. Written Beauty has become her own worst enemy, racing keenly in two outings following a fresh autumn victory. She's bolted in via two trials and while respecting her SP behind Nature Strip and Eduardo, I want to see if her manners have ironed out on race day.
Race 10 - 5:00PM DARWIN TURF CLUB TROPHY Tips (1400 METRES)
9. VENTURA OCEAN is an Australian Bloodstock import that was two from two Down Under, saluting in two modest Brisbane events, but his fighting qualities on each occasion were admirable and in a muddling affair, he couldn't do any more first-up. Frosty Rocks has franked that form with another win last Saturday and ideally camping just off a more rolling tempo here, he looks well placed.
2. New Arrangement is a Waller-trained gelding that is always thereabouts and has held form since a first-up victory on June 12. Stays up in the weights, but this isn't any stronger to what he's been contesting and is a winning chance at a big price.
8. Bigboyroy comes out of the same Frosty Rocks event as Ventura Ocean and although honest, I did think our top selection performed a little better than the favourite. He won in this grade when down in the weights last prep and did salute second-up that campaign.
12. Atishu could well have her fair share of admirers, with the daughter of Savabeel winning four in a row in NZ before crossing the ditch. Her August 13 trial when reeling in Brookspire late at Rosehill was an excellent piece of work.