Race 1 - 11:40AM TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP Tips (1200 METRES)
2. PARKSVILLE culminated his first prep with a winning hat-trick and resumed in a Metro 72 on August 4 where he just felt the pinch late on a strong speed in a race won by Nags To Riches (Stakes placed). Rolls forward, is the only runner in this Highway field coming out of a genuine city race and looks to be auditioning for a Kosciuszko berth here. He's the one to catch.
4. Tara Jasmine resumed with a soft victory at Grafton and was city placed in Brisbane last campaign. Although very lightly raced, I think the 1400m attempts just took away her brilliance, so is suited sticking to the sprint trips. She draws for a suck run behind the fav.
5. Commando Hunt
isn't exactly suited with a drop in trip, but he's a decent price ($16.00 @ Palmerbet
) for a last start Highway winner and was luckless when resuming over the 1200m on July 31. Fit, handles any conditions and can be placed midfield under Kathy O'Hara.
7. Yulong Base
has a sticky map, but his prep to date has been hard to fault and he should've finished much closer to Pleading last start, a galloper that has now won four in a row. He's one for the exotics at bolters odds ($34.00 @ TAB
Race 2 - 12:15PM VALE NINI VASCOTTO Tips (1100 METRES)
6. SPIRANAC has a handy record and jumped out of the ground to score fresh over this trip last time in. While she won a Country Championships Heat (1400m), this mare is better suited over the shorter trips with her sharp turn-of-foot and is currently a $15 Kosciuszko chance. Lead-up trial was excellent and she's an each-way hope in a competitive race.
3. Shaik could well be too classy here, a team Hawkes four-year-old who won two of her last three Summer runs before a fresh Stakes tilt in May, where she wasn't disgraced in the worst part of the track. Just not sure where she's at (no starts or trials since June 12).
8. Patino Ruby is another Kosciuszko candidate, a galloper that is tactically versatile, having led in earlier starts and taking a sit on June 26, bolted in, defeating Zorocat who won her next start by a big space. She's just another we haven't seen in the last few months.
7. Selburose doesn't quite have the class of the above three, but she has a race fitness edge on all of them and has been competing well in similar grades. From barrier three, she draws for a lovely run on the speed under J-Mac.
Race 3 - 12:50PM MIDWAY HANDICAP Tips (1800 METRES)
13. LOVE ME QUIETLY has been building via weaker races, hence her price, but there hasn't been an exact recipe for these Midways where it's as much about finding one set for the day. She's been ticking over well, was unlucky when attempting the same rise in trip last prep and has an extra run under her belt this time. Soft draw and down in the weights, she has some claims in a very open event.
3. Always Sure saluted last start in a BM78 as a $13 chance, but travelled like an odds-on pop in the run, always looking the winner and the gap came at the right time. No major knock off that, just felt it may have been the big peak off four prior winter efforts.
6. Tampering has gone back-to-back to open this campaign, and was brave in the last of those wins, working hard on the speed yet continued to find late. Main query is if the Saturday rain arrives, as he is much more effective on top of the ground.
11. Tochi is one that can handle any conditions and although tired late in that Tampering race on August 21, he is much better suited back up in trip as an on-pacer that can grind away around the 1800m-1900m distance range.
Race 4 - 1:25PM CLEANAWAY HANDICAP Tips (1300 METRES)
4. SUPER EFFORT has been in great touch since joining the Alexiou & Ryan yard, sitting wide, but proving too classy fresh, before a luckless second-up run and third-up, got the chocolates as our Best Bet on August 18, where he didn't get off heels and clear until the 250m when nailing them on the line. This is another winnable affair, just needs to take advantage of a better gate here.
5. Hot Spring Gold is finally starting to put it together throughout a spaced-out prep where he's recorded three wins, bolting in here on August 7. The hot tempo certainly flattered that margin, although suited by a wide draw on a big track again, is well placed.
11. Hoover Lucy is a three-year-old Maiden runner, albeit she was Stakes placed as a two-year-old after running into a handy Gleneagles. She has tactical speed and did look very forward in an August 26 trial at Rosehill.
7. Construct came from the clouds to break his Maiden second-up and arrived late again in the Up & Coming Stakes, finishing just off Coastwatch who bolted in with the Ming Dynasty last Saturday. He's one that doesn't want any more rain.
Race 5 - 2:00PM TAB CONCORDE STAKES Tips (1000 METRES)
GET $3.50 for Nature Strip & Zaaki to both Win
1. NATURE STRIP is where all eyes will be glued come Race 5 at Randwick this Saturday, a star sprinter that's always compulsory viewing and we're still never really sure what we're going to get (has been beaten in his last three outings when sent out as an odds-on favourite). Can you absolutely declare him at the prohibitive quote? No, but which of this lot is going to roll him?
might be the underrated runner at a price ($16.00 @ Neds
), especially for the exotic players as this mare likely lands outside Nature Strip early. It would be one hell of an upset, but off a good run up front, she's capable of handling the rest.
2. Trekking has never been as talented as the fav, but on his day, he could certainly give him a race and the lead-up trial was fine. He was a few lengths off his best last prep and is now a seven-year-old. Will look to have the last shot at them.
3. Wild Ruler is very genuine, but I've never bought into Group One hype about him and he's coming out of an ordinary three-year-old crop. That said, his recent trial was faultless and he generally fly's fresh.
Race 6 - 2:35PM DARLEY FURIOUS STAKES Tips (1200 METRES)
12. DE AN ANDRETTI is a full-sister to Libertini that caught the eye with an outstanding debut victory at Hawkesbury in April before being spelled and she's been excellent in two August trials, going to the line under a firm hold each time. Obviously, this a whole new challenge, but there's no standout among the three-year-old fillies and she's the most untapped of them currently.
was arguably the unluckiest runner in the Silver Shadow when slow out, but tacked on, then never got a look at them in the straight. Should've fought out the finish and she's a double figure price ($14.00 @ Palmerbet
) in what is practically the same race.
1. Four Moves Ahead raced keenly when the brakes went on up front in that Silver Shadow, but still looked the winner at the 100m before peaking late. The run was fine, with improvement predicted (Flight Stakes path?), although she's drawn the widest here.
3. Jamaea was another of the unlucky brigade on August 21, a filly that was held-up from the 300m to the 100m in that same feature. She was a Group Two winner over this track/trip in her last outing as a two-year-old.
Race 7 - 3:10PM FUJITSU GENERAL TRAMWAY STAKES Tips (1400 METRES)
7. ZAAKI was super impressive over his last three runs via the Queensland Carnival, which included a seven-length Doomben Cup romp. Yes, he will improve off whatever he does on Saturday, but the price is warranted here as a current $4 Cox Plate favourite, with $2+ available here against mostly B and C Graders. If Zaaki is to win our best WFA features, then he should beat this lot over any trip.
3. Lion's Roar looks Zaaki's main threat, as he still potentially has upside as a four-year-old and the gelding did defeat Mo'unga in the Randwick Guineas here back in the autumn. I was quite impressed with both of his August trials ahead of this return.
6. Rock found the 1200m much too sharp on resumption, but in what was effectively a barrier trial over an unsuitable short trip, he's worked home okay. The son of Pierro has won three of four second-up attempts and is a top two/three chance here.
8. Prime Star was arguably the run of the race in that Show County aside from Private Eye, a smart winner that he didn't have the turn-of-foot to go with. Second-up and suited at 1400m, he's in the mix.
Race 8 - 3:50PM HEINEKEN CHELMSFORD STAKES (1600 METRES)
4. SHARED AMBITION carried 60.5kg to victory over the Randwick mile back in February, 7.5kg more than Mount Popa who won his next two and booked a Caulfield Cup berth in the process. While this gelding isn't quite the genuine Group One galloper that he was seemingly on the path to being, he's certainly capable enough at this level, albeit this is a very open race.
13. She's Ideel was the run of the Winx Stakes, a mare that produced good closing splits and the fastest last 600m of that Group One. If there was genuine intent here, she's the one to beat, but will they just poke along now until the Metrop? Watch the betting.
2. Cascadian won the Doncaster over this track/trip in the autumn and was decent on return in the Winx Stakes. A little more cut in ground will suit if it gets to the Soft 6-7 range, but given the luck he always needs and from gate two, the sub $4 looks poison.
9. Order Again
has been racing consistently over a spaced-out campaign and is one of the very few fit runners in this line-up. Never got a good look at them last start at Kembla and he's a winning chance at a decent price ($21.00 @ bet365
Race 9 - 4:30PM ACY SECURITIES HANDICAP Tips (1200 METRES)
6. CUBAN ROYALE produced the best run in the August 21 event outside of More Prophets, a classy mare that is favourite to win a Stakes race at Wyong on Friday. Eased back and briefly held-up before letting down strongly, wide draws have proved costly for the gelding following an impressive second-up win when the blinkers were applied and he has gate three now.
13. King Of Sparta had the favours third-up, but he fully cashed in when recording a the easiest of victories at Kembla Grange. They didn't run last week and he's drawn out again? They may well just have to bite the bullet.
11. Geist ran second in that same race behind More Prophets and although the performance of Cuban Royale was better, this mare was only first-up there and is a Group placed runner remaining in a 78. She can improve.
12. Grand Rumore looked a Stakes class runner in two runs via her first Australian prep, following a brilliant Canterbury win with a luckless Hawkesbury attempt. Not sure what to do with her here, as the last lead-up trial was ordinary.
Race 10 - 5:10PM SHARP EXTENSIVE IT HANDICAP (1500 METRES)
12. NEW ARRANGEMENT didn't have a chance last start from a poor gate, but the six-year-old again performed well, recording the fastest last 600m of the August 21 event won by Atishu. He now plummets in the weights and has a massive 6kg swing on that winner, a stable mate he should've finished closer to and while she has drawn out now, this six-year-old will jump from gate two. Overs.
4. Cepheus had trialled up superbly ahead of this Australian debut where although he couldn't land the chocolates, recorded the fastest last 600m of that seven-furlong event which was ultimately a little sharp. 1500m still looks short, but he's flying.
13. Atishu won the aforementioned August 21 race over 1400m, making it a winning Australian debut and bringing up a fifth victory in a row, counting her NZ stretch. Going in the right direction, but this is a different set-up and you were getting $6 a fortnight ago.
2. Sky Lab
is a very big price ($26.00 @ Ladbrokes
) at this level for a galloper that arguably should've beaten Mo'unga Rosehill Guineas, while he did win first and second-up that prep over shorter trips, with the 1500m looking perfect fresh. Big weight, but has class.