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Randwick Betting Tips for April 13, 2024 - Race-By-Race preview for The Championships - Day Two

Last updated: 11 Apr 2024
Alex Marsh 11 Apr 2024
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  • Get our tips and best bets for the Randwick Races in Sydney
  • Four Group 1's will be run on day two of The Championships this Saturday
  • The track is currently a Soft 6, but upgrades are likely
  • Our race-by-race preview for April 13 is included below
Randwick Tips - April 13
The Queen Elizabeth Stakes is one of the majors run on Day Two of The Championships. (Getty)

Four Group 1's will be run on the second day of The Championships, with a strong support card also assembled for Saturday's Randwick meeting and that includes three $1 milion dollar races ahead of the main features.
  • Randwick Tips April 13
  • Race 1 - 11:45AM Jericho Capital Fernhill Mile Tips (1600m)
  • Race 2 - 12:20PM Bisley Workwear South Pacific Classic Tips (1400m)
  • Race 3 - 12:55PM Polytrack Provincial-Midway Final Tips (1400m)
  • Race 4 - 1:30PM TAB Percy Sykes Stakes Tips (1200m)
  • Race 5 - 2:05PM Arrowfield 3yo Sprint Tips (1200m)
  • Race 6 - 2:40PM The Star Australian Oaks Tips (2400m)
  • Race 7 - 3:15PM Schweppes Sydney Cup Tips (3200m)
  • Race 8 - 3:55PM Queen Elizabeth Stakes Tips (2000m)
  • Race 9 - 4:35PM Grainshaker Vodka Queen Of The Turf Tips (1600m)
  • Race 10 - 5:10PM Cincotta Chemist Sapphire Stakes Tips (1200m)
  • Randwick Quaddie Tips:

Our preview for all ten races on April 13 can be found below.

Randwick Tips April 13

Race 1 - 11:45AM Jericho Capital Fernhill Mile Tips (1600m)

Best: 7. Rasp. The Fernhill Stakes can be a good launching pad for young middle distance/staying types, with Converge, Prized Icon, Dear Demi and Gallant Tess among the past winners.

Tom Kitten won this last year for Godolphin and they have a decent hand for the 2024 edition, with Broadsiding the fav, a colt who brings an obvious form line through Linebacker.

You can tie Broadsiding and Just Party in with Rasp, a stablemate to the market elect who was strong late in a fast-run Wyong affair and he should be suited up to 1600m off that performance.
Value: 9. Powers Of Opal. John Sargent often gives his young stayers a look in these 1600m stakes races as two-year-old's, so it's no surprise to see this filly here off a solid debut run.

Powers Of Opal started at huge odds in that Warwick Farm maiden, where she found a position after being hunted up and she held her ground, but lacked a turn-of-foot over 1300m.

She's well bred, being by Ocean Park and out of the Group 1 placed Strada Cavallo and suited up to 1600m from a low draw, she can be competitive here at a big price.

Race 2 - 12:20PM Bisley Workwear South Pacific Classic Tips (1400m)

Best: 7. Port Lockroy. Tricky rice with many differing form lines, although I think Port Lockroy is one of the more progressive three-year-olds of this field and he arrives second-up.

The Annabel Neasham-trained colt was terrific in defeat as a well backed fav in the Canberra Guineas, where he covered ground throughout and he was only rolled late there.

He's drawn wide again, however, outside of Kaizad, there's not a whole lot of early speed here and with a run under his belt, they might push the button earlier and roll forward.

Value: 15. Waverley. He showed potential in his first campaign early last year, which included a third over 1100m on debut and that initial campaign culminated with a placing at Group 3 level.

Following a frustrating second prep, Waverley now returns as a gelding and straight to 1350m first-up should suit off two good lead-up trials, and he won the latest of those.

Connections opted against contesting a Super Maiden on Thursday, where he looked awfully hard to beat in that 60K affair, so there must be some confidence ahead of this return.

Race 3 - 12:55PM Polytrack Provincial-Midway Final Tips (1400m)

Best: 1. Tavi Time. The market has this spot on, with the two favs in Tavi Time and Territory Express seemingly the obvious here, and both gallopers are very progressive.

Tavi Time was a shorter price in the futures market for this Provincial Final leading up to a second-up run at Rosehill and became unbalanced at a key stage there behind and all-the-way winner.

It's worth noting that he didn't have to win that and with Kris Lees having prepared five of the nine winners of this race (including the last three), he would have been set to peak here.

Value: 7. Short Shorts. She'd be a lot shorter in many other prior editions of this Provincial Final, with 2024 seeing the strongest field ever assembled for of this event.

Short Shorts is a dynamite fresh mare and she qualified in a first-up victory in the Hawkesbury heat, and while unsuited back to 1200m second-up, she wasn't disgraced in that Group 3.

Chain Of Lightning franked that form with a Group 1 win last week and now suited back out to seven furlongs, she can roll along on the speed and give a good sight.

Race 4 - 1:30PM TAB Percy Sykes Stakes Tips (1200m)

Best: 1. Lady Of Camelot. You don't often see Golden Slipper winners head to the Percy Sykes, with Lady Of Camelot scratched from last Saturday's Inglis Sires' due to a heavy track.

That may be a blessing in disguise for a horse that would have been tested at 1400m there and this is good prizemoney for two-year-old fillies race at the back-end of the carnival.

She does draw her out with the two other main speed influences, so she should be able to cross quite comfortably under Blake Shinn and she's the obvious on top selection here.

Value: 10. Devine Force. She was one of the leading Brisbane juveniles pre-Christmas, with back-to-back wins recorded over October/November and she showed versatility in that first prep.

After an eye-catching debut victory when ridden colder from a wide draw, Devine Force was then put on the speed when leading throughout over the Eagle Farm 1000m.

The Chris Munce-trained two-year-old was well held fresh, albeit she got home quite well in what looked another trial and Robbie Dolan does have options here from barrier three.

Race 5 - 2:05PM Arrowfield 3yo Sprint Tips (1200m)

Best: 6. Schwarz. To the eye, Schwarz had every chance when resuming in the Darby Munro, however, his parade suggested that he would need the fresh hit-out and a market drift supported that.

His fitness just gave out late in that event, which was taken out by a hard-fit winner and while he might be more effective a little further in time, he'll strip fitter from that return.

He'll do no work in the run from an inside draw under J-Mac, whereas the other on-speed runners are drawn out and with improvement to come second-up, he gets another chance.
Value: 4. Corniche. I think Schwartz is the more talented horse, however, Corniche has to be included at a much longer quote if going off the Darby Munro lead-up.

The Godolphin colt finished alongside the second mark elect in that March 3 event and that run followed a runner-up finish fresh when beaten half a length at Randwick.

A three-year old who missed most of the spring, Corniche held form deep into his first prep, which included a win over this track/trip and he beat the subsequent Golden Slipper winner there.

Race 6 - 2:40PM The Star Australian Oaks Tips (2400m)

Best: 1. Orchestral. Coming back to 2000m after a New Zealand Derby romp on March 2, it was a strong performance under those circumstances and she recorded the fastest last 200m of the Vinery Stud Stakes.

Zardozi is open to improvement, especially if it's a slowly run affair which she relished in the VRC Oaks, but it's hard to see her turning the tables on Orchestral from that lead-up.

New Zealand-based horses have won four of the last 10 editions of the Australian Oaks and with a perfect draw in three, J-Mac is in the box-seat to land a third win in this feature.

Next Best: 5. Autumn Angel. The Victorian was set take her place in the Vinery Stud Stakes, however, she was scratched from that Group 1, with vets ruling her out 40 minutes from the race.

Autumn Angel had knocked herself during her trip to Sydney, but it was clearly a minor incident, as the three-year-old took her place in last Saturday's Adrian Knox Stakes.

It was a brave performance from Autumn Angel, with the filly giving 8kg to the eventual winner and that performance should top her off nicely for Saturday's 2400m attempt.

Value: 7. Dances With Hooves. Raw ratings and overall form suggest that she's got too big of a task, however, Dances With Hooves is a real line finder and she's improving with racing.

Dances With Hooves handled the rise to provincial level last time out when saluting at Newcastle and some of the form reads okay through the second and third placegetters there.

There's a reasonable tail to this field outside of the obvious market elects, however, this filly hasn't done much wrong and she's worth including for those playing the longer exotics.

Race 7 - 3:15PM Schweppes Sydney Cup Tips (3200m)

Best: 10. Athabascan. This John O-Shea-trained import was gelded after failing to finish in last year's Chairman's Quality and as far as 2400m+ runs go, his form since then has been very consistent.

With the Sydney Cup being the target this campaign, Athabascan has been ticking over well in three autumn outings, which included a last start fourth in the Group 1 Tancred Stakes.

After carrying 59kg at WFA level, he's much better placed here back to handicap conditions with 52kg and under an-form Tyler Schiller, I think he only runs well at an each-way quote.

Next Best: 12. Circle Of Fire. Ciaron Maher has prepared two of the last four Sydney Cup winners and while the ceiling is unknown with this entire, he's more talented than Explosive Jack and Etah James.

Circle Of Fire is now out to two miles for the first time after prevailing in last Saturday's Chairman's Quality and he was travelling like the winner a long way out in that 2600m affair.

The Chairman's has been a good reference in recent years, with The Offer, Grand Marshal, Shraaoh, Selino and Knight’s Order all having won the Sydney Cup after contesting that lead-up.

Value: 11. Manzoice. The 2022 Victoria Derby winner hasn't saluted since taking out that Flemington feature, however, there has been encouraging signs since the blinkers were applied earlier this prep.

A galloper who has effectively shown nothing since that Derby triumph, Manzoice has been much more competitive over his last three showings, which includes a last start second.

He was no match for Post Impressionist in the Manion Cup, however, it looks as though Chris Waller has him back on track and the gelding looks ready to eat up two miles now.

Race 8 - 3:55PM Queen Elizabeth Stakes Tips (2000m)

Best: 8. Via Sistina. She landed big bets on Australian debut in the Ranvet Stakes, where the daughter of Fastnet Rock came from the rear in a slowly run affair (fastest last 400m of the entire card).

This is a very different set-up in both tempo and a deeper field, but she has shown that change up speed off stronger speeds in Europe and they didn't want a gut buster first-up.

Arriving here three weeks between runs would've allowed Chris Waller to put a few more searching gallops into Via Sistina, with the Queen Elizabeth Stakes being her target for the prep.
Next Best: 2. Cascadian. The Godolphin veteran defended his Australian Cup crown last start and while it was only a narrow win, he beat Pride Of Jenni fair and square, yet he's double her quote here?

Coming back to Randwick and softer ground is also in his favour vs the All-Star Mile winner, with Cascadian a five-time winner on this circuit and he's also effective on all surfaces.

Ben Melham travels north for this engagement and he's built up a decent rapport with the nine-year-old, with two wins (both Group 1's) and two placings from five rides on Cascadian.

Value: 5. Kovalica. Although a tilt Golden Eagle tilt can't be sneezed at given the prize money available for a four-year-old, Kovalica has still been poorly placed since his Queensland Derby triumph.

He hasn't been disgraced in his three performances this prep, with the gelding working home on the worst part of the track when contesting the George Ryder second-up.

The four-year-old was looking for 2000m in the Doncaster Mile and while this is a massive test at WFA level, Kovalica jumping out of the ground over this trip wouldn't shock.

Race 9 - 4:35PM Grainshaker Vodka Queen Of The Turf Tips (1600m)

Best: 1. Atishu. Connections have made right decision to scratch from the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, with the Chris Waller-trained mare looking to defend her Queen Of The Turf title.

While she was a proven Group performer going into last year's edition, Atishu went to a new level in that run and she's arguably improved since then (won the Champions Stakes).

I felt her tiring third in the Australian Cup was a combination of a 28 day gap and Pride Of Jenni taking away her turn-of-foot late over 2000m, but I like that platform for this race.

Next Best: 6. Olentia. After winning five or her first six starts, Olentia has been about as reliable as an ashtray on a motorbike, however, she rediscovered her brilliance last time.

The daughter of Zoustar was backing up seven days after a plain run on Golden Slipper Day, but she was five weeks between runs in that second-up performance (setback?).

Olentia looked a completely different animal a week later when bolting in with the Emancipation Stakes and she ran the fastest last 600m/400m and 200m of the March 30 program.

Value: 7. Eternal Flame. This is clearly harder than what she's been contesting in Melbourne, but the four-year-old is progressing nicely and Queen Of The Turf Stakes well worth a shot at the stumps.

Eternal Flame arrives off back-to-back Group wins, which followed two races where she was unsuited and while deep into her prep, they haven't got to the bottom of her yet.

Damian Lane has a good association with Eternal Flame, with the gun hoop unbeaten from two rides on the Michael Kent-trained mare and a drying track is also in their favour.

Race 10 - 5:10PM Cincotta Chemist Sapphire Stakes Tips (1200m)

Best: 1. Red Card. The four-year-old proved her 1200m credentials with a big Listed win last winter, so there's not many worries at the trip despite most of her form being over shorter.

The honest Godolphin sprinter has been very well placed by James Cummings and she bounced back after a spring which tapered away late, with two wins from two starts this time in.

She's being kept on the fresh side for this, with a tick-over trial completed and if she can take out another very winnable race, then maybe a Sangster/Goodwood is on the cards in Adelaide.
Value: 8. Dalchini. The daughter of Flying Artie is still a Class 1 eligible, but she has a high rating due to a few Group placings and in these mares races, she's often thereabouts.

I suspect that she'll be aimed towards the Hawkesbury Crown in three weeks, a race that Dalchini arguably should have won last year and she was then sharp early in her work via the spring.

She ran a cracker on return over this track/trip before placing behind Magic Time and Parisal, so she's certainly capable enough and another top three/four finish here wouldn't surprise.

Randwick Quaddie Tips:

Race 7: 2,3,5,6,7,9,10,11,12
Race 8: 2,5,8
Race 9: 1,2,4,6,7,9,10,14,15,16
Race 10: 1

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Our best & value bets for Day Two of The Championships are:

Best Bet1: Red Card To Win @9/5 at betfair - 4 Units
Best Bet2: Via Sistina To Win @7/5 at betfair - 3 Units
Best Bet3: Atishu To Win @4/1 at Ladbrokes Australia - 2 Units
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