Race 1 - 12:55PM THE AGENCY REAL ESTATE HANDICAP Tips (1100 METRES)
7. REMARQUE. Rock bottom odds now for this superbly-bred debutant (full brother to the 2018 Golden Slipper winner Estijaab) but he's been hard to miss in two trial wins when firstly beating a handy Ranch Hand (bolted in on debut) before rounding them up with ease on January 4 at Rosehill.
He has drawn barrier 11, so not sure what Tommy Berry does early on what is perhaps the most interesting runner on the card.
1. Arthur Francis (scratched). Is creeping under the guard with the hype around the favourite but did run a similar overall time to Remarque via his latest hit-out. A full brother to a stakes-winner in Fox Hall, this colt has quickened nicely in both public outings and looked quite professional each time.
11. Zethus. This Godolphin two-year-old has caught the eye late in both trials which includes his last heat behind the favourite Remarque. A full brother to a dual stakes-winning juvenile in Calliope, he looks likely to settle back and run home off the work we've see of him so far.
5. Gulf Of Saros. A superbly bred full brother to Sweet Idea (Group One winner) and Showtime (dual Group Two winner) and hard to knock his two trials, where he was looked after in his most recent showing. The blinkers have been applied from that.
Race 2 - 1:30PM SKY RACING ACTIVE HANDICAP (1100 METRES)
7. THE BOPPER. Beaten fair and square as a short favourite on his spring return then had every favour following that when taking out the Listed Brian Crowley comfortably from Tommy Gold (placed over Melbourne Cup week) and On The Lead (runner-up to the Group One placed Wild Ruler the start prior).
Very short for this resumption in a handy field, but I'd be surprised if he wasn't the best galloper from this event in time.
5. Lashes. Getting costly but had worked well prior to her Randwick return where from a wide gate, simply had too much to do when spotting them a big start. Has since won a trial by a big space and although up in grade, is down in the weights and from a soft draw, can improve.
7. Tailleur. Beat-up on moderate opposition in the winter and although was defeated as a short favourite on return, did run into a handy one in Snapdancer. Has since won a trial under the firmest of grips on January 4 and does strip fitter, but may just be a wet tracker? We'll get a better gauge after this.
4. Cristal Breeze.
Didn't finish outside the top three via four runs in his first Australian campaign which included two wins. 1100m is probably a little slick (blinkers off, so perhaps looking to get over further this prep?) but he is honest and long odds ($27.00 @ Sportsbet
) for a galloper that hasn't done much wrong.
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Race 3 - 2:05PM TAB HIGHWAY CLASS 3 HANDICAP Tips (1500 METRES)
11. VELARO. A very open Highway but at the double figure quote, we'll go each-way with this lightly raced gelding. Following the blowout effort fresh off a long lay-off, the son of Bullet Train finished off nicely behind the in-form Allez Rev on a heavy track and endured an interrupted passage home via his latest outing on January 3.
From a good draw and carrying just 51.5kg after the claim, he's in the mix.
2. Rockarosa. Is arguably the safest option here and they scratched from Thursday's Moruya Cup for this much easier contest. She wasn't far away at Wagga second-up and although has the 60kg to carry, should get a soft run-in transit under Jay Ford for what's a suitable step up in trip.
7. Mother's Mercy. Tasted her first defeat at start four via the Kensington meeting on January 2 where she didn't let down as favourite on a Heavy track. Will need luck from the gate but back on firmer footing on Saturday, this four-year-old can bounce back.
5. Banger. Should be nearing his top with now four runs this campaign and made some inroads last week over the 1200m. Another that's likely to get back but is performing as if the 1500m will suit and this is the most suitable race he's seen in some time.
Race 4 - 2:40PM PRECISE AIR HANDICAP Tips (2000 METRES)
5. HARPO MARX. Loomed like the winner via his latest effort on January 2 but just didn't quite let down late on a Heavy 9 surface in what was a bid for a winning hat-trick. Barrier two and the small field bring some queries given his racing pattern that has been on display, but is going a little better than this lot at present and back to 2000m is no major knock.
Tough race but he's the deserving favourite.
1. Vadiyann. Is the one I'd most respect any money for as on ability, he's the best galloper in this field and by a distance, but is yet to fire a shot this campaign. Up in the weights but well back in grade and the blinkers now go on. It's d-day here if it hasn't already come and gone.
6. Merlinite. Arguably should've won second-up at 1900m then just plugged away for fourth following that on New Year's Day. Down in the weights and back on a good surface, she can bounce back albeit is getting costly.
2. Criminal Code. Has been consistent throughout this first campaign for Waller and while not disgraced, was one-paced late last Saturday (maybe had enough for the preparation?). Has opened short, so the betting late will be interesting.
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Race 5 - 3:15PM SCHWEPPES HANDICAP Tips (1200 METRES)
10. COUNT DE RUPEE. No confidence in the race but concede that this three-year-old has the most upside amongst this lot. A progressive son of Real Impact, he was dominant fresh prior to contesting the 3yo & 4yo Wyong Magic Millions, where he was ordinary but the chasing effort on January 2 suggested he may have turned it around.
Down in the weights and from a low draw, they can be more positive early.
6. He's A Hotshot. No world beater but a consistent off-season galloper who following a third-up victory, didn't run out the 1400m at Randwick prior to a sound effort behind the handy All Time Legend. On what's likely a firmer surface here, he's a leading chance.
7. Monte Ditto. Arguably a better run that He's A Shotshot in that same December 26 affair when attempting a long and wide run from the rear, but ultimately had too much to do and won the start prior when finding the fast lane. Jason Collett jumps back on this Saturday.
2. Starspangled Rodeo. Won first-up with 62.5kg last time in before finding two heavy tracks and was tipped out following a complete flop in June. Has trialled well twice in the lead-up to this (the last a testing heat in good time) but just not sure where he lands from barrier nine.
Race 6 - 3:55PM TAB HANDICAP Tips (1500 METRES)
8. OSCAR ZULU (scratched). A superbly bred gelding by Epaulette and out of a half-sister to Tiger Tess, Terravista and Ball Of Muscle, he landed good bets ($11-$7) first-up on December 5 and was a month between runs when third in the Group Three Vo Rogue Plate when making some headway late albeit was safely held.
Just missed out on a Magic Millions 3YO Guineas berth as the last emergency, but this a nice consolation target.
Big price ($15.00 @ betstar
), especially given he looks the likely leader with the scratching of Ellsberg and simply didn't handle the heavy tracks at the end of his last campaign. Just shaded Starspangled Rodeo in that January 4 trial when wound up late in a hit-out that should've brought him on.
1. Monegal. Was a little on the flat side second-up following a fresh victory when storming home late at a big price. A little outclassed last start in the Belle Of The Turf but got home okay and this is a nice drop in grade. Look for her late if they overdo it early.
5. Zoffany's Lad. Fair on resumption when holding his ground late and generally improves off that fresh run. Expect them to land closer this time around and potentially even box-seat early from gate one.
Race 7 - 4:35PM RANVET HANDICAP Tips (1300 METRES)
7. BAZOOKA. One win from 10 starts isn't flash but happy to put that down to the company this gelding has been racing against, rather than a lack of will. He spent his last campaign against the likes of Montefilia (who he beat), North Pacific, Holyfield and Mo'unga, all high-class animals and the return against the smart Forbidden Love was fine.
Finally, they find a winnable race and is each-way odds over a suitable 1300m second-up.
8. Shaik. Had no favours first-up and with a tick over trial, got the win she deserved at Warwick Farm on December 23. The form out of that race is a concern (next three across the line all well beaten at their next starts) but this filly has the scope to improve in what isn't a strong affair.
6. Blaze A Trail. There was clearly an opinion of him early and with a stable change, the sights were lowered last winter to win both a Maiden and Class 1 at the Provincials in easy fashion. Responded to some riding when letting down well to win his latest trial, so is seemingly ready.
12. Tycoonist. Not sure what to make of this three-year-old after a Maiden win that rated superbly for the November 27 card from Canterbury then never let down on a Heavy track. Can improve with firmer footing although the form was patchy over his prior two preparations.
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Race 8 - 5:20PM IRON JACK HANDICAP Tip (1100 METRES)
11. BRAZEN GEM. This race is a near dartboard job but concede a chance to this mare at a double figure price. Was vulnerable late first-up when grabbed late before settling back on a leader-biased track and was three-wide the trip off a good speed when fourth on December 26 in a similar event to this.
Settled further back than anticipated in her latest attempt, but with a cleaner jump and cover, she has claims.
6. Never Talk. With five wins from six starts, this three-year-old with a big and booming finish is hard to knock. Handles any conditions and let down strongly to prevail first-up. Up in the weights now and looks likely to get back, but she has upside and can win again.
1. Dunbrody Power (scratched). Did the job for us in an emphatic win as our Value Bet on the Boxing Day program from Randwick and this isn't any harder. Given she does like the speed on and getting to the outside of opposition, is perhaps better suited to a wider draw.
9. Sally's Day. Always tends to be well found in the early markets and that's no exception here. Likely heads back from barrier 10 and has had her chances of late, but is still only third-up and with any improvement, should be thereabouts again.
Race 9 - 6:00PM ROSEHILL BOWLING CLUB HANDICAP Tips (1350 METRES)
8. PRIVATE EYE. Looks a race of two but on the search for five consecutive victories, this gelding from the Joe Pride yard gets the nod. The late betting has been against him each time this preparation, but he's been nothing short of terrific and has that instant turn of acceleration, where he can make up lengths at key stages from seemingly nowhere.
Although I'm a little surprised they didn't go to the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas, this is clearly a much easier assignment.
5. Smart Image. Wary of this three-year-old who although was quite lucky to make it back-to-back wins last campaign, has had excuses in two defeats since then when not handling heavy tracks. Won a weak race fresh prior to that but did it well and on firmer footing here third-up with the blinkers on, he'll have his fair share of admirers.
6. Starla. Appeared to be a good thing licked first-up but with just three victories from 23 starts, the lack of fondness for the winning post has been prevalent over her career. Finally getting her to 1350m is a plus and she's a top three chance again.
2. Maddi Rocks (scratched).
Felt the second-up performance was a little better than it perhaps first looked and this rise in trip looks ideal now. Drops 4kg off that run and with a little more improvement, can fill a hole here at a long quote ($23.00 @ Sportsbet
) in a field with a decent tail to it.
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