Randwick Blackbookers From Saturday October 12
Alex Marsh has reviewed the Spring Champion day meeting from Royal Randwick with the runners to follow going forward.
Glen Boss riding Nettoyer wins race 6 at Royal Randwick Racecourse on October 12, 2019 (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Randwick Review From Saturday, October 12
In the main event, Shadow Hero reaffirmed his favorite tag for the Victoria Derby with a one length victory in the Group One Spring Champion Stakes.
He was one of six favorites to salute on this nine race card which included The Inevitable stretching his unbeaten run this preparation to three when taking out the $500,000 Silver Eagle and in doing so, comes further into calculations for the $7.5 million Golden Eagle on November 2.
Randwick Race 3 - Sure Knee
From the same family as Northern Meteor (her grandams half brother) is this four-year-old who races in the famous all cerise colours of Ingham Racing.
Resuming here off just the one quiet trial leading in, she was shuffled back a shade further than anticipated from barrier one after You Make Me Smile upped the ante in front which initially left her flat-footed at the 400m.
She was able to eventually respond in the last 100m when making up several lengths late under Glyn Schofield in a decent performance to bounce off for her spring campaign.
With two close runner-up efforts behind Princess Jenni and Fidelia, she proved her stakes class credentials in the autumn and the Chris Waller stable will be aiming towards a black-type victory this time in.
Likely Target: Has a Golden Eagle nomination but will be better placed in Melbourne now and aimed towards a few nice mares events over the spring.
Randwick Race 6 - Amangiri
Favorite backers including yours truly, have likely gone a start early second-up here, but I'm prepared to give this mare by All Too Hard another chance.
She just needed the run fresh on September 28 which was hardly surprising coming in off just the one trial before attacking the mile here second-up and feeling the pinch in the last furlong.
It's worth noting she still had three lengths on fourth in the finish and was comfortably the best of the one-pacers, the rest of which were soundly beaten.
Can stay at this trip and now she has a few runs under her belt, will be about ready to peak at her next outing.
Likely Target: Another mare with a Golden Eagle nomination but will be better placed in Melbourne with a mile group three event for mares at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day an option.
Randwick Race 9 - Poised To Strike
Potentially more speculative than the first two candidates given his finishing position towards the rear, however it appears as simple as just forgiving the first-up performance of this Lindsay Park galloper.
Fresh into a benchmark 78 after some promising signs over a long second racing preparation, he was tracking the leaders nicely in the run before being put into a pocket at the 300m by the favourite Traumatised when looking to make his move.
That effectively ended any chance he had and the end margin was compounded further given he was stuck behind the same horse in the last 200m which was going nowhere.
He's one that may open at a generous price next time around and has a low rating, so he can continue to be well placed for now.
Likely Target: There's a 1200m race at Randwick on October 26 in the same grade which seems the logical move.
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