Race 1 - 12:50PM FORUM GROUP KIRKHAM PLATE Tips (1000 METRES)
Race 1 - 12:50PM FORUM GROUP KIRKHAM PLATE Tips (1000 METRES)
All of these two-year-olds are on debut barring Total Babe who was honest for third in the Group Three Gimcrack Stakes albeit simply outclassed behind the very impressive Enthaar.
10. MURA MURA has been the sharpest at the trials when recording a slick 801m victory in 46.75 at Warwick Farm on October 9 which beat the majority of the times that morning, including many open heats and three-year-old line-ups. Her willingness to pull away late when briefly challenged was as impressive as the clock and she's bred to go early.
Godolphin are represented by three juveniles which includes 7. Camino Deal who's caught the eye with sharp work in both hit-outs. Perhaps more likely to get over a bit more ground in time but may just have the class to overcome that.
Another running in the famous royal blue is 13. Trifaccia
who was visually quite impressive at Rosehill recently albeit the time was slow and 9. Jessica Rabbit
comes from that same Mura Mura work out. She wasn't tested late and is a long price ($23 @ Unibet
) as that particular trial is the only reference to framing the favourite.
Race 2 - 1:25PM TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP Tips (1800 METRES)
It's very rare that you see recent midweek Sydney winners bob up in a Class 3 Highway two starts later which is the case with 2. PRINCE OF ARRAGON who followed that victory with a flop on the Kensington circuit on September 30.
The son of More Than Ready had excuses for that failure with a slow recovery reported post-race and now drops back to the 1800m where the blinkers have been applied. Off the city form, he has to be the one to beat here (if right) against the majority of these who are coming from country races.
Of those challengers is 9. Eva's Deal who now third-up and at 1800m, is ready to peak following a strong closing second at Coonamble when putting just over a length on 11. Cosmic Haze. Both look very well suited by the extra furlong of this Saturday's Highway.
5. Rent A Rock is the early favourite following a second placing on October 10 behind Amy's Shadow who received a perfect ride. Perhaps the prior form is a little questionable for the current odds on offer but he's certainly genuine enough to be in the mix.
Race 3 - 2:00PM AMD BRIAN CROWLEY STAKES Tips (1200 METRES)
A field of only seven have accepted for the Listed Crowley Stakes for the three-year-old's and it does look as a good a chance as 1. DESTINATION will get for a black-type victory with the Wild Ruler form from September 26 being franked strongly via the Group Three Roman Consul on October 10.
There's a fair argument to suggest that this Godolphin colt should've rolled the Snowden runner via that last start Heritage Stakes outing as he was briefly held-up in the run home and has been kept ticking over with a strong October 19 trial at Hawkesbury.
2. On The Lead has been racing since late July but had a little freshen-up following a trip to Melbourne and was the only one making any inroads behind Wild Ruler in that Roman Consul. He can launch late with a few speedsters engaged here.
I've got plenty of time for 3. The Bopper who was disappointing on face value first-up although it took a seasoned and hard fit Black Magnum to narrowly deny him. Back to his own age here and could strike as can 4. Ocean Emperor who won well fresh as a now gelding. He's got a stack of upside.
Race 4 - 2:35PM ROBRICK LODGE FILANTE HANDICAP Tips (1400 METRES)
We made 8. CRIADERAS the good thing on the Spring Champion Stakes card where despite a few nervous moments, he managed to get there over the concluding stages and is down in the weights again at 52kg with his still-low rating of 79.
With a potential Golden Eagle spot on the line, this progressive gelding will need to be little more convincing against this line-up that does have more depth overall with some proven stakes-class performers that includes stable mate 1. Ranier who brings strong form lines.
The son of Lonhro recorded a third on return behind Wild Planet (subsequent group three winner in Melbourne) and Funstar (runner-up in the Epsom Handicap following that). He has been given a decent leveller at 62kg and the October 9 trial was a little inconclusive behind a dominant Eduardo who was tuning up for The Everest.
5. Royal Celebration is yet to win from four first-up attempts which is a big knock, however, his two lead-up trials for this return have been superb while at his best, 3. Archedemus would be the one to beat here albeit his last win was in May 2019 and hasn't really threatened since then.
Race 5 - 3:15PM CLUBSNSW CITY TATTERSALLS CLUB CUP Tips (2400 METRES)
The staying feature of Saturday's Royal Randwick program is a challenging one with many of the nine struggling to win and most have already had their grand final targets where they've come up short.
1. GREY LION is the only last start winner of the field with the nine-year-old grey gelding comfortably disposing of Fun Fact last start in the Queensland Cup and has 59kg again. That Bjorn Baker-trained galloper franked that form when winning the St Leger last Saturday and off that, this veteran is as good a chance as any in this listed affair.
Although 7. Scarlet Dream has a poor strike rate, she's been in good touch this campaign minus the second-up flop but put in a much-improved response last week. She's more comfortable on the outside of her opposition, so the draw is a plus but she'll want any potential Saturday rain to stay away.
Early favourite 4. Djukon was sound third-up and is potentially the one looking to peak here with a recent trial keeping him up to the task following his second to Attorney on September 26, although he was entitled to run on there. 5. Attention Run finished last in the Group One Metropolitan but was caught on heels a few times and found trouble throughout. Her prior efforts were certainly good enough for this.
Race 6 - 3:55PM BAR 83 BONDI STAKES Tips (1600 METRES)
It does look a very even Bondi Stakes field, especially if Peltzer is vulnerable at a mile and one at huge odds that warrants respect is the superbly bred 5. NAMAZU who is arriving off a smart second-up victory at Canterbury albeit it was a Maiden.
By Medaglia d'oro and out of a Blue Diamond winner in Earthquake, this long striding three-year-old looks tailor made for the Randwick Mile and although this a steep rise in class, it's questionable to how strong this $1 million dollar field is and how many of the higher-rater's are actually searching for this trip.
9. Elizabeel is on the back-up following a third-place finish in last Saturday's Reginald Allen Quality and was a good thing licked in the process. There's more depth here but this filly is in very good touch and the mile doesn't look a problem off that last start.
The class runner of the field is clearly 1. Peltzer who bounced back off a failed Golden Rose campaign to take out the Stan Fox. There has to be some query at this trip but he's the one to gun down. Couldn't split 2. Prime Star and 3. Acrophobic who finished side by side in that Stan Fox.
Race 7 - 4:35PM DAILY PRESS NIVISON Tips (1200 METRES)
The Snowden-trained 4. JEN RULES arrives here third-up off a pair of group two placing's which included a runner-up behind Haut Brion Her fresh and with that mare being very competitive in The Everest last Saturday, that's certainly good enough form to be taking out this contest.
Although honest last start in the Golden Pendant, the 1400m appears as a slight stretch for this daughter of Redoute's Choice and now back to six furlongs where she can sprint hard late with 54kg, there's enough to like at the each-way odds on offer in a very winnable race.
It'd be some training performance to succeed with 1. Positive Peace in dropping from the mile to 1200m. She was projected to peak last start in the Group Three Angst Stakes where there were genuine excuses for the failure with the tongue going over the bit. A tongue tie now goes on and she warrants respect on class despite the unconventional placement.
8. Athiri has more than made up for the horror second-up watch having being completely blessed in her last two victories. She meets 9. Asharani a little worse at the weights following that October 3 win and the Lees runner has won two from three second-up.
Race 8 - 5:10PM SOUTHERN CROSS HANDICAP Tips (1200 METRES)
It's well and truly D-day on Saturday for 5. HILO who has been knocking on the door in both efforts the preparation and has a key gear change with the blinkers now going back on which provided the desired result the first time they were applied prior to his second start.
He recorded a race fastest last 600m of 33.37 when set an impossible task on October 3 and narrowly missed on the line after rattling home from the rear. This isn't a bad field by any means but the son of Lonhro is expected to peak now.
The biggest threat could very well loom in the form of stable mate 6. Pandemic who was fair on resumption for third and the runner-up California Zimbol has franked that form by winning at Caulfield last Saturday. He'll be spotting them a start from a wide gate but look for him late now stepping to 1200m which should suit.
12. Superium is getting very costly but did return fairly and has the ability. He'll need the rain to stay away though, whilst we should respect the very underrated 1. Inanup who generally comes to hand early in his campaigns and was superb in the winter prior to tackling a group three.
Race 9 - 5:50PM SHARP EIT HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
The potential was on show early days with 3. FORTRESS COMMAND who placed at group three level prior to a fourth-place finish in the 2019 Champagne Stakes behind multiple group-one winners Castelvecchio and Loving Gaby in a group one where he beat home some very handy types in the process.
Following an uncompetitive autumn, the son of Sebring was gelded and returned with a half-length victory on October 7. He's drawn tricky but stays in the same grade, only goes up one kilo and might just be the most progressive galloper in this field.
The honest 12. Petronius meets Fortress Command better at the weights from that last start contest and now the blinkers have been applied to this four-year-old. Although he's no star, this race is well within his grasp and he's always thereabouts.
Concede a winning chance to 11. Icebath who is well back in grade although she has been very costly this spring in similar company whilst 2. Vegas Jewel drops from 2000m to 1600m, which is often a good recipe for a fit Waller runner. She's had chances of late but has been very competitive in the process and draws for a soft run from gate three.
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