Nights on Fire is back off a freshen up here since the Goulburn Country Championships qualifier where she was very gallant in defeat behind Lofty’s Menu. She’s back in grade off that run and her run at Rosehill behind La Bella Rouge and Angus Rock in a similar race as this puts her right in it.
Circle Game gets into this race with only 53kg and gets the services of Brenton Avdulla. She was very good in her first preparation and her last run when beaten by five lengths by Alaskan Rose reads well for this. She resumes with no trial, but trainer Matthew Dale has proven to be the king of these Highway races and it would be no shock to see her springboard off her first preparation and figure here.
La Bella Rouge was well beaten in both Goulburn and Muswellbrook Country Championships Qualifiers. She is a horse that needs things to go her way and would be hoping for a drier surface.
Therese has really good wet track form and should rock hard after two runs back from a spell. She’s coming off a dominant last start win at the Sapphire Coast and it would not be a shock to see her figuring here.
Selections: No2 NIGHTS ON FIRE, No13 Circle Game, No4 La Bella Rouge, No10 Therese Value Runner: No10 Therese
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Race 2 12:40pm E-Group Security Sprint 1200m
Santa Ana Lane was fantastic last week behind Handfast and it is a big bonus that Hugh Bowman stays aboard. The weight of 60.5 should not be a worry as he is a big strapping horse. As long as he is in a rhythm and comfortable he will be in this race for a long way.
Rock Forthe Ladies joins the Bjorn Baker yard and his form this preparation in Melbourne has been quite good. He ran into a good one last start and his last two runs in NSW were for two wins before winning on Manikato night in Melbourne.
Lucky Can Be was fantastic on Slipper day when running on late on the wrong part in the track. She missed a run last week due to being an emergency and this looks to be a suitable backup race for her.
Ammirata took all before her last prep which ended in a Group 3 win. She has very good stats when fresh and at the distance and was tuned up for this with a nice trial a fortnight ago. Barrier one is a slight concern, however, on her form and how she’s placed here it’s hard to knock her.
Selections: No3 SANTA ANA LANE, No2 Rock Forthe Ladies, No7 Lucky Can Be, No4 Ammirata Value Runner: No2 Rock Forthe Ladies
Race 3 1:15pm TJS Frank Packer Plate 2000m
Old North would have been competitive in a Derby if Godolphin decided to run him there. He has more ability and upside than this lot and was a dominant winner of the Tulloch last start. A similar performance would win this race.
He’s Our Rokkii smashed them in the Carbine Club two weeks ago and meets a similar sort of field here. He steps up to 2000m for the first time, but the way he ran through the line last start showed that he was ready.
Manhattan Son can blow them away here at a big quote. He was only four lengths off Old North in the Tulloch and should have finished a lot closer than that. With even luck from the gate, it would not be a surprised to see a bold showing here.
Asinara comes back from G1 level, but comes up against the boys. She has been beaten at short quotes at all runs, but she has a lot of ability and that run at 2000 on her last start gives her a good grounding.
Selections: No1 OLD NORTH, No3 He’s Our Rokkii, No8 Manhattan Son, No9 Asinara Value Runner: No8 Manhattan Son
Race 4 1:50pm KARI J H B Carr Stakes 1400m
Pearls can be only suited by the wet track here and the step up to 1400m. Last spring she was a dominant winner of the Light Fingers in similar conditions. The form around her this time is some of the best for fillies and mares this autumn (Azkadellia / Peeping).
Tap This is one who can make the step up to this grade here second up. She took her time in winning a second race, but her run behind Metallic Crown last preparation at the track and distance shows that she is up to this level.
Lady Sniper was just too close in the run on last start after previously winning the Gosford Guineas. Her best wins have been when she has sat off the speed and demonstrate her turn of foot. The step up to 1400m suits and form around Ghisoni and Takedown in recent runs should be good enough.
Heartlings off a freshen up wouldn’t surprise here if she goes well. First up this prep she was fantastic when winning over 1400m at Warwick Farm. The wet track at Randwick also enhances her chances.
Selections: No1 PEARLS, No10 Tap This, No4 Lady Sniper, No9 Heartlings Value Runner: No10 Tap This
Race 5 2:30pm Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes 1600m
Yankee Rose should win this if she is over her hoof issue leading in. She was a dominant winner in the Sires and was great in the Slipper first up. If she isn’t feeling her hoof it should be a space job and deliver Jason Collett his first Group 1 win.
Prized Icon on the backup looks the likely winner if Yankee Rose can’t overcome her injury. Last week, over 1600m, he showed that he could run out strong over that distance.
El Sicario has been quite good in two career runs thus far in New Zealand. He handles wet going and New Zealand racers cannot be underestimated after taking two Group 1 races in the last two weeks.
Faraway Town wants more rain to come as she was a winner in her preparation on a heavy 9. She has always looked as if a mile would suit her and gets that for the first time.
Selections: No9 YANKEE ROSE, No1 Prized Icon, No4 El Sicario, No10 Faraway Town
Value Selection: No10 Faraway Town
Race 6 3:05pm Hall Mark Stakes 1200m
Music Magnate has been trailing the house down leading into this and looks to be on a Stradbroke path. His form last time in now looks amazing. Placings behind Peeping and Good Project (since Group 1 winners) and Fell Swoop (placed in 3x Group 1 races) put him well in a race like this and he will be hard to beat.
Artlee is a forgotten horse. This time last year he was a dominant winner of the Country Championships and then the Luskin Star at Scone. His first up run at Randwick in October last year was great before what was a horror show at Flemington on Derby day. Two strong trials have him ready for this.
Bachman gets a chance to win a race. He had no luck first up behind Alberto Magic and he may have felt the track second up as he had his head to the side. He gets he blinkers back on to switch him on and if he gets clear running he will be hard to hold out.
Target In Sight was fantastic first up behind Malaguerra and that form is good enough for this. He is adept in all conditions and Hugh Bowman has a great affinity with him.
Selections: No11 MUSIC MAGNATE, No8 Artlee, No4 Bachman, No3 Target In Sight Value Selection: No8 Artlee
Malaguerra can show us that he is an elite talent. He has been going about his business through the grades as easy as you’d like and running some amazing times. His win last start showed his versatility as he was held up hopelessly and still sprinted when the gap presented for what was a soft win. This is a big step up in grade to WFA Group 1 level but he is well up to it.
Press Statement has had this race targeted all preparation, hence the four weeks between runs since the George Ryder behind Winx. The drop back to 1400m suits him and his sire, Hinchinbrook, ran second behind Hay List on a big track in this race five years ago. Press Statement himself is proven in the going.
Kermadec has been bleeding from the mouth in the mounting yard in his last two runs and it could be a reason behind his Doncaster flop. He is better suited back to the 1400m and the soft conditions are in his favour.
Goldstream could be a blowout first up in Australia. He has had two trials leading in which have been quite good. It might be worth taking a line through his run behind Highland Reel in America and if Kris Less has got some sprint in his legs, he could cause a surprise.
Havana Cooler was fantastic when fresh and has had three weeks between runs. Stepping up to 2000m also suits him here. His run behind Magic Hurricane in the Metropolitan during the spring shows his class and he is the one to beat.
Hawkspur probably produced a career best first up performance behind Havana Cooler in the Doncaster Prelude. He has a good second up record and Chris Waller has given him a trial between runs here. Although he is yet to win over 2000m, he has had wins between 1600m and 2400m and he gets a chance to get back into the winner’s stall.
Guardini just missed behind Leebaz in the Easter Cup and he has form around the United States which has held up well over the carnival. Barrier 17 is a big negative from the 2000m start, but he has the services of Hugh Bowman and should be fit enough to run out a strong 2000m on a testing track.
Sadler’s Lake has had a trial in between runs and probably wasn’t suited by leading last start at Rosehill. He is a winner over 2000m and has good soft track credentials.
Selections: No4 HAVANA COOLER, No7 Hawkspur, No3 Guardini, No11 Sadler’s Lake Value Selection: No7 Hawkspur
Race 9 5:05pm Tab Rewards Royal Randwick 100 1400m
Tales of Grimm first up for Chris Waller could cause a surprise. He has a great first up record and has had two trials to tune up for this. He was a winner of a Scone Cup this time last year before being a runner up in a Hawkesbury Cup. His form is good enough for this.
Mighty Lucky always seem to slip under the radar of punters. He was a winner of the Festival last preparation before running fifth to Happy Clapper in the Villiers. Soft conditions suit and he is starting out at 1400m rather than 1200m and he has had two trials to tune up for this.
Nancy is always well found by the market and has been yet again here. She is a talent but seems to start under the odds most days. She does get a race which suits, though, and is likely to find the best going in the straight. With clear running, she will be thereabouts.
Snippets Land gets Hugh Bowman on board second up here and is a winner on a soft track. His run behind Havana Cooler first up was good enough for a race such as this.
Selections: No8 TALES OF GRIMM, No2 Mighty Lucky, No13 Nancy, No 9 Snippets Land Value Selection: No8 Tales Of Grimm