Sadly the nine-race card for Randwick this Saturday is going to be rain affected and plenty of late scratchings are likely.
The track is currently rated a heavy 9 and the rail is out 6m for the entire course.
The weather is expected clear, so let’s hope that we get to see all nine races and a possible track upgrade.
QUADDIES (Races: 6-7-8-9)
SKINNY PLAY: 4,5 / 1,7,8 / 1,3,11,18 / 2,6,8,12,18
WIDE PLAY: 1,3,4,5,6 / 1,2,3,7,8 / 1,3,4,9,11,13,15,18 / 1,2,3,6,8,12,18
R1 11.30pm FRESH FOR KIDS PLATE 1000m
CONCHITA returns to the races after a forgettable day out at Wyong, where she failed to finish whilst contesting the Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic. Outside of that display, her public appearances to date have been impressive and also professional. She has a tricky gate to contend with, but this is a winnable race first-up.
BLAZING STEEL was a strong debut winner over 1000m at Scone last month. The form out of that race has since held up well. The Kris Lees-trained runner can further frank it here, but also has a wide gate to contend with.
EL SID hit the ground running first up when saluting at Canterbury. He will have taken good improvement from that outing and must be a chance of consecutive wins.
VIENNA WALTZ resumes on the back of a Randwick trial win. Canterbury winner on a heavy 9 track in three runs in her first preparation. The likely wet track helps her cause.
SELECTIONS: No7 CONCHITA, No3 Blazing Steel, No2 El Sid, No8 Vienna Waltz
VALUE RUNNER: No8 Vienna Waltz
R2 12.05pm ERIC KIME HANDICAP 1400m
PIONEERING has lumped big weights in all three runs this time in and has been fantastic in each outing. She tumbles big time in weight and she should be cherry ripe fitness-wise here. From barrier 3, fourth up, she looks a big chance in this race.
HARLEM LADY looked the winner at the 2000m last week but just died on the run. The slightly shorter journey is right in her favour and she gets the chance to go one better with 54.5kg.
DISTRAUGHT for John O'Shea looks the one most capable of loosening Chris Waller's stranglehold in this contest. She has improved with each run this campaign and is drawn to receive all of the favours from barrier 1.
ELLE LOU hit the line strongly to win at Randwick when resuming. She’ll relish the soft conditions. And is another winning chance from the Chris Waller stable in this race.
LOFIEL resumed at Rosehill three weeks back and was simply dreadful behind Pindan Pearl. She has a really good second up record, and Thomas Huet takes over, so she is a market watch.
SELECTIONS: No6 PIONEERING, No8 Harlem Lady, No5 Distraught, No2 Elle Lou
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Lofiel
R3 12.40pm TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP 1000m
STAR SHAFT has finished second in each of his two runs this campaign, the latest when second at this course over 1100m. He came up against Wonderbolt who was an absolute weight special in that affair. He’s drawn wide for this assignment, but he looks ready to join the winners' circle again third-up.
PORTATORIO resumes off a light mid-season campaign, where he won his outings by a combined margin of more than eight lengths. He has won first up in the past and is also a winner on soft track.
BEAU TIRAGE has placed in his past four outings. The Canberra-based runner is holding form well, is well drawn and comes in nicely at the weights after the 2kg claim of form apprentice Koby Jennings. His consistency could be rewarded here.
INVIENNA is a past Highway Handicap winner, who is capable of firing fresh. She is yet to run out of the money in her four prior first-up outings.
SELECTIONS: No4 STAR SHAFT, No5 Portatorio, No1 Beau Tirage, No3 Invienna
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Mossman’s Gold
R4 1.15pm YOUR LOCAL GREENGROCER HANDICAP 2000m
COLONEL CUSTER fought back strongly to just miss at this track and distance last start. This looks a touch easier and he gets the chance to go one better. The 2kg claim to Koby Jennings will also help.
SPANISH STRIDE ran over this track/distance a fortnight back and just got too far back when storming home to run a close up fifth to Rodrico. Another 100m and he probably wins his way into the Queensland Derby. If he can somehow sit closer, he’ll be strong late and possibly too good for this field.
PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE came from the rear of the field to win his maiden at Randwick last start. The extra distance here shouldn't be an issue and he’s expected to be in the finish again.
EL NOVIO drops back to his own age group after a three-quarter length second to stablemate Zourkhan at Warwick Farm ten days ago. The gelding should be rock-hard fit at this stage of his campaign and has appeal at each-way odds.
SELECTIONS: No2 COLONEL CUSTER, No6 Spanish Stride, No7 Pennsylvania Avenue, No5 El Novio
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Storm System
R5 1.50pm SYDNEY MARKETS FOUNDATION HANDICAP 1100m
SPIETH is a triple acceptor and would take beating in whichever of the three events he actually lines up in. He’s a promising three year old chasing a hat-trick of wins. Up to 60kg but that shouldn't stop him and he’s definitely the one to beat again.
MODHA strung together two impressive wins before coming here a fortnight back where she took on the older mares and looked a little unlucky not to finish closer when second to Elle Lou. Back to her own age group now and drops down to the minimum.
YUMA DESERT is unbeaten in two runs this time in at Canterbury. This is harder stepping up to Saturday grade, but winning form is good form.
BADAJOZ resumes here for Godolphin. He showed really good promise in the Summer in a couple of really strong races down south. His two trials at Warwick Farm leading in have been sharp and he does race very well fresh.
SAMPEAH has been given a slight freshen up since running fifth at Rosehill to Sir Bacchus five weeks back. On his day, he is a very talented galloper who could definitely win this.
SELECTIONS: No1 SPIETH, No11 Modha, No9 Yuma Desert, No7 Badajoz
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Sampeah
R6 2.30pm TOYOTA MATERIAL HANDLING STAYERS CUP 3200m
ZATOPAZ while no world beater seemingly brings the best profile into the race. The son of Zabeel has placed in his past two runs this campaign and should be hitting his straps fourth up. He contests a race where a majority of the class runners are struggling for form, whilst a host of the lesser runners in the field simply appear outclassed. He is proven on heavy and looks the one to beat.
MURPHY'S DELIGHT struggled in the McKell Cup last start. However, his form earlier this campaign had been fair.
OPINION is the only horse in the handicap. While his latest form reads poorly, this is the easiest assignment he has been given for some time.
TUNES ran a slender second at odds in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup back in March. His experience stands for something in this race.
HE’S DREAMIN' comes through that race Zatopaz contested and his effort was pretty good in defeat with the big weight. Two miles won’t be an issue for him.
SELECTIONS: No5 ZATOPAZ, No4 Murphy’s Delight, No1 Opinion, No3 Tunes
VALUE RUNNER: No6 He’s Dreamin'
R7 3.10pm COLIN GRAY HANDICAP 2000m
VASSAL has worked through his grades beautifully in his first Australian campaign and can chalk up his fourth straight success in this contest. The gelding has been given 24 days since his last win at this course and distance but kept ticking over with a Warwick Farm trial. This method has been used by the stable to good effect in the past.
TUCANCHOO hit the ground running with an eye catching performance first-up success over a mile at Sandown. The gelding rises in class and distance on that outing. He steps up quickly which is a small concern with the top weight, but from barrier 7 he should get a nice run.
FIRST BLOOM was a real eye catcher over 1800m here two weeks ago, where she worked home well late to run fourth to Shalmaneser. She has enormous upside and has Jay Ford on board.
DOUKHAN is first-up here after having two trials. The seven year old gets 3kg off his back with Andrew Adkins taking the ride. He wasn't far from the winner when resuming last preparation over 2200m.
KAYPERS is a stablemate of First Bloom who comes through the same race. He was beaten a fair way, but looking at the replay, his last 150m was tidy enough to suggest a forward showing isn’t far away, despite the wide draw.
SELECTIONS: No7 VASSAL, No1 Tucanchoo, No8 First Bloom, No3 Doukhan, No2 Kaypers
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Kaypers
R8 3.50pm SYDNEY MARKETS LIMITED JUNE STAKES 1100m
SPIETH is a triple acceptor and would take beating in whichever of the three events he actually lines up in. He rises sharply in grade but deserves a crack at this level after a dominant win three weeks back at Rosehill. He showed a brilliant turn of foot despite the hefty impost. He drops in weight significantly back to the minimum and goes back onto the bigger track. He will take some beating if they line up here.
KURO is third-up here after only fair runs to start this preparation. He is the top weight for the event but has shown that weight doesn’t bother him. From barrier 2 he should get the perfect run.
BROOK ROAD has held her form well this campaign and last start was finding the line well in the Ortensia Stakes. Her record both at this trip and the distance is excellent. She is one of the key players in this contest.
OXFORD POET was strong on resuming at this course, class and distance a fortnight ago. The gelding is yet to run out of the money in three prior second-up outings and has missed just once in five outings at this course. His wet track credentials also bode well for this.
WOULDNT IT BE NICE ran well in this race last year and looks to be ticking over nicely enough to be a knockout hope. He’s drawn well in barrier 4 and should be fit enough third up.
SELECTIONS: No18 SPIETH, No1 Kuro, No3 Brook Road, No11 Oxford Poet
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Wouldnt It Be Nice
R9 4.30pm GLENN WHEELER HANDICAP 1200m
ALL SUMMER LONG appreciated a strong tempo and clear air to win last start on his home track during the Scone Carnival, in what has turned out to be a really hot form race. He’s yet to miss a place in three outings at Randwick, he handles all conditions and the step up to 1200m on a testing Randwick surface will only be a positive.
COSMOPOL produced a head turner on resuming at this course over 1100m 24 days ago. Usually one to be ridden prominently, it showed the son of Northern Meteor perhaps has additional strings to his bow.
SHADOW LORD did a good job after a wide run in transit finishing third at Rosehill resuming. He’s trialled in the interim, which is identical to last preparation when he won at Canterbury second-up.
SELECTIFY never saw daylight resuming at Scone and looked to have something to offer. He’s fitter second-up and it would be no surprise to see him right in the finish.
SELECTIONS:No8 All Summer Long, No12 Cosmopol, No6 Shadow Lord
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Selectify