Attention turns to Randwick on Saturday, the sun has been out most of the week after the rain that we had over the weekend.
The weather is fine, with the rail in the true position and the track is currently a soft 7
Quaddie Races - 6,7,8,9
Skinny Play: 6 – 1,4,13 – 1,5 – 1,3,6,7,16,17
Wide Play: 3,6,7,8,11 – 1,4,6,8,13 – 1,2,5 – 1,3,5,6,7,16,17
Race 1 11:25am CAN ASSIST CANCER SUPPORT HANDICAP 1200m
DARK EYES getting to the 1200 here looks suited on his home track. He was really motoring late over the 1100. He is one from one second up and gets an important weight swing on some of his rivals for that first up defeat and should strip much fitter for the run.
STATIC LIFT was scratched last week in preference for this race, his form looks much stronger now with Dinghu Mountain coming out and winning last Saturday. This race looks much more suitable for him. Clark will have him in the perfect sport from barrier 3 and he will be hard to hold out.
UNTAMED DIAMOND gets a senior back aboard here after not having the best of runs last start. He was quite well supported that day and the tough run told on him late. The step up to the 1200 looks as if it will pose no problems. Last preparation he was only 4 lengths behind Xtravagant and that is quality Group 1 form and good enough for this.
YUMA DESERT is getting up in the weights now after winning three on end this preparation. He was good when leading all of the way at Randwick, but looked to be paddling late. I’m inclined to risk him at the step up to the 1200 with the rail back in the true position.
SELECTIONS: No 5 Dark Eyes, No 8 Static Lift, No 3 Untamed Diamond, No 2 Yuma Desert
Value Runner: No 3 Untamed Diamond
Race 2 12:00pm CAN ASSIST VOLUNTEERS PLATE 1200m
MORTON’S FORK was quite impressive in a barrier trial recently, he looked to go through his gears quite well and did it very easily. He was a winner in his first preparation when showing a lot of grit and determination late. He wasn’t sighted during the autumn. But off his trial he looks to have furnished into a nice horse and can step up and prove to be a potential spring player here.
RUSSIAN REVOLUTION won it in the steward’s room on debut, there was no doubt that without the interference he would have won the race in his own right. He had impressed in his trials leading into that run. The 1200 on the bigger track looks to suit him better as he took a while to wind up at Canterbury. He should take a great deal of experience for that debut run and, back on his home track, he will be hard to beat.
FOXY HOUSWIFE was quite impressive when winning first up at Canterbury, she really responded late to the riders’ urgings late and did enough to win. A smart 3kg claim for Innes here, gets her in with only 51kgs and, if she is allowed an easy time in front, she will be tough to run down.
CONCHITA was a very good winner first up from a spell, she was also a winner on debut and at her only other run the saddle slipped in the Wyong Magic Millions. There are some reservations on her running a strong 1200, but she has race fitness on her side and Huet knows her quite well.
SELECTIONS: No 1 Morton’s Fork, No 3 Russian Revolution, No 11 Foxy Housewife, No 8 Conchita
Value Runner: No 1 Morton’s Fork
Race 3 12:35pm TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP 1200m
ROYAL ENGINEER probably has the strongest Highway form of all runners here, given that when winning last start, he comfortably defeated King’s Officer who has since been dominant in two highway races. The win that day was quite good when doing early work wide from the gate and having to sit wide. The 1200 start isn’t too hard on horses as they have to navigate one turn so Clark should have no issues and he should be in the right part of the track in the straight.
STAR SHAFT has been a staple in these races since their induction of them, he has thrown a few races away with his racing style as he still doesn’t know what the caper is fully about. From the gate here, he should sit off them and be allowed to find his feet early and have an uninterrupted run at them and be hard to hold out.
ROCK ON ZARIZ form is much better than it reads. The run at Wagga first up was better than it looked as she ran through the line powerfully in a race that wasn’t run to suit. She was planted 3-4 wide in the run at Nowra before getting some "redemption" at the Sapphire Coast. She is unbeaten in her attempts in soft going and, with luck, from the barrier, she will be in with a chance.
FLASH IN THE DARK has been good in two recent highway runs. From the good gate with the claim, she should be right up on the speed, the knock on her is that she has no wet track form whatsoever and probably wants the track to dry out more.
SELECTIONS: No 3 Royal Engineer, No 1 Star Shaft, No 6 Rock On Zariz, No 12 Flash In The Dark
Value Runner: No 6 Rock On Zariz
Race 4 1:10pm PRATT FOUNDATION HANDICAP 2600m
ZATOPAZ looks very well set up for this race given he ran over 3200 last start. Attempting that fourth up probably wasn’t best for the horse, but now after four runs in and back to the 2600 he should be rock hard fit here. His form through Vassal three starts ago stacks up well for this and he is a noted weight carrier
MURPHY’S DELIGHT comes through the same race last start and picked up Zatopaz late there. He was only 7 lengths off Ecuador in the McKell Cup and that form should stack up quite well here.
JO JO GIRL is just an out and out stayer. Her last win came two years ago in this race. The wetter the better for her. She hasn’t looked to have had much luck in her recent runs and getting back out to 2600 with a wet track gives her a chance here after finding the line well at Warwick Farm last start.
NOT A GYPSY may be a run short here given she’s jumping from 2000 to 2600, but she has been running around in some nice 3yo staying races. The step to 2600 should suit her and she is well in the weights as a 3yo filly with only 53.5kgs
SELECTIONS: No 5 Zatopaz, No 1 Murphy’s Delight, No 7 Jo Jo Girl, No 9 Not A Gypsy
Value Runner: No 7 Jo Jo Girl
Race 5 1:45pm CAN ASSIST CHARITY RACING TO WIN HCP 1600m
AMMIRATA looks well suited on the back up here, she was knocked off by Himalaya Dream of all horses last weekend. But Joe Pride horses have a phenomenal record when backing up quickly. The trip poses no issues as she is a Group 3 winner over the mile. She also drops 4.5kgs off last week’s run and should be hard to beat
MARENOSTRO loves wet tracks and wouldn’t mind if we had a shower come race day. He looks to have stepped up this preparation and gone to another level. This should be much harder given he has to carry the 60kgs, but Angland is a heavyweight jockey and seems to have the key to this horse.
VOILIER will only carry 50.5kgs after the claim here. He has quite a good soft track record. But he hasn’t won since his debut run and it seems as if he is scared of finding the line, but given the light weight and step up to 1600, he is well within a chance here.
FAROLITOS is another horse that is afraid of finding the line, he loomed up to win last start and just threw it away. The form from that race has proven to be quite good though, and his most recent trial was quite pleasing when not asked to do enough, and after two runs in and a few barrier trials he should be ready to peak.
SELECTIONS: No 6 Ammirata, No 2 Marenostro, No 10 Voilier, No 8 Farolitos
Value Runner: No 6 Ammirata
Race 6 2:25pm JBS AUSTRALIA HANDICAP 1400m
ELLE LOU didn’t have the best of luck second up, and the run seemed to be quite flat also. Waller horses tend to do this from time to time after a brilliant first up performance and that seemed the case here. Staying at the 1400 looks ideal and she could be ready to produce another dynamic performance.
DISTRAUGHT looks well set up here for a good performance after what was a shocker last start. I am happy to forgive her for that and go off her pervious form which is quite good. I don’t mind the gate for her here, as Clark will have her in the right part of the track when they straighten.
ALART backs up quickly here after what looked to be a disappointing performance last week. These fillies and mares race each other week in week out and that’s what she has been doing, if you go back to her performances over the carnival and her run at Scone she is well in with a chance here.
TENDER has quite good wet track form and looks as if she will get a nice run here. Her run last start at Sandown was quite good, and the trip may have been used to "spark" her into action and an improved performance wouldn’t shock here.
SELECTIONS: No 6 Elle Lou, No 7 Distraught, No 3 Alart, No 11 Tender
Value Runner: No 11 Tender
Race 7 3:05pm RON FINEMORE TRANSPORT HANDICAP 1400m
DUBAIINSTYLE should have won last start simple as that, he had no luck whatsoever and was never really tested. He gets his favoured wet conditions here and is in well at the weights with only 53kgs and will be hard to beat.
METALLIC CROWN is another horse who loves the wet and gets those conditions here. He is well suited on the backup and should be rock hard fit and ready to go. He is a group winner at the track earlier in his career and if he can find his best he will be hard to beat.
GRUNDERZEIT has been going quite well this time in without winning, the form around him is quite good and he gets in well with the claim for Jennings and only has to carry 58.5kgs. The barrier looks a little sticky but, given a good run in transit, he will be in the finish.
COURTZA KING probably hasn’t lived up to the early expectations that he had. He gets the blinkers again here in what’s an attempt to sharpen him up. He is a winner on a wet track previously and from barrier 4 he should get a good run and be thereabouts.
SELECTIONS: No 13 Dubaiinstyle, No 4 Metallic Crown, No 1 Grunderzeit, No 6 Courtza King
Value Runner: Dubaiinstyle
Race 8 3:45pm CAN ASSIST WINTER DASH 1200m
SMART VOLATILITY has world class Group 1 form around him, he was only 4 lengths behind Able Friend two starts ago! He has had a host of gear changes in preparation for his first Australian start and after two brilliant trials he looks ready to go here.
MOUNT NEBO was fantastic in the wrong part of the track in the June Stakes, he looks as if he will get a better run in the race here from the gate. He loves the wet conditions and will be in the finish
INZ’N’OUT has only been out of the money three times in his career. He is an ultra-honest horse but, of late, he has been struggling to find the line. He gets the blinkers again in what looks to be an attempt to fire him up and keep him going. He has great wet track form and his form this time in is impeccable.
SHADOW LORD gets in with no weight here after a good win last start. He is a wet tracker and drops 8.5kgs on his last start win. From barrier 1, he should get a soft run in transit and, if given a chance, he should be in the finish
SELECTIONS: No 1 Smart Volatility, No 5 Mount Nebo, No 2 Inz’N’Out, No 10 Shadow Lord
Value Runner: No 5 Mount Nebo
Race 9 4:25pm DE BORTOLI WINES HANDICAP 1000m
ENCOSTANATI was too bad to be true when resuming, completely forget that run and go of his form and his trials this preparation and he is well in with a chance here. If he hadn’t recovered from his last start, I doubt that he would be lining up. His trial between runs was quite good and he deserves another chance.
FOR ME DAD if she gets a run could be quite dangerous here. Being only 4 lengths off Speith looks to be in quite good form. Previous to that she had won three on end in fast times, if she gets a run here with no weight she will be hard to run down.
THREE SHEETS was a big winner of a highway race fresh, he loves the sting out of the ground and was ultra-impressive in that highway race. Yes, this is a big step up, but he looks to be up to it and the combination of Sylvester and Thompson is quite dangerous.
HOT HIT has been quite good in two runs this time in over 1100, the drop back to 1000 looks much more suitable given that he has won five races over the short course. He has a great wet track record and looks to get a lovely run on the map here and should be in the finish.
SELECTIONS: No 3 Encostanati, No 17 For Me Dad, No 6 Three Sheets, No 7 Hot Hit
Value Runner: No 17 For Me Dad