It’s hard to continue to find ways of describing this Randwick track in all honesty. Tired and worn out is probably the best way to put it. Again plenty of horses didn’t handle the track in its current state so there are plenty to forgive.
There was no extremely evident bias however, which was a big positive. Horses came from off the speed and on the speed to win throughout the day and smaller fields meant that the wider parts of the track weren’t tested all too much.
Our Sydney black booked runners did well in the meeting with Harlem (7th, $17) and Big Duke (3rd, $3.70) both running huge races in the Sydney cup and Heavenly Anna taking out the last ($3.80). Heavenly Anna will be going to the Dark Jewel at Scone next start and should be hard to hold out again.
GOOD RETURN SELECTION – TESSERA: Lugging 61kg first up, the son of Medaglia D’Oro acquitted himself very well, only going down by 0.1L into second, giving the winner Gibraltar Girl ($8) and third horse Calabasas ($5.50) 4.5kg each.
He’s run in some quality races in previous preparations including the run to the rose, the Stutt stakes and the Hilton so it was no surprise to see him running a strong race in a BM78 against his own age.
Quite obvious he enjoys the sting out, having a record of 5:2-2-0 on the wet going. The upside is that the rain doesn’t look to be going anywhere in Sydney and surrounding areas at the moment so if he is to head to Scone or Hawkesbury on a wet track you can be sure he’ll handle it.
Where to next? BM80-Lesser Stakes grade for 3YOs over 1200m
BEHIND A SMART ONE SELECTION – I AM ZELADY: The I am invincible mare ran into 2nd behind the very promising Nieta ($2.25) over the weekend, which was a huge run given that 1000m is a specialist distance she’s never won over previously and never won on a heavy track.
Despite the above stats, the $18 starting price was still probably value in hindsight as she’s no doubt a classy mare. The problems moving forward are that she’ll probably run into the winner again in Ortensia Stakes over 1100m at Scone in three weeks time, which is liable to be in the wet. However if there were the same market discrepancy between these two gallopers you’d have to make her a winner for you in the race.
Where to next? Ortensia Stakes, 1100m, Scone, 13/05/2017