Randwick for our Saturday meeting in New South Wales. We have nine competitive races on the card here, it has been wet recently in Sydney and Randwick really battles to dry out these days so we will be on a heavy / soft track and the rail is out 7m the circumference. T Angland and B Avdulla look to be the jockeys to follow today.
QUADDIES (races 6-7-8-9)
Skinny Play: 6,7 - 6 - 5,7,8,10 - 2,10,15
Wide Play: 5,6,7 - 6,9,10 - 2,3,5,7,8,10,14 - 2,6,8,10,15
Best Roughie: R4 – 6. BULALA
No6 EVICT has trialled in stylish fashion coming into a debut run here. He has had three trials this preparation and Avdulla I assume has the pick of the rides here and goes with this debutant who is already gelded. 1200m fresh is always an ask, but he looks hard to beat.
No9 STAR GALAXY was a big winner on debut, she bombed the start and really did a good job to win up the inside on a day the track played down the inside. Up to 1200m now suits and the open expanses of Randwick will help.
No5 MUSIC ADDITION was a big winner on debut defying the market place that day in what was a strong win. The wet track shouldn’t be an issue as Your Song was a G1 winner on a bog track. Robl’s stats the last 12 months are worrying though.
SCRATCHED No10 REGIMEN has been trialing well coming into the debut run here, she gets a good claim for Adkins which will suit. Her dam was a three time winner on wet going and should appreciate it here.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 EVICT
SCRATCHED No9 LAUNCH CODE (BEST BET) looks to be a serious horse in the making and could well end up a Group horse come the spring. He has now gone to K Lees yard and has been there a little over a week now. He did all he needed to do when winning fresh and it was quite soft. From gate 11 he should drift back and have the last shot at them here, and it will be no shock to see him run away from them here.
SCRATCHED No1 CALANDA really hasn’t gone on with it this time in, I thought he could take that next step but he still has some issues when it comes to racing manners. He is back in grade now and at home on a wet track could bring his best back.
No3 GHOSTLY was a good winner last start in a race in which has held up quite well and has trialled in really good fashion between runs since. The wet track shouldn’t be an issue whatsoever for her given the win on soft last start and the placing on heavy ground.
No2 O’RACHAEL comes across from NZ with solid enough form. She was scratched out of a Wednesday race for this, so I am to assume that she is going well enough to run in a Saturday race at her first Australian run.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 O’RACHAEL
No1 HEAVENLY ANNA loves wet going and seems to love Randwick with two wins at her last two Randwick heavy starts. She goes well up in weight here, but is in great form at the minute and is hard to beat here.
No2 TEST THE WORLD is absolutely flying this time in with four wins from as many starts and we have been on her at all four runs. She is now to 1400m on the backup and on heavy going. Yes, she got through it last week, but Randwick heavy to Rosehill heavy is completely different and I’m wary.
No5 REIBY RAMPART has good heavy going stats and has been going well enough as of late, the three weeks between runs after a freshen up should have her rock hard fit ready to go here.
SCRATCHED No3 WAHNG WAH is low flying this time in and should be able to get through the going as she has done in the past. She is a winner over 1400m in the past and with the claim for King she is well in the race here.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 REIBY RAMPART
No6 BULALA (BEST ROUGHIE) was a big winner first-up at Gundagai with 61.5kgs. He did something only good horses could do the way he won there circling the field and putting them away for what was a soft win. He now comes to Highway level and he has the scope to win a race like this.
SCRATCHED No3 NICTOCK was solid enough when resuming behind Clipper. He just blew out of condition late and steps up to the 1200m here which is much more suitable. He handled the wet going without an issue last start and with natural improvement has his chance.
No5 CONNIVING was solid in that race behind Clipper last start, I don’t think he appreciated the step back to 1000m there and now with the step up to 1200m and staying on the wet track shouldn’t be an issue for him.
No11 VEE EIGHT is an absolute duck and will love it if it can get any wetter. The form in recent times isn’t great, but getting onto a wet track / D Williams form as of late makes me a touch keener here.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 BULALA
No4 COLLATERAL won well last week and backs up quickly here and the step to 2400m is a whole new world for this horse. He is unbeaten on heavy going this time in and if Angland can switch him off in the run he could well run away with this, going of current form.
SCRATCHED No3 ZOURKHAN has been in great form this time in with solid runs in both runs. The win fresh was brilliant yet unexpected ($61) and the second-up run was good when you’d expect him to be a touch flat. Now to 2400m is a big step but he is good on wet going.
No2 RICHARD OF YORKE drops back in distance here from the 3200m where he was quite good and only got run down late. I expect him to take up the speed yet again and try to run them into the ground from a long way out.
No1 DANJEU was good enough in the McKell cup last start and skipped the stayers cup and drops in grade for this. He has a good wet-track record and if he wants to show his best he could well win this.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 DANJEU
No7 LIAPARI backs up quickly from a brilliant win last week where he received a 10/10 from Bowman there. He rises up to the 1600m which will suit him even more and after the claim for Adkins he is well under the handicap here and looks to be hard to beat again.
No6 BERRY DELICIOUS is due for a win and finds her preferred going here. She wasn’t too bad in Brisbane last start and should come on for that. From gate 1 KOH is going to get a really soft run in transit here and with even luck she is going to be in the finish.
No5 OLD NORTH showed that he was interested in being a race horse last start and really found the line well, I am backing that his mind is now on the job and he is going to hold his form. Up to 1600m now suits him and I don’t think the wet going will be an issue.
No2 MARENOSTRO goes really well for Angland and loves wet going (9:4-2-2). He has had a freshen up since the Hawkesbury cup and has trialled in really good fashion twice. The 1600m shouldn’t be an issue for him at all and he is going to be in the finish.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 BERRY DELICIOUS
SCRATCHED No6 SIR BACCHUS (NEXT BEST BET) should have won last start and got “Glynned” in the run. With clear air he wins that race easily. Back to the 1200m now looks perfect as he has won five of his races at that distance and he is a winner on soft going in the past and from gate 11 here he shouldn’t have any traffic issues in the straight.
No9 TESSERA completely forgetting the Fred Best where a lot of horse failed on that day at Eagle Farm. The runs before that were quite good as was the trial last week. He needs to put a field away soon to get some confidence.
SCRATCHED No10 LORD VON COSTA was very good in the Town Plate at Wagga and found the line well, six weeks between runs the only issue. But soft going no worry. Kalya Nisbet is a very underrated rider will get the best out of him.
SCRATCHED No11 CHASE THE HORIZON is chasing wet ground and finds it here, the form out of recent runs has been good and with no weight he should be thereabouts.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 LORD VON COSTA
No5 PELETHRONIUS has been in great form this time in with two strong wins from as many starts. He has handled all going this time in and the step up to Saturday class here shouldn’t be a worry. From gate 6 Angland should have him just behind the leaders ready to pounce.
No7 CLEAR THE BEACH should be ready to peak third-up from a spell, he got dominated by Avdulla last start and was never going to win that race even though the margin was small. Up to 1400m now looks ideal and he is a horse with some promise.
No8 METALLIC CROWN blew out fitness wise late last start and is again on heavy going which he really gets through. He should be ready to peak third-up from a spell and he was really well backed to beat the toppie last start so we can follow that line.
No10 LEVEL EIGHT also comes out of that same Warwick Farm race last start and just missed. He handled the heavy going with no issues at all and now comes to his home track and gets a good claim for Adkins and can turn the tables here.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 METALLIC CROWN
SCRATCHED No10 I AM THE GENERAL brings totally different form to this race which has me completely confused. He has won on wet going in the past and doesn’t have too bad of a record. He ran fast time last start at Sandown and is a straight up 1000m horse.
No15 ARGENT D’OR has a win on heavy going in the past and has trialled well coming into this, being a lightly raced 3yo he has the least convictions of this lot and could well come here and beat up on them.
No2 SANGIOVESE won a horrid race last start, but did show that she wanted to win and now that she has got that winning feeling back, maybe she can go on with it.
No8 LION COUCHANT beat Sangiovese last start at Hawkesbury and has shown his liking for heavy going and the 1000m. He has won his last two at Hawkesbury and does now need to bring that form to city races.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 I AM THE GENERAL