Racing took place on another heavily rain effected Randwick over the past weekend. Officially rated a Heavy 8, personally the very slow times would suggest it was closer to a 9. Many races were dominated by those up front due to slower tempos but it still looked difficult to make ground from the back full stop.
It was a tough day for our black book runners. Heavenly Anna had to sit wide no cover for the entire race with 61kgs, been great to us not dropping off. Likewise Clear the Beach who was too bad to be true after working slightly early to be up on the pace then dropping out extremely sharply with 200-300m to go. Likewise, Wild’n’Famous who got and even better run, his time’s up now. Berry Delicious also disappointed greatly back onto her preferred ground, can go around without us now.
The million-dollar earner has been a beauty for his owners and punters having won 15 races during his career and I believe there’ll be more over the coming weeks, getting deep into the winter.
In a race absolutely dominated by those on speed, the old boy battled home very nicely into 6th, beaten just over 4L. He was the only galloper in the race to eclipse the 36s mark for the final 600m, showing he’s certainly got plenty of fight left in him.
Jumping up to a far more suitable trip (2400m) next start in the Winter cup should see him extremely competitive.
Stringing some nice runs together this preparation. Started by running just over 4L behind Clearly Innocent at Scone in the Luskin Star and has since placed twice against her own sex back in BM78/81 grade.
The daughter of Shaft was the subject of some steady support during the day, opening at $6.50 and firming to $6 before the jump. Settling second last in the small field of 7, Schofield took her up the rails where a split came nicely. Just missed winding in the second-place getter Test the World ($3), whilst all the way winner Yuma desert ($7-$5) was a further 2L ahead on the line.
Her record suggests she handles all ground, which is key the way the Sydney tracks have been lately: Good: 6:2-1-0, Soft: 8-1-1-1 and Heavy: 3:0-0-2 with a versatile racing pattern to suit she should be very competitive in where ever she goes next.