Midweek racing come to us from Canterbury this week. We have eight races on the card here in what is a small day, gearing up for the big day at Randwick Saturday. Weather is perfect in Sydney track will be good and rail is +6m.
QUADDIES (races 5-6-7-8)
Skinny Play: 1,4 - 6 - 1,6,9 - 2,6
Wide Play: 1,4 - 1,2,6 - 1,3,6,9 - 1,2,3,6
BEST BET: R6 – 6. PIRACY
Next Best Bet: R4 – 6. ICON OF DUBAI
Best Roughie: R2 – 1. ABSOLUTE RIPPER
No2 BEACON gets a good jockey change here and sits behind the leader from barrier 1. Bowman will have them in his sights turning and should go close.
No3 MARISHKA was a very good winner on debut, she really knuckled down well to get the job done and is a well bred filly who could go places.
No4 YULONG XINGSHENG was a good winner on debut in a race which stood up quite well. The trials coming in have been good.
No5 WORKDRINKS won well on debut at Hawkesbury and shouldn’t be worried about the step up here.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 YULONG XINGSHENG
No5 SEXY EYES was very good last start when finding the line in a race which wasn’t run to suit. From gate 4 Bowman gets a good run and she should go close.
No3 ISTRIA resumes here and has trialled well coming into the fresh run here. She comes out of some good races and has to be respected.
No1 ABSOLUTE RIPPER (BEST ROUGHIE) is a flying machine who is very well weighted with the claim here. No trial coming in, but I expect the trainer to have her fit.
No4 O’REILLY CYRUS gets a soft run of it here from the gate and the trials have been solid enough
VALUE RUNNER: No1 ABSOLUTE RIPPER
No5 WOMAN by Frankel and has trialled in brilliant fashion coming into the debut run. She is the first progeny of More Joyous to hit the track and should run well.
No4 WILD ABOUT HER was good enough fresh and the step up to 1250m should be suitable.
No6 UNION DUES is brilliantly bred and has trialled well coming into the fresh run here and Hawkes usually hit their straps at this time of year.
No3 LAUSSEL has trialled well coming into the debut run and being by Animal Kingdom should appreciate further in time.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 LAUSSEL
No6 ICON OF DUBAI (NEXT BEST BET) comes out of some very good races at the first preparation and looks to have trialled well coming into this. He is a horse who could turn into a Spring Champion / Derby horse in time. But the way he has trialled has shown he could blow them away fresh.
No2 REFLECTIVITY was disappointing when resuming at Newcastle. He should be fitter second-up.
No5 STAR OF THE SEAS was quite good on debut and should improve with Bowman on board.
No1 HONG QIGONG was quite good first-up from a spell in a good race, but gets a tricky run on the map.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 HONG QIGONG
No4 IN TIMES OF WAR resumes here and has trialled well coming into this. She has a good fresh record and should go close.
No1 NICTOCK is in brilliant form and you can make an argument that he should be undefeated. He gets all favours again.
No8 BRIGHT FUTURE found the line well enough last start and should figure.
No6 EPIC DAN has won the past two starts in good fashion and gets in well after the claim.
VALUE RUNNER: No 6 EPIC DAN
No6 PIRACY (BEST BET) has been in brilliant form this time in winning both races in dominant fashion. I love how Cummings is allowing his horses to gain confidence at the midweeks and provincials before stepping them up to bigger and better races.
No1 MILWAUKEE resumes here and comes out of some good races last time in, no trial, but watch the betting.
No2 SMART AMELIA resumes here and has joined the Waller yard. She is a horse with above average ability and has trialled well.
No4 CENTRO SUPERIOR gets Bowman here and needs to be respected.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 CENTRO SUPERIOR
No6 SAMBRO comes back on grade here after a solid enough run fresh in the G3. He looks to be a derby horse and the step up to 1550m suits.
No9 THINK LIKE A BIRD won well fresh at Newcastle and the step up in distance here looks suitable.
No1 FORTENSKY has been going quite well as of late without winning and gets in well at the weights after the claim.
No3 SHOCK ALERT was a big winner at Kembla and has trialled well between runs coming into this.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 SHOCK ALERT
No2 ESTIKHRAAJ comes back to the scene of the crime and gets Bowman on and has a good record at the track and distance and was a winner two back.
No6 EERISED looks set to peak third up from a spell. His run was very hidden last start and he should go close.
No3 ALMOST COURT has bolted in at all three runs this time in and now comes to town and should run well.
No1 MULTIFACETS was good enough last start and drops in grade here. The claim helps.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 EERISED