Racing returns to Royal Randwick in what shapes as a great program here today. Our top pick will be looking to earn one of few slots remaining in the Everest so expect a huge effort from him here today.
Randwick is racing on a Good with the rail +4m Entire.
DANAWI looked good on debut back in April when beaten by The Autumn Son on this track. Has had the benefit of two trials, winning one on the way to his return here today. Strongly fancied to take out today’s opening event.
1st: No6 DANAWI 2nd: No5 Adana; 3rd: No4 Lion’s Head; 4th: No1 Osorno
CLIFF is racing in great form and can atone for his narrow defeat on this track to Gitan last start. Chased hard but found one to good on the day and looks well-placed to todays out today’s Highway Handicap. Sticking with him.
1st: No2 CLIFF 2nd: No1 Cisco Bay; 3rd: No4 Magic Choir; 4th: *SCRATCHED* No5 Prince of Thebes
Chris Waller trained gelding RAQEEQ is on a seven-day back-up but going on his dominating victory last start he will be the one they all need to beat here today. Kerrin McEvoy retains the ride and we expect this gelding to make it back-to-back victories in the space of a week. Big danger.
1st: No6 RAQEEQ 2nd: No9 Follow Suit; 3rd: No1 Sayed; 4th: No4 Red Alto
SWEET VICTORY was beaten by Huangshan a week back and the stable must be confident backing her up here today after seven days. Drawn to get the run of the race and will appreciate this shorter distance here today. In good form and looks a key player.
1st: No5 SWEET VICTORY 2nd: No2 Oklahoma Girl; 3rd: No1 Live to Dream; 4th: No8 Fleeting Stryke
Godolphin’s gelding AVILIUS is lightly-raced and ready to make a statement since having a 7-month layoff. Has had the benefit of two trials leading into his debut in the country and is sure to be very competitive. Drawn wide but win wont shock.
1st: No2 AVILIUS 2nd: No4 Dagny; 3rd: No7 Gresham; 4th: No8 High Mist
SMARTEDGE (NEXT BEST BET) flew home to get the victory at Canterbury last start and can make it successive victories here today. Will be settling near the rear but watch for his tremendous turn of foot which he showed last start. Will be flying home late, big danger.
1st: No4 SMARTEDGE 2nd: No3 Reach For Heaven; 3rd: No1 Redouble; 4th: No7 Ziggy Willie
Reigning Randwick Guineas winner KEMENTARI (BEST BET) resumes here today and looks perfectly placed to take out today’s Group 2 Missile Stakes. Has looked impressive at his two trials leading into his return and will be the one they all need to beat. Looking to gain a spot in the Everest, so a big show is expected here today.
1st: No2 KEMANTARI 2nd: No9 She Will Reign; 3rd: No3 Showtime; 4th: No1 Music Magnate
Hard to go past ISLAND MISSILE here today after his impressive 2.3-length victory defeating Mad Fox at Warwick Farm last start and can go on and make it successive victories here today. Has a good record over the distance and will be flashing at them late. Winning hope.
1st: No10 ISLAND MISSILE 2nd: No9 Sparky Lad; 3rd: No4 Eagle Bay; 4th: No1 Berdibek
SOOTHING is resuming from a spell but looks perfectly placed to take out the final event of the program at Randwick here today. Won by 2 lengths back in June when defeating Nic’s Vendetta at Warwick Farm. Looks ready to rock and roll first up. Big chance.
1st: No6 SOOTHING 2nd: No9 Rebel Miss; 3rd: No4 Wanna Get a What; 4th: No8 Three Sheets