Racing returns to Royal Randwick in what shapes as a great program here today. Our top pick is racing in great form and will be ready to strike in today’s Group 1 as he heads towards to Derby in November.
Randwick is racing on a Soft 7 with the rail +6m 1600m - W/P, +4m Remainder.
ROYAL CELEBRATION is a lightly raced colt that is yet to miss a placing from his four starts to date and will be ready to fire in today’s opening event. Looked good when resuming from a break at Rosehill when nailed on the line by Gem Song, who has since run second in the Dulcify. Has drawn to be very competitive and shapes as a major player.
1st: No1 ROYAL CELEBRATION 2nd: No4 Nicco Lad; 3rd: No5 Tough Larry; 4th: No3 Yulong January
*SCRATCHED* VELARO is racing in great form and can atone his last start defeat by Net Effect at Scone in today’s Highway Handicap over the 1600m. Will strip fitter second-up and has a great record over the distance so watch for him coming home hard late. Extra 200m suits. Danger.
1st: *SCRATCHED* No7 VELARO 2nd: No4 Ribs; 3rd: *SCRATCHED* No2 Athonis; 4th: No3 Evopex
Gerald Ryan has a nice colt by the name of *SCRATCHED* FAST TRAIN that’s looked impressive at his three starts to date and looks ready to take the next step up in grade here today. Gave his rivals a galloping lesson when defeating Costa Zou by 6.3 lengths at Hawkesbury and looks ready to take that form to the city. Has drawn a tad wide but looks to have a touch of class and will be hard to beat with any luck in running.
1st: *SCRATCHED* No13 FAST TRAIN 2nd: No9 Is Don Is Good; 3rd: *SCRATCHED* No4 Domed; 4th: No1 Raqeeq
DOUBT DEFYING is resuming from a 26-week break but looks well placed in a race with plenty of chances. Has trialled well leading into his return and showed promise last preparation to be a leading contender here today. Drawn well and has won over the distance. Win won’t shock.
1st: No8 DOUBT DEFYING 2nd: No3 Just Dreaming; 3rd: *SCRATCHED* No5 Golden Mane; 4th: No9 Etymology
Sticking with *SCRATCHED* FIERCE IMPACT to atone for his narrow defeat at Rosehill last start. Settled near the rear before unleashing a good turn of foot to just fail to reel in Tip Top going down by less than a length a fortnight ago. Did defeat Reiby Rampant on this track back in July. Has the form. Rates on top.
1st: *SCRATCHED* No11 FIERCE IMPACT 2nd: No9 Zourkhan; 3rd: *SCRATCHED* No7 TipTop; 4th: No4 Astoria
SANDBAR (NEXT BEST BET) has been racing in quality races to date and going on his performances, he shapes as the one to beat in today’s Group Two over the 1200m. Drawn to get the run of the race and gets the services of experienced jockey Corey Brown on board. This Snitzel colt possesses plenty of speed and will be hard to beat. Serious player.
1st: No1 SANDBAR 2nd: No3 Jonker; 3rd: *SCRATCHED* No5 Ef Troop; 4th: No7 Legend Of Condor
Waterhouse/ Bott trained THINKIN’ BIG (BEST BET) has won his past two starts to date and will be looking to rack up the hat-trick of victories on his home track here today. Kicked away to an impressive 2.5 length victory in the Group Three Gloaming Stakes at Rosehill last start defeating Tarka and Irukandji. Looks to have a serious feature in him and is the early favourite for the Group One Victoria Derby in early November. This horse can stay and should be winning.
1st: No1 THINKIN’ BIG 2nd: No2 Tarka; 3rd: No4 Aramayo; 4th: No5 Dealmaker
Hard to go past SHUMOOKH that’s flying of late and looks well placed to make it successive victories here today. Led and proved just too good when defeating Champagne Cuddles by a nose at Rosehill in the Group Two Golden Pendant over the 1400m. Extra 200m metres will suit and rates on top.
1st: No2 SHUMOOKH 2nd: No1 Dixie Blossoms; 3rd: No5 I Am Serious; 4th: No7 All Too Soon
ARTIES DREAMWINNER is racing in great form of late and looks poised to strike in the final event of the program at Royal Randwick today. Didn’t have much luck last start when finishing less than half a length behind Bellaria at Caulfield back in early September. Did win by 3.3 lengths at Morphettville prior. Big show expected.
1st: No10 ARTIES DREAMWINNER 2nd: *SCRATCHED* No13 Chalk; 3rd: *SCRATCHED* No9 Let’s Party Marty; 4th: *SCRATCHED* No1 Top Striker