Randwick Racing Tips – Sat May 23rd
We will be at Randwick this Saturday.
Track: Soft 6. Rail: Out 6m entire circuit.
Best Bet: Race 5 – SOUTHERN LAD
Race 1: 2YO Handicap 1300m
At the time of writing the track is rated a Soft 6 but with rain predicted through Thursday and Friday, we will be working on an assumption of a heavy track. PERFECT RADIANCE (12) debuted in a much easier maiden against the girls at Newcastle, she was slowly away before improving to get outside the speed. She hit the lead early in the straight and kept going for a soft win. This is harder but she should be hard to run down with a clean getaway.
NOT AN OPTION (1) is a former Kiwi now with the Freedman yard, he has taken on the best of the juveniles in two runs since arriving in Oz and has trialed well enough. He was right out to the mile last time and will be giving them a start. PELTZER (2) is undefeated after two runs, he got back and ran on at his debut and then led all the way here on a soft track last time. Does he go back or sit in the breeze? OVERLORD (7) is still a maiden, he was a real eye-catcher last time producing the best last 800m of the day at the 6 furlongs, including the older horses that raced that day.
Race 2: Highway Class 3 Handicap 1000m
TEJORI (3) is a last start winner in a similar Highway to this, she was up on the speed with a horse shading her to the outside. She looked in trouble for a millisecond before kicking back strongly along the rails. She carries the extra weight and to be honest, who doesn’t want to see the owners on social media celebrating another win! The fitness edge over her main rivals looks a big plus.
KEEN POWER (4) is resuming, he won his first two start s in the north of the state and the Matty Dunn stable must be respected when they bring one down. The trial reads only fair, he deserves his crack at this level after those first two wins. TALLIS (8) is resuming, he led all the way on a heavy track to win his maiden when resuming last prep, he was in front for a long way at his only crack at a Highway last prep. GLAMOUR CAT (2) is another resuming, the wide draw is a concern but she will get back anyway no doubt, she loves the sting out of the ground. Look for her late.
Race 3: 3YO BM74 Handicap 2000m
REINVEST (5) is undefeated after two starts, he was given plenty of time before making his debut and hasn’t disappointed. Last start at Wyong in an easier class 1 he was long odds-on, sat outside the speed and stuck on well to score narrowly with a gap to third. Inside gate, Hughie riding, expect him to be very positive and try to hold the top.
TAMPERING (2) won his first three starts this campaign, he makes his own luck up on the speed. He was stuck wide without cover early last time before getting outside the speed, he weakened late after the tough run. Love the draw and he maps well.
TOORADIN (1) is a dual-acceptor, as stated in the Melbourne preview, he is having his sixth start which is normally a big red light. He had no luck at Sandown last start, he only got fully going late and flashed to run second. MOCAMBO (4) has the blinkers on for the first time, he has been a little enigmatic this campaign, but his best can win this, the gear change may bring that out.
Race 4: 4YO and Up BM78 Handicap 2000m
CANASTA (3) won on the inner track here three starts back, he has over-raced at his last two runs and that has hurt him at the back-end. Last time here at Randwick he stuck on well after sitting parked behind the smart Bottega, this looks no harder. He won’t want to be caught behind the leader though the way he can pull in the run.
ROCK DOVE (7) was poor at two starts in Victoria, he came back north last time and ran on hard for a sift win at Warwick Farm last time. He has been given a trial between runs which is never a negative with this yard. LOVESEAT (11) beat the girls two back in an easier race, she comes through the same race as the top pick last time and made good ground from the back recording the best 800m-200m sectional. Just how far back will he get? NEW ARRANGEMENT (8) can certainly win but I am happy to take him on if he starts under an each-way quote. He was good last start and had excuses, just need to see him winning in this grade before taking those odds.
Race 5: 3YO and Up Handicap 11000m
SOUTHERN LAD (5) is the best of the day for me, he was beaten as favourite at Listed level before going to the paddock he resumed at Wagga over the carnival in the feature sprint the Town Plate, after starting favourite he got back in the run and hit the line well but found one better. Second-up record is ok, Guymer to JMac looks a huge plus.
CATESBY (9) is resuming and has won 2 of 4 when fresh previously. He is coming to a new yard and has trialed well, will be interesting to see if there is any money for him. He has good speed and will go forward. CORUSCATE (3) rarely runs a bad race, his form in Melbourne this time in has been good, maps well and is a winner here at the track previously. PASSAGE OF TIME (1) gets the blinkers off again, he hasn’t trialed well on paper but has a good record first-up and will appreciate being in this grade.
Race 6: 3&4YO BM78 Handicap 1500m
GREEK HERO (6) is a former import that has only had one start in Australia. The Freedman trained runner made his Aussie debut at Kembla and was very heavily backed. He was three-wide no cover up on the speed and stuck on well for a tough win. It was a big effort first-up off more than a 6-month break, he would not need to improve much to win again.
Tough race and play wide if you are getting involved in the Quaddie. MISS EINSTEIN (10) won two in a row before going to the paddock, last start at Randwick he got back and ran on hard before copping some bad interference and was unsuccessful in an attempt for promotion in the steward’s room.
PETRONIUS (9) led all the way at Warwick Farm last time but will find this harder, McEvoy sticks with ride and will go forward and make his own luck again. BOLD AND WILD (2) has won three in a row, his maiden was a gap job last campaign and he has gone through the grades since. He was solid when resuming in what has proven a good form race.
Race 7: BM78 Handicap 1000m
SWITCHED (13) is undefeated at two prior first-up runs, he also handles the rain affected tracks well with three placings from three on heavy tracks. She has good tactical speed and should go forward, love the booking of Rachel King replacing Christain Reith. The stable had a big win last Saturday with Adelong, she has trialed well enough and looks a good thing.
Happy to play only a couple of others in the Quaddie.
I AM A COOL KID (5) comes in from the West and deserves a crack at Saturday grade, he has not finished further back than second at 7 career starts. He has trialed well after more than a year off, a &YO with only 7 starts he certainly adds intrigue. ENFLEURAGE (2) is a recent trial winner, she won her maiden when resuming last prep. She was only beaten a half-length by two stars in Victoria before going to the paddock, just not sure she can do it sitting in the breeze? HE’S SUPER LUCKY (4) looks next best but happy to go three-out and put him in for minor places only.
Race 8: 3&4YO Handicap 1400m
REDOUBLE (1) has been a long way between drinks, almost a year, he will appreciate being in this grade following a good fresh run. He resumed here a fortnight ago at Listed level, was three-wide no cover throughout and stuck on well to place. He has a poor second-up record which he needs to improve on, JMac jumps on.
OUTRAGEOUS (6) was ridden closer second-up, a little concern will be the likely wet track but I expect with Tim Clark taking over, he will be going forward. ARCHEDEMUS (3) resumed at Rosehill in the Hawkesbury Cup, he led for a long way and was run down late. The key to him will be if he can land on the bunny, he has won 2 of three previously when second-up. Maybe a small bet in the run if he does lead easily is the go with him? DEALMAKER (4) has improved at each run this prep, his last two have been good, especially two back behind last weeks winner Ranier.
Race 9: Fillies and Mares BM78 Handicap 1200m
Where to look here. Play very wide, maybe 8,10 and the reserves are the ones you can confidently leave out of the Quaddie. SO TAKEN (3) was easy in the betting late in this grade last start on the Kenso track, she was mid-field but wide with cover and after being heeled up, hit the line well behind the smart Rocha Clock. She would be very short in a race like this.
Most of them! ST COVET’S SPIRIT (9) is still yet to win out of maiden grade but rarely runs a bad race. She reeled of the best last 800m sectional of the day on Hawkesbury Guineas Day, look for her late. SAKURA (7) comes through the same race as the top pick, she hit the line well also but hard to see her turning the tables on her. BLAZING MISS (1) was to be ridden closer last start and settled up on the speed. She got to the spot outside the leader mid-race and took over in the straight for a tough win! Up in weight again but a repeat of that would see her hard to beat!