Race-by-race preview and tips for Randwick on Saturday

Race 1 – 11AM TAB HIGHWAY PLATE (1500m)

Unusually, there is a lack of obvious pressure in this week’s Highway so looking for a horse that can sit handy. 7. Angelical ticks that box. The three-year-old filly is also a lightly raced improver with just four starts to her name. The daughter of Real Impact resumed at Muswellbrook three weeks ago over 1280m and thought she did an big job to finish as close as she did to her fitter stablemate Ceasefire. She carried 61kg, was shuffled back in the run and never looked comfortable on the heavy 10 surface yet kept chasing a lost cause. It’s all suddenly clicked for 12. Bootscooter. After rounding up his rivals to win his maiden at Scone over 1300m, he was sent around an odds on favourite at Newcastle in C1 company and was always in control.
How to play it: Angelical E/W.

Race 2 –11. 35AM SCHWEPPES HCP (1100m)

5. Midnight In Tokyo is still far from the finished article as she has a tendency to race keenly in the run, but she brings the strongest form line. She resumed her second campaign in the G3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic at the Gold Coast, running the unbeaten Nettuno to a narrow margin where the subsequent Sires’ Produce winner Sheeza Belter ran third. Rubusto ran fourth and the subsequent Bill Carter Stakes winner Stroll finished sixth. 9. Emilia Romagna got off the mark at Goulburn first up, scoring a dominant win. The Bjorn Baker-trained filly settled midfield and once she hooked to the outside the race was all over. She has obviously returned a much better filly in this time back, living up to her big pedigree being by Pierro out of G1 winner Griante.
How to play it: Midnight In Tokyo WIN.

Race 3 – 12. 10PM 50 YEAR AND LIFE MEMBERS HCP (1200m)

3. Tamerlane looks beautifully placed to resume a winner. The four-year-old smoked to the line first up last preparation over 1200m at Rosehill, running El Buena to a narrow margin, running straight past 2. Queen Bellissimo. He didn’t go on to convert that great return into a win but it wasn’t through any fault of his own. A wide draw proved costly second up before he bumped into the likes of Fashchanel, Rule Of Law and War Eternal. Horses that all went on to prove competitive at group level. Terrified of 10. Le Vizir. We see the gelded version for the first time on Saturday and he was a bigwinner first up over 1200m last preparation. He has trialled well in open company and maps nicely himself.
How to play it: Tamerlane WIN.

Race 4 – 12. 45PM MIDWAY HCP (1200m)

The penny has dropped for 4. Cruel Summer this preparation, having been gelded. The son of Paul Perry’s superstar sprinter Choisir resumed at Newcastle in early April and scouted wide to beat Simpkin where there was six lengths back to third. He then transferred that form to the midweeks at Canterbury, putting four lengths on what looked a progressive field of three-year-olds. What we have to consider is that both of those wins were on tracks rated heavy 10s, so how will he cope back on a firmer surface? His maiden win at Newcastle came on a good track and he put 4. 5 lengths on handy mare Carartie. Jockey Ashley Morgan should be able to use the gate to park up in the first half dozen. Gets his chance. 6. Dalaalaat has been desperate for a dry track. It’s finally arrived. The last time we saw him at the races he didn’t have much luck when a fast-finishing fourth behind Showtime Lady on a soft track at Gosford. 9. Moon Reader is chasing three straight wins having scored at the provincials first up before nosing out Kanazawa at Randwick. That reads well for this and she maps to get a similar cosy run, tucked in behind the speed. 13. Damaged paraded sensationally ahead of his last start and ran right up to his looks, running on into second behind Saquon.

How to play it: Cruel Summer WIN

Race 5 – 1. 20PM DRINKWISE MILE (1600m)

4. Ita backs up seven days after being an unlucky placegetter at Rosehill. The pace slackened in the middle stages setting up a messy finish and she was pocketed in behind a wall of runners. When she finally saw daylight, it was too late. She speared to the line to clock the fastest last 200m split of the meeting but it was in vein. She beat a couple of her main rivals at the Kensington track just two starts ago in 3. Niffler and 7. Finepoint. Ita actually meets 2kg better off for beating her given Niffler has won herself since. In the defence of Niffler, she was only first up in that clash with Ita so obviously had improvement to come. As evidenced by the way she won herself at Rosehill seven days ago, where she produced a career best.

How to play it: Ita E/W.


4. Hulk is a deadly 1000m horse. Do we give him another chance? I say, with some reservation, yes. He has three wins from 33 starts now, with 16 minor placings! He ran out of room first up behind Athelric before he wasn’t suited by the slow tempo and heavy track two weeks ago at Randwick. In his last three runs over 1000m, he blew his rivals away at Kembla Grange before running narrow seconds to Malkovich and Andermatt. A dry track, his pet trip, plenty of speed and no standout rivals. 9. Siege has now won three of her four starts, and she was luckless in the defeat. She can’t have done much more than that to launch her career. She has been kept fresh since winning at Gosford five weeks ago.
How to play it: Hulk E/W.

Race 7 – 2. 30PM FURPHY HCP (1600m)

Everything was against 10. Mr Dependable first up. He was beaten 13 lengths so it’ll need to be a huge form turnaround but there is a case to be made that he can. Firstly, he isn’t a heavy tracker. It just simply come down to the stable needing to get his campaign under way. He’d spent a year on the sidelines prior to that run too. Throw into the mix that he always improves with the run, has never won below 1500m and absorbed plenty of early pressure. Second up his form reads 4:3-1-0 and he gets back onto firmer ground here. 8. Wairere Falls looks perfectly set up. He was six weeks between runs when a luckless seventh at Caulfield before getting a long way back from a wide draw last start at Flemington. Draws to get every chance here, gets in light and he has fired at Randwick in the past.
How to play it: Mr Dependable E/W.

Race 8 – 3. 05PM BOB CHARLEY AO STAKES (1100m)

5. The Bopper travelled wide throughout at Scone first up and never looked comfortable. The wet track was also blamed for his disappointing performance. Two of his best wins have come at Randwick and the drying track could see him improve sharply. Gets his chance to bounce back, particularly that he’ll likely find himself one out and one back in the run. Fresh is best for 2. Mr Mosaic. He looked to have the Ortensia Stakes all sewn up four weeks ago only for Vulpine to grab him on the post. 6. Dragonstone was excellent down the straight last Saturday with 58. 5kg He has been racing consistently all campaign and his form around the likes of Andermatt and Athelric reads well for this.
How to play it: The Bopper WIN.

Race 9 – 3. 40PM GRAINSHAKER VODKA HCP (1300m)

4. Lackeen is a dangerous fresh horse. He beat 1. Frankie Pinot first up last preparation and at level weights, so he meets him 3kg better off. Love the way the Godolphin import has trialled ahead of his return too. He’s ready to go first up. The knocks are obvious, however. Would be a lot more confident over 1400m as opposed to 1300m and that is compounded further by the wide draw. We’ll leave that in the capable hands of Josh Parr. There is no such concern with 8. Much Much Better. He’ll settle at the top end of the field and make his own luck. He races well at Randwick and looks even better placed on a firmer surface. 2. True Detective doesn’t win out of turn now that he has found his level but he is rarely far away.
How to play it: Lackeen WIN.

Race 10 – 4. 20PM CHANDON HANDICAP (1400 METRES)

4. Blesk possesses a finish none of these can match, it’s just his get-back style that sees him beaten more often that not. It’s always risk vs reward with Blesk but there is enough in the early price to take the gamble. Perhaps the five-year-old can park up a touch closer from barrier 1. Perhaps that’s just wishful thinking. John O’Shea does look to have the son of Savabeel ready to fire first up with three trials under his belt and kicking of over 1400m. Hard to hold out. Don’t be too quick to dismiss 16. Kalino. He is still a work in progress but convinced that the talent is there. 7. Cross Talk has obvious claims. The price is the knock stepping intoSaturday company for the first time and he has only ever raced on heavy tracks.
How to play it: Blesk WIN.

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