A bumper program has been assembled for Randwick this Saturday, where some of the big boys and girls of Australian racing stepping out in the $250,000 Group ll Apollo Stakes (1400m). The weather is fine, the track is good (3) and the rail is out three metres for the entire circuit.
Race One (12:40) : Huawei Lonhro Plate 1100m:
Back Me: At a price, I am really keen on 8 Spright (Best Odds: $4.40). She debuted in the Widden (1100m) and made up a stack of ground near the inside, which wasn’t the spot to be, yet ran a closing sixth. Looks well placed here and she will be strong late no doubt.
Big Danger: 1 Prized Icon (Best Odds: $2.20) resumed over 1000m here and worked home well without threatening when running third to impressive type Scarlet Rain, beaten 1.6L. Looks to have some upside and the extra 100m is perfect.
Roughie: 2 Telperion (Best Odds: $3.00) debuted at Rosehill back in October where she was heavily backed yet copped too much pressure in front and faded late when running third to Yankee Rose, who I fancy as a Slipper contender. Recent trial here was very good and the stable have stated that this filly is high up in the two year old ranks.
Race Two (13:20) : Adaptra Handicap (85) 2400m:
Back Me: 9 Tucanchoo (Best Odds: $6.50) is on the back up from last Saturday at Caulfield over 2000m where he ran a close up fifth to Golden Mane, and was a bit unlucky. The stable switch from Team Hawkes is usually successful, and this horse strikes a very winnable race.
Big Danger: 6 Mr Steal (Best Odds: $10.00) couldn’t lead all the way last time out over 2700m at Canterbury and that probably sealed his winning prospects, but he stuck on okay when third to tearaway winner Springbok Flyer. Advulla takes over and he rode the horse very well early on his career. Hard to beat.
Roughie: 7 Evason (Best Odds: $10.00) kicked off his Australian career with a strong effort over 2400m at Warwick Farm, beating home Springbok Flyer, who of course franked the form in that above Canterbury race. He’ll probably start good odds, but he is very much capable of taking this out.
Race Three (13:55) : Liberty International Underwriters Light Fingers Stakes 1200m:
Back me: 6 Kangarilla Joy (Best Odds: $3.00) is a classy filly for Team Snowden who absolutely toyed with her rivals here on Australia Day, winning with ridiculous ease. She has the race fitness on her side and looks as though she’ll handle the 1200m with no issue.
Big Danger: 1 Stay With Me (Best Odds: $3.00) is the class runner engaged here and is so well weighted. The Thousand Guineas winner resumes here off the back of a pleasing trial effort here recently. $6 opening price was ridiculous, so she is at her mark now, but class will carry her a long way towards victory.
Roughie: 4 Harlem River (Best Odds: $8.00) had two runs during the Spring in Melbourne and while she didn’t win, her efforts were very good, firstly at Caulfield on Cup Day and then on Cox Plate Day behind Lake Geneva. Looked sharp in winning a trial here on January 29 and she can sprint well fresh.
Race Four (14:27) : TAB Highway Handicap (Class 3) 1800m:
Back Me: Most interesting edition of the Highway given it’s the first staying edition. Leaning towards 4 Fairyland (Best Odds: $5.00), who ran over 1500m at Rosehill last time out and plugged away on the wet track behind Halfpenny Gate. Suited up in trip, Bowman sticks and the firm track is a big, big tick.
Big Danger: 1 King’s Officer (Best Odds: $5.00) drops big time in class and a bit in distance after running over 2000m here on January 23 where he ran a game fourth to White Dove. He has been up for a long time but the key with this horse is that he has genuine city form, and horses that have that rarely leave empty handed in Highway races.
Roughie: 11 Scruff (Best Odds: $21.00) is a Taree based mare who was given a lovely ride by Scott Thurlow to win over the mile at Tuncurry, and was strong through the line, so the 1800m will be no issue and the big surroundings of Randwick look as though will be ideal for this daughter of Lonhro.
Race Five (15:05) : DX Solutions Southern Cross Stakes 1200m:
Back Me: I’m going to take a chance on 5 Rich Enuff (Best Odds: $3.00), who is now with Team Snowden after formerly being with Ken Keys. He was a star three year old who didn’t really fire a shot in the Spring. Change of scenery, and he looks back on track off the back of an impressive trial win here on January 29 where he led all the way and won with a bit in reserve. On his best form, he’d spank these, and looks well weighted.
Big Danger: 4 Big Money (Best Odds: $6.50) was specked at odds in the Expressway (1200m) and ran well I thought when running third to star sprinter Our Boy Malachi, beaten just under four lengths. He has the race fitness and will love a return to a firmer surface. He can definitely win this.
Roughie: 9 Aussies Love Sport (Best Odds: $10.00) had a campaign up north for the Magic Millions and really wasn’t suited by the track bias. He trialled behind star filly Ghisoni and went very well I thought. He can be a hard horse to follow, but on his best form, he is a definite winning chance.
Race Six (15:45) : Gifts.com.au Handicap (85) 1600m:
Back Me: 4 Duibio (Best Odds: $2.60) was a real cat when with Gai Waterhouse, but he has really found his best now under the care of Ciaron Maher. He produced an unbelievable finish to win two back at Flemington down the straight before running over 1400m there and running a game second to King’s Command. This looks a lovely race for him.
Big Danger: 3 Testashadow (Best Odds: $7.50) is on the back up from last Saturday when racing over 2000m here where he attempted to lead all the way and beat all bar the impressive winner Allergic. That hard 2000m effort should top him right off here, and he will get a lovely run, either leading or sitting outside Moral Victory.
Roughie: 2 Moral Victory (Best Odds: $9.00) looks a serious knockout chance. He ran over 2000m here a month back where he was ridden cold to run third to Loophole. Last time he was at the Randwick mile he ran a two length fourth in the Villiers. That’s good enough to be ultra competitive here.
Race Seven (16:25) : Optus Business Apollo Stakes 1400m:
Back Me: 8 Winx (Best Odds: $1.50) just picks herself here. The Cox Plate hero resumes here since that famous win. Her two trials have been great and her work between races last Saturday was excellent, and it seems she has really furnished out and looks much stronger, which is a scary proposition for her rivals. Should take a power of beating.
Big Danger: 4 Dibayani (Best Odds: $9.00) is such an interesting runner here. He was a real eye catcher early on in the Spring, but his form tapered off towards the end and was quite erratic. Trialled here recently and went outstanding I thought, so perhaps racing the Sydney way suits him better. I’m tipping he will go very close here if he is forward enough.
Roughie: 6 Leebaz (Best Odds: $17.00) is a class animal that resumes for Team Hawkes. He hasn’t raced since finishing midfield behind The Offer in the Bendigo Cup (2400m), and that horse went on to run well in the Melbourne Cup. Recent trial win at Rosehill was quite encouraging, he is a two time first up winner and runs well at Randwick.
Race Eight (17:05) : Robrick Lodge Triscay Stakes 1200m:
Back Me: 2 Slightly Sweet (Best Odds: $3.20) is another talented mare resuming. She was disappointing behind Peeping in that Golden Pendant, but her two runs in Melbourne were full of merit, both times with bias in her face. Trialled well at Rosehill, and her first up record is very strong. Look for her to charge late.
Big Danger: 1 Peeping (Best Odds: $2.60) is a classy mare that resumes for Ron Quinton. The highlight in the Spring was clearly her win in the Golden Pendant (1400m) when beating home Catkins and Arabian Gold. Recent trial here behind Harlem River was very good, and she has the class factor.
Roughie: 3 Vergara (Best Odds: $5.00) resumes here for Anthony Cummings off the back of a very impressive trial I thought on Monday when second to Catkins, where she travelled sweetly on speed and ran a narrow second. McDonald sticks with her, which is a good lead, and she maps very well for this.
Race Nine (17:45) : The Next Galaxy Handicap (85) 1200m:
Back Me: 2 My Favorite (Best Odds: $15.00) is an interesting runner. Resumes here for Clarry Conners after racing in Hong Kong, where he was building up a really nice record. Unfortunately he suffered a bad tendon injury and was sent back to Australia. He has looked very sharp in a couple of trials, and with the drying conditions, his chances are enhanced further.
Big Danger: 7 Le Cordon Bleu (Best Odds: $4.80) was excellent on Magic Millions Day at the Gold Coast in the Sprint when working home strongly from near last to run third to Husson Eagle, beaten three lengths. This is a considerable drop in grade, handles all conditions and he will be finishing the race off as well as anything, perhaps better.
Roughie: 9 Meursault (Best Odds: $4.20) is a talented galloper for Godolphin who probably hasn’t quite lived up to his early hype. He resumed in the Takeover Target (1200m) and weakened out of it late after sitting on a hot speed. He has the class on the board, and McDonald jumps on board, so he can sharply improve back in grade.
BEST BET: Race Seven Number 8 Winx
NEXT BEST: Race Three Number 7 Ghisoni
VALUE: Race Nine Number 2 My Favorite
Quaddie Tips (Races Six Through To Nine):
Leg One: 1, 2, 3, 4, 11
Leg Two: 4, 6, 8
Leg Three: 1, 2, 3, 6, 9
Leg Four: 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 15
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