An outstanding card of racing was assembled for Randwick on Saturday where the champion mare Winx kicked off her 2018 campaign in the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), winning in stunning fashion again, but she wasn’t the only star performer from the meeting. Here are the blackbookers.
Race Four: Chandon S Sweet Embrace Stakes 1200m:
Of the two juvenile races from the meeting, the fillies were much better, and the clear standout was Seabrook, who was four wide throughout yet still rounded them up and won, even having the hide to prick the ears on the line, a sign she did it comfortably with improvement to come. Clocked the fastest final 600m of the race (35.16) despite covering an extra 6.8m in running. Only horse my eyes are on from the two races re the Golden Slipper 2018. She’s right in the mix.
Race Five: Liverpool City Cup 1300m:
I think it’s all eyes for Egg Tart. Yep, I have my blinkers on when it comes to her, but the run was simply outstanding. Normal luck and she wins. Despite being held up, still clocked 34.31 for her final 600m, the quickest final 600m of the entire meeting. Stack of upside to come with her, she’ll take beating in whatever she contests. Crack Me Up also outstanding in winning considering he was supposed to need the run. He’s right on track for the Doncaster. Care To Think huge in defeat. He’ll run a beauty in the Stradbroke.
Race Eight: Guy Walter Proven Thoroughbreds Stakes 1400m:
I think the obvious was Dixie Blossoms. Outstanding return, outstanding win, clearly running the quickest final 600m of the race (35.26). But for value, I’d keep an eye on both Nettoyer and Aide Memoire. I don’t think either of them will be winning a Group l, but the Epona on Golden Slipper Day would be a lovely race for Nettoyer. She was in the quicksand and battle away quite strongly in the straight. She can drop back in depth and win next time out for sure.
Xebec/Berdibek: One’s a proven donkey. The latter is becoming a donkey
Skyline: Fillies went much quicker and looked more sharp. Happy to risk the boys from the Skyline re Golden Slipper
Arbeitsam: Ran like he trialled. Just not up to this level
Lasqueti Spirit: Class 2 at Bathurst for a confidence boost
(Forgive) Alizee: Ran her race in the yard. She was a complete mess
(Forgive) Danish Twist: Once she races without cover, that’s the end of her chances