Adam Page gives us his brief overview of Saturday’s JRA Plate at Randwick racecourse on Doncaster Mile day.
Galizani, scratched from last Saturday, is the $2.70 favouirtie ahead of Hawk Island at $5.50, Rainbow Styling at $6 and New Day Rising at $7 in what appears to be another tough race.
I’ve got it between Galizani and Our Billy Blue. On form I have stuck with Galizani. All three runs this time in have been good from her and her last start was particularly impressive when she recorded a dominant win in the Epona over Vivid Vixen, who won at Caulfield on Saturday against the boys. She’ll ease back from the wide barrier and try and overhaul them late. The only thing against her is that Jim Cassidy is riding in poor form of late.
Our Billy Blue is starting to realise his potential. Top win first up at Kensington before missing out in a three way thriller at Canterbury before getting the chocolates at Warwick Farm. Rises in grade here but the step up to 2000m looks ideal and top rider Corey Brown jumps aboard. He is the young horse on the rise and looks good odds at $3.52 for the place.
Buccellati has improved out of sight this campaign compared to his awful efforts in the Spring. Made up good ground behind Launay at Flemington, then was outsprinted but still was solid enough at Caulfield. He does have class on his side and looks well weighted when you consider his form from overseas.
Herculian Prince was four wide throughout last Saturday and had to stop. He is third up here and stepping up to 2000m, he should be ready to fire. The two things against him are the weight (61kg) and the fact that Nash has jumped on Buccellati instead of retaining the ride on Herculian Prince.
Galizani on top, narrowly, over Our Billy Blue, Buccellati and Herculian Prince.
Written by Adam Page
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