Adam Page gives us his brief preview for Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick racecourse, view his full race preview and selections.
Retrieve is the $4.20 favourite, ahead of Sacred Choice at $5, then Cedaberg at $6. Zavite and Galizani round out the horses under double figures at $9.50 each.
I’m going to declare Palacio De Crystal a special on one condition: the track is Dead 4 or 5 by the time this race is on. She has been working the house down at Randwick and if the track was dry last Saturday, she would have gone very close to winning. All four of her runs this time in have been faultless in unsuitable races, especially last start behind More Joyous when she was on the wrong part of the track and the race wasn’t run to suit. She deserves a Group One win and if the track is firm enough, she’ll win here.
Zavite did all the donkey work in the BMW and tired late to finish eighth, beaten five lengths. He looks suited here and did run a cracking race to win the Ranvet two starts back. He’ll get the gun run here and looks extremely well suited at WFA against this lot.
Buccellati looks the value runner. He was dismal in the Spring but he has somewhat turned the corner this prep with two good efforts, behind Launay first up and then wasn’t far away behind Testa My Patience at Caulfield. Needs a dry track but he’ll get a cosy run and is a type of horse than can bob up without surprising.
Retrieve is more than likely heading to Europe after this so it’d be great for Peter Snowden if this horse can finish his Australian career with a debut Group One win. He was very brave in the AJC Derby behind Shamrocker when taking off at the 600m. He is a dog, he’ll fight all day and is sure to be in the finish. He does have the weight pull in his favour and he can handle any track conditions.
Palacio De Crystal on top, to beat Zavite, Buccellati and Retrieve.
Written by Adam Page
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