Strong fields across the nine races on the card today at Randwick, read our full preview here.
SKINNY PLAY: 5,7 / 8 / 1,2,8 / 1,5,17
WIDE PLAY: 2,5,7,8,12 / 1,3,6,8 / 1,2,8 / 1,2,5,6,17
Race One - RB ELECTRICAL & COMMUNICATIONS PLATE (1400M)
ACATOUR made a strong start to his career when saluting over 1250m at Canterbury. He will have taken valuable race experience and fitness from the outing. Furthermore, a rise to 1400m is expected to suit.
SKYLIGHT GLOW showed good improvement off her debut run to win at Canterbury last start. She’s drawn wide which will make this a tough assignment and she’ll be forced to settle back in the field on this occasion.
BARBASS gets his chance in the city after a good win at Scone. He was backed from $14 into $8 late in the betting before defeating Fleeting Style and Miss Amajardan. Barbass sat three-wide up on the speed throughout but was still able to kick clear over the final furlong to win by a length. He would’ve gained a lot of confidence from that performance.
SELECTIONS: No2 FLOW, No4 ACATOUR, No10 SKYLIGHT GLOW, No1 BARBASS
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Barbass
Race Two - TAB HIGHWAY PLATE (1100M)
BEAU TIRAGE hasn't been able to snag a win this campaign, but has been running well. He over raced at times last start at Randwick, but was still able to work home solidly for third in a benchmark 72. He should get a really nice run behind the leader.
STAR SHAFT produced an eye-catching second when only narrowly beaten in the same event. He will also strip fitter for that performance, however, he now meets Wonderbolt a sizeable 4.5kg worse at the weights. That said, his first up run was excellent, he’s proven at this course and he’s also yet to finish out of the money in three prior second up outings. Canberra stables boast a strong hand in this contest.
SELECTIONS: No1 WONDERBOLT, No2 BEAU TIRAGE, No3 STAR SHAFT, No8 FLASH IN THE DARK
VALUE RUNNER: No8 Flash In The Dark
Race Three - CANDANA BATHROOMS HANDICAP (1400M)
ROEINDA has placed in each of her runs this campaign, with the latest coming when second in the Denise's Joy Stakes. The filly is also down to run at Doomben and connections are lucky in the fact their filly will be a winning chance whichever direction they choose for her. From an inside barrier with a 3kg claim, she could take some beating.
DIXIE CHICK came with a strong rails run at Scone to finish third behind Our Beatnik and Torpenhow. It followed a freshen-up after struggling in Listed grade over The Championships. She’ll get back and look to run over the top of them. There is a small question mark over the 1400m.
DEE NINE ELLE is venturing south from Queensland and has been racing well. She can play a part in this race on recent form and from barrier 5.
SELECTIONS: No1 PIONEERING, No2 ROEINDA, No6 DIXIE CHICK, No5 DEE NINE ELLE
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Bold Beginning
Race Four - EVANS & PARTNERS HANDICAP (2000M)
DIVINE SANCTION was working to the line well at this course and distance ten days ago. Watch for him doing the same fourth up with Blinkers applied first time and from barrier 5.
STREET SMART also ran in the Group Two Championship Stakes and got held up for a run for most of the straight. He then dropped in grade and was able to record a half-a-length win despite being extremely wayward in the straight. He shifted out abruptly when struck with the whip at the 250m and continued to race greenly, yet he was able to get the job done.
NEW TIPPERARY has hit the ground running this campaign, winning each of his two outings, the latest at Canterbury over 1580m. The gelding now rises to 2000m and is bred to thrive at the distance. Trainer Joe Pride has a knack of gradually working his horses through the grades and this shapes as a nice progression.
SELECTIONS: No3 RODRICO, No6 DIVINE SANCTION, No5 STREET SMART, No2 NEW TIPPERARY
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Street Smart
Race Five - WILSON ASSET MANAGEMENT HANDICAP (1100M)
I AM ZELADY is another runner well off at the weights with just 54.5kg. She resumes after winning on Magic Millions day on the Gold Coast. Her trial a fortnight ago at Kembla Grange was pretty average behind Selita. She did trial in blinkers which she won't be wearing here.
PRINCEFAMOUS resumed nicely over 1100m at Rosehill last month. While he sits noticeably out of the handicap, the gelding still profiles as a value player on latest form.
OXFORD POET has trialled nicely coming into this race. He gets in well with just 54kg on his back and has drawn well in barrier 4. His record first up is pretty solid as is his record at the track. The concern is that there looks to be a bit of pressure up front.
SELECTIONS: No3 INZ'N'OUT, No6 I AM ZELADY, No9 PRINCEFAMOUS, No7 OXFORD POET
VALUE RUNNER: No1 That’s A Good Idea
Race Six - PROVIDENCE HANDICAP (1200M)
SANGIOVESE is dropping back in grade after tackling the Listed Denise's Joy at Scone a fortnight back. She had every chance as the $3 favourite after settling in the first-half before finishing fifth, beaten just under a length. While she does drop in grade, she goes up 4.5kg in the weights and has drawn out wide in barrier 14.
BONETE was fair enough on resuming at Rosehill last start. She will strip fitter for the outing and is drawn to receive all of the favours.
BUTTERBOOM found herself back and wide last start at Rosehill. She will hopefully settle in a more friendly position here from barrier 5.
SELECTIONS: No5 TROIS CHOIX, No7 SANGIOVESE, No8 BONETE, No2 BUTTERBOOM
VALUE RUNNER: No8 Bonete
Race Seven - FUJITSU AIR CONDITIONING MCKELL CUP (2400M)
HAVANA COOLER was making good ground late in the Lord Mayor’s Cup over 2000m at Rosehill behind Ecuador. He now gets a 2kg weight swing over the winner from that occasion and must be a chance of turning the tables fourth run back from a spell.
ECUADOR was impressive last start over 2000m. The distance of 2400m is uncharted territory for the gelding but on the strength of his latest showing, he must be respected. The race falls away after this above mentioned trio who arguably have the event safely in their keeping.
HAWKSPUR has been going okay, including a fourth in the Lord Mayor's Cup but his last win was back in September 2014.
SELECTIONS: No8 RAW IMPULSE, No3 HAVANA COOLER, No1 ECUADOR, No6 HAWKSPUR
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Hawkspur
Race Eight - HARVEY NORMAN HANDICAP (1800M)
SABKHAT had to do a bit of work early last start at Caulfield to sit outside the lead, but the Godolphin gelding was still extremely disappointing. He is down slightly in grade and has had a month off between runs, but he certainly needs to improve on what we saw last start.
SPY DECODER has placed in his past two outings, each at Rosehill over 1400m and 1500m metres. Keep him in mind although carrying 60.5kg.
DANCE OF HEROES has improved with each of his runs this campaign and last start was a winner over 2000m at Rosehill. The gelding should be right at his peak fitness fourth up and has claims on a quick seven-day backup.
SELECTIONS: No8 SABKHAT, No2 SPY DECODER, No1 DANCE OF HEROES
VALUE RUNNER: No13 Shalmaneser
Race Nine - ONE SOLUTIONS HANDICAP (1400M)
BULLRUSH comes into the race undefeated from four starts. He resumed at Canterbury recently in a midweek BM72 where he was handed the lead. Fortune Patch challenged at the 200m, but Bullrush was too strong at the end of 1250m. The placegetters from that race were only fair at Canterbury on Wednesday so there is a query over the strength of the form. The barrier draw is the real concern.
CAPED CRUSADER has placed in each of his two starts this campaign, with each over 1200m at Rosehill. He should relish a distance rise third up and is unbeaten at this course from four starts. However, 63kg is something of a concern.
DISGRACEFUL has been a bit costly for punters having been beaten as favourite in his final four starts last campaign. He resumed at Rosehill three weeks ago when he ran on strongly from back in the field for second behind Painte. He shouldn't be far away.
SELECTIONS: No17 ROGUISH, No5 BULLRUSH, No1 CAPED CRUSADER, No2 DISGRACEFUL
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Invinzabeel