Race 1 12:35pm CITY TATTERSALLS CLUB VICTORY VEIN PLATE 1000m

POETIC CHARMER trialled really well two weeks ago in preparation for this. What I liked was that he took a gap when asked to and burst through. He has the rails advantage here and will be hard to beat.

KANGA’S EYE should have won on debut. She missed the kick clearly and was only just beaten by Jorda, who looks to be the benchmark filly.

THRILLED has come up as favourite here, but may be a touch of unders. He did trial well against older horses, but he missed the kick clearly and had to be niggled at, late in the trial. There’s talent there but also some questions.

DARHAD has trialled well on two occasions, the last of which was behind Poetic Charmer. He hit the line nicely and may be better over further. Freedman has his horses presenting well and this is another.

SELECTIONS: No 6 POETIC CHARMER, No 9 Kanga’s Eye, No 7 Thrilled, No 3 Darhad.

VALUE RUNNER: No 6 Poetic Charmer.
POETIC CHARMER - 1pt @ 0.00

Race 2 1:10pm BARTIER PERRY HANDICAP 1600m

FABRIZIO (BEST BET) was some sort of an effort in the Epsom. He ran a ridiculously fast first 1000m where he averaged 11.3 seconds per 200m and only dropped out late. Having won eight of his 12 starts, the bookmakers are taking no chances, but he drops well in grade and he started favourite in the Epsom. He should be winning this under jockey Joshua Parr with a draw in (1).

SELECTIONS: No 4 FABRIZIO, No 2 Torgersen, No 1 Iggi Pop.

VALUE RUNNER: No 1 Iggi Pop.
FABRIZIO - 1pt @ 1.45

Race 3 1:45pm ARISTOCRAT HANDICAP 1600m

BEZEL has been dominant in two wins this time in at Newcastle. This is a step up and he does have a big weight, but the big open spaces of Randwick should suit him. He looks a horse who could measure up to a Carbine Club over the carnival and he will be hard to beat.

EARTH was exposed early in the Dulcify and did well to battle on late when he was swamped by Moqueen. This is the same sort of race here and that run at the mile should have him rock hard fit.

POWER LAW on the quick back up is intriguing here. I think that race will turn out to be quite good and I’m happy to follow it through. He has drawn a good gate and looks to get a soft run here.

THE REVEREND DEMON has been doing the job well at the provincials and the step up to the mile looks ideal here. He has drawn a touch sticky, but I expect Collett to go forward here and prove hard to run down.

SELECTIONS: No 1 BEZEL, No 4 Earth, No 6 Power Law, No 2 The Reverend Demon.

VALUE RUNNER: No 2 The Reverend Demon.
BEZEL - 1pt @ 2.00

Race 4 2:20pm TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP 1200m

PUMPKIN PIE has been doing the job well at the country level and at his last start he was able to beat some better class horses. The 1200m suits him well, and Collett should have him in the gun spot from barrier (4) and he will be hard to beat.

ECKSTEIN similar to last start would probably be winning this with a “jockey” on board. Poland just isn’t up to city class and with a full field of 14 from an inside barrier, there is a whole lot of trouble that this horse can find, and I cannot come into the $3.5 currently advertised.

RINVIATA comes out of a race last start that should hold up quite well here. The Canberra Guineas was a good race and coming back to a Highway first-up suits here. Dale has been placing his horses perfectly as of late and this looks to be another.

MAN OF PEACE gets bar plates off here and gets back onto a drier track after three runs on heavy ground this time in. His good track record is exemplary and after the claim he is a chance.

SELECTIONS: No 11 PUMPKIN PIE, No 10 Eckstein, No 3 Rinviata, No 2 Man Of Peace.

VALUE RUNNER: No 3 Rinviata.
PUMPKIN PIE - 1pt @ 3.90

Race 5 2:55pm CITY TATTERSALLS CLUB HANDICAP 1400m

BULLRUSH gets his chance to win a race here after two really good runs this time in. Staying at the 1400m suits him here and the form around Extensible has held up quite well with her run last week in the Angst. The claim for Jennings is telling and he will be hard to run down.

INVINZABEEL smoked them first-up after two strong trials leading in. He has had a month between runs here in an effort to keep him fresh. The draw is a touch sticky, but he should sit just off them and be hard to beat.

The form around MAGICUS is quite good this time in. Back to 1400m suits him here, as I don’t think he can get a strong mile and if he is to win a race this preparation this looks to be his best chance.

ROYAL TUDOR won what looks to be a strong race last start after coming out of the Cameron behind Chetwood. That form has stacked up amazingly well and he should get a perfect run on the map here and be in the finish.

SELECTIONS: No 2 BULLRUSH, No 4 Invinzabeel, No 5 Magicus, No 7 Royal Tudor.

VALUE RUNNER: No 5 Magicus.
BULLRUSH - 1pt @ 3.00

Race 6 3:30pm CITY TATTERSALLS CLUB CUP 2400m

SENSE OF OCCASION was a good run in the Metrop, I liked it better than JUNOOB’S who has come up as favourite here. Sense of Occasion looks much more suited here, getting a weight swing in his favour and I like his set up much better.

JUNOOB has been running around in these races without threatening this time in and he finally doesn’t have to carry the grandstand and gets conditions to suit.

CAPED CRUSADER on the quick back-up from the Port Cup looks a solid chance here. He should be rock hard fit after three brutal runs this time in and if he were to get a soft enough time in front, he will prove hard to run down, especially with the 7kg weight drop.

SELECTIONS: No 2 SENSE OF OCCASION, No 3 Caped Crusader, No 1 Junoob, No 5 Alegria.

VALUE RUNNER: No 3 Caped Crusader.
SENSE OF OCCASION - 1pt @ 4.60

Race 7 4:10pm AINSWORTH BRIAN CROWLEY STAKES 1200m

HAIR TRIGGER gets his chance to break through at stakes grade here after two unlucky runs. He should be one to two pairs back on the fence and if he can get some clear room in the straight he will be able to round them up.

SPRIGHT (BEST ROUGHIE) had some good form around here in her first preparation and got a well-deserved win in her first run back this time in. The time for the day was good. She should find her feet early here and with Collett aboard she will fly late at them.

SOUCHEZ has trialled quite well leading into this first-up run here. I like how Godolphin have held him back from the top line races this time in as he is that rung below. His win in the Pago Pago was fantastic in the autumn and if he brings that form to the races he will be hard to beat.

EL DIVINO back in distance and in grade suits here. I have always thought that he was a sprinter and that looks to be the way Waterhouse and Bott are thinking now. The blinkers are on to sharpen him up and if he can find the form that he had last time he was at the track and distance in the Kindergarten he will be hard to beat.

GUARD OF HONOUR loses Bowman and gets Reith here. That is a major deterrent for me as he is also coming off a setback and I’m happy to risk at the price.

SELECTIONS: No 7 HAIR TRIGGER, No 11 Spright, No 1 Souchez, No 2 El Divino, No 3 Guard Of Honour.

VALUE RUNNER: No 11 Spright.
HAIR TRIGGER - 1pt @ 0.00

Race 8 4:50pm ICD PROPERTY NIVISON 1200m

EGYPTIAN SYMBOL (NEXT BEST) has trialled like a bomb leading into this. She had next to no luck in all of her runs last time in. She has serious ability and she looks as if she can live up to it in this preparation. She's placed or won nine of her 11 starts to date and while she's a short price here, I expect her to win this and go off to Melbourne.

SELECTIONS: No 10 EGYPTIAN SYMBOL, No 8 Rule The River, No 4 Nancy, No 1 Slightly Sweet.

VALUE RUNNER: No 1 Slightly Sweet.
EGYPTIAN SYMBOL - 1pt @ 3.20

Race 9 5:30pm CITY TATTERSALLS LIGHTNING 1100m

KAEPERNICK was a little flat last start after what was a super run. I am willing to forgive that effort and go off the first-up run. Back to 1000m here suits and there is speed to burn here. He has drawn perfectly in (14) as he can sit out of trouble and if Jennings gets him to the middle of the track he can blouse them.

SPIETH resumes with a big boom on him here after a big preparation over the late autumn where he went undefeated. He steps up massively in grade here and has trialled well leading into this. The boom is reflective of his price not his ability and at 2.80 he isn’t a bet at that price.

KINGLIKE’S record is much better than it looks and you need to forget his first-up run where he didn’t handle the straight. He has always been thrown into the deep-end regarding the races he has run in and this is as weak a race as he has ever run in. He needs to be given another chance off his trial.

THAT’S A GOOD IDEA resumes here after two strong trials and he looks to be flying. He was a runner up in this race last year and loves the rock hard going. He should push forward from the barrier and prove hard to run down.

SELECTIONS: No 6 KAEPERNICK, No 16 Spieth, No 8 Kinglike, No 2 That’s A Good Idea.

VALUE RUNNER: No 2 That’s A Good Idea.
KAEPERNICK - 1pt @ 7.50