PRIZED ICON has had five starts and has placed on all occasions. He was narrowly beaten last start in The Schweppervescence. He’s been getting close for a while now, which can be viewed as a positive and a negative, but he’s the proven runner in the race and he should be winning this.

OBSCURA improved dramatically last start, running fifth in The Schweppervescence. His breeding indicated that he’ll appreciate the extra distance and some cut out of the ground.

REINFORCED also comes out of The Schweppervescence where he finished ninth. He’d need to improve dramatically, but he looks capable.

CROWN HIM is a promising type that appears to be maturing quickly. He can add value into your exotic bets.

SELECTIONS: No1 PRIZED ICON, No5 Obscura, No2 Reinforced, No4 Crown Him

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KIMBERLEY STAR improved sharply last start to finish second in the Gosford Guineas. She’s won third up before and does perform well on a soft track.

SUSPENSE rises dramatically in class but we’ll get a good idea of his talent after this start. He’s undefeated so far and looks to be a progressive type.

TULSA has lacked consistency, but go back to his fast finishing third in the C S Hayes Stakes at Flemington and he’s a real threat in this race.

SELECTIONS: No3 KIMBERLEY STAR, No5 Suspense, No9 Tulsa, No14 Sonic Swish

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Kimberley Star - 1pt @ 6.50


HIS MAJESTY was superb when winning first-up at Newcastle and then backed it up with another eye-catching run when finishing second in the Wyong Provincial Championship Qualifying Heat. He meets Supreme Effort better in the weights for that defeat and can turn the tables on him.

HETTY HEIGHTS is a mare in form. She’s won each of her starts this campaign and although it wasn’t the best form race, she did it in style.

SUPREME EFFORT was brilliant when winning two starts ago. He then backed up that performance with a strong victory in the Wyong Qualifier for this series. He trialled at Newcastle last week and showed no signs of slowing down.

SELECTIONS: No3 HIS MAJESTY, No11 Hetty Heights, No1 Supreme Effort, No2 Better Not Blue
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Better Not Blue

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His Majesty - 1pt @ 6.00


PROMPT RESPONSE leads the chances for Gau. She resumed with a fourth in the Magic Night Stakes and has trialled since to ensure that she is ready for this race.

THYME FOR ROSES returns to Sydney after three starts in Melbourne, which included the victory in the TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes. She’s trialled since and will be hard to run down.

SOVIET SECRET is similarly consistent and can add value to multiples having yet to miss a placing in three career outings to date.

SELECTIONS: No9 PROMPT RESPONSE, No11 Gretna, No1 Thyme For Roses, No5 Soviet Secret
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Soviet Secret

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Prompt Response - 1pt @ 3.60

R5 1.55pm ARROWFIELD 3YO SPRINT - 1200m

JAPONISME looks a class above this field. He lines up against his own age which is an added bonus and the form lines from the Lightning Stakes and William Read Stakes should see him winning this race.

COUNTERATTACK closed off strongly first up in the Darby Munro (1200m) where he was ridden negatively from the wide gate and was asked to do too much, but the effort was still very good. He was backed to win the Newmarket (1200m) but was a late scratching. He loves racing at Randwick and a fast run 1200m will be ideal for him.

PETITS FILOUS performed well first-up at Caulfield over 1100m. She’ll be a lot fitter for that and can push our on top selection second-up.

GHISONI also returns to her own age. She was sixth in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic and has to be included as one of the main chances for the race.

SELECTIONS: No1 JAPONISME, No3 Counterattack, No12 Petit Filous, No11 Ghisoni
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Counterattack

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Japonisme - 1pt @ 3.25


JAMEKA has been very impressive this campaign, finishing second in the Australian Derby and third in the Rosehill Guineas. Her style of race should suit and she’s the one to beat.

SINGLE GAZE is chasing a third straight success after she won the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes. She’s a talented filly that still doesn’t receive the credit she deserves. The only question mark is the 2400m.

HONESTA comes through the Vinery Stud where she ran sixth. The key to this horse is getting onto a bigger track with the sting taken out of the ground. Last time that eventuated she ran a brave second to Jameka in the Crown Oaks (2500m). She’s a good each way chance.

SELECTIONS: No1 JAMEKA, No3 Honesta, No2 Single Gaze, No7 Sofia Rosa

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Jameka - 1pt @ 3.70

R7 3.15pm SCHWEPPES SYDNEY CUP - 3200m

WHO SHOT THEBARMAN has been building perfectly for this race. He finished second in The BMW behind Preferment and he is obviously one of the leading contenders. The BMW is not always the best form guide for the Sydney Cup and he was unable to get the job done in the race last year, but this looks to be a weaker assignment and he should be suited.

GRAND MARSHAL beat Who Shot Thebarman fair and square last year in the Sydney Cup at big odds. He’s followed a different path but still looks capable of winning. He’s in arguably career best form and his third place finish in the BMW produced the highest rating of his career. Chris Waller has always been confident that he would not hit his peak until he stepped up to 3200 metres and there is no doubt that he will be tough to hold out in the final stages of the race.

LIBRAN is another of Waller’s main chances. He has been a very profitable horse for punters this campaign and he can continue that trend here. He wasn’t the most convincing winner last week in the Chairman’s Handicap, but he was still able to win. The 3200m looks ideal for him and the cut out of the ground shouldn’t be an issue. He was my on top selection until he had that tough race last start, but he’s still one of the main contenders.

ALMOONQITH is a proven performer over 3200 metres and his victory in the Sandown Cup over this trip last year was full of merit. He has been unable to reach that level at this stage of his autumn preparation, but he had genuine excuses in the Australian Cup and he should now be close to his peak fitness. The wet track is a small concern, but he’s great each-way odds.

SELECTIONS: No1 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN, No3 Grand Marshal, No4 Libran, No2 Almoonqith
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Almoonqith

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AZKADELLIA is a star mare and as genuine as they come. Her effort behind Winx in the Doncaster was strong enough to suggest that she’d win this. She sat back in the field and showed a tremendous turn of foot to run into third. This is an easier contest and she looks one of the better bets of the day.

BADAWIYA is a talented filly on the up. She was dominant first up in the Kewney Stakes and wasn't beaten far when contesting the Emancipation Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill a fortnight ago. She’ll be fitter again and she has shown that she can mix it with this class of gallopers.

SUAVITO is a dual Group 1 winning mare who is dropping back in trip after a disappointing showing in the Australian Cup. We’re willing to put a line through that performance last start and go back to her tremendous performance in the C.F Orr Stakes. She has a good record at the distance and she can definitely play a part in this race at each way odds.

SELECTIONS: No3 AZKADELLIA, No6 Zanbagh, No14 Badawiya, No1 Suavito

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Azkadellia - 1pt @ 3.75


CRITERION has been backed off the map since prices went up and it’s completely understandable. He was not suited first-up in the Canterbury Stakes, but he produced a much improved performance in the Ranvet Stakes and he only died on his run late. He’s fit enough now and we all know how much he enjoys running on a soft track. His highest rating, which was reached last year, is easily higher than the other runners in the race and at his best, the each-way price is a steal.

THE UNITED STATES continues to improve this campaign. He produced a career best performance in the Ranvet Stakes and looks capable of more. That performance was better than that of Preferment in The BMW and his profile is starting to build towards that of Criterion’s. He will be very hard to beat with the nice run expected.

PREFERMENT is flying having won The BMW (2400m) and The Australian Cup (2000m) in his past two starts. The 2400m was the ultimate test and he was able to get through it. Dropping back to 2000m should see him back to his best and hard to beat. From barrier 5 he’ll get a beautiful run through the early stages and he has won on a soft track before.

LUCIA VALENTINA has received plenty of support leading into this race and she’ll be well suited second-up. She performed well first-up, running on strongly when finishing fourth in the Coolmore Classic. Historically she performs best early on in a campaign and she does enjoy a bit of sting out of the track. She still needs to improve on what she has shown previously to suggest that she could win a race like this against this type of company. RISING ROMANCE is a battler, but a consistent barrier. She was beaten by Preferment by two and a half lengths in the BMW, and although it appears hard for her to turn the tables, her strong record on a soft track has seen her receive plenty of early support.

SELECTIONS: No1 CRITERION, No5 The United States, No2 Preferment, No12 Lucia Valentina
VALUE RUNNER: No13 Rising Romance

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CRADLE ME impressed with a strong performance in the Birthday Card (1200m) at Rosehill last start. She finished fourth on that occasion but was beaten less than a length. She gets a 5.5kg weight swing on Sultry Feeling, which makes her very hard to beat. The only negative is the soft track.

BOUNDING was beaten in The Galaxy by Griante by two lengths. She gets a 2.5kg weight swing for that defeat and she has a strong third-up record. She’s a consistent mare and does have a good record on tracks with some give out of the track.

GRIANTE drops from Group 1 winning form to this easier assignment. Although meeting gallopers like Bounding worse off in the weights, she still actually gets in well under the Set Weight plus Penalties conditions.

SELECTIONS: No6 CRADLE ME, No1 Bounding, No2 Griante, No15 No More Tears
VALUE RUNNER: No15 No More Tears

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Cradle Me - 1pt @ 7.00