It’s Randwick on Saturday for a third consecutive week.
Race 1 1:00pm #THERACES HANDICAP 1400m
CHAPELCO was really good winning on debut. He didn’t know what the caper was about early in the straight and was a bit all over the place but once Clark got into him, he really attacked the line. Up to 1400m should suit him and he should take a lot of improvement from that.
INVINCIBELLA comes out of good races at her last two and wasn’t really suited in terms of how the race was run behind Niccolance. The form from that race should stack up quite well. If Collett can switch her off early, she has a good sharp sprint on her and can finish over the top.
MAGNAROCK beat Peacock last start, who then won a Listed race last Saturday in Melbourne, so that form has stacked up well. He did start $41 there and rises 4kg in weight, but this looks to be smart placement now given the form of his last start.
MISS BALLANTINE out to 1400m can improve here and is the next best.
SELECTIONS: No 3 CHAPELCO, No 2 Invincibella, No 1 Magnarock, No 6 Miss Ballantine.
VALUE RUNNER: No 1 Magnarock.
CHAPELCO - 1pt @ 2.65
Race 2 1:35pm TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP 1000m
ANGUS ROCK (BEST ROUGHIE) first-up profiles well. Last time when fresh he came from near last against the bias at Albury in slick time and subsequently won his next two before being narrowly beaten in a Highway. His first-up stats don't look special but at his only two fresh runs for Donnelly he has placed on both occasions over the 1000m. He has no weight after the claim for Adkins and will have the last shot at them.
ART D’AMOUR has been good at winning his two runs out Armidale way and both over the 1000m. This is a big step up as the form around him isn’t that hot, but he looks to be a 1000m specialist and that holds him in good stead here.
FIFTEEN SUNFLOWERS is hard to get a gauge on. She will run well then throw a few horrors in. Is this the day she throws a good performance up?
SELECTIONS: No 4 ANGUS ROCK, No 5 Art D’Amour, No 2 Fifteen Sunflowers.
VALUE RUNNER: No 4 Angus Rock.
ANGUS ROCK - 1pt @ 21.00
Race 3 2:10pm GEOHEX SPRINT 1000m
BROOKLYN STORM is a jump and run type of horse who is perfectly suited to the 1000m here. He ran in a good race first-up and the time for that race was solid. Second-up and fitter here, I expect him to try and run his rivals ragged.
TOP STRIKER won that race first-up but meets Brooklyn Storm 2.5kgs worse off for winning that race. From (10), Collett should push into a forward position and if he can sprint like he did last start definitely has a chance.
NIETA struck some solid form this preparation and has been back to the trials after a failure last start. If she finds the form that she showed in her first two runs, she is well within a chance here.
CLEAR THE BEACH could be the one left of field here. All three career runs have been solid and the trial leading into this was quite good. I’m willing to back the form of that trial.
SELECTIONS: No 4 BROOKLYN STORM, No 3 Top Striker, No 9 Nieta, No 10 Clear The Beach.
VALUE RUNNER: No 10 Clear The Beach.
BROOKLYN STORM - 1pt @ 8.50
Race 4 2:45pm TAB REWARDS HANDICAP 1200m
SIR PLUSH was a big winner first-up and was really well supported in the market. When he got the gap at the 200m, he pushed through and sprinted very well to get up and win. He has freshened up since and has found a good race here. He should be hard to beat.
REINCARNATE was good in that Sir Plush race where he was three wide the trip and only just dropped off late. He can push forward again here and be hard to run down.
ONEROUS was a big betting drifter first-up and ran accordingly. On his best he is much better than this lot, but I am not sure as to how he has come back. Second-up and out to 1200m should suit him much better.
SUSPENSE was good on speed in what has proven to be a good formline last start. Denpurr has backed up her fresh win with another there and it may well be a race to follow. He rose in the grades quickly early on, but has now found a winnable race here.
SELECTIONS: No 7 SIR PLUSH, No 8 Reincarnate, No 1 Onerous, No 4 Suspense.
VALUE RUNNER: No 1 Onerous.
SIR PLUSH - 1pt @ 2.75
Race 5 3:20pm FILANTE HANDICAP 1400m
ROCK FORTHE LADIES comes up as the BEST BET of the day here after a super first-up performance where he carried 60kgs and came from near last. The step up to 1400m suits. He is yet to miss a place second-up and I love the step up to 1400m. This is his first full preparation with Baker (Ex Moody) and he has his horses flying at the minute. The 6kg drop is big, as is the booking of Clark, who is the man in form at the minute.
SELECTIONS: No 8 ROCK FORTHE LADIES, No 5 Religify, No 1 Charlie Boy, No 2 Red Excitement.
VALUE RUNNER: No 1 Charlie Boy.
ROCK FORTHE LADIES - 1pt @ 3.10
Race 6 3:55pm IGA LIQUOR HANDICAP 2000m
BROADSIDE got the job done for followers last start and looks to do the same here. He was out on his feet in the last 100m and toughed it out. He should be rock hard fit now and he can run them into the ground here with Hyeronimus on board from gate (1).
TOWER OF SONG probably brings the best form-lines to this race after a win last start and solid efforts behind Acatour and Invizabeel before that. The step up to 2000m is the land of the unknown here, but being out of a Desert Sun mare she should be able to get the trip and she ran through the line powerfully at her last few.
VASSAL getting out to the 2000m is suitable here. He has hit the line well in both of his runs this time in. He looks to get a super soft run from barrier (3) and only carries 59kgs after the claim and looks to be quite well weighted here.
HIPPARCHUS was probably a little flat last start after what was a great first-up run. Third-up and out to 2000m here looks perfect for him as all three wins have come at 2000m and beyond. This is as big a weight as he has had to carry and that is a worry of mine.
SELECTIONS: No 4 BROADSIDE, No 6 Tower Of Song, No 1 Vassal, No 2 Hipparchus.
VALUE RUNNER: No 6 Tower Of Song.
BROADSIDE - 1pt @ 3.000
Race 7 4:35pm ALCONEX FIRE HANDICAP 1400m
DAYSEE DOOM should be ready to win here third-up from a spell. She has run well at both runs this time in and both races have proven good form races. Out to the 1400m is suitable here, as is the claim for Adkins, who could be in for a big day here.
CIRCULAR gets her chance to win a race here down in the weights. Third-up to 1400m looks perfect here after two solid runs this time in. The claim for Heywood looks good. At her best last prep she was only three lengths off Imposing Lass and Falkenberg. That’s good enough for here.
SORT AFTER was a strong winner last start and stays at the 1400m again here. She looks to take up the pace yet again here and if she is left alone in front she is going to be hard to run down despite the rise in weight.
NASSAK has gotten better each time we have seen her this time in. Last start she showed that she had some tactical versatility by taking a sit and not having to lead. She can do the same yet again here from gate (12). She will want the track to stay dry and the rain to avoid Randwick as she was all at sea at her only rain-affected run.
SELECTIONS: No 1 DAYSEE DOOM, No 2 Circular, No 3 Sort After, No 6 Nassak.
VALUE RUNNER: No 2 Circular.
DAYSEE DOOM - 1pt @ 8.00
Race 8 5:20pm CAPITAL BLUESTONE HANDICAP 1600m
HAPPY HANNAH (NEXT BEST BET) was probably in the wrong part of the track last start. She was stuck in the fence and had to make her run up along the inside while Dixie Blossoms had clear air out wide. That race should prove to be quite good and even though she goes up 5kgs in weight, she’s dropping in grade and should be going close here.
SELECTIONS: No 2 HAPPY HANNAH, No 3 Falkenberg, No 8 Eschiele, No 11 Balmain Boy.
VALUE RUNNER: No 3 Falkenberg.
HAPPY HANNAH - 1pt @ 5.50
Race 9 5:55pm SCHWEPPES HANDICAP 1400m
CHOICE WE HAD has come through some really hot form races in his last few and takes on the older horses yet again. He drops weight on all of his runs this time in and Clark should get a beautiful run in transit. He should be hard to beat.
MAN OF CHOICE was entitled to be somewhat flat second-up. That will also be a good race going forward and he wasn’t disgraced being only beaten just on four lengths. He does go up sharply in weight here, but if he can come at them with one run he could finish over the top of them.
MON PERE gets a good claim here and has winkers for the first time coming out of a good race at Rosehill last start. He should be able to sit a little closer in the run here and if he is given clear air he could really fly at them late.
SELECTIONS: No 2 MOHER, No 13 Choice We Had, No 1 Man Of Choice, No 7 Mon Pere.
VALUE RUNNER: No 1 Man Of Choice.
CHOICE WE HAD - 1pt @ 6.50