Fri, Aug 4, 7:59am by Staff Writer
Winter racing gets a hint of spring at Royal Randwick with the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) the feature event on a nine-race card. The rail is in the true position and with Sydney copping a downpour on Thursday night, the track will most likely be in the heavy range.
A small field of nine will line up in the Missile with the Kris Lees-trained Le Romain ($2.15) a solid favourite. A clear standout on ‘ratings’, he’s well in at the Weight-For-Age conditions. With six wins and nine placings from 18 career starts, he’s already got three Group 1 victories next to his name. In fact, 14 of his runs have been in Group company and he’s two wins and two placings from four fresh attempts.
His stable mate, Invincible Gem ($9.50), is building up an impressive record of her own with four wins and three minors from her nine race starts and she’s first-up from a spell since her 0.2L second to Inference in the G1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on a heavy-10. Before that she strung together three on the trot, the most recent a 3L win in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) on a good track.
Memes ($16) is another who’s on a bit of a streak with five wins from her last seven runs, and she steps up to Group grade on Saturday for an in-form Jason Coyle/Rachel King combination. Tycoon Tara added a valuable Group 1 victory to her resume at her last start and she’s first-up since that Tatt’s Tiara win six weeks ago.
Stable mate That’s A Good Idea ($27) is one who would prefer a drying track come Saturday while Jungle Edge and The Monstar will want the opposite. Jungle Edge developed a bit of a cult following last campaign and he scored some impressive black-type wins and Group 1 placings on the heavy tracks with The Monstar landing some big bets when bolting in by 6L in the Listed June Stakes (1100m) here at Randwick.
Boss Lane ($20) has two wins from his last three starts – both of those being at this track with seven wins overall at ‘HQ’ – while G1 ATC Derby (2400m) runner-up Harper’s Choice ($31) resumes from a spell and runs in open age company for the first time in his career.
The newly turned three-year-olds open the day, a BM70 over 1200m. The Bjorn Baker-trained Addictive Nature ($2.35) impressed on debut and went up as the even money favourite for the race although there was early support for Team Snowden’s Brave Song ($3.50) – who went down narrowly to Calculated when first-up before a strong 3L win when second-up.
Godolphin had a successful day on Wednesday with a winning double to start the racing year and they line up with Regimen ($9) who is a Gosford maiden winner while The Mighty Fed ($20) opened as the outsider of the field but is a smart type with two wins from his three career starts, both those wins coming on a heavy.
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