Fri, Oct 27, 8:35am by Staff Writer
We’re back at Randwick for the fifth consecutive week and although there is no Stakes racing it is still a competitive meeting. The rail is in the true and the track was a soft-6 at acceptances, with rain forecast leading into race day.
Race eight is an open handicap over 1400m with Hopfgarten and Invinzabeel early scratchings.
Sir Plush ($4) has opened favourite for the race and he’s going for three straight victories, his last two wins being over this distance. Two starts ago at Rosehill, he easily accounted for Hogmanay and Zumbelina, and last start he held off Mighty Lucky ($10) who also lines up here.
Mighty Lucky has been specked at odds in early betting and he comes off two close seconds from his past two runs. Most recently he was runner-up to Sir Plush and prior to that he got within half a length of Washington Heights in the Group 2 Shannon (1500m).
The Waterhouse/Bott stable will saddle up two runners – both resuming and both coming off a string of wins prior to their break. Supply and Demand ($10) won four on the trot – his last two at Listed level over 2350m and 2400m while Cabeza De Vaca ($16) won three in a row and he’s in on the minimum weight plus will get Rachel King’s claim.
Takedown ($7) is the class horse in the race and will carry top weight of 63kg but he too gets the services of a 3kg claim. Federal ($11) is first-up for Godolphin and joined by stable mates Moher ($19) and Duca Valentinois ($18) who are both second-up while Japonisme ($17) was a G1 winner this time two years ago and although he hasn’t won in a while, he has run in 13 G1’s and 21 black type races overall so he should relish the drop in class here.
Kaepernick ($6.50) is now in the hands of John O’Shea and he’s on the second line of betting. Got Unders ($21) was a G3 Cameron (1500m) winner two starts back at big odds and he’s big odds again on Saturday. Salsonic ($21) was a G2 QLD Guineas (1600m) winner before a break while Man of His Word ($15) and Oxford Poet ($18) are racing consistently and they’ve drawn favourably in barriers one and three respectively.
Race three is a BM86 over 1000m with Tactical Advantage ($3.10) opening the favourite in what is an open race. The four-year-old gelding has won five from ten career starts and he’s making his debut for new trainer Joe Pride.
I Thought So ($4.20) has been near the top of betting at his two runs this campaign but both times he’s been knocked off by Isorich. Nicktock ($7.50) has won four straight and seven from eight in total while Ozark ($6) is solid in the market. Fickle Folly ($17) is a last start winner and has been backed at odds in early betting.
Race five is a BM83 over 1400m with Stonebrook ($1.85) a short-price favourite. He’s won all his four career starts with his most recent win being by 5L at a BM72 Canterbury midweek. High Mist ($8.50) broke his run of outs with a last start win at Warwick Farm and he’s joined by stable mate Wayanka ($11) who’s won two from his last four and racing in good form. Passage of Time ($5) comes off a last start fourth – beaten 0.6L – and a win prior while Pelorus Jack ($9.50) is first-up and won three straight before a break.
Suggested Bet: Good luck if you were quick enough to grab the $2.30 on offer for Interlocuter in the final race of the day (race 9, number 8). He’s up against some solid benchmark horses but he’s still lightly raced and on the way up. He was dominant last start and provided he can handle track conditions; he should prove hard to beat.
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