Wed, May 21, 6:42am by Daryl Curnow
When: Wednesday, May 21. First race starts at 1:03pm.
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Today’s mid-week racing is being held at Randwick – one of Sydney’s premier race tracks – and the seven race card features good up-and-coming talent. Check our guide for the latest form, odds and selections so you can make hump day a winner.
Brazen Moss has had three career starts for trainer Gerald Ryan for a fourth and two second placings. The two-year-old is a colt by Mossman – a sire in demand all throughout Australia and especially in the winter months – and he has already shown a liking to rain affected tracks. He finished second behind the talented Shaumari two starts back at Warwick Farm on a heavy track and then another second behind Shigeru Sendan who recently won a nice event at Scone last Saturday. He is in good hands and a top run is expected.
Sniper Fire is a Chris Waller-trained gelding who has only had the one career start. The son of High Chaparral finished second at Warwick Farm and he showed very positive characteristics. He led into the straight and fought gamely to only finish half-a-length in second and he will be much fitter for that. He has drawn wide in barrier eight and he does rise in weight to 57.5kg but Nash Rawiller rides which can only be seen as a positive.
Mr Lebrock is a colt who will appreciate the rise in distance after running on strongly over 1300 metres last time out. The Bjorn Baker-trained two-year-old was fifth on debut at Canterbury where he ran on well from the back and again he finished fifth at Hawkesbury behind a nice type in Meursault. He is a well bred colt who should progress through the grades nicely.
Recommended bet: Brazen Moss to win at Sportsbet.com.au
Free Happy is a promising gelding from the Chris Waller stables who is yet to win from four starts. The three-year-old has two placings to his name, most recently a second behind Vashka at Canterbury, and he probably deserves to win one soon. He rises in distance which should suit based on his racing pattern and he has trialed well leading into this race. This field is thin on talent so he won’t get a better chance to breakthrough here.
Whateverchic is a filly who has run two nice placings at her last two starts. The Allan Denham-trained daughter of Benicio put two nice runs together at Gosford and she now steps up to a more difficult assignment. In her favour she drawn an inside barrier and Christian Reith will ride at only 55kg. If she gets a nice run in transit then she is an outside hope.
Guitarist is a Gai Waterhouse-trained gelding who finished a career best third at Newcastle last time out. The Savabeel gelding was disappointing on debut when finishing 10th and then again second-up at Kembla Grange where he finished sixth. He was then given a lengthy break to prepare for this most latest run and his fitness should now be peaking for this run. James McDonald rides and expect him to take this gelding forward in the run.
Recommended bet: Free Happy to win at IASbet.com
Meridian is the current $3.50 favourite after opening at $3.60 and the John O’Shea-trained filly is shooting for three straight wins. Ever since finished fifth on debut the daughter of Lonhro hasn’t finished worse than second in four starts and that consistency is why she will start favourite. Her most recent win came on a heavy track at Wyong, a surface she has won both starts on but she has shown that she can handle all track conditions. Senior Darley rider Kerrin McEvoy is in the saddle and she should be in the finish.
Third Degree is a David Vandyke-trained filly who finished second at Warwick Farm behind Longma last time out. The Northern Meteor filly has had five career starts for one win and three placings and she is second-up here where she has placed once before. She opened at $3.80 and hasn’t yet moved from that quote.
El Sasso was game when finishing second at Gosford behind Blue Prints and his price of $9 looks like good value. The Gerald Ryan-trained colt has had a busy two years having had 13 starts for one win and five placings. He was disappointing two starts back when running ninth but his fourth prior behind Miniature was solid. He is a consistent type and his chances shouldn’t be overlooked.
Recommended bet: El Sasso to place ($2.90) at Sportsbet.com.au
Imperil is second-up for trainer John O’Shea and he has placed twice from three starts when racing second-up for the campaign. The Commands four-year-old finished second when fresh at Hawkesbury and this field looks slightly easier. His last five runs have been very consistent, finishing no further back than two lengths from the winner. He has drawn wide in barrier 10 but Lester Grace takes 2kg off his back and he is a real threat.
El Doute is a former New Zealand runner, now with Chris Waller, who performed well in 13 career starts. The Redoubte’s Choice colt has had four wins and two placings but he hasn’t shown any form when racing fresh-up. He ran fifth in the Group One Levin Classic two starts back and that form would easily win this event, but he likes to get back and his running style is a touch gamely. If Waller has him ready to go then he’s a big chance but minors might be his best here.
Longshoreman has a nice record of 21 starts for five wins and nine placings, but he hasn’t won recently. The Tony McEvoy-trained gelding finished only 1.7 lengths from Terravista four starts back and that form is a good indicator. He has since finished third twice but he was disappointing last time out at Hawkesbury when running seventh. He has won half his starts when second-up so that’s a major positive.
Recommended bet: Imperil to win ($3.30) at Sportingbet.com.au
Animosa remains in rating 75 grade after finishing ninth last time out, however, that run was better than it looks as he finished only 3.9 lengths off the winner. The Hawkes’-trained gelding was fourth in a rating 84 event two starts back and he has always shown the potential to break through for a top win. The son of Encosta De Lago is a three time winner with a further 11 placings and with the right run he will play a part in the finish.
Former Kiwi Sir Bigglesworth was a surprisingly good winner second up in Australia for Gai Waterhouse and there is no reason he can’t kick on with it here. The four-year-old put in a nice finish to score a narrow victory at Warwick Farm and the rise in distance should suit. He drops slightly in weight to 58.5kg which is still a hefty weight but he looks to have a fair amount of class.
Dream Folk has opened as the $4 favourite following a good sixth at Rosehill when only 1.9 lengths from the winner. The Guy Walter-trained gelding put back-to-back wins together five starts back but then he disappointed massively when running 12th and 10th at his next two starts. He rises back up to his most preferred distance where he is unbeaten and that should be the deciding factor.
Recommended bet: Dream Folk to win ($4) at Centrebet.com (better than the $3.90 offered elsewhere)
Commanding Witt has been a favourite of ours recently and we think the four-year-old will run well for us again. The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained mare was very average last time out when finishing 11th but that came in a Group Three event and she isn’t that good. She is however good enough to win a rating 75 event and this race looks right up her alley at nice odds of $3.70. The Commands mare has won two of her last five starts which has included another two placings. She looks well placed here and a win wouldn’t surprise.
Single Melody is the current second favourite at $4.60 and she will look to improve on her last start third at Rosehill. The Joseph Pride-trained mare is a winner of two races from seven starts and she has had two runs this campaign to get her fit for this. Tim Clark will be in the saddle with only 55.5kg to carry and that makes her a very winnable chance here.
Happy Friday was a stylish winner three starts back but she has since to impress in two runs. The David Vandyke-trained filly finished last at Randwick and then sixth at Canterbury but that run wasn’t so bad as she finished only 5.5 lengths behind the talented Atmospherical. She has won and placed once in two starts when second-up so that won’t be an issue.
Recommended bet: Commanding Witt to win ($3.70) at Sportsbet.com.au
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