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New Years Day Racing – Preview, Best Bets and Odds

Mon, Jan 1, 9:49am by Staff Writer

The New Year kicks off with black type racing across three states.

In Sydney, Randwick hosts its third meeting within a week with the Listed Tattersalls Cup (2400m) the feature race of the day. A small field of eight will tackle the mile-and-a-half with Broadside ($2.30) opening as favourite for the race. The Waterhouse/Bott-trained six-year-old has had the two starts over the summer period with a strong win first-up in the Listed ATC Cup (2000m) at Rosehill before running second to Vassal ($4.60) in the Listed Christmas Cup (2400m) when sent out as an odds-on favourite.

Vassal is a consistent gelding who had been finding it hard to crack it for a win but he’s won two from his past three. Prince Cheri ($6) is a lightly raced nine-year-old who’s only had the 21 career starts with his last win being back in September 2013 but he has worked himself into the placings at two of his past three runs. Destiny’s Kiss ($4) carries top weight of 61kg and any rain will enhance his chances while Paragon ($13) returned to the winners circle last start with a narrow win over Great Glen in BM80 grade at Warwick Farm.

The Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) is the main race of the day at Flemington down the famous straight.

Flippant ($4.60) is first-up from a spell and she’s looking for her first win since winning at this track and distance back in the spring of 2016. Miss Wonderland ($5) has won three of her six starts and has only missed the place once. Toy Boy ($5) has also won three from his seven starts and also missed the placings on one occasion and he’s looking for three-in-a-row on Monday. Tshahitsi ($4.80) – who shares top weight win Lord of the Sky ($17) – is first-up from a fruitful campaign which saw him win three from his six starts last time in while Chamois Road ($6.50) is racing consistently with nine wins and 16 minor placings from his 30 career starts.

Over in Western Australia a capacity field of 16 will line up in the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) with Material Man ($4.20) opening as favourite for jockey Lucy Warwick riding for her father Justin. The six-year-old has won ten of his 19 career starts with two seconds to Pounamu ($5) at his past two runs.

Pounamu has hit a purple patch of form with three wins from his last four starts – each of those wins being at Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 grade. He has to carry top weight of 59kg, 2.5kg about his next rival Material Man.

Trap for Fools ($4.40) has won ten of his 21 starts with eight of those victories coming from his last nine runs while Royal Star ($7.50) – owned by Bob Peters – is the most favoured runner according to the markets for Grant and Alana Williams’ three runners.

Suggested Bet: Waiting until the last of the day at Randwick and going with Smartedge ($2.80, race 8, number 3). Both he and Echo Jet ($8) have each had the four career starts compared to a few of these who have plenty of convictions. They’ve both drawn awkwardly but going with Smartedge to continue his good start to his racing career.

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