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Randwick Saturday January 20 – Preview, Best Bets and Odds

Fri, Jan 19, 10:43am by Staff Writer

Sydney racing is back at Royal Randwick for its sixth meeting since Boxing Day. There’s no black type racing again this week but that starts to build up from as soon as next week. On Saturday the rail is out eight-metres and with warm weather expected, the track will be in the good range.

Race five is the Summer Sprint (1000m) with a field of eight to take part. Palazzo Publicco ($7.50) caught the eye when first-up during the Flemington carnival but finished mid-field in the Listed Razor Sharp (1200m) last start. Fickle Folly ($4.80) has won five from her 15 starts with a further five placings and she’s one win and a minor from her two starts here at the Randwick 1000m. Memes ($3.10) – who has opened as favourite – is first-up and she’s a three-time winner at the track plus she gets the claim of Rachel King while Boss Lane ($7.50) will carry top weight. Seven of his nine career wins have come here at his home track and he’s second-up with four from nine when second-up. Hidden Pearl ($3.60) is first-up from a Brisbane winter campaign and is four wins from six when fresh.

Race two is a BM76 for three-year-olds with five of the seven runners coming off last start victories. Intuition ($6) is in fact coming off three-in-a-row, his most recent at Randwick on Boxing Day. Wooshka ($7) has won her last two – both at Canterbury – with her last win by a decisive 3L while Shumookh ($7.50) won her debut start after six barrier trials, five of which she won.

Chris Waller saddles up the remaining four with D’Argent (2.60) the solid favourite for the race. He’s first-up from a spell with two wins from his two career starts while Merovee ($15) and Paret ($4.40) are also resuming.  Merovee has the one win from four career starts but was a last start runner-up to Astoria in the G3 Spring Stakes with Paret’s only win coming in maiden grade when beating Icon of Dubai. Al Mah Haha ($6.50) who is second-up, broke his maiden last start.

Race four is a BM85 over the mile with nine to line up after the early scratching of Oltre Finito. Cellarman ($3.10) comes into this off a last start fifth of seven – beaten by 1.9L – at this track and distance after a strong win at Warwick Farm before that. He’s joined by stable mates So Willie ($23) – who is second-up – and New Universe ($4.80) who might be starting to wear thin on some punters. He has won five of his 12 career starts but four of those wins came at his first five runs.

Medaille ($3.10) was beaten in a photo-finish last start (in the same race where Cellarman finished fifth) and was a winner three starts back. Hunter Jack ($6.50) – who is also an acceptor in Brisbane –  has been runner-up at his three starts this campaign while Get on the Grange ($21) is second-up – and yet to win from seven second-up attempts – but was competitive in many of his starts last preparation.

Suggested Bet: Flow ($3.20), Malaise ($3.40) and Level Eight ($4) all opened near equal favourites in race seven but the early support has been for Flow and going to follow the money. He’s been competitive at his three runs this campaign, the step back up to 1400m should suit and with Hugh Bowman in the saddle he’ll hopefully get a well deserved win.

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