Fri, Jan 5, 10:33am by Staff Writer
Sydney racing was originally scheduled for Warwick Farm this weekend but with ‘extreme hot weather’ forecast in Western Sydney on Saturday the meeting has been transferred to Randwick – its fourth meeting since Boxing Day. The rail is in the true position and the track – whilst a soft-5 at acceptances – should be in the good range come race day.
Race eight is a BM94 over 1400m with nine to line up. Lanciato ($5) is second-up after an eye-catching third to Drachenfels – beaten 0.4L – when fresh and he drops 8kg from that run. He won his two starts before that and with Blake Shinn to ride on Saturday, he’ll jump from barrier nine.
Noire ($1.90) has won five of her nine career starts and is looking for four straight this campaign. Last start she beat Pecans who has franked that form with a G3 Belle of the Turf (1600m) win since. She’s joined by stable mate So Willie ($12) who is one win and two minors from four first-up attempts.
Coolring ($8) has top weight of 59.5kg but he gets the 2kg claim of apprentice James Innes Jnr while stable mate Show A Star ($14) is a new addition to the Bjorn Baker stables having changed trainers a few times since beginning his career under Gai Waterhouse.
Race five is a BM85 over the famous Randwick mile. Cellarman ($2.30) has won three of his past five and he jumps from barrier one on Saturday. Positive Problems ($5.50) is racing in good spirit this prep with a win three starts back, a third to Pecans and Sedanzer last start with a fourth to Noire wedged in between those two runs – and she’s been supported in early markets for Saturday. Caerless Choice ($5) won the Muswellbrook Cup (1500m) two starts back with a fourth to Cellarman last start while Medaille ($4.20) is second-up from her trial back in early December. The Godolphin mare has won two from three when second-up plus she’ll get the services of Hugh Bowman who returns from a break and recent riding stint in Japan.
The opening race of the day – a 1400m BM76 – is an interesting little affair albeit with only the six runners. Scream Park ($3.40) is looking for three-in-a-row for Chris Waller and is joined by stable mate Calculated ($3.60) who has two placings from his two starts this campaign. Barbeque ($5.50) has won two of his three career starts. Echo Jet ($15) and Island Missile ($8.50) have also won twice but from five career starts each while Aqua D’ivina ($3.90) is well bred (Pierro x Aqua D’Amore) and comes into this off a maiden win at Wyong before Christmas when a short odds-on favourite, and she’s another who has attracted early betting action.
Suggested Bet: Noire is building a strong record and her most recent form reads well but going to give Lanciato ($5, race eight, number eight) a go here. He flashed home when first-up after missing the start and with the weight relief – including Rachel King’s claim – and the extra distance, he’s worth a gamble.
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