Thu, Jul 5, 1:20pm by Staff Writer
Sydney racing is at Randwick on Saturday where the rail will be out nine-metres. The track was a heavy-9 at acceptances but with clear skies forecast leading into race day, that should improve.
A field of ten two-year-olds open the day with four runners coming off last start wins. Thinkin’ Big ($5) surprised a few with his maiden win at Canterbury over 1100m with even connections thinking the distance would be too short for him. Albert’s No Pussy ($8), Helaku ($5) and Sunday Poet ($41) have all broken their maiden status and now make their metro debut here on Saturday.
Marmaris ($2.90) is second-up into his campaign after finishing runner-up to the in-form Dio D’oro at his first-up run and he’s the favourite for the race. Rock Zone ($13) and Irish Songs ($9) finished alongside Thinkin’ Big and filled the placings at their last run. Kawhiwa ($12) finished third – beaten 6.6L – behind the very smart, Smart Melody at his most recent run while Anthony and Edward Cummings saddle up two runners – Blast ($31) who makes his race debut, and Mizzy ($13) who was beaten in a photo finish by Jen Rules at her debut run after starting 60-1.
Race five is the staying race of the day with nine to tackle the BM80 over 2400m. Plymouth Road ($3.10) was scratched last week after a strong win at this track and distance (on a heavy-9) the week prior, and he’ll carry top weight of 59kg on Saturday. Only Tiger ($5) was second on that occasion which was off the back of two wins before that.
Nahuel ($4.80) was sent out a strong odds-on favourite last week at Newcastle and he got the job done comfortably when winning by a length. That was his second win from three starts in Australia with two wins from nine starts overall.
It’s a Silvertail ($10) is up from Melbourne for DK Weir as he looks for his first win this campaign from seven starts while Chris Waller saddles up Ombudsman ($5) and Allcash ($15) who have one and two career wins respectively – Ombudsman’s coming from 11 starts, Allcash’s from 37.
Race eight is a BM84 over 1300m. A capacity field of 11 and four emergencies have accepted for the race although early betting interest is only in one horse, Redouble ($3.40). A winner of three from 17, he has caught the eye at both his runs this time in, most recently when third to Easy Eddie last week over 1100m – beaten 0.6L.
Best Guess ($6.50) is second-up and he’s two from two when second-up from a spell and he’s also unbeaten from two starts on a ‘slow’ track.
Philosophy ($4.80) was a good second last start and last time she was at 1300m – four starts ago – she was a fast-finishing third to Siren’s Fury, beaten by 0.6L. Brook Magic ($5) was a disappointing third last start when sent out a short-price favourite and she steps up to the 1300m here while first and second emergencies – Oriental Runner ($7.50) and Smartedge ($7.50) – are also given a chance according to markets.
Suggested Bet: After two eye catching runs at 1100m Redouble ($3.40, race 8, number 4) is ready to win. Last prep when third-up he beat Dreamforce (who is racing well this campaign) and he then went on to beat Flow (who franks his form yet again). Best Guess is an improver but happy to side with Redouble here.
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