Fri, Jun 22, 5:10pm by Staff Writer
Sydney racing is at Randwick on Saturday where the rail is out six-metres and after heavy rain during the week, the track was rated a heavy-9 at acceptances.
A competitive bunch of two-year-olds open the day with a field of ten to line up over the 1200m.
Irish Bet ($6.50) has been in the news of late with the colt’s owners fielding some offers from Hong Kong. A winner at his first start, he’s got a further two placings to his name, most recently when third to Ronstar beaten 0.2L.
Dio D’Oro ($4.50) broke his maiden status last start – his fourth – with a strong win here at Randwick over 1000m on a heavy-10.
Mamaris ($5) resumes from a spell for Godolphin, with a Canterbury maiden win at his run leading into a break. He’s got some early trial and race form against some nice horses and he heads into Saturday off two trials, winning his latest.
King’s Trust ($5.50) is one of three runners for Team Snowden and he comes into this off a last start win on the Kensington track at a midweek meeting. Rio De Janero ($17) was a winner on debut at Goulburn before a last start third at Hawkesbury while Saint Antonio Lad ($35) has the one Gosford win from his four career starts.
Joe Pride doesn’t get too many two-year-olds but he’s one for one with Knight Arrow ($14). Silent Explorer ($11) backs up for David Payne after running second to stable mate Toulouse last week at Rosehill. Chris Waller has had a good season with his juveniles and he’s got Beidi ($6.50) lining up here while Unguarded ($11) is the lone filly – and only maiden – in the race, beaten 2.3L by King’s Trust on debut working home nicely for third.
Race five is a handicap over the famous Randwick mile with a field of seven to take part after the early scratching of Noire, leaving Chris Waller with one runner, the short-price favourite in Seaway ($1.90). The three-year-old colt is down on the 53kg limit and he heads down from Brisbane after a half-length second to stable mate Sambro in the G2 QLD Guineas (1600m). A horse who’s had wraps on him from the beginning, he’s won three and run second four times from his eight career starts.
Beijing Board ($12) is a five-year-old gelding who is also down on the limit and he’s second-up where his record reads two wins from three second-up starts. He continued his lack of first-up form when twelfth of 13 when fresh (first-up, he’s yet to run a place from six attempts) but he did put together three straight and four wins from his eight runs last preparation.
Special Missile ($3.50) is racing consistently of late without winning but he was only beaten 0.7L when fourth last start and edged out in photo finishes at his two runs prior.
Karavali ($9) has a G3 Aspiration win to her name at this track and distance earlier in the year. Dark Eyes ($9) is second-up and has won two from four when second-up while Sons of John ($19) and Mighty Lucky ($14) are two old stalwarts who have been finding it hard to win of late.
Wherever there is rain Jungle Edge ($2.90) is sure to be about and that is certainly the case in race seven, a 1200m handicap with 11 to line up after Noire (once again) was an early scratching as she makes her way towards Doomben. Jungle Edge has won seven of 13 on the heavy with two G3 wins, and three G1 placings among that lot. Regular rider Kevin Forrester makes way for apprentice Georgine Cartwright as she claims 3kg to offset his 63.5kg.
Aide Memoire ($12) hasn’t fired a shot in any of her five Australian runs but she’s got four wins and three seconds from her nine heavy starts in NZ. Faraway Town ($6.50) has two wins from this track and distance and comes into this off two trials, her latest when defeating G1 winner Daysee Doom by nearly 5L on a Randwick heavy-8. I Thought So ($5) is racing well but becoming a touch frustrating for punters with only two wins from his 16 career starts while Shiraz ($4.60) is a rising nine-year-old who shows glimpses of his old self every now and then, including last start when second to Jungle Edge in the Listed June Stakes (1100m) on a heavy-9 here at Randwick.
Suggested Bet: Savvan ($6, race 6, number 6) is third-up into her campaign and ready to win over what seems a suitable distance. The favourite (Alassio) is an obvious danger but stepping up from 1100m to 1400m on the heavy is a bit of a concern so happy to side with Savvan especially after she was given a solid push from trainer John O’Shea during the week.
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