Fri, Mar 9, 7:33am by Staff Writer
Sydney racing is at Randwick this Saturday where the rail is out six-metres from the 1600m to the winning-post, and four-metres the remainder. Sydney copped some heavy rain earlier in the week and at acceptances, the track was rated a soft-7 although reports from the ATC suggest it should get to very similar as last week.
A field of 14 have accepted for the feature of the day, the G1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) with Kementari ($2.70) a solid favourite for the race. He’s two from two this prep – firstly at Warwick Farm and then at Rosehill – with this his second attempt at the mile. The only other time he was at the mile was in the G1 Caulfield Guineas of the spring, where he was edged out – by 0.3L – by Mighty Boss.
Pierata ($6.50), D’Argento ($5.50), Trapeze Artist ($8) and Ace High ($15) all finished behind Kementari in the G2 Hobartville (1400m) last start. Pierata resumed from a successful Magic Millions campaign and showed he can mix it out of in the top grade while D’Argento really caught the eye when flashing home strongly. Trapeze Artist was supported to beat Kementari last start but never really looked the winner and this is his first test at 1600m while Ace High is racing well and progressing beautifully towards a Derby.
Peaceful State ($8) backs up from the G1 Australian Guineas (1600m) last start where he finished a close second to Grunt. Age of Fire ($20) heads over from NZ after a last start third when sent out an odds-on favourite. Siege of Quebec ($34) is starting to show a few quirks in his races although he might benefit from the step up to 1600m while Kaonic ($21) has always been held in high regard from the Waller stable and he’ll wear blinkers for the first time on Saturday.
The G1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) is an intriguing race even though a relatively small field of nine. Kris Lees is looking for consecutive wins in the race with Le Romain taking it out last year, and this year he’ll be represented by Clearly Innocent ($5) and Invincible Gem ($6.50). Clearly Innocent was a luckless sixth of eight last start when only beaten 2.4L while Invincible Gem resumes from a spell and she has won two from three when fresh although she’s never tackled a G1 first-up.
Happy Clapper ($5) is a popular racehorse who won a well-deserved G1 last campaign. Endless Drama ($6.50) celebrated his first Australian win last start and he drops back from the 1400m en-route to a Doncaster mile with stable mate Foxplay ($9) second-up after a close third to Daysee Doom in the G2 Millie Fox when fresh.
Global Glamour ($5) returned to form when run down in the shadows of the post by Endless Drama in the G1 Apollo (1400m). Showtime ($8) was beaten less than a length last start in the G1 Futurity (1400m) while Hayes/Dabernig send up last start winner Tulip ($13), and Derryn ($31) who will appreciate any give in the ground.
Estijaab and Performer are at the top of Golden Slipper betting and they dominate the markets in their respective events this weekend, the G2 Riesling (1200m) for fillies and the G2 Todman (1200m) for the colts and geldings while Redzel ($1.55) is also an odds-on favourite for the G2 Challenge (1000m) and he’s second-up after being narrowly beaten last start in the G1 Lightning (1000m) down the Flemington straight. Last time he raced at Randwick he pocketed nearly $6-million for his connections when taking out The Everest.
Suggested Bet: It’s a good day of racing at Randwick with some competitive fields outside a few ‘shorties’, and the final race of the day is one of those open races – and going with the favourite Alward ($4). He was stiff when first-up and should have finished a lot closer – if not won – when third to Cellarman and Show A Star over 1500m. The step up in distance should suit – he’s five from five over 2000m – and worth a bet in the last of the day.
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