Fri, May 25, 11:48am by Staff Writer
Sydney racing is at Randwick on Saturday where the rail is in the true position and the track was a soft-5 at acceptances but likely to improve with good weather leading into race day.
The Listed McKell Cup (2400m) is the feature race of the day with a field of ten to line up. Ecuador ($4) won this race in 2016 and he’s got top weight of 60kg on Saturday. An ultra consistent horse, he’s won ten of 43 starts with a further 15 minors and he’s been runner-up at his past three runs.
Our Century ($3.50) is an ex-team Williams lightly raced seven-year-old gelding now in the care of Kim Waugh and he comes into this off a last start Listed Lord Mayors Cup (2000m) win – with Ecuador second in that race.
The Getaway ($12) just nosed out Naval Warfare ($6) last start at Rosehill in BM85 grade over 2000m while Lovani ($11) was a close second in the G3 Chairman’s Handicap (2000m) at Doomben, beaten by a 150-1 shot. Plot Twist ($27) is third-up and possibly still might be looking for further while any give in the track will suit Destiny’s Kiss ($9.50).
Race one is a set weights and penalties for the two-year-olds over 1400m with the race likely to have a bearing on the G1 JJ Atkins (1600m) in Brisbane on June 9.
The Autumn Sun ($2.45) is current pre-post equal favourite for the ‘JJ’, and he’s having his second career start here. He’s joined by stable mates Pembroke Castle ($11) and Orcein ($15) – the former a last start winner, the latter still a maiden and yet to live up to his early promise.
Graff ($5) – also an acceptor at Doomben – has top weight of 57.5kg and he’s undefeated from his two career starts and near the top of early markets for the JJ Atkins.
Mickey Blue Eyes ($9) disappointed behind Pembroke Castle last start in a Warwick Farm midweek when sent out a solid favourite while Whiteley ($11) got his maiden win at his third start at Wyong – on Tuesday.
A trainer who will have one eye on the QLD winter carnival is Richard Freedman with his spruik runner Vontaine ($2.40) who’s favourite for race two, a BM76 over 1400m for three-year-old fillies. A winner of two from two, her last start victory was at Kembla Grange by 7L.
Sweet Deal ($8) is having her 15th career start, her second win coming at her most recent run with her top weight of 59.5kh being offset by the 2kg claim. Northern Lights ($13) – like the favourite – is undefeated from her two starts while Oria ($5.50) is on the second line of betting in a race where seven of the nine are coming off last start wins.
Sasso Corbaro ($4) let the punters down at her last start when eighth of 16 in the Listed Denise’s Joy (1100m) at Scone, and she’s on the second line of betting in race three, a BM80 for fillies and mares over 1200m. Savatiano ($3.60) is a last start winner, with three wins and four seconds from her ten career starts while Zonk ($3.30) is favourite in a competitive race, and she’s always popular with punters.
Suggested Bet: Going to give Sasso Corbaro ($4, race 3, number 2) another chance after an inconclusive run first-up at Scone after being heavily supported leading into that. She did make late ground in that race and this is arguably an easier affair so hopefully she can get the job done in this small field but competitive enough race.
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