Fri, Oct 19, 10:57am by Staff Writer
Sydney racing is back at Randwick on Saturday where the rail is out eight-metres from the 1600m to the winning-post and six-metres the remainder. The track was rated a heavy-8 at acceptances with further rain forecast leading into the meeting.
The Listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m) is one of the feature races of the day with 11 three-year-olds accepted to run.
Jonker ($10) has been running well in better races than this with a third in the G2 Run to the Rose (1200m) which followed a fourth in the G3 San Domenico (1100m). Last start he was fourth – beaten over 6L – to Sesar in the G2 Roman Consul (1200m) although he’s one of a few that might not even make race day if the track is too heavy.
Roosevelt ($3.30) has won two of his four career starts and both were on rain affected tracks. The Godolphin colt narrowly won on debut on a soft track, and he was a last start 5L winner on a heavy-10 in BM70 grade at the midweeks.
Diplomatico ($2.80) went down in a photo-finish at his race debut to Ronstar ($11) – who is accepted here but connections have an eye on the weather with him as well- although he (Diplomatico) broke his maiden comfortably next start on the Kensington track when a heavily supported odds-on favourite.
The Tenor ($13) has a placing in the Rosebud Prelude two starts back before being given a soft kill at Gosford when sent out a $1.24 favourite and getting home by 3L.
Ef Troop ($11) raced in plenty of the top races as a two-year-old but he’s yet to win after winning his first two career starts while Gerald Ryan saddles up the undefeated Mansa Musa ($13) and stable mate Legend of Condors ($21). Charge ($17) broke his maiden at his first run this prep and finished alongside Jonker at his most recent run in the Roman Consul.
The Listed City Tattersalls Club Cup (2400m) is another feature where Destiny’s Kiss ($9) will look to make it back-to-back wins in the race. He carried top weight of 60kg last year and he’s got the top weight of 59.5kg this time around. Drawn in barrier six, he’s one that will love a rain-affected track.
High Bridge ($2) won his first two starts in Australia in benchmark grade then made the jump to the G1 Metropolitan (2400m) where he started near favourite and ran well to finish fourth, beaten 1.5L. He’s joined by stable mate Excoteric ($12), a last start Port Macquarie Cup (2000m) winner with Social Element ($21) – third in that race – also lining up for the Waterhouse/Bott team.
Big Blue ($6.50) has won three-straight, his first two over the jumps in Melbourne, before coming to Sydney last week and taking out the St Leger (2600m) on a heavy-9. Invictus Prince ($5) ran out of his skin to finish second to Winx four starts back and while he’s racing well in better grade, he’s finding it hard to trouble the winners. Cosmologist ($11) – stable mate to the top weight – is off a last start win at Randwick, and a winner of three of his last four. He’s won six from 12 overall and is undefeated on the soft or heavy going.
Suggested Bet: High Bridge ($2.05, race 4, number 4) looks the obvious bet although in racing it doesn’t always work that way. His run in the G1 Metrop was very good and his soft form overseas should hold him in good stead for Saturday. Destiny’s Kiss is honest and will run well as will the stable mate but sticking with High Bridge here.
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