Fri, Oct 20, 3:40pm by Staff Writer
The Sydney spring carnival might be slowing down but we’re back at Randwick for a fourth consecutive week this Saturday. The rail is out nine-metres and while the track was a good-4 at acceptances, there is rain forecast on Friday.
The Group 3 Nivison (1200m) is a set weights and penalties for the mares with Dixie Blossoms ($5), Daysee Doom ($5.50) and Diddums ($4) fighting out favouritism in a wide open betting race.
The Ron Quinton duo of Dixie Blossoms and Daysee Doom have finished alongside each other at their past two starts with Dixie winning last start, Daysee the start prior. They’re building quite a following and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them fighting out the finish here.
Diddums has had early support and she is second-up after a strong midweek win when fresh. She did win a G3 PJ Bell (1200m) last campaign albeit on a heavy-8. She’s joined by stable mate Samantha who is also second-up and is a Listed winner from the autumn.
White Moss ($7.50) has four wins from her seven career starts and she impressed when fresh at Canterbury. Her stable mate Siren’s Fury ($51) is first-up and is one win and a minor from her two fresh attempts.
Heavens Above ($21) carries top weight of 59kg and will jump from the widest gate. She drops back in distance from a last start G1 George Main (1600m) and it’s also a drop back in class with the Tim Martin-trained six-year-old having competed in G1 or G2 races in her last handful of starts. Nancy ($8.50) is first-up since a short break from the Brisbane winter and while she’s more than capable on her day, her racing style doesn’t help.
The Godolphin pair of Kinshachi ($10) and Maternal ($16) are both fresh and both resume from a Brisbane winter campaign. This time last year Spright ($15) was putting together a string of wins but she’s failed to really fire since while Zestful ($21) has won five from 16 and she’s had a trial since her seventh of 15 in the G3 Tibbie (1400m) at Newcastle behind Zanbagh.
A field of eight three-year-olds will line up in the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes over 1200m. Single Bullet ($3.80) has been runner-up to the unbeaten Viridine at both his runs this campaign and he’s opened as favourite for the race. Stable mates to Viridine – Malahat ($4.60) and Piracy ($7) – both line up here as well. Malahat was fourth to Viridine last start in the Listed Heritage Stakes (1100m) while Piracy – who’s won three from his seven career starts – also comes off a last start fourth but in BM80 grade.
Chauffeur ($6.50) has always promised a lot but still only has the one win from ten career starts – that win being at his debut last December. Admittedly he has raced in the top company – three G1’s, two G2’s and two G3’s – so he might enjoy the drop in grade here. Goodfella ($4.80) was a last start victor after finishing eighth of eight when fresh and he’s had early betting support this week.
Albumin ($7) has made good ground late at his past two starts when ridden more conservatively. Andaz ($13) has two wins from three career starts with both those wins coming in Victoria – his maiden at Geelong, the next at Flemington while Mustafa ($15) makes his race debut on Saturday and he’s been backed at long odds in early markets.
Suggested Bet: Waiting until the last of the day and going with New Universe ($2.80, race 9, number 11) who opened at $4 and has been backed early. The four-year-old has four wins from six starts in total and is two from two when fresh. Provided the track is playing fair at this stage of the day – after four weeks of racing – his class should prevail.
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