Fri, Oct 26, 9:44am by Staff Writer
Sydney racing is back at Royal Randwick for its fifth consecutive Saturday meeting although unlike the past few weeks, there will be no feature racing as the momentum shifts towards Melbourne. At Randwick the rail is out 11m from the mile to the winning post, and 8m the remainder with the track a soft-7 at acceptances but likely to improve after a couple of weeks on heavy tracks.
A field of seven three-year-olds open the day in a BM76 over 1400m with Royal Celebration ($3) looking to break through for his first win this prep. He’s been runner-up at both his starts this time in – behind Gem Song and Yulong January – with one win and two seconds from his five career starts.
I Like it Easy ($6) led all the way to win last start in the Listed Reginald Allen (1400m) just holding off a fast-finishing – and well supported – Evalina ($4.20), in what was Evalina’s first run in the city.
Team Snowden saddle up Nicco Lad ($4) and She’s Furline ($8.50) who are both having their seventh career start. Nicco Lad was last behind Yulong January and Royal Celebration two starts back but was sent to Newcastle for an easy kill after that while She’s Furline has won two from four this prep, and in her first campaign she was placed behind the likes of Cristobal, Miss Fabulass and Pure Elation.
Fifteen Rounds ($14) and Thunderous Strike ($19) both have the one win from their four career starts, Fifteen Rounds is on the quick back-up after finishing last behind Diplomatico in the Listed Brian Crowley (1200m) last week on a soft-7.
Race four is an open handicap over 1400m which sees some class horses returning looking to recapture some of their old form.
Fabrizio ($7.50) has been off the scene since December last year and while he didn’t fire a shot in that three-run campaign he’s won eight of 18, two of those wins in black-type company. He’s got top weight of 61.5kg, 2.5kg more than his nearest rival and 8.5kg above the minimum.
Spectroscope ($9) is the second top weight and he’s first-up since the QLD winter carnival in June. He burst onto the Australian scene with back-to-back wins in March of 2017 but is yet to reach the winners circle since.
Sambro ($3.20) has had a trial since finishing midfield in the Group 3 Cameron (1400m) at Newcastle which came after a 0.7L third to Best of Days when fresh. He’s won three of his 18 career starts, two of those wins being the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) and G2 QLD Guineas (1600m) before a spell. He’s joined by stable mate Torgensen ($8.50) who is second-up, and a two-time winner from six attempts when second-up.
Just Dreaming ($2.20) was well supported when first-up only to finish third behind Doubt Defying. She’s also second-up, with three wins and a second from four second-up starts.
Race five is a BM94 over 1800m with Aqua D’ivina ($4.50) looking to hold off a wall of Chris Waller horses. The Matt Smith-trained mare has won three of her six starts and been second at her other three.
Waller has four of the nine in the field with Zourkhan ($2.60) the favourite in the race, Abdon ($6.50), Instant De Reve (11) and Naval Warfare ($27) his others.
Zofonic Dance ($8) is down from Queensland for Rob Heathcote and is looking to make it three straight wins. Valentino Rossa ($15) is finding it hard to win but is placed at his last three starts, most recently behind Exoceteric and Social Element in the Port Macquarie Cup – which looks good form now, while The Pinnacle ($11) drops back from G3 grade at her past two starts. Nettoyer ($13) is also accepted ton run in Melbourne.
Suggested Bet: A tricky day of racing with small fields and dual acceptors scattered throughout. Hoping Revenire ($3.50, race 6, number 1) can break back into the winners circle here. He’s a consistent horse with four wins and five minors from 11 starts, and was good when running on for second when fresh. Interestingly Leogang was backed at good odds in that race, finishing sixth.
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