Fri, Aug 31, 8:25am by Staff Writer
Sydney racing is at Randwick on Saturday where the rail is out ten-metres from the 1600m to the winning-post and seven-metres the remainder, with the track likely to be in the good range.
The Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) is one of the features of the day with a field of 15 (plus two emergencies) accepted for the race – Chris Waller, potentially lining up with seven himself.
Unforgotten ($3.80) is the most favoured of the Waller seven, and in fact, she’s opened as favourite for the race. A G1 ATC Oaks (2400m) winner of the autumn she returned with a solid sixth of 11 in the G1 Winx Stakes (1400m) when beaten less than 4L. Single Gaze ($7) makes her racing debut for Waller with Satano Rasen ($18) and One Foot in Heaven ($16) also resuming. Religify ($17) is having his fourth run this prep but hasn’t won in two campaigns. Libran ($51) will most likely find this too short but only finished a length behind Unforgotten when fresh while Patrick Erin ($34) is first emergency.
The Godolphin stable will saddle up three runners with Mr Moonlight Magic ($10) making his Australian debut for ‘Team Blue’. A Group 3 winner overseas with form around Johannes Vermeer, he’s had the two trials leading into this. It’s Somewhat ($15) is a G1 winner at this track and distance and he begins his campaign on Saturday while Allergic ($101) is also first-up with only the one minor from four fresh starts.
The Waterhouse/Bott stable will have two runners themselves with Cabeza De Vaca ($7.50) backed in early markets. He was an encouraging fifth when first-up in the Winx Stakes being run down in the final furlong, and he’s three from four when second-up. Sedanzer ($9.50) has a poor first-up record although she might have some residual fitness from her QLD Winter campaign which ended in a strong G2 Brisbane Cup (2200m) win on a heavy-8.
Prized Icon ($6.50) was good first-up when third to Flow and I Am Serious, and that form reads well albeit a step up in grade while Red Excitement ($41) gave Winx an almighty scare in this race last year and he’s first-up as well.
A field of 13 will tackle the G2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) with Le Romain ($3.70) to carry top weight of 59kg. He’s drawn barrier ten but he was strong when winning first-up and carrying the 61kg.
It seems Pierata ($3.30) has missed the chance to gain a slot in the Everest even after a strong win over Kementari when first-up, with trainer Greg Hickman now mapping a G1 path for the potential stallion.
Chris Waller has another strong hand with all his five runners resuming. Youngstar ($51) won four straight last prep but she’s drawn 13 for Saturday. Egg Tart ($26) and Comin’ Through ($11) both went for a spell on a winning note – at G2 & G1 grade no less – while Foxplay ($20) and Tom Melbourne ($8) have been out of the winners’ circle for quite some time although ‘Tom’ did win a barrier trial leading into this.
Lanciato ($7.50) caught the eye when first-up and he’s working his way nicely towards the G1 Epsom (1600m). Dixie Blossoms ($11) was a G2 winner first-up last campaign and she’s only been out of the placings once when fresh. Nettoyer ($46) always runs well but only has the one win from 11 starts. Arbeitsam ($18) should ensure there’s a solid tempo in the race but if left alone he could give some cheek.
The Group 3 Concorde (1000m) could have a bearing on Everest markets with Redzel ($1.70) and Invincible Star ($2.35) doing battle while plenty of eyes will be on race one – a BM74 for three-year-olds – with son of Frankel and More Joyous, More Sundays ($2.15) lining up, although the undefeated Gem Song ($10) is certainly worth watching himself although he’s drawn awkwardly in barrier 14 (of 14).
Suggested Bet: Best of Days ($3.50, race 9 number 7) didn’t have the best of days last start at his Aussie debut when held up down the straight but once he got clear he made good ground late. He should be better for that, and with the drop in weight he looks well placed.
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