Fri, Sep 14, 10:05am by Staff Writer
Sydney racing is at Randwick on Saturday where the rail is in the true and with hot weather forecast during the week, the track will be in the good range.
The Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) is the feature of the day with superstar mare Winx ($1.10) going for 27 straight wins, 20 Group 1’s in total and a third straight George Main. She’s joined by stable mates Unforgotten ($12) – who was an impressive last start G2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) winner, Egg Tart ($23) – who was a somewhat unlucky fifth when first-up, plus Religify ($151) and staying stalwart Who Shot Thebarman ($251).
Le Romain ($13) is third-up after a bit of a disappointing run second-up which followed a strong win when resuming. Ace High ($26) is third-up and he was much improved at his second run this prep while It’s Somewhat ($81) is a G1 Doncaster winner over the track and distance.
A field of 12 will run in the G3 Bill Ritchie (1400m) although Chris Waller has scratched two of his five runners leaving him with Kaonic ($7.50), Paret ($6) and Tom Melbourne ($7.50) – all of who are also accepted for Newcastle on Friday. Kaonic has won both his runs this campaign with Paret winning three-in-a-row while Tom Melbourne stayed true to form with a second when first-up.
Pierata ($3.10) has opened favourite for the Bill Ritchie and he’s second-up after a recent minor setback. He was impressive when beating Kementari first-up and while he’ll probably go back anyway, he’s drawn the widest gate here.
Flow ($13) – also accepted for Flemington – is a consistent horse with five wins and nine minors from his 20 career starts with two wins and three minors from his six runs this time in. Stable mate Duca Valentinois ($67) is second-up after finishing eleventh of 11 in the G2 Tramway (1400m) with no wins when second-up or at the track.
Siege of Quebec ($6) disappointed when second-up after a good run behind Le Romain when fresh and on a better track, he might improve here. Invictus Prince ($8) caught the eye when second to Winx at his most recent run which was his third in Australia while Bjorn Baker saddles up top weight Music Magnate ($19) and Sir Plush ($19) who was good when runner-up to Best of Days last start after stepping up to the 1400m.
The Group 2 Shorts (1100m) is almost a mini-Everest with Redzel ($1.80), Invincible Star ($5), English ($5.50) and Brave Smash ($8.50) all down for the $13-million feature in October. Redzel is going for back-to-back wins in the race and he’s second-up after accounting for Invincible Star when fresh. That run was Invincible Star’s first race start in almost a here and she should be better for that, and she’ll need to be to be any force in The Everest. English is first-up from a Brisbane winter campaign which saw her win a G1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) while Brave Smash comes off a close third to Ball of Muscle in The Heath (1100m) at Caulfield.
Suggested Bet: At the odds on offer, Luvaluva ($9, race 3, number 1) is worth a bet. She was good when first-up over an unsuitable distance and second-up last time in she took out the G3 Keith Nolan over the 1600m. This is probably a harder task, but she gets a 3kg claim to offset her top weight and at the very least she’s certainly an each-way chance.
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