Fri, Sep 29, 7:47am by Head Editor
Sydney racing is at Randwick on Saturday with three Group 1’s headlining a big day where we also get to see the new season two-year-olds kick off their careers in the Breeders’ Plate and Gimcrack Stakes. The rail is in the true and the track will be in the good range.
A field of 14 have accepted for the Group 1 Epsom (1600m) with Happy Clapper ($3) carrying top weight of 57kg – 2.5kg above his nearest rival. He’s in a rich vein of form and no one would deny him a Group 1 victory. In the autumn he bolted in at Newcastle’s G3 Newmarket (1400m) before just going down by half a length in the G1 Doncaster mile.
This campaign he returned a winner in the G2 Tramway (1400m) before getting within 1.3L of Winx in the G1 George Main (1600m) at Weight-For-Age last start. He ran fourth – beaten 0.6L – in this race last year and will jump from barrier four on Saturday.
Chris Waller has won three of the last four Epsom and he’s got five in this year’s edition. Foxplay ($9) has drawn widest in 14 and gets the services of Hugh Bowman on 54.5kg with Tom Melbourne ($7.50, Glen Boss, 52kg) and Comin’ Through ($7.50, Joao Moreira, 51kg) alongside her in barriers 13 and 12 respectively.
Egg Tart ($5.50) – who has been under the watch of the stewards this week – has been at the top of Epsom betting since they opened and she’s second-up after a second to Deploy when fresh. She’s drawn barrier one with Kerrin McEvoy to ride while McCreery ($15) will jump from seven with Tom Berry on board.
Comin’ Through has won two from two this prep beating Tom Melbourne last start with ‘Tom’ finishing second at his three runs this campaign and whilst he’s copped some flak from punters, he is racing well and this race could set up nicely for him.
Red Excitement ($15) went within a length of causing a boilover two starts back and the Gerald Ryan stable is in good form this spring. The Hayes/Dabernig stable nearly caused a bigger boilover in this race last year when Dibayani almost won the race and they line up with Snitzon ($35) while the ever green mare Zanbagh ($16) took out the G3 Tibbie (1400m) at her most recent run.
Not surprisingly, Chris Waller holds a strong hand in the Group 1 Metropolitan (2400m). Libran ($5) returned to form with a dashing last start win in the G3 Kingston Town (2000m) beating Antonio Giuseppe ($5), Life Less Ordinary ($5.50) and Who shot The Barman ($11) who rounded out the First-4 in that race, and they all line up here. Foundry ($7), has finished within a length of the winner at his last two starts over 1600m and 2040m.
Big Duke ($6) broke Darren Weir’s run of outs in Sydney during the autumn and is joined by stable mate Loresho ($34) while Broadside ($8) backs up after a fighting third last week to Auvray. Brisbane Cup winner, Chocante ($12) caught the eye when first-up behind Winx in the G2 Chelmsford (1600m) and he’s now third-up, Destiny’s Kiss ($23) won the Listed Wyong Cup (2100m) two starts back while My Diamantine ($101) is a win and three placings from his last four runs but this is a big step up in grade.
Suggested Bet: There’s some quality gallopers like Egg Tart way down in the weights of the Epsom but going with top weight Happy Clapper ($3). He’s a consistent galloper who’s been placed four times at the top level and not many going around deserve a G1 win like he does. Provided his last start challenge to Winx hasn’t taken it out of him, fingers crossed he can break his Group 1 maiden status.
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