Fri, Dec 22, 12:29pm by Staff Writer
Randwick’s Boxing Day tradition continues on Tuesday with the Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) the feature race of the day.
A field of 12 have accepted for the Summer Cup with Gerald Ryan’s Red Excitement ($6) looking to make it back-to-back wins in the race. He was arguably in better form last year and took this race out before going on to win the Listed Gosford Cup (2100m). This spring, he got within a nose of Winx in a memorable G2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) and finished third in the G3 Festival Stakes (1600m) two runs back. His most recent run was when seventh to Crack Me Up in a fast run G2 Villiers Stakes (1600m), beaten 2.4L.
Black On Gold ($5) has had the five runs this campaign winning two and finishing second on two occasions. His last run was when sixth of seven to Broadside in the Listed ATC Cup (2000m), with a trial last Tuesday leading into this.
Dark Eyes ($11) was a Goulburn Cup (1600m) winner two starts ago and eleventh of 14 – beaten 4.3L – most recently in the Villiers while stable mate Dee I Cee ($34) is second-up and last campaign when second-up he took out the Listed Premier Cup (1900m) at Rosehill at 40-1.
Lord Kinsley ($8) has three wins and two seconds from his six runs this prep. Destiny’s Kiss ($13) relished the soft conditions when taking out the Listed Tatts Cup (2100m) back in October. Testashadow ($7.50) held out Mister Sea Wolf in the G3 Festival (1500m) before finishing midfield in the Villiers while Mighty Lucky ($5) is a grand old campaigner who is always thereabouts but is finding it hard to win of late. Ashkannd ($23) – also an acceptor on Saturday – has drawn barrier 12 of 12 here.
Down at Caulfield the Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) is the feature of the day. A field of 11 have accepted with Keen Array ($7) to carry top weight of 60kg. The five-year-old gelding has contested some better races in his career with mixed results although he did with the G2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) during the spring before a second to Rich Charm at Listed level, beaten in a photo.
Thermal Current ($4.80) is third-up after a 1000m and 1100m run at his first two runs this campaign. Tried and Tired ($23) made a long-awaited return to the winners’ circle on Pakenham Cup day which was run on a soft-track. Toy Boy ($7) is looking for three straight wins while Lucky Liberty ($4.60) and Oak Door ($5) lead a wall of horses first-up from a spell, Merriest ($4.80) one of those is drawn widest in barrier 11.
Suggested Bet: Baysa ($3.40, Sydney race 5 number 5) is a consistent mare racing in good form. This campaign she’s had the six runs for a win, three placings and hasn’t finished further back than fourth – with her most recent run being beaten a nose at Canterbury over 1550m. Royal Stamp ($8) is racing well and Ladder ($6) is lightly raced but Baysa is well weighted and from a good barrier should look the winner at some stage.
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