Fri, Mar 3, 9:41am by Staff Writer
It’s black type racing all day at Randwick on Saturday led by the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m). The rail is out 4m and at acceptances time the track was rated a heavy-9. Rain is forecast leading into Saturday and once again, it’s eyes on the skies to see what pans out. There is a chance the meeting might not go ahead.
A field of 14 has accepted for the Guineas with Chris Waller’s Comin’ Through the $4.60 favourite in an open race. A winner of two from five career starts, he’s third-up after a fifth (beaten 1.3L) and third (beaten 0.9L) in the lead-ups. He was a Group 3 Carbine Club winner over this distance on Derby Day during the spring when third-up and on Saturday gets the services of the ‘Magic Man’.
Man from Uncle ($6) has won three of his five career starts with back-to-back wins in the traditional lead-ups, the Group 3 Eskimo Prince (1200m) and Group 2 Hobartville (1400m). Drawn in barrier 13, this will be his first attempt over the mile.
Echo Effect ($9) has only missed a place once in his seven starts and is two from two on the heavy but has had some ‘bruised feet’ issues leading into this Saturday. Inference ($5.50) was third in the VRC Derby behind Prized Icon (who will run in Melbourne instead) and is second-up after a fifth when fresh to Man from Uncle in the Hobartville. Invincible Gem ($7.50) is the lone filly in the race and is eyeing four straight victories while Acatour ($12), Malaise ($15) and Harper’s Choice ($16) are consistent and not without a chance in a Guineas with many hopes.
Le Romain ($4.80) won the Randwick Guineas last year and the Kris Lees-trained gelding has had early backing to win the Canterbury Stakes this year. He was a victor first-up in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes over 1200m and a Group 1 Cantala Stakes winner over the Flemington mile before a break.
Chautauqua ($3) steps out to 1300m as he looks for his first win since his amazing G1 Chairman’s Sprint (1200m) in Hong Kong nearly one year ago – which admittedly is only three runs back. He’s opened the favourite with Music Magnate ($3.60) on the second line of betting.
Ugo Foscolo ($7.50) is an interesting runner from the Waterhouse/Bott yard, making his Australian debut on Saturday. The three-year-old gelding has five wins from six career starts with a last start trial win by 7L. Godololphin’s Impending ($12) is the other three-year-old in the race while Japonisme ($18) is one runner who might enjoy some sting out of the ground.
She Will Reign ($1.22) steps out to 1200m for the first time as she looks to further enhance her credentials for the Golden Slipper in a fortnight. She’s again the short-price favourite in Saturday’s Group 2 Reisling (1200m) with Magic Millions winner Houtzen scratched. From Within ($6) has accepted for the race. Lucky Louie ($21) is one at odds who’s had early support in the markets but starts for many of the runners across both two-year-old features are dependent on the weather with many also accepting for Sunday’s Black Opal in Canberra.
Menari ($2.65) is the favourite for the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) after being scratched last week due to a cut lip leading into the Skyline. Khan ($17) will be out to make amends after his first-up flop in the Silver Slipper behind She Will Reign with last start winning stablemate Invader ($14) also accepted to run. Jukebox ($12) is two from two and was scratched before the Blue Diamond on ‘vets advice’ while Godolphin saddle up Veranillo ($7/Avdulla) and Trekking ($7/Purton).
English ($3.20) has opened favourite in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) and she’ll look to atone for a disappointing spring off the back off a fantastic autumn last year. Dal Cielo ($7.50) is up in grade but has been impressive at his last two wins while Supido ($9) travels north from Melbourne. Redzel ($3.80) is first-up and on the second line of betting while Ball of Muscle ($6.50) and Wouldn’t It Be Nice ($34) should both enjoy the track conditions.
Suggested Bet: Back Le Romain at $4.80 in the Canterbury Stakes
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