Fri, Feb 3, 9:45am by Staff Writer
Racing is at Royal Randwick this Saturday – the rail is out six-metres and the track was rated in the good range at the time of acceptances. The odd shower is forecast leading into Saturday but hopefully it won’t affect the track.
Race Six is the Group 3 Eskimo Prince (1200m) for three-year-olds with the exciting Omei Sword ($2.45) opening as favourite. The Chris Waller-trained filly romped in by 3.3L last campaign when fresh (in the Group 2 Silver Shadow (1200m) before a second to Astern in the G1 Golden Rose (1400m) after that. Hugh Bowman rides while Michael Walker stays aboard stablemate Comin’ Through ($7.50). Walker piloted the colt to victory in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1400m) on Derby Day which was his second win from three career starts.
Godolphin did have Impending among the nominations for the race but they’ve accepted with Bezel ($5) (James Doyle) and Bryneich ($11)(Brenton Avdulla). Bezel was third to Comin’ Through in the Carbine Club whilst Bryneich comes off a last start Canterbury night win by 4.5L. Guard of Honour ($7) heads into Saturday off a third to Tactical Advantage when favourite. Spending To Win ($7.50) was second on that occasion and also lines up here.
The mares do battle in race seven, the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m).
French Emotion ($10) is one of two for Waller, with five wins and nine placings from her 18 career starts highlighting her consistency. She won a Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) during the spring before being beaten 0.4L in the Group 1 Myer (1600m) at long odds. She’s won twice at the distance and been placed once from three fresh starts. Stablemate Tsaritsa ($12) is a Group 2 QLD Guineas (1600m) winner and is first-up after being beaten 3L when ninth of 11 in the Bill Ritchie (1400m).
Danish Twist ($3.90) won four straight two preparations ago which began with the Provincial Championships (1400m) at Randwick and included a Group 3 Dark Jewel (140m) and Listed June Stakes (1100m). During the spring she was a 0.2L third to Takedown in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes over this track and distance, then unplaced in her two starts after that.
Egyptian Symbol ($4.60) was a strong winner first-up in the Magic Millions lead up at Wyong before finishing sixth of 16 at the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast. I Am Zelady ($6) was second on that occasion beaten a nose and she’s also won a trial since.
Flippant ($5) was a Listed winner down the Flemington straight on Cup day and is a winner of five from 13 in total. Circular ($21) has only missed a place once in her 15 career starts and has four placings from four fresh starts while In Her Time ($7.50) has won three from eight, with all three of those victories coming at Canterbury – the most recent over Raiment on New Year’s Eve.
Suggested Bet: Back French Emotion each=way in the Breeders Classic
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