Fri, Jul 21, 9:50am by Staff Writer
Small field sizes dominate the day at Randwick on Saturday with six of the nine races having ten runners or less. The rail is out ten metres with the surface in the soft range at the time of acceptances.
The jockeys’ premiership title is no clearer with Hugh Bowman clinging to a half-win lead over Brenton Avdulla, 77 to 76.5. With Avdulla suspended for two of the last three metro meetings, Bowman failed to take advantage and went winless during that time. He was sent out a short-price favourite in the ‘jockey challenge’ last Saturday and came away with no winners while it was a similar story on Wednesday when he managed three third placings. Avdulla who returned from suspension on Wednesday failed to make the winner’s circle himself although he finished second on two occasions, the most recent by a nose. Bowman has a book of eight rides on Saturday to Avdulla’s five, with Bowman still the favourite to take out the title.
The feature race of the day is the July Sprint (1100m) with seven set to line up after the scratching of Magic Alibi who will run earlier in the day. Bowman rides the favourite Felines ($3.50) who won over this distance at Hawkesbury’s standalone meeting three starts back. The five-year-old mare has four wins at Randwick, four on a soft and has won twice at 1100m.
That’s a Good Idea ($5) was runner-up to Felines at Hawkesbury and he’s having his first run since. He’ll carry 61kg – half a kilo more than Felines – and with only the one placing from eight attempts on anything rain affected, connections will be hoping for a drier surface come race day.
Boss Lane ($7.50) made a long-awaited return to the winner’s circle a month ago when winning the Winter Dash at Randwick, his sixth victory at the track. Highly Geared ($7.50) has been backed in the early markets, Reldas ($5) makes the trip up from Melbourne, Petrossian ($9.50) is looking for back-to-back wins with two from his last three while Kudero ($6) will jump from the widest gate.
Kings of Leon ($2.40) was scratched from race five to run in race eight (a BM81 over 1200m) and he’s been backed into a short-price favourite. A winner of three from his ten career starts, he comes into Saturday off a last start (Saturday) win at Warwick Farm. Torpenhow ($6.50) is also off a last start win – a midweek at Canterbury – with Avdulla to ride him, and Bowman on the favourite.
The final race of the day – a BM85 over 1500m – has attracted a capacity field (plus emergencies) with Team Snowden’s Steyne ($3.20) heavily backed as soon as markets opened. The four-year-old gelding has won four from his six race starts, all those four being in succession – two before a spell and two since. Pelethronius ($6.50) has won three in a row himself, with six wins from 12 career starts overall. Meiner Freccia ($15) is an ex-Japanese horse having his ninth start for Kim Waugh with three wins and three minors to his name in Australia, and three wins and 12 placings from 24 starts in total. Imanui ($8.50) is second-up having never been out of the placings when second-up. Admiral Jello ($17) is first-up with one win and a second from three fresh starts while Muraqaba ($15) is also first-up and another who has had some backing in the early markets.
Suggested Bet: Back Kings of Leon to win
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