Fri, Jul 7, 9:09am by Staff Writer
Sydney racing is at Warwick Farm on Saturday. The rail in the true position and the track was a soft-6 at the time of acceptances, although good weather is expected and an upgrade is on the cards.
It might only be a mid-winter meeting with no black-type racing but the Sydney jockey’s premiership is certainly getting interesting with Hugh Bowman making a late season charge on one-time runaway leader Brenton Avdulla.
Bowman has ridden a treble at the last two metro meetings and is now within 3.5 wins of Avdulla who will miss two meetings after being suspended at Canterbury on Wednesday (his suspension is from Sunday 9 July – Monday 17 July). From a trainer’s point of view, James Cummings will be in the race book as Godolphin’s Head Trainer for the first time this Saturday with a handful of runners to mark the occasion.
Race seven is a BM93 over 1600m with eight to line up, and Cummings can make an immediate impact to the ‘boys in blue’ if he was to get Old North ($6) back in the winner’s circle. A promising horse early in his career his record did read three wins from six starts at one point with one of those wins being an impressive G2 victory.
He’s since been placed just twice from his next eight starts and whilst he might be wearing thin on some punters, if he ever puts it together he will be hard to hold out in whatever he contests.
Liapari ($3.40) has been up for ever and a day but is racing as consistently as ever with three wins and two placings from his last seven starts while stable mate So Willie ($4.40) has three wins from his six runs this campaign. Heavenly Anna ($4) has five wins to her name with three of those on a heavy track.
Race one is a 1200m handicap for the two-year-olds with Awesome Pluck ($3.30) and Brook Magic ($4) supported as soon as markets opened. Awesome Pluck bolted in on debut at Taree while Brook Magic is looking for three straight wins, and if she can salute it will give Avdulla a much needed victory in the premiership race.
Philosophy ($3) is the solid favourite in race two – a BM83 over 1400m. A narrow winner when first-up, she’s won three of her five starts and if the markets are anything to go by, she could be Cummings’ first winner for Team Godolphin (Manicure is his first runner in race one, at roughly 10-1).
Pioneering ($7.50) has been disappointing in her two runs this prep while Yuma Desert ($6) comes into this off a last start win over the in-form Test the World and Reiby Rampart ($6) – the latter also lining up here.
Collateral just keeps on winning and he’ll be gunning for five straight in race three, a 2400m BM78. He’s at the $2.40 mark with Chris Waller’s, Sayed at $3.50. Brazen ($16), Imanui ($12) and Time Out of Mind ($8) have had early backing in the last race of the day, a BM78 over 1300m.
Suggested Bet: Back Brook Magic to win the first: $4
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