Race-by-race preview and advice for Randwick on Saturday


7. O’President won his last try by 13 lengths. What can we read there? That he is ready to start fresh over 1400m. The four-year-old is dating Bjorn Baker for the first time and everything seems to have fallen into place perfectly. The son of Fastnet Rock is a brilliant wet tracker, he comes up with 53kg and if 5. Cross Talk opts for the Cameron Handicap at Newcastle instead, O’President maps to take control in front. 8. Ranch HandMoonee Valley’s return was inconclusive, having been forced to return last since the wide draw and he never fully cleared. He was only two lengths behind Anamoe penultimate from the last preparation at 1400m and his smooth track form is excellent. We only saw 1. Top ranked twice in Australia and he took ground on Lost And Running in one of those and tackled G1 Chipping Norton in the other.
How to play it: O’President to win.

Race 6 – 2:40 p.m. DARLEY TEA ROSE Stakes (1400m)

5. Zugotcha fight in secret and 1. North Star Lass first in the Silver Shadow Stakes. These form lines speak for themselves now. Chris Waller opted to dodge the Furious Stakes with her, keeping her fresh as he tackled those four weeks between races. Maybe dodging the heavy Surface 10 that day will prove to be a blessing. She has been testing since and looked sharp at Rosehill over 900m. The map is also in his favor, with James McDonald now jumping second, parking somewhere in the first dozen. North Star Lass may have been flattered by the way Randwick played two weeks ago, but she looks ready to savor 1400m. It was led by 4. Willinga Beast but fought back on the line, recording the final fastest time of the 200m race. This, of course, sees Willinga Beast back into the mix. She can only run well given her form lines.
How to play it: Victory of Zougotcha.


1. Zaaki was still in control first in the G2 Tramway Stakes over 1400m, going through Heavy 10 conditions and giving the runner-up 6kg. It says the eight-year-old has come back as good as ever. Which seems to give him the edge over his obvious danger 3. Anamoe this is his tactical speed. There doesn’t seem to be another obvious leader, so Tommy Berry should be able to find the front and race accordingly. Add to that the respective prices. Penultimate preparation Zaaki touched up I’m Thunderstruck before it was only the race on Think It Over that denied him victory in the Queen Elizabeth. What a shock it promises to be. I will declare my allegiance to Team Zaaki. Anamoe parked behind speed in the G1 Winx Stakes first and never lost from there. It has since refreshed.
How to play it: Victory of Zaaki.

Race 8 – 3:55 p.m. SHORT BOWERMANS (1100m)

2. Edward has the race under his belt against his former training partner 1. Nature Strip and got the better of him in the 1000m and 1100m recently. The more it rains, the better it is for Eduardo too. A wet track turns the last 200m into a dogfight as opposed to a scenario where Nature Strip is off and drops halfway down the straight. Eduardo was brilliant when he won the Concorde Stakes for the first time signaling that he is not slowing down yet, despite being nine years old now. The tactics will be fascinating with the second barrier pulled by Nature Strip. Can James McDonald punch to stop Eduardo from crossing him? This is the litmus test for 4.Mazu but he couldn’t ask for a better setup. It will be comfortable on a wet track over 1100m dragging behind a nice speed.
How to play it: Victory of Edward.

Race 9 – 4:35 p.m. FURPHY KINGSTON TOWN Stakes (2000m)

9. Benaud found himself in the worst part of the trail on his two runs in this build but still produced two wonderful efforts. The first of these was a closing sixth in the Winx Stakes behind Anamoe before backing that up with a brave fourth behind 1. Knights Order over the mile in the Chelmsford Stakes where it was a huge advantage to find the fence in the race . The four-year-old gray has a nice trend as he heads for the Metrop fourth. Has enough tactical speed to settle in midfield, which seems important given the lack of tempo on paper. This lack of another obvious leader outside of Knights Order makes him dangerous again. Sure, he may have been flattered by the way the Randwick track played, but he never won below 2000m before first place, so his victory had merit. Catch Me If You Can. 6. Golden Journey was quite a G1 horse when trained in France.
How to play it: Victory of Benaud.


Can’t find too many genuine wet trackers, so there’s obvious appeal with 3. Never speak at big odds. The five-year-old mare runs fresh too. First in the final preparation, she ran third in a field of five behind Rule Of Law and Emanate, but clocked the fastest closing time of the encounter. Like how she tried twice this time around as Dylan Gibbons’ claim sees her well at that BM88 level given she ran in better company throughout the fall. The meeting pattern will be well established the last time around and if they continue late into the day, confidence levels will be further boosted. 17. CavalierCharles has a brilliant debut record (4:3-1-0) and gave Shelby Sixtysix one last fresh prep. Gets light and maps well. There is a query on it if the track enters the heavy range.
How to play it: Never speak E/W.

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