Form expert Shayne O’Cass examines every race at Royal Randwick and finds the best bets for the big meeting.
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Track: Soft 7. Rail: +4m 2000m-1600m, +6m remainder
RACE 1: ACY SECURITIES HANDICAP (1100M)
Overview: Governor is bred to be a good horse being by I Am Invincible out of a Flight Stakes placegetter and oozed quality in both trials. Has a bright future. Dragonstone was compelling when winning at the midweeks. Can keep progressing. Trial watchers have been counting the days until Sir Crackle got to the races. He is in the right race but with the wrong draw perhaps. Joe Pride pair Rubinocchi and Paper Daisy can run well at odds.
BETTING ADVICE: Governor each-way.
RACE 2: RANVET HANDICAP (1500M)
Overview: Allinthistogether is a two-year-old taking on the older horses but it matters less at this time of the season given she will turn three in a few weeks time. The Mark Newnham-trained Shocking filly is perhaps unlucky not to be unbeaten in her two starts and should be strong late under her lightweight. Go Troppo has done very little wrong and comes to town off an authoritative win at Newcastle. Ditto Oakfield Prince who is in the big leagues now but has earned his opportunity.
BETTING ADVICE: Allinthistogether win.
RACE 3: TAB HIGHWAY (1400M)
Overview: Cavalier Charles is going to relish the opportunity to race over 1400m in light of his fast finishing second in his first Highway attempt. James McDonald sticks – and why wouldn’t he. Dream Runner resumed with a very encouraging run off a bleed. Keith Dyden and Nash Rawiller are a formidable pair whenever they combine. Warren Gavenlock stablemates Saintly Sunrise and Furphy are medal chances. Likewise Tags who has done nothing wrong. Last start Highway winners, Zoo Station and Casino Kid are worthy of respect.
BETTING ADVICE: Cavalier Charles win, quinella 18,19.
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RACE 4: HYLAND RACE COLOURS HANDICAP (1100M)
Overview: Dame Kiri appeals the each-way odds owing to her outstanding first-up record and an impressive recent trials. Will require a solid tempo but she could easily charge over the top late if circumstances allow. Maddi Rocks makes her stable debut for new trainer John O’Shea. Her prospects probably rest with an upgrade to the track (not a deal breaker though) but she has shown herself to be ready and able off some lively trials. Misteed has mixed and matched it with better horses than these. Koonunga is the blowout.
BETTING ADVICE: Dame Kiri each-way.
RACE 5: SCHWEPPES HANDICAP (2000M)
Overview: Spanish Point is building up to a win. The Kris Lees-trained import has been given a beautiful platform to peak on the weekend at the 2000m. Very adept on wet ground and has the services of Nash Rawiller. Go well. Montabot went up $151 on Wednesday with TAB fixed odds which is fair enough too on the score of his Australian debut where he ran last. That said, he is a 2400m horse so maybe he can turn in a better showing at 2000m. Don’t sell him short. Harpo Marx has been the Black Booker for most pundits off his two runs this time in. Easy to like.
BETTING ADVICE: Spanish Point each-way, Montabot place.
RACE 6: GEOHEX SPRINT (1100M)
Overview: Lancaster Bomber had “next time” written all over him when he resumed. Richard Litt was keen to run in the Ramornie on Wednesday but with the Covid-19 situation, he stayed in Sydney and will contest this race instead. Take note that he has won three from five second-up. The Bopper has carried a sizeable boom on him from day one and raced right up to it most times. Trialled up well for the return. Would have maybe preferred it to be a bit firmer under foot but no knock. Perigord was in an awkward spot throughout first-up and is the big improver with that run under the belt.
BETTING ADVICE: Lancaster Bomber win, box trifecta 1,2,4,11.
RACE 7: MIDWAY HANDICAP (1300M)
Overview: Bazooka, somehow, has only won once in 18 starts but a lot of that has been due to his pattern. He does appear to be in the best shape of his career; he just ran out of ground when chasing Tyconnist in a leader-dominated race at Rosehill last start. Cuban Royale sent out some encouraging signs when was beaten only two lengths by Madam Legend in an 1100m race at Rosehill. French import Ashim was $61 into $41 at his Australian debut and ran accordingly finishing fourth to Papal Warrior who has won again since. Ashim trialled in between then and now and went really well.
BETTING ADVICE: Bazooka win, box quinella 5,6,13.
RACE 8: WINTER STAKES (1400M)
Overview: A great clash on the cards in the Winter Stakes between Bandersnatch and Rubisaki bearing in mind that the Melbourne mare is unbeaten in her only two prior visits to Randwick. That said, this could be the day for Matthew Smith’s bonny mare Tricky Gal to finally crack it for a stakes win. She has run in 10 black-type races and been runner-up in six of them including the Civic Stakes behind Bandersnatch where she went every bit, if not better, than him. Former Singapore gun Countofmontecristo with “the run” in the June Stakes. Ziegfield trialled up a storm the other day. Order Again and Sambro are players.
BETTING ADVICE: Tricky Gal win, quinella 3,7.
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RACE 9: HEINEKEN HANDICAP (1200M)
Overview: I Am Power has been a minor revelation in his two Australian starts for Mark Newnham who has placed with him with typical precision. The Irish-bred gelding looked the part in a trial at Rosehill in mid-June when an easy fourth to Villami and went every bit as well as she did. Black Opal winner Barbaric is back on deck now and looks as good as new judging on his outstanding trials. He was backed early on Wednesday with TAB. Zakat is a bomb proof three-quarter-brother to the great Pierro who never lets the side down. Chat could be the barnstormer here.
BETTING ADVICE: I Am Power win.
RACE 10: THE AGENCY REAL ESTATE HANDICAP (1400M)
Overview: Handsome gelding Matowatakpe was building up to a win and it came in no uncertain terms when trainer Bjorn Baker dropped him back to midweek grade at Warwick Farm last start. He is back in “first grade” now but he will run out of the sheds a very confident racehorse tomorrow afternoon. Blondeau has been a bit costly since that booming win at the Gosford stand-alone but when races are run to suit him, he can let rip with a powerful burst. The “Kensington Katalin” would go close here. Chareterra is a bit of a tease but always worthy of a second look.
BETTING ADVICE: Matowatakpe win.
Originally published asShayno’s tips: Tricky Gal’s time to shine
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