R1 2YO Handicap 1100m
Bit of a lottery to start off with. Haven’t seen a lot of any of these horses. Baltic Whisper has trialled very well so far, but yet to race. Related to Brazen Beau and will give it a shake here. Archives has the potential to be a great horse through it’s bloodline. Yet to race but right in this. Lavender Hill has trialled well at Randwick and will have it’s first start here. Has shown speed and could win this. Legerity wasn’t far off getting his first win last start and with a bit of luck could snatch it here. Aviator ran on well nicely last start and won on debut. Out of Snitzel and could run a nice each way race here.
One To Watch: Lavender Hill
R2 Benchmark 81 Handicap 1200m
Sonic Swish was disappointing last start against some very good horses, but very impressive the run before that. Has come on leaps and bounds since breaking his maiden and will be up there here. Caped Crusader has had a bit of a break recently and should be better for it. Likes longer distance but will be up there here. Disgraceful has the quality here and down in weights, should be competitive. Well Hardley Ever was disappointing last start and drops in weight. Could cause a shock if deals with the wide draw well. Painte beat Well Hardley Ever home last start and drawn better here, not the worst bet at current odds.
One To Watch: Painte
R3 Class 2, Handicap 1200m
Circle Game will be fitter than last start after a nice break. Low in the weights and will be hard to beat. Desert Marshal has been consistent of late and might run a nice each way race. Only issue is the wide draw. Royal Engineer hardly runs a bad race. Was unlucky to lose last start in a tough race, but will be up there again here. Lemming has been running well and with a bit of luck could find itself up there at the end. Pure Choice was close behind Noble Joey two starts ago who has since won. Could cause a shock here. Supreme Lad can run a cheeky race, strung two wins together in last two. Drawn in carpark the only concern.
One To Watch: Supreme Lad
R4 More Than Ready (bm75) 1900m
Top Of My List has shown real promise so far. Drawn okay and will be very hard to beat here. Romantic Maid is coming over from NZ and has been running very well. Will be right up there. Rodrico strung together two good wins, and looks to be flying at the moment. Will fight this out to the very end. Seltzer is one that could impress here. Ran on nicely last start and went back to trial. Looks a decent each way bet. Power Of Patch could also run a cheeky race. Led last start and ran it’s heart out. Keep handy.
One To Watch: Power Of Patch
R5 Mcgrath Estate Agents (bm77) 1200m
Sir Bacchus* is up in weight however won very impressively last run. Should improve on that run and will be very hard to beat. Roguish has blitzed both fields in his first two starts. Harder competition here but it has enough quality. Reincarnate finished behind Sir Bacchus last start but drops weight here. Has the quality but drawn wide. Lucky Fish was consistent last prep; went back to trials since and looks to be a good chance here. Sampeah is one that could cause a shock.
One To Watch: Roguish
R6 Schweppes (bm93) 1350m
Religify* has been so close in his last two starts. Gains weight here but not as much as when against Federal. One of the best chances here. Start Wondering has amazing quality, and showed that by winning very well last start. Bit of a break since then and loves it first up. Will be hard to beat. Rockolicious will need to be at her best to win here, but not completely hopeless. The best chance of the rest is God’s In Him.
One To Watch: Religify
Quaddie Numbers: 1,3
R7 Lord Mayors Cup 2000m
Havana Cooler has some serious ability and will be one of the best hopes. Drawn wide but if it can settle nicely should have every chance. Lady Le Fay has shown how good she can be lately, and will be right up there at the finish. Weary* was only just beaten by her last start, and turns around 2kg on her here. Looks a very good each way bet at $9. We all know Messene‘s quality. Forgive last start, he’s much better than that run. Index Linked beat home Havana Cooler last start, however up more weight than him here and might be too tough.
One To Watch: Weary
Quaddie Numbers: 1,2,3,4,11
R8 Pro-ride (bm78) 1100m
Daysee Doom absolutely blitzed the field by 2.3 lengths last start, making it 2 from 2. Drawn well here and will be hard to beat. Zelda* finished third behind her last start, and turns around 2.5kg on her here. A good each way chance at $10. Freeze The Charges ran pretty well last start. Has the quality for this sort of race and could cause an upset. Pioneering couldn’t find any luck last prep. Has the quality here and jumping from the fence, has every chance.
One To Watch: Zelda
Quaddie Numbers: 1,5,11,12
R9 Hyland Race Colours (bm72) 1500m
Huge field to end the day. Moher has exceptional quality and battled home well last start. One of the best hopes here. Only issues are drawn wide and inexperienced jockey on board. Montauk was perhaps disappointing last start, finishing behind Moher. No weight swing but drawn inside him and will have every chance. Santa Rocks was very good last start, hanging on for a hard fought second placing. Has enough quality for this and should be right up there towards the end. So Willie will appreciate the extra distance here and will be looking to improve after it’s second to Sir Bacchus last start. Gambler’s Blues looks to be great each way value at the $15 mark. Been running well and a decent barrier gives it hope.
One To Watch: Santa Rocks
Quaddie Numbers: 3,6,11,12,17
Best Of The Card:
R5 – #1 Sir Bacchus W @ $3.60
R6 – #1 Religify EW @ $4.60/1.50
R7 – #4 Weary EW @ $9.00/3.00
R8 – #12 Zelda EW @ $10/3.20