Royal Randwick is one of Sydney’s premier racecourses and is home to many prestigious Group 1 races throughout the autumn and spring.
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As well as the main track, Randwick Racecourse contains a second track known as Kensington.
Due to large rainfall in the area, Kensington has been reconstructed using the Strathayr racing surface which is similar to Moonee Valley.
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Randwick Tips April 22
Race 3 - 12:35PM $100,000 ATC HERITAGE CENTRE HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
With the scratching of the potential star Egg Tart, this good little race has been thrown wide open. I’ll be on CAERLESS CHOICE, the bush horse, because I think he's pretty smart. Track will play to suit him and he's 3rd up. He ran to second at the 100m mark in the recent Country Champs Final here and faded last 25m. Fitter now. Can atone.
Race 4 - 1:10PM $100,000 SCHWEPPES RANDWICK ROYALE HANDICAP (2400 METRES)
This NZ-bred, Victorian-trained galloper SURVIVED appeals the most here. He is a solid country cups type of horse with age and experience on his side. He is tough as old boots and is actually in very well at the weights here following the claim. Should be near lead all way and will out grind these. PARAGON is a tough stayer too and will battle away for the minors.
Race 8 - 3:35PM $2 million SCHWEPPES SYDNEY CUP (3200 METRES)
I do think the way the Cup unfolded when abandoned 2 weeks back will mirror what will happen here. With a twist. I think Godolphin's 3rd place getter that day PENGLAI PAVILION will benefit the most from the tough hit out and prevail this time. Winkers go on and he goes well with that gear change. His stablemate Polarization and the toppie Who Shot The Barman, will be right in the finish too.
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Race 4 - 1:50PM $150,000 TAB HALL MARK STAKES (1200 METRES)
TAKEDOWN just looks deliciously placed here. He goes well first up and is so big the weight wont worry. He's proven his class against better rivals than this and has trialled well going into the race. The money will come for him on track. Very hard to beat with REDZEL the only main concern.
Race 6 - 3:05PM $500,000 MOET & CHANDON CHAMPAGNE STAKES (1600 METRES)
Team Snowden has for a while laid claims to being the best training set up in Sydney and can notch another Group 1 upon their burgeoning belt in this with their star colt INVADER. Superstar colt, already a Group 1 winner and looks to have this at his mercy. Ground home too well to beat a better field in winning the 1400m Sires’ Produce last start. So far 11 of the past 20 Champagne Stakes have been won by horses who just won the Sires’. Is getting better with racing, has the best rider on board and drawn the rails. Easy to tip. THE MISSION is an under-rated baby. He led all way to win in the wet at Group 3 level recently beating some smart colts then backed up in the Sires' Produce and somehow was 10th on the bend, 3-wide a long way off the lead. Kept fighting and finding something to claim 6th in the end. Not as much pressure here - he looms as a big outsider with a major hope.
Race 7 - 3:45PM $600,000 SCHWEPPES ALL AGED STAKES (1400 METRES)
LE ROMAIN disappointed in the Group 1 Doncaster after striking bother being held up at a vital stage. He'd done well this time up so trainer Kris Lees tipped him out for a spell. But 4 days later he was bucking his brand off. He put on weight, was feeling extraordinarily good so Lees brought him for a tilt at this race. Winkers go back on for the first time since he scored a Group 1 win in Melbourne last year and Hughie will steer. Fresh, lively, track getting better by the minute, and with top rider - he looks the goods. Harest to beat will be ENGLISH who won this race so gallantly last year.
Race 4 - 1:20PM $390,000 THE PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL (1400 METRES)
Such a good, competitive lineup of provincial trained gallopers for this final. Plenty of pace and plenty of come-from-behind runners engaged. I like BETTER NOT BLUE for Michelle Ritchie. We saw a female train the Country Champs Final winner and I suspect that can occur here too. Better Not Blue has a powerhouse finishing burst and showed that in the heat when a flying 2nd. Fitter now, and that heat was 1350m, so extra trip suits here also. CLEVEDEN BAY is an emerging talent and won her heat impressively too and as such will be running onto into the placings I believe.
Race 8 - 3:55PM $2million SCHWEPPES SYDNEY CUP (3200 METRES)
If there's one thing old WHO SHOT THEBARMAN knows how to do, it is run strong two mile races. He's been in 7 of them, all at Group 1 level and his record is great. He won the Group 1 Auckland Cup, ran 2nd in this Group 1 Sydney Cup and has a Group 1 Melbourne Cup placing to his highlight reel also. And he seems back in sterling order this time. Ran 4th in the Group 1 BMW last start and got home hard. Looks primed to win this.
Race 9 - 4:35PM $1million COOLMORE LEGACY STAKES (1600 METRES)
How can you go past winning form? And SILENT SEDITION just knows how to win. She's won nearly $1 million in prizemoney from her consistency over just 16 starts. Last start she finished doggedly to win the Group 1 1200m William Reid Stakes after running a close 2nd in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic this grade. Has drawn ideally and is ready to ring up another gong here. Is cherry ripe too and although never been to the heavy, she has wet track form.
Race 6 - 3:10PM $1,000,000 INGLIS SIRES' (1400 METRES)
Traditionally, the intensity of the Golden Slipper zaps the energy from the legs of those backing up in the Sires'. But that may not be the case this time. All the major hopes bar FROLIC have drawn off the track here. And on top of that most of them will be out the back. The Kiwi SUMMER PASSAGE has run fast times in New Zealand at stakes level and must rate a show, but Frolic and TULIP ran the best in the Slipper and that should put them ahead of the others. GUNNISON is unbeaten but there's a question mark over him regarding his talent at this level. Stakes performers generally show up in this.
Race 7 - 3:50PM $2,000,000 BMW AUSTRALIAN DERBY (2400 METRES)
What a great renewal of this iconic race. The Kiwi pair GINGERNUTS and JON SNOW just add so much class to the race. We also have the Victoria Derby winner PRIZED ICON, who is back in form, engaged. The Kiwi pair should be in the first five early and they are both extra strong stayers. Group 1 Randwick Guineas winner INFERENCE will be getting home strongly too from about midfield at the bend. So who will be last man standing?
Race 8 - 4:30PM $2.5million DARLEY T J SMITH STAKES (1200 METRES)
This is an impossible race to pick. The big grey CHAUTAUQUA will be a mile back, as he was last year when he stormed home to win. But can he this time? He’s won this race twice but isn’t as fast as he once was. He is extremely fit, however, going into it. TERRAVISTA is up and down but if the pace is on he will be in the firing line. FELL SWOOP is back better than ever but needs it as dry as possible. He will be close enough to strike while ENGLISH and VOODOO LAD will get back also. The weights do not suit ASTERN and RUSSIAN REVOLUTION and SPIETH should be absolutely ready to pounce. So as they charge to the line, who finishes fastest?
Race 3 - 1:40PM $125,000 BRADLEY AUSTRALIA FIREBALL STAKES (1100 METRES)
I truly think if she steps away and can run through the going, SCARLET RAIN is a special. Almost a certainty. Is just too fast and powerful for her rivals. FAITH'S ENCORE trialled brilliantly but she is up against a potential Group 1 horse in Scarlet Rain.
Race 6 - 3:30PM $500,000 HYLAND RACE COLOURS CHALLENGE STAKES (1000 METRES)
You could write the exact speech for ENGLISH here as I have for Scarlet Rain above. Trialled like a superstar last month and wet track is only issue. Looks grades above these.
Race 7 - 4:10PM $1,000,000 GIRVAN WAUGH RANDWICK GUINEAS (1600 METRES)
This bloke MAN FROM UNCLE doesn't win in any flashy fashion, but he does keep winning and that's the key here. He races these horses and beats them. The mile here looks ideal and it is his home track. Outside draw on this extremely wet track will be an advantage. COMIN' THROUGH is fitter now and is hardest to beat.
Race 2 - 1:25PM $60,000 TAB HIGHWAY PLATE (1600 METRES)
This is a fascinating highway. We get a good look at DREADLOCK who comes from the central West. He has form around some of the best Country Champ runners in that region. He isn't eligible for the Country Champs but he's up agaibnst RUTHLESS AGENT here who has form around some of the best Country Champs hopefuls from the southern Diustricts region. Dreadlock is pretty strong and since joing the Clint Lundholm barn he has shown great ability out west. He deserves a crack at this garde and I think he can win. but ruthless Agent and Medieval from up north have talent too. They should trifecta the race.
Race 3 - 2:00PM $200,000 VALE EDGAR BRITT OAM SWEET EMBRACE STAKES (1200 METRES)
The unraced SONGLIKE trialled like a superstar the other day. So she must be respected but TEASPOON has the form on the board. Two starts for two wins and I'm a firm believer in babies holding their form and racing truly. Therefore I'm all over Teaspoon to jump and be on or near the pace all the way here. Very interested to see what Songlike does.
Race 8 - 5:10PM $200,000 GUY WALTER STAKES (1400 METRES)
FIRST SEAL has been the class of her age group (outside of Winx) for a few years now and as such should finish right over the top of this strong fillies and mares field. When she's on she's a genuine Gr 1 class galloper.
Race 1 - 1.20PM $100,000 RANVET HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
I love these Hong Kong raced horses coming back to Australia and here we have old stager SAVVY NATURE. He has been with Gai and Adrian for about 5 months now and he is absolutely flying. Will sit just off the pace and I think he explodes clear to win easily.
Race 4 - 3.10PM $250,000 INGLIS CLASSIC (1200 METRES)
I know that FIRE STOKER is a bush horse but any horse that can sit behind Mossman Gorge, then run him down, has to be good. Very good in fact and this bloke did just that on debut. Drawn to be in top spot all way and city-slickers will know his name after this.
Race 8 - 5:40PM $250,000 THE STAR APOLLO STAKES (1400 METRES)
I'm not even going to bother you with why WINX wins. Here's the trifecta I will be having. 1. (11) WINX, 2. (1) Hartnell, 3 (8) Sacred Master
Race 9 - 6:15PM $150,000 ROBRICK LODGE TRISCAY STAKES (1200 METRES)
How can you ignore the stunning trial NANCY put in a few weeks back? Team Snowden has snared Hugh Bowman which just means one thing: Nancy is flying this prep.
Race 3 - 2:00PM $100,000 SCHWEPPES GARDENIA HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
I have a real feeling that rain will fall on Friday night thus rendering the track a little damp. That will suit STRAWBERRY BOY. What might suit him even more is the fact he's 3rd up here, and is in quite well at the weights given he will be in the lead...I think all the way. Big trial winner recently too
Race 4 - 2:35PM $100,000 THE CHI-X SPRINT (1000 METRES)
DENMAGIC is the class of the race and she will be steaming home. But this Kiwi-born DAL CIELO has found a new lease on life since being trained just for sprinting. Last start he crushed a solid stakes class field and is ready for this lot too. Will get back and charge home
Race 5 - 3:10PM $60,000 TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Intriguing question one must ask themselves about this race. Given ALL SUMMER LONG consistently was about 1 1/4 inferior to the brilliant CLEARLY INNOCENT at this time last year, would you have Clearly Innocent in this if he was engaged? I would and therefore I'm on this bloke too. Astute trainer Greg Bennett would not bring this bloke to town if he wasn't sure he'd run well in this.
Race 5 - OPTUS SYSTEMS PTY LTD HANDICAP (2000m)
BURNING ENERGY is the type of horse most owners would just love to have. He jumps, gets up on the speed, is always there fighting away bravely down the running, and invariably collects a cheque. And you can bet your bottom dollar he'll do the same here. Back in grade and can lead all the way.
Race 7 - TATTERSALLS CLUB CARRINGTON STAKES (1400m)
Great race coming up. EQUADOR is the class but man he's been set a task here with this weight. He likes to roll forward but so too does OXFORD POET and with the much lighter weight on his back, he should lead Equador. And that just may bring the smart horse undone. Oxford Poet ran a blinder in a strong sprint race first up. He has the wheels and seems back better than ever. I like him here.
Race 8 - HUAWEI HANDICAP (1400m)
HOGMANAY looks hard to beat ....IF he gets to cross and lead. Was ridden that way and won two in a row this grade then last start sat off pace and only plugged home for 4th. DARK STEEL has pace so he may kick up and make it interesting, but his form is tapering off. It’s a tough race but consistency will be the key final stages.
Race 1 - 1:00PM $100,000 TAB REWARDS PLATE (1100 METRES)
The heavily boomed Godolphin horse PIRACY who failed in the Breeders Plate, is back in this. And his trial leading into it was very good. But the word is the Gerald Ryan-trained MENARI is very, very smart. With the claim it is expected to jump straight on the bunny and run them off their legs. Put Piracy in for the quinella.
Race 2 - 1:40PM $100,000 #THERACES HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
This in form mare BUTTERBOOM looks wonderfully placed in this field - especially since the engagement of apprentice rider Nick Heywood. That claim brings her in unbelievably well at the weights. She's talented in better grade so she will feel like this is taking candy from a baby.
Race 6 - 4:00PM $100,000 TAB HANDICAP (2400 METRES)
Consistency in a racehorse is a great foundation for a punter to follow. And in this, the Kris Lees-trained ADMIRAL JELLO fits that bill to a tee. He's no superstar but gee he is honest. Always puts himself into a good position and likes to fight hard down the straight. James Doyle to ride here and he is a superior rider over a trip. Looks a great show.
Race 1 - 1:20PM $50,000 NEWGATE SIZZLING JUVENILE HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have unearthed yet another rising star in the shape of HUALALAI. He trialled brilliantly recently. He hit the line with gusto and you could just tell he was a ready made Saturday grade galloper. May even be better than that. Respect.
Race 5 - 3:40PM $50,000 BOXING DAY SALE SPRINT (1000 METRES)
TOP STRIKER is just the absolute model of consistency. He puts in every start and last start in BM 85 level he hit the front yielding the lead only in final stages. Similar conditions prevail here. With the added bonus that he’s drawn perfectly.
Race 6 - 4:20PM $150,000 SUMMER CUP (2000 METRES)
It looked like MALICE would be the play here....right up until CENTRE PIVOT decided to run the lights out in the Gr 2 Villiers last start. He hit the line gamely, beaten just on a length when 4th. That means he's fit and back to best racing weight. Big show in this
Race 1 - 12:40PM $60,000 TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Slaughtered! That's all you can say for ABSOLUTE RIPPER last start when beaten a nose in this very grade of Highway. Too wide for too long! That was her second start from a spell and coming from Orange out west to get here you know three things: 1) she will be a lot fitter; 2) from this draw she can probably lead on her own; 3) down in weight she can explode away once they turn for home. That's how I see it and I'm on for a fair bit this start.
Race 3 - 1:55PM $500,000 INGLIS NURSERY (1000 METRES)
What a race. The two unbeaten fillies Serena Bay and SHE WILL REIGN are both speed machines early and will compete for early dominance. This could set the race up for a quality finisher like Sebring Express who beat a boomed horse last start after sitting behind it. But I don’t think so. As good and strong as Serena Bay is, she will have to do it very, very tough on the outside of this absolute flying machine She Will Reign who has the speed of a cheetah early and the fight of a lion late. We may be looking at something right out of the box here with this filly.
Race 8 - 5:00PM $125,000 GREEN OPTIONS RACING RAZOR SHARP (1200 METRES)
It's a big ask I know to tip the least performed, least lauded and lowest weighted horse in a Listed race. Not forgetting he's resuming from a spell and has had issues in the past. But I'm gunna, baby! I'm on WEATHERLY because what I saw in a recent barrier trial made me mark his name down in my black book as something, 'rare and special.' Whether he lives up to that, only time will tell, but right now, with no weight on his back, and drawn the rails, I see him getting a glorious run back in about 5th on the fence. Then if he lets down like I suspect, he will charge clear to win from the inform Kuro.
Race 4 - 2:45PM $100,000 REWARDS HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Tough race with a few chances but I'm on SUSPENSE in this. Two runs back from spell have him super fit and ready to peak. When last in work he toiled successfully against better class horses so on those counts I'm all over her in this. REINCARNATE can bob up for 2nd.
Race 5 - 3:20PM $100,000 FILANTE HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
I'm trying to keep my enthusiasm in check here. Because whichever way you dice this race, CHARLIE BOY looks to win it easily. I’m going to have a very big bet on him. He looks a weighted certainty.
Race 6 - 3:55PM $100,000 IGA LIQUOR HANDICAP (2000 METRES)
What a terrific race - so even across the park. Luck in running will play the biggest part. On that Chris Waller can win this but with one of his roughies. I like SOVIET COURAGE - mainly because he’s a tough stayer, he likes it wet and the rain is expected to fall on Saturday...and because of Deanne Panya's claim. He really comes in well at the weights after she takes 3kg off, and should be fit enough now to be handy and strong late. Hardest to beat is his stablemate ENCOSTA LINE.
Race 1 - 12:35PM $100,000 CITY TATTERSALLS CLUB VICTORY VEIN PLATE (1000 METRES)
It's a big ask tipping in early season 2YO races where the form is pretty well hidden. But one thing we do know is that 2YO form, when it’s revealed, stands up. With that in mind, KANGA'S EYE looks a special. Her run on debut in the listed Gimcrack Stakes over 1000m was unbelievable. Slow to move, was last early, but just rocketed home taking ground late off a sensational juvenile named JORDA. Just wins this comfortably off that run.
Race 2 - 1:10PM $100,000 BARTIER PERRY HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
FABRIZIO bolted on his rider in the Epsom and ran 1500m as fast as any horse ever has.…then wilted late. Different rider here, will lead but with a bit more control and he will skip clear before the bend and win this easily from TORGERSEN who wasn’t well ridden in the Epsom when 8th.
Race 6 - 3:30PM $125,000 CITY TATTERSALLS CLUB CUP (2400 METRES)
Another winner for Gai and Adrian coming up here and yes...with another front runner. CAPED CRUSADER is only speed in the race and with his light weight will bowl to the lead and just get faster and faster approaching the turn where he'll be 4 in front and hang on to win impressively.
Race 9 - 5:30PM $150,000 CITY TATTERSALLS LIGHTNING (1100 METRES)
I like KAEPERNICK here. He has a powerhouse finish on him when right and the big drop in grade here looks set to unleash that finishing power. Will be steaming home.
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