Runners to watch: Randwick, April 1st

Reviews and notes of every race on Day 1 of The Championships

Race 1 – Kindergarten Stakes (1100m)

Property (1st) – Settled back into the field and had the job ahead of him at the turn. Once the gaps appeared he sprinted like a really smart horse to win in good style. First go on a heavy track and the Sydney way of going posed no problems. Looks above average.

Race 2 – Carbine Club (1600m)

Acatour (1st) – Settled just behind the leaders with a good run, heading into the straight let down like a good horse, winning in impressive style by over three lengths. Another who looks above average and can continue to be followed this preparation.

Race 3 – Chairman’s Handicap (2600m)

Big Duke (1st) – Another who had a nice run behind the leaders on the fence, turning for home he sprinted quickly and put them away. The first three cleared away from the rest and can be followed with some confidence into the Cup. Big Duke was most impressive in the last 150m when he really attacked the line.  Keep following.

Race 4 – Country Championships Final (1400m)

Nothing of note in this race.

Race 5 – P J Bell Stakes (1200m)

Raiment (7th) – Short priced favourite and raced 3 – 4 wide for majority of the race. Once into the straight was under pressure and battled away into 7th. Happy to forgive that run with the wet track, and she tracked in what was the worse going. She is above average and I’m not keen to write off yet. Stick strong with her.

Race 6 – Sires Produce (1400m)

Note – Majority of these will be spelling now, however looking at a next preparation, I would like to be owning Menari and Frolic. Both high class 2YOs who will hopefully improve into their next preparation.

Race 7 – Australian Derby (2400m)

Harper’s Choice (2nd) – Lead and at a good tempo, turning for home he gave a strong kick and was only just beaten in the last 50m. Give very little chance according to the betting ($41), he not only proved he can handle the wet but also the distance and looks a good stayer in the making.

Race 8 – T J Smith Stakes (1200m)

Note – Just sit back and watch this if you haven’t.  Huge win! One of the great Randwick moments.

Race 9 – Doncaster Handicap (1600m)

Happy Clapper (2nd) – Sat behind the leader and eventual winner, took many lengths of him down the staright but was just unable to nab him on the line. I think we can keep following him through the remainder of the carnival. A very honest and genuine galloper.

Race 10 – Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m)

Note – The key to the day was being on the fence, especially down the side and turning into the straight. Many gallopers who tracked a wider course down the side were just unable to let down into the straight, and I would be forgiving any failures moving ahead.