Runners to watch: Randwick, December 29th

Luke Krahe race reviews, blackbookers and race notes from Saturday's Sydney metro meeting at Randwick.

Blackbookers:

Race 1 – GISELLE ANNE

Race 4 – MISTER SONGMAN

Race 1: 2YO Handicap 1000m.

Notes: MOVIE ROLE (1st) was having her second career start, she was only plain up the straight at Flemington on debut but looked a lot more at home around the bend the Sydney way of going. She sat behind the leaders, didn’t go around a horse after getting the split along the rails and finished too well. IGNITING (2nd) settled well back on debut, got the outside and was really running on hard but may have just peaked late. HIGHTAIL (3rd) was coming off a debut win at a Kembla maiden, appeared to have every chance after getting the run of the race. YITAI SYNERGY (unplaced) SP’d as the $2.40 favourite, she had won two trials leading into this debut, jumped well enough, railed to lead into the straight but wasn’t good enough. GISELLE ANNE (unplaced) sat outside the fave and beat it home and will win an easier race soon with that good tactical speed.

Race 2: Highway Handicap Class 3 1100m.

Notes: ORI ON FIRE (1st) was beautifully ridden to score, he was second-up today and was mid-field before easing to the middle of the track. He took a while to balance up but once he did, he finished powerfully and was too good.  INVINCIBLE TAMMY (unplaced) looked the winner turning for home after a soft run and cruised up, loomed up the leaders but really found nothing at the back-end. RISK AND REWARD (unplaced) SP’d as the favourite, he began poorly but found a nice spot on he rails, he was in trouble all the way down the straight and was never fully tested. Forget he even went around. EQUAL BALANCE (unplaced) was poorly away and couldn’t muster early speed and was 6 or 8 lengths off the second last horse early and did a good job to finish where he did.

Race 3: BM88 Handicap 1400m.

Notes: BONDI (3rd) was very easy in the betting, he lost favourtism close to jump time but jumped well and found the front. He did over-race a little, but settled better mid-race, railed well into the straight but was gone at the 200m mark. REDOUBLE (1st) had the perfect trip one out one back, eased three-wide in the small field and although it took him the whole straight to get there, he eventually wore down SWEET DEAL (2nd) who had done all he work outside the leader. It was a bob of the heads only, Redouble getting the right stride in. ONSLAUGHT (unplaced) over-raced in behind the leader and couldn’t sprint when the gap came. NEW UNIVERSE (unplaced) was very tardily away and never really recovered.

Race 4: BM76 1400m.

MISTER SONGMAN (1st) is a former Tasmanian now with the Waterhouse/Bott yard, he had been runner-up at his two previous starts here and had the addition of the blinkers today. He jumped well but had to work a little to find the front, ran along at an even tempo before leaving them in his wake early in the straight. When the jock went for him, he powered away and was ridden right out to win by 7 in a most impressive display.

Notes: No excuses for anything in behind. NIKKA’S ‘N’ A TWIST (3rd) and TENORINO (unplaced) ran on ok from last but were never in the race, GENERALISSIMO (2nd) had a soft-rails run but was left flat-footed when the winner went for home. Forget the rest, the winner just had panels on these.

Race 5: BM78 Handicap 1800m.

Notes: What a ride from Tom Marquand! LIVE AND FREE (1st) was back near last when they clapped on the pressure from the 800m mark, he wasn’t phased, and elected to stick to the inside and look for runs. He ran right up behind the leaders and was disappointed for a run between them at the 250m mark, he then switched around their heels, went for a needle-eye opening and got it and burst to the front in the shadows of the post. They went quick up front, TURNBERRY (3rd) led them and was attacked well before the turn with several horses making a run, he did well to stick on as well as he did. ISLAND MISSILE (2nd) ran on hard form the back but had all the momentum when the winner was being forced to change runs. DROCHAID (unplaced) didn’t have a lot of room over the concluding stages and could have finished a little closer, ASTERIUS (unplaced) the favourite, was never in the race after settling las and only running on fairly.

Race 6: Christmas Classis Quality 1200m.

ALIZEE (1st) was brilliant winning when resuming today. She had a soft run in behind the leaders, eased three-wide at the top of the straight before Hughie Bowman travelled up to them under a grip. He let her go at the furlong and she exploded away and put a gap on them winning as she liked.

Notes: FELL SWOOP (3rd) was looking to capitalise on his recent return to form but had no excuse after getting a soft lead. HUSSON EAGLE (2nd) was back with the winner but had to ease around it and by the time he got into the clear, the winner was off and gone. He was ok late running on into second. PROBLEM SOLVER (unplaced) had its chance, all honors with the winner, a super return to the track.

Race 7: BM94 Handicap 1600m.

Notes: SIR PLUSH (unplaced) had an early battle with ARRAIGNMENT (unplaced) for the lead, the speed went on and when he finally got the top, he was fired up and the speed stayed solid. TIP TOP (1st) was a mile back throughout, he was still at least 8 lengths from the leader when they were approaching the turn. He came to the very outside and ran on hard. He was entitled to win by further but just seemed to switch off when looming up to them, and in the end, was lucky to get the bob of the head. BERDIBEK (2nd) was the horse on the wrong side of the bob, he had no weight on his back and came with a similar run to the winner, was headed but kept kicking and 5m either side of the post, may have been the winner.  SIR PLUSH (unplaced) was brave in defeat sticking on to only be beaten under a length, whilst the horse he raced early and was also on the speed, ARRAIGNMENT (unplaced) was gone early in the straight. REFLECTIVITY (unplaced) made a short, sharp run but had every chance.

Race 8: BM78 Colts, Geldings and Entires 1200m.

DEPRIVE (1st) absolutely destroyed his rivals here. He sat back worse than midfield after being only fairly away, eased three-wide giving them a start at the top of the straight before reeling in the leaders in what seemed a few strides. He wanted to lay in when Hughie gave him a crack with the left hand, but when he straightened him, he went to the line with plenty up his sleeve and a widening margin.

Notes: Nothing was making ground late and those that were on the pace may have gone too hard. AFTER ALL THAT (2nd) followed the winner but was no match for his acceleration but was ok late, KAPAJACK (3rd) had the jump on the winner but was also left standing when he quickened.

Race 9: BM78 Fillies and Mares 1200m.

Notes: CLIPPER (1st) made it a clean sweep for the favourites in all four legs of the Quaddie, with six favourites saluting on the day. It was a race dominated by the on-pacers, ZONK (2nd) was well in the market and led CLIPPER (1st) who was forced to sit outside. They had the race between them up the straight, it took a while for CLIPPER (1st) to get past her but it always looked as though htat was going to be the case. SAVVAN (3rd) was right there and just kept grinding away but the margin never really decreased to the winner. Not sure it will be a great form reference this race with the back markers never really a chance in such an open race.