Runners to watch: Randwick, January 20th

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

Race 1 – Australian Fire Hose Plate  (1100m)

Note – Very impressive victory to the well supported Estijaab jumping well from the outside gate to find the lead she then kicked strongly to win eased down by 4 lengths in good time. Dio D’oro was a solid debut effort after having a nice run on the rails he worked to the line in solid fashion. Tell No Tales was third and chased the leader and kicked on to hold third in the straight. Ligulate worked to line ok after sitting near the tale in the run and I would be forgiving to Patron Black who sat wide in the run. Going forward it’s all about the winner who was ultra-impressive. The only caution is it was 1000m so don’t run into any silly odds when she attempts an extra trip for the first time.

Race 2 – Nelune Foundation Handicap (1300m)

Note – Good win in quick time by the smart D’Argento who sat just behind the pace and kicked well in the straight to run down Shumookh who ran well on pace leading them up and kicking strongly to be narrowly run down in the final 100m. These two put a gap into third who was Wooshka who sat second in the run and battled on ok for something easier next start. Of the rest I thought Paret was given an easy time of things and will be better for the run. Going forward have to stick with first and second they both raced very well and look to have more wins in stall this preparation

Race 3 – TAB Highway Handicap (1400m)

Note – Strong win by Accquittal who finally jumped away well however was pulling early in the run and given his head and found the lead before turning. He kicked strongly in the straight to hold of his rivals. Second went to Kopi Luwak who settled well back in the run and ran on strongly in the straight to run the winner to just a length margin on the line. Like the previous event they cleared out from third who was Celtic Trail who ran on well out wide from near the tail at the huge odds of $101 and was a good effort for something easier next start. Going forward you have to stick with the first two who were both excellent runs and will be winning again soon.

Race 4 – Happy 100th Birthday Louisa Baxter Mile (1600m)

Note – Best ride got the cash in this and it was second favourite Cellarman who had a nice run behind the pace and got the split at just the right time and was able to quicken and score. New Universe was a solid second running on solidly again, however never really looked a winning chance. Get On The Grange was third and sat outside the leader in the run and battled on ok to fill a placing. Race favourite Medaille led them up and was the first beaten. I would want to be checking the stewards report. Not to many excuses for the beaten brigade the winner was just too good today.

Race 5 – Rebecca Louise Summer Sprint (1000m)

Note  – The very well backed Memes ($2.6 – $2) got there in an event where there was abit of interference in the straight. She jumped well and was able to sit outside the lead. Turning for home she kicked strongly and fought well to just hold on to score over Boss Lane who had a nice run and looked to miss a place at the 200m however kicked backed again to narrowly run second. Palazzo Pubblico loomed up like the winner at the 200m after sitting back in the run however she peaked on run in the final 100m to hold third. The couple of unlucky runners was Royal Tudor who might of won if he didn’t run out of room at the 100m mark and Straturbo copped a severe check which put pay to him. Both can be forgiven for missing the placings in this event when doing future form. Going forward Memes looks to have come back well and will only be improved with that effort and Royal Tudor was very unlucky in the final 100m of the race.

Race 6 – Liberty International Underwriters Handicap (2000m)

Note –  Chris Waller had the first four across the line! It was Carzoff who kept his consistent record going to score after having a perfect run behind the pace to narrowly score over the stable mate Vaucluse Bay who was caught a little wide early however slotted into a good position and kicked on well in the straight. A win looks close for him. Chatelard in third led them up and fought on well in the straight to hold third and looks another who will collect a victory in the coming starts. Only other runner I thought of note was Xebec who ran on soundly out wide in a race dominated by the on pace runners. Going forward always very hard predicting these staying events however Chatelard & Vaucluse Bay both look close to winning in there next couple of runs.

Race 7 – Optus Systems Pty Ltd Handicap (1400m)

Note – Not a lot to report here just a demolition job by the winner of Flow who had a nice run behind the leader and kicked strongly to score eased down by almost 4 lengths in good time. Level Eight made up some good lengths in the straight and just got to far back in the run to trouble the winner. Quick Defence was third and had every chance in the run, just couldn’t quicken like the winner did. It was a big gap to the rest. Going forward the betting got it right as it was an easy win to the winner and Level Eight’s run was full of merit. I wouldn’t be looking much further back than that.

Race 8 – Rebecca Louise Handicap (1200m)

Note – Faraway Town scored in this after getting well back in the run after good early speed from the leaders. Knuckling down very well in the final 200m to salute well first up over race favourite Fortensky who had a good run midfield and got the splits and the right time and looked the winner however was overrun late. Insensata ran on along the rails to finish third in what was a solid first up effort. I thought the run of Difficult To Get was very good travelling just behind the leaders and fought on well in the straight to narrowly miss the placings in the shades of the post. Guard Of Honour did set a very strong early tempo and was entitled to knock up so I would be forgiving of that effort. Going forward stick with Difficult To Get who was the best of the on speed runs from this event and looks to peak next start in fitness for mine.  

Race 9 – The Honourable James Caird Bruxner Handicap (1600m)

Note – It was a really strong tough victory to Maddison Avenue at big odds. Sitting behind the leader where they ran along at very good pace she kicked strongly in the straight to record a very good victory and hold off Bye See who to my eye was every possible chance to win after having a nice run behind the speed and getting out at the right time. Race favourite Siren’s Fury ran on from the back to finish third in a solid performance without ever looking the winner. Jaunty and Queen Misty were both very plain and entitled to do more with the strong early speed. I can be slightly forgiving to Live To Dream who ran along at a strong early pace. Not the strongest race going forward however it was all honours to the winner who was just too strong today.