Runners to watch: Randwick, January 6th

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

Note: This meeting was originally scheduled for Warwick Farm but was transferred to Randwick due to the expected extreme temperatures in the west.

Blackbookers: Race 6 – Fickle Folly. She sat three wide on the speed without cover and stuck on well on a day when swoopers were dominating.

Race 1: ATC Owners Benefit Card Hcp 1400m.

AQUA D’IVINA (1st) was well backed late in the first, she was the only filly in the race and did have a perfect run in transit sitting off the two leaders, but the way she ran through the line was impressive. She hit a little flat spot at the top of the straight when the runner-up got away, but when she balanced up she attacked the line clearly better than any and will obviously get the mile, maybe further.

Notes: SCREAM PARK (unplaced) saw the return of Hugh Bowman to Sydney, he got an easy lead but was the first horse gone. He was heavily backed early but once the on-track satchel swingers stepped in, he was a huge drifter and raced accordingly. ISLAND MISSILE (2nd) was good after sitting outside the lead, he kicked for home at the top of the straight and would have traded very short in the run after looking the winner, super ride that just didn’t pay off. With his tactical speed he will be winning again soon.

Race 2: TAB Handicap 1200m.

Notes: Not sure what to make of this as the tempo looked ok, FUTOOH (1st) was last three-wide with cover before easing to the outside and picking them up quite easily in the end. CANYONERO (unplaced) didn’t seem to appreciate racing in behind the leader, although caught up behind the tiring ones at the top of the straight, he really failed to let down when clear in plenty of time. He was well backed and I wouldn’t sack him off that, wait until he can get out into clear galloping room. Stick with him.

Race 3: THERACES Sprint 1200m.

FORTENSKY (1st) had a sweet run back on the rails, Bowman muscling into the clear at the 250m and finished too hard. The race was certainly set-up for it, but he did it nicely when out.

Notes: VICEROY (2nd) settled close and had to do all the chasing, hit the lead at the top of the straight but was run down late. Solid effort after doing the work. THE PHAROAH (unplaced) was ridden hard early with the blinkers on for the first time, led with ease but was gone early in the straight after going way too quickly. Was beaten out of sight. CENTRO SUPERIOR (unplaced) ran right up behind the leaders before hitting a wall and was stopped sharply in its progress. Balanced up and ran through the line well. There is a win in store for it soon.

Race 4: TAB Highway Handicap 1300m.

Notes: AWESOME PLUCK (unplaced) opened very short for this, was a notable drifter in the betting but still started well in the red. He was caught wide early before strolling forward to get outside the leader. Basically, he found NOTHING in the straight and was very disappointing. RUNWAY READY (1st) had the perfect run in transit, peeled off the fave’s back at the top of the straight and after Angland gave him a couple on the rump, he was very impressive showing good acceleration to bolt in. No excuses for those that were gapped behind him.

Race 5: Youth Insearch Inspire Mile 1600m.

Notes: CELLARMAN (unplaced) was heavily backed, probably due to the fact that the track looked to be favouring back markers and the sped looked genuine on paper. Well, the pace was good enough, he sat last pulled wide and never really hit top gear. His last 50m was ok but never looked a winning chance. POSITIVE PROBLEMS (1st) was that leader that set a good pace, he was five lengths clear approaching the straight and quickening. He responded well to the rider and lasted in a diving three way go. MEDAILLE (2nd) had the run of the race, got an inside run to chase the leader at the top of the straight, took the whole length of the straight to get there, eventually missing by a nose with a nose to the fast finishing GAMBLESTOWN (3rd).

Race 6: Spinaclure Racing4Research Sprint 1000m.

FICKLE FOLLY (3rd) was the best backed runner, she jumped well but couldn’t cross and was forced to sit outside the leaders three-wide without cover, she bolted to the front early in the straight and stuck on well. She only got beaten a length after doing all the work, tough luck after making the long trip down from Tamworth. She will be winning again soon.

Notes: LOVERBOY CHARLIE (2nd) was last throughout, she weaved between runners in the straight before ducking back to the rails, where no winners came all day. She finished hard. BURRADOO (1st) continued the pattern of swoopers getting the cash, he was last into the straight, pulled wide and finished best. He was certainly in the fast lane. HARD ROMP (unplaced) was huge odds, sat behind the leaders on the rail and had no luck in the straight when the leaders weakened. She was shuffled back to last at the 200 before running on hard. Unlucky.

Race 7: 2018 ATC Membership Handicap 1400m.

Notes: SIREN’S FURY (4) was backed better than anything all day, the way the track was playing certainly didn’t hurt. She sat back 2nd last, was under a little pressure when they quickened approaching the straight, she really picked up the last furlong and when QUEEN MISTY (2nd) came with her run outside her, she looked under pressure. She responded under Collett’s riding over the last 100 and was doing best on the line giving Collett 4 for the day. The runner-up was also good, had to come from behind the winner and loomed but just didn’t run it out the last 50m as good as the winner. MOLLYFIELD (unplaced) was ok after chasing hard in 2nd, may have hit the lead too early but she travelled well until the furlong when she started to walk. TENNESSEE HUSSY (3rd) finished off ok after having every chance, she just hit a flat spot at the 400 but responded ok very late.

Race 8: TAB.COM.AU Handicap 1400m.

LANCIATO (1st) continued his perfect record when racing second-up, he was ridden very quietly last by Rachel King with the claim, the tempo was fair enough and when she hooked it wide at the turn you could tell that she was travelling. She put them away in about 5 strides it seemed, was never in danger once they straightened. Brilliant last to first win.

Notes: NOIRE (2nd) was going for four on the bounce, absolutely no excuses for the Foxwedge mare who had the sit on the leaders, eased three-wide at the top of the straight and as quickly as she hit the lead she was then gobbled up by the impressive winner. No excuses. They looked the two in the race and that’s how it panned out but there was nothing in the class of the winner here. She was impressive.

Race 9: Australian Turf Club Handicap 1400m.

Notes: The swoopers do it again! SAMADOUBT (3rd) was good in defeat in what seemed like quicksand on the inside, the leaders really have struggled today. He lead them at a decent tempo and was only beaten off late. Nice effort on a day when that pattern really didn’t suit. MALAISE (1st) was second last when they settled, pulled to the fast lane and finished best. There wasn’t a lot of support even though the map suited, but he was strong late. LEVEL EIGHT (2nd) had the run of the race pulled three wide and came with the winner but was entitled to take home the majority of the prizemoney. It may have actually been coming again on the line in a tight finish. The leader looked the run of the race.