Runners to watch: Randwick, June 9th

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

Race 1 – Spring On Sale Handicap  (1000m)

Note  – A heavy 9 greeted us for today’s meeting and it was the well backed Dio D’oro who sat wide in the run in a midfield position and sprinted well in the straight to score running away on the line. King was second and led them up after being very easy in betting. He showed good fight in the straight to hold second and already has a slow track win to his name so I think we can say he handles the wet well. God Of Thunder made up good late ground along the fence to run into third however never looked a winning chance.  The race favourite Beidi was on the winners back on turning for home however couldn’t go with the winner in the straight. Nothing else made an impression. Going forward the winner was very impressive and relished the heavy conditions to win in good fashion.

Race 2 – TAB Highway Handicap (1000m)

Note – Small field after scratchings and The Lion won with a leg in the air. Sitting behind the leader turning for home he sprinted well in the straight to give nothing else a chance. Two ‘N’ Wellgo sat outside the leader in the run and battled on well enough to hold second however was no match for the winner. Go The Gantry the race favourite sat wide on pace and offered very little in the straight. It really was an one act affair. Going forward a limited bunch and the winner was miles to good for them today however I would be reluctant in taking the shorts about him next start as the track conditions tend to exaggerated the margins

Race 3 – #THERACES Handicap (1100m)

Note – Just the field of 6 come jump time and it was good wet tracker Brook Magic who lead them up fighting on bravely in the straight to score over She Knows who was easy in betting sitting wide on pace and loomed up at the 200m to challenge however found the winner to strong today to go down narrowly. The race favourite Revenire was last on turning and made steady ground up the straight to finish third. These three gapped the rest of the field and I wouldn’t be looking any further back. Going forward a good brave effort from the winner however a touch wary about her second up after a tough heavy track effort first up. Both the other placegetters continue to race well this preparation.

Race 4 – Winter Racing Handicap (1000m)

Note – After scratching we were left with 6 and it was the well backed Hallelujah Boy who gained a dream rails run on turning after sitting behind the leader on turning sprinted clear and held on over a tough Solo Mission who was gallant in defeat chasing the winner and running him to 0.5 lengths on the line. They put on over 5 lengths back to third who was the easy race favourite Araaja who never really looked comfortable in the conditions and made no impression in the straight. Going forward I would be sticking with Solo Mission who fought on bravely in the straight and has a bit more upside than a few of these I feel. 

Race 5 – Emirates Park Stakes (1100m)

Note  – Nice win to the favourite I Am Serious spotting the two leaders a gap when turning for home she knuckled down to her work well in the straight to win comfortably. She is now 3/3 on Soft and 1/1 on Heavy. Veladero led them up and kicked strongly in the straight however just found the winner to strong late. It was a solid performance. Bastia sat second in the run and chased Veladero in the straight and was a another solid performance. All three placegetters showed they can handle the wet conditions very well. Outside of the placings Marabel got going when the race was all over late and ran well through the line. Going forward I like the effort of the winner who was set a bit of task on turning and pinned the ears back in the straight to chase down the leaders and is now building an excellent wet track record.

Race 6 – TAB.COM.AU Handicap (2000m)

Note – Jolly Honour the race favourite saluted in this. Sitting back in the field he was able to get into a three wide position just before turning and let down well in the straight to score over Laussel who was every chance for mine,  had a lovely run in transit and sprinted well in the straight however the winner was too good. Porky Pies was third and worked early to go sit outside the leader and fought on well in the straight and the same can be said for Staggering who led and kicked on well in the straight. Both were good on pace performances. Other efforts worthy of mention were Via Vento & African Rainbow who were both well back on turning and worked to the line well however never really looked winning chances.  Tunero did give a lot in the straight and it was its first go on a heavy and may of not handled the track. Going forward an even bunch of stayers however Porky Pies was very good on pace and a drop back in grade next start can see him winning again.

Race 7 –Stayers Cup (3200m) 

Note – An exciting finish in this event with Plot Twist who sat midfield in the run narrowly beating Doukhan who sat towards the tail in the run and looked up however found the winner to tough late. These two put over six lengths back to third who was Destiny’s Kiss who couldnt go with the first two in the straight. Exciting finish however not a race I will be looking at again from a form point of view with the class of the event and lack of 3200m races in NSW.

Race 8 – June Stakes (1100m) 

Note – Excellent victory to Jungle Edge who loves the mud lead and controlled the speed and kicked strongly in the straight to give nothing else a look in. Shiraz ran on late from towards the tail on turning and took many lengths off the winner however never really looked a winning chance. Solid performance and is another building an excellent wet track record. It was four lengths back to race favourite I Thought So was well back and very wide and worked to the line in solid enough fashion. It what was a dominate performance of the winner I thought the effort of Perizada was sound caught in a very tricky positon he hit the line well late. Going forward the winner is a marvel and very hard to beat in any class if it’s a heavy track and Shiraz was the clearly the best of the rest running on hard late.

Race 9 –Australian Turf Club Sprint (1200m) 

Note – A treble for Tye Angland getting race favourite Noire home in the last. Sitting a touch worse than midfield she let down well in the straight to score quite comfortably over Savvan who was very good in second sitting four wide the trip and fighting on well in the straight to hold second. Star Reflection was third and was a solid performance sitting just behind the leaders and working evenly to the line. Handfast was last on turning and made good ground to the line. Going forward happy to stick with Noire who has a touch of class winning now 6 from 12 and will be adding more victories this campaign with repeat performances.