Form student, RIC CHAPMAN, previews Saturday’s Randwick meeting, with horse racing tips and analysis for all nine races on the card. Good luck, punters!
Rail Position: Out 3m, entire circuit
Track Condition: Soft 7
This is a pretty smart 2YO field. Lots and lots of pace which should suit NORTH. He showed on debut that he can sit and pounce and should be fitter now, plus he’s on home track. LANIGERA is a stake placed mdn galloper resuming here. Has a lot of talent and this may well be the easiest race he’s been in. Respect that. TEJORI is up from Canberra and showed speed and fight to lead all way and win by a big margin on debut. Harder here but must be talented. Can place.
ITZ LILY just missed getting a start in the Gr 1 Oaks in Qld recently such is her talent. Gets a claim here, is in wonderful form and should be very, very hard to hold out. FRENZIED is fast and tough. Has won twice leading up to this. May get some competition up on speed early but looks a stayer in the making. THINK IT OVER is in form too and knows how to find the line. Chance.
Tip: ITZ LILY
What a great contest. IRISH SONGS looks beautifully placed. Has a bit of a boom on him and resumed from a spell in a Highway a few weeks back. Ran 3rd and should have won. Big chance to atone. DRAM OF DELAGO has won 3 of past 4 starts. And his last 2 wins have been the 2 starts he’s had this time up. Is talented. ANOTHER SIN has a lot of pace and probably leads these. Looks well in after the 2kg weight claim also.
Tip: IRISH SONGS
The spread of weights across this field make it a pretty even contest. FREE FLY TOO had won 2 on the bounce this class before up in grade and well beaten last start. The 2kg claim here is a big help. RAQEEQ hasn’t won for a while but is now very fit and did rush home late to place this grade last start. Chance. CALIFORNIA LONGBOW is up in grade but is very fit and is honest. Won easier race last start over 2200m but weighted to run boldly here.
Tip: CALIFORNIA LONGBOW
This does look a good race for GONGS. She is getting very close to a win and her 5th this grade when 2nd up just underlined that fact. Made good ground. Very fit now. CALL ME ROYAL will take catching though. She’s fast and will lead these and on home track here will take an enormous amount of catching. GIBRALTAR GIRL hasn’t done much for a while but is 3rd up here and may just improve a lot to place. Chance.
SMARTEDGE resumes here and may need the run but is the best horse in this race and is on home track. If there is a market move, have in your numbers. SOUTHERN LAD looks primed and well placed. Gets 3kg claim and is 3rd up after placings this grade. Big show. RONSTAR is fast and in form. Plus is very fit. Will be in this for a very long way. Big show.
Tip: SOUTHERN LAD
Tough race. KAEPERNICK is a specialist this trip and does love racing while fresh. Resumes here. Will be a long way back from this draw coming to the bend but can really unleash late. BON AMIS is also first up and raced his way into stakes grade with some great performances last campaign. Big show. DEPRIVE is in spectacular form winning past 3. Is up in grade but down in weight and can run time. Danger.
This should suit MY NORDIC HERO and reinvigorate him. He’s down in grade and should finish this off hard. Big weight here combined with poor recent form but has a class edge of most of these. His stablemate STAR OF THE SEAS is getting better and better with every run and just seems to know what to do. Has won 5 of last 9 starts and placed the other 4 times and is in sparkling form. SO YOU WIN is a last start winner of an easier race but gets in here very well at the weights and can show up.
Tip: STAR OF THE SEAS
QUACKERJACK is fast and is in career best form. He’ll need that as he’s drawn deep with a big weight. No doubt goes hard to lead and if allowed to on his own will take running down. ZIOP A DEE DOO DAH is 2nd up following a searching runs when 6th in an unsuitable race. Much more at home this journey. Melbourne visitor SHOKORA is 3rd up here after 2 good runs in similar races. Drawn the rails too and looms large.