Results since 1 October 2018 (based on $5 each-way): -$57.50
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The G3 ICD Property Nivison (1200m) highlights the action at Royal Randwick on Saturday while the three-year-olds will battle out it on the Listed Southern Cross Group Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m).
The rail is out 9m from the 1600m to the winning post and 6m the remainder. On Thursday afternoon the rack was rated a Heavy 8. The first jumps at 12:30pm.
This week’s selections: BG
Saturday 20 October – ROYAL RANDWICK (HEAVY 8)
COVERT OPS (Race 1) Yes, there are seven unraced rivals lining up against this colt on Saturday but they’ll want to be very good to beat Covert Ops. The two-year-old speedster impressed on debut in the Breeders’ Plate, doing it both ends before being nabbed right on the line by Dubious. Suspect the form out of the race will be strong, which is further supported by the fact the Breeders’ Plate was run 3.5L quicker than the Gimcrack Stakes won by Catch Me. The Gerald Ryan-trained galloper will bounce out of the gates, put himself right there and give another kick turning for home. He just needs to handle the wet track. $2.70 TAB Fixed Odds.
HIGH BRIDGE (Race 4) Chris Waller’s import looks mighty hard to beat in this 2400m race on the strength of his fourth in the G1 Metrop last start. He was crunched that day too, to start $5. His two wins prior to that were in midweek company but they were outstanding. The eight-year-old was previously trained as a hurdler so the turn of foot he displayed caught a few punters off guard. We know what he is about now and he looks beautifully placed to get back into the winners’ circle before popping down to Melbourne to play a part over the spring carnival. $2 TAB Fixed Odds.
ABDON (Race 5) This six-year-old is bursting to win another race. It was the stable’s intention to be more forward last start but Abdon was slowly away and settled out the back. Like the way he found the line though, running second to Zourkhan, clearly relishing being able to get his toe into the ground. Fourth up now he has no excuses fitness-wise and with another wet track all but assured, he’ll be somewhere in the money again. Tommy Berry rides him once more and will have to have his wits about him from the wide draw but it’ll give him the chance to take off when he needs to. $8.50 TAB Fixed Odds.
RESIN (Race 7) There is plenty to like about Godolphin’s filly Resin in the Nivison, including her price. The four-year-old mare was very good first up at Rosehill chasing home her stablemate Soothing and Maximus, who has since franked the form winning himself. She then dropped back to the midweeks and towelled up her rivals. She was far too good there despite racing against the boys and lumping 59kg. She drops to 54kg and we know she loves wet tracks. I’d expect Rachel King to be positive from the gates to put her right there and with a fitness edge over a few of her key rivals, should be in the finish. $8 TAB Fixed Odds.
FIRSTHAND (Race 8) Like how this race sets up for this Hawkes-trained galloper. There is plenty of speed engaged with Noble Joey carving across from the wide draw while Crafty Cop and Isorich will be right there too. Firsthand will be cuddled up on the inside and with the breaks in the straight, can slip home over the top of his rivals. His first up run was excellent over an unsuitable 1000m trip behind Tactical Advantage and the wet track plays into the six-year-old’s hands too, boasting as perfect record on soft decks (2 from 2). He has also done some of his best work at Randwick in the past. Would be surprised if he was $6.50 with TAB Fixed Odds come jump.