Results since 1 January 2018 (based on $5 each-way): -$47.10
Our last 10 Form line (where our tips have finished): 4223662231
Welcome back Winx! The champion mare chases 26 straight wins in the Group One Winx Stakes (1400m) but standing in her way is Kementari and D'argento. The rail is out 7m the entire and the track will race in the good range. The first is set to jump at 12:05pm.
This week’s selections: BG
Saturday 18 August – ROYAL RANDWICK (GOOD 4)
PANZERFAUST (Race 1) Have been tracking this well bred filly ever since she bombed the start and ran home powerfully behind Outrageous on debut at Newcastle. Since then she swept home to win at Scone first up before being beaten by the wide draw at Muswellbrook last time out. It’s no surprise to see Paul Messara jump her sharply out in trip to the mile as she gives the impression she’ll relish it. She gives away experience to this Highway Handicap field but she’s still untapped. Kerrin McEvoy takes the ride and she should be able to settle much closer from barrier 6. $3.80 TAB Fixed Odds.
BROOK MAGIC (Race 3) Really liked what we saw from this Joe Pride-trained mare when the blinkers went on last time. I am guilty of having her pegged as a 1000-1100m specialist. She disproved that last start, running out a strong 1200m only being collared late after trying to pinch a break turning for home. She drops back to the 1000m but her record over the trip is very good (6:3-1-0) and I still anticipate her holding the front from her draw. Expect Corey Brown to take no prisoners knowing that he is on a very fit speed horse. She’ll have these chasing at the top of the straight and with the rail out 7m will give them all something to chase down. $4.60 TAB Fixed Odds.
OOHOOD (Race 4) Don’t let the fact that this filly is still a maiden put you off. If the cards fell her way we’d potentially be heralding the return of the Golden Slipper winner. She was also luckless in the Sires Produce, cruelled by the draw in the Blue Diamond… the list goes on. Speaking of luck, she’ll need some degree of it to finish over the top of her rivals here over 1200m given the sticky barrier but with the blinkers going on Ready For Prophet, expect her to zip along with Secret Lady to keep her company. She is the best credentialed horse in the race, so happy to back her in. Tony McEvoy is already talking the Golden Rose. $2.40 TAB Fixed Odds.
D’ARGENTO (Race 6) Now before you have a heart attack, I’m not tipping D’argento to beat Winx. It’s the Winx Out market which is available with TAB. Kementari is a very firm $1.45 favourite in this market. That leaves D’argento a $4 second pick. There shouldn’t be that big of a price discrepancy. That’s no knock on Kementari as he is an outstanding horse but rather a nod to D’argento being underrated. He is a star in his won right. Have loved his trials and there is a real buzz coming from the Chris Waller stable about how well this horse has come back. He is set for a big spring, starting here.
SIEGE OF QUEBEC (Race 7) This is the best of the day at Randwick. Have been really impressed with how sharp this four-year-old has looked in his trials and in a recent exhibition gallop alongside speedy stablemate Invincible Star. This time last year in the Rosebud he ran second to Menari before his autumn 3YO form is around the likes of Kementari, Pierata, Trapeze Artist, D’argento and Ace High. Siege of Quebec gets 8kg off the classy Le Romain and I quite fancy the wide draw as he can work across in his own time. Confident the son of Fastnet Rock will resume a winner. It’s a perfect race for him to launch his spring. $3.20 with TAB Fixed Odds.