Royal Randwick hosts The Star Chinese Festival of Racing which includes the Group Two China Horse Club Breeders Classic. We preview the nine runners from race seven which is scheduled to commence at 4:25pm.
French Emotion Has trailed well in the lead-up to this race with two solid placings at Warwick Farm. Is making her first race appearance at Randwick and will most likely settle in the back half of the field. Whilst still fresh, she is not to be taken lightly as she does have a big finishing burst. Good value for a Bowman-Waller combination, who have combined for the past three winners of this very race.
Tsaritsa After a below par campaign last time around, question marks hanging over the daughter of Dane Shadow. However, the four-year-old bay mare has placed in all three first-up race runs and is in the astute Waller stable. Although a win won’t surprise, Tsaritsa is more likely to need the hit-out and more ground than 1200 metres. Watch for her doing her best work late.
Danish Twist Winner of last season’s Provincial Championships during the Autumn carnival. Was placed first-up in the Group Two Premiere Stakes behind Takedown, before testing the waters in Melbourne over the spring with luckless runs in the Tristarc and Myer Classic. Will have a few admirers hoping that Kris Lees has this mare at the top of her game. Has trialled strongly.
Egyptian Symbol Led well into the straight last start when sixth to Private Secretary at the Gold Coast. Returns to Randwick headquarters where she is a last start winner back in October over the same distance. Trainer Bjorn Baker can count on the fact that she has a fitness edge on many of her rivals and he’ll be keen to exploit that by having her right up on the pace.
Flippant Has drawn wide barriers in both her runs to date this preparation. Just ran out of condition last start at the Gold Coast and will benefit greatly with drawing barrier one. With jockey Cory Brown, who has been making headlines with his return to Australian racing, taking the ride on Flippant. There may just be another headline to write - Breeders Classic winners Flippant and Brown.
I Am Zelady Another runner who made the trip north to the Gold Coast in mid-January. Was a winner everywhere but the post when a close-up second to Private Secretary over the 1300 metres. Was freshened up with a barrier trial win and trainer Joseph Pride is buoyant about her chances. Whilst I Am Zelady can settle on the speed, the wide draw may see her drift back through the field. Tactics will be crucial.
Circular The Godolphin runner has yet to win first-up at four attempts, although has placed in all four of those starts. Is a known back-marker and will need to find her best to feature in the finish. Jockey Brenton Avdulla has only ridden Circular once in her career for a win, albeit over the longer trip of 1550 metres. Looks set for a lucrative autumn but this is just a sighter.
In Her Time The Benjamin Smith-trained mare from Newcastle is progressing through her classes in fine style. The four-year-old is looking to make it three wins on-the-trot with comfortable victories over her opponents at Canterbury. Will find this challenge her steepest to climb, although is in top form. Bar plates go on first time, which is some concern.
Magnajoy Placed third last start at Canterbury behind Magic Dreams and before that was beaten 2.8 lengths at Warwick Farm. Will make the running as the likely leader, however she does appear slightly out of her depth. It is worth mentioning Magnajoy was only beaten by two lengths behind Heavens Above and the promising Ravi last preparation in the Group Three Sheraco. Could give some cheek if she gets it run to suit.