Everybody’s favourite mudlark Jungle Edge is back for another crack at Randwick’s Winter Dash (1200m) but make sure you don’t miss the first race with punters get a second look at Funstar.
The rail is out 6m and the track is currently in the heavy range. Some improvement can be expected but the form has been done for a heavy track.
This week’s selections: BG
Saturday 22 June – RANDWICK
LEVIATHAN (RACE 1) This colt was brilliant winning on debut. There was some real quality about his closing speed with the Snowden-trained two-year-old clocking the quickest last 600m of the meeting (33.81s). It was a soft win too. We didn’t see the bottom of him. The Zoustar gelding showed he has the ability to take up a spot and I’d expect to see him tucked in behind the leaders once more here having drawn barrier 3. That sharp turn of acceleration will give him his chance to hold off the charge of odds on pop Funstar, likely to be a pair behind him in the run. $4.80 TAB Fixed Odds.
SESAR (RACE 4) Sesar kicks off a new chapter under the care of Team Hawkes here and we know he’ll relish the conditions. The three-year-old was brilliant in winning the G2 Roman Consul Stakes first up back in October on a heavy track over the Randwick 1200m. He clocked a sharp overall time. Don’t be too put off by the manner in which he trialled at Rosehill in his only hitout. It was the fastest heat of the morning but liked the way he ran through the line. Just needs to stay in touch early given the likely frantic tempo to finish over the top. $5.50 Fixed Odds.
PELETHRONIUS (RACE 5) There are a number of horses here that can improve sharply having found a wet track and one of those is Pelethronius from the David Pfieffer yard. The six-year-old has been ticking over well enough in his two runs back, the latest of those behind Kapajack last Saturday, working to the line to miss in a three way go for third. His heavy track stats are pretty irresistible (5:4-0-1) and that third was a 0.4L defeat in Listed company. Just hasn’t won for 700 days! $9 TAB Fixed Odds.
NAPOLEON SOLO (RACE 7) Happy to conclude that Napoleon Solo simply doesn’t stay. His 1900m effort at Canterbury when second favourite to Wolfe was plain before he didn’t finish off out to 2200m at Eagle Farm. That saw the Queensland Derby mission aborted. A month later here he is back to a BM78 and back over the mile. Go back to the first two runs of his campaign and he looks very appealing in this. First up he hit the line over 1400m in a hot South Pacific Classic won by Fasika before finding the line behind Gem Song in a Group 3. $12 TAB Fixed Odds.
JACK’S BAR (RACE 8) There was arrogance about the way Jack’s Bar won at Warwick Farm last start. Back in third was subsequent winner Embracer. That made amends for the four-year-old’s luckless sixth the start prior to that. Kris Lees has this gelding in a very good spot at the moment and although he jumps back into Saturday grade, this is a winnable race for him. Where he settled last start, parked behind the leaders, albeit without cover, gives me the confidence that Aaron Bullock will be able to use in inside draw to be stalking the leaders again here. $4.20 TAB Fixed Odds.