The TAB Everest has arrived with Arcadia Queen and Santa Ana Lane favoured to take out the $14 million feature.
The rail is in the True position and the form has been done for a good track.
This week’s selections: BG
Saturday 19 October – RANDWICK
ZARDORO (RACE 3) There is a stack of speed in this capacity Highway field over 1100m and Zardoro will get the last shot at them. He really shouldn’t be eligible for Class 3 grade – he’s had so many hard luck stories in his last few runs. Traffic issues, wide draws, bumps in the run, they’ve all had a role to play. He hasn’t been sighted for a couple of months but he did have a similar break and resumed with a luckless Randwick third over 1200m behind Caccini and Lady Demi. This is a deep field but not sure why Terry Robinson’s six-year-old gelding has suddenly been forgotten by the market. Zardoro has drawn well to settle within striking distance. $26 TAB Fixed Odds.
CHARLEISE (RACE 4) She didn’t get much room at vital stages in the G3 Champagne at Moonee Valley last start. She was only three lengths off Loving Gaby with Exhilarates and Villami filling the minors. That is a very deep race compared to the one this Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained filly finds herself at Randwick. She didn’t have the speed to lead their last start but that won’t be the case here. Her general pattern is to bounce out and be right there. Can’t find a great deal of speed here so expect her to lead. In her Geelong maiden win prior to last start she ran faster time than Groundswell on the day, since third in the G1 Caulfield Guineas. On that occasion she stacked her rivals up and sprinted quickly. It’s the same set up here. $6.50 TAB Fixed Odds.
VICTOREM (RACE 5) He should prove a class above this field. The five-year-old is a genuine Group horse. He hasn’t won one yet but with a couple of Listed wins to his name, it’ll just be a matter of time. First up last campaign he ran second to Viridine at Scone in the Listed Ortensia, rattling to the line. Punters Intelligence shows his 33.44s last 600m was the quickest across the entire meeting. We’ve seen him in two trials and saw everything we wanted to see. Most significantly for him was that he bounced out of the gates cleanly. That offers up hope that Tommy Berry can use the perfect draw to have him midfield. As the clear top rated horse in the field he is extremely well in. He’ll get his dry track, unlike he did in this race last year, so all he needs now is even luck. $2.70 TAB FIXED Odds.
ARCADIA QUEEN (RACE 7) There is a touch of ‘freak’ about Arcadia Queen. There is a question mark over her being a genuine 1200m horse given her dominance in Western Australia out to 1800m in the G1 Kingston Town, but she’s so talented that she could win just about any race you set her for. Her first run for Chris Waller was outstanding, blowing her rivals away in the Theo Marks Stakes over 1300m. Waller has kept her fresh since then, with a month between runs to ensure she is still explosive over the sprint trip. She has trialled at Rosehill and ticked over beautifully. It’s easy to forget that what she had done prior to the Theo Marks was all in her first preparation! Draws to settle midfield, giving her every possible chance. If Santa Ana Lane rolls into Randwick at the top of his game, there is only one horse in this field to rise to that level with him… this girl.
ARTICUS (RACE 10) Can’t find much speed here. That could force Kerrin McEvoy’s hand in spearing forward with Articus. The eight-year-old has produced two excellent runs at his past two outings, both of which would just about win this race too. The first of those he stalked and ran down Sweet Deal while last start he ran second in the G3 Cameron at Newcastle splitting Rock and Nettoyer. They both ran well in the G1 Epsom with Nettoyer a week later taking out the Angst. Like the four weeks between runs to keep Articus fresh. He’s an unassuming sort of horse and can think that’s the only reason we’re getting the odds we are. $9 TAB Fixed Odds.