Royal Randwick plays host to Saturday’s racing with the Summer Sprint over 1000m, featuring Jungle Edge, highlighting the card.
The rail is out 9m from the 1600m to the winning post and 7m the remainder. The track is in the soft range as of Thursday but is expected to improve come the weekend with the first to jump at 12.55pm.
This week’s selections: BG
Saturday 12 January – RANDWICK (SOFT 6)
STAR FALL (RACE 1) This would be a timely win for training partnership Ciaron Maher and David Eustace with the duo just announcing that they have secured boxes at Warwick Farm. The trainers have really targeted Sydney in the past period and it’s paying off. This three-year-old colt again looks nicely placed over 1000m in BM74 grade. The son of Zoustar has won two in a row this campaign, the latest at Caulfield. He is the highest rated runner in the field so lumps 59kg. Linda Meech is three from three aboard Star Fall and makes the trip up to ride him. He’ll settle in the first three from the good draw and be hard to beat with class on his side. $2.40 TAB Fixed Odds.
CATESBY (RACE 3) This horse has his hoof on the till. The four-year-old has been a handy pickup for Greg McFarlane with a couple of placings before running midfield last start. The ducks looked aligned for Catesby to be in the finish there at Warwick Farm last start but he didn’t get through the heavy conditions all that well. That was a lot deeper race than this with the likes of Test The World, Sir Plush and Pecans all behind him. He is sharply back in grade here, hence the weight rise but Robbie Dolan is flying and claims 3kg. Should sit outside of Mad For Art in the run and get his chance. $10 TAB Fixed Odds.
LETTER TO JULIETTE (RACE 4) Here’s the Hail Mary for the day at Randwick. This Gary White-trained mare is an unassuming sort of horse so tends to slip under the radar when it comes to her price. First up last campaign, in this same grade of race, she won at $31 beating Sweet Victory, who is a $7 chance here. Letter To Juliette meanwhile is $41 with TAB Fixed Odds. The major difference between this first up run is it’s over 1500m and not 1800m but drawn to get all of the favours, she’s right in this and certainly worth an each way ticket at monster odds. It’s the right profile of race to gamble on a roughie.
JUNGLE EDGE (RACE 5) This fella isn’t getting any younger but underestimate him at your peril. He was too slippery for his rivals at Ballarat last start and it certainly doesn’t appear to be the last time we’ll see him in the winners’ stall. In this 1000m race he should get complete control, with only rank outsider Battle Anthem for company, which will give him his chance to steal a few cheap middle splits before pinching a break on his rivals. The query will be the drying track. At the time of writing this (Thursday), Randwick was a Soft 6. The eight-year-old is 0 from 22 on Good tracks. Food for thought. $3.50 TAB Fixed Odds.
PARET (RACE 7) Now here is the day’s most interesting runner at Randwick. This four-year-old coasted through the grades last campaign which prompted Chris Waller to throw him into the deep end in the spring. He sunk. It was all too soon. He flopped in the G3 Bill Ritchie before running 18th in the Epsom. In the Epsom he bled so forget that. Waller has given Paret one very quiet trial at Rosehill, which is not uncommon for bleeders. What gives me the confidence that he is ready to go fresh is tackling 1400m. He’ll give these all a start but at the $4.60 TAB Fixed Odds, it’s worth rolling the dice that he can come home over the top.