The $1m Bar 83 Bondi Stakes (1600m) highlights Randwick’s card on Saturday with last start Stan Fox winner Peltzer the early favourite.
The rail is out 4m and form has been done for a Good track, albeit with rain forecast for Saturday.
This week’s selections: BG
Saturday 24th October – RANDWICK
DESTINATION (RACE 3) Attacked the line behind Wild Ruler in the Heritage Stakes the last time we saw him at the races. That was off a month freshen which is the preparation James Cummings has replicated going into this. The son of Exceed And Excel clocked a slick 32.87s last 600m there with a 10.75/10.89 close for this two final 200m splits. That’s humming. Wild Ruler has won again since and is hard in the market for the G1 Coolmore. Has to stretch his brilliance to 1200m, running beyond 1100m for the first time, but all indications are that it won’t be a problem. The map lends itself to a very cosy run for Destination too, stalking the pace before picking the leaders off with his devastating turn of foot. $3.20 TAB Fixed Odds.
ARCHEDEMUS (RACE 4) Stepped out for Team Hawkes for the first time at Caulfield a fortnight ago and liked what we saw from the seven-year-old having sat outside of a very strong speed. The race was set up for the closers. The son of Lope De Vega had trialled nicely prior to his return. With any kind of control in this, Archedemus looks the main threat to up-and-comer 8. Criaderas who’ll be out the back. Last preparation, Archedemus, when trained by Joe Pride, was brave in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup before wet tracks, coupled with the inability to find the front in two races thereafter, derailed his campaign. $6.50 TAB Fixed Odds.
PRIME STAR (RACE 6) Took late ground off Peltzer in the Stan Fox Stakes having been forced back to last from the wide draw. He maps to be giving away another head start in this but liked the way he closed. That was jumping 1200m to 1500m. Thought his run ended at about the 50m mark, which allowed Acrophobic to level up again after he breezed straight past him at the 200m mark. Punters Intelligence reveals that Prime Star’s quickest 200m section in the race was his 400-200 (11.05s), showing a brilliant burst of acceleration. Three starts back the three-year-old sprinted sharply to beat Destination, who subsequently ran second to Wild Ruler. There looks to be more pressure in this which is key in making a case for Prime Star to turn the tables. $4.20 TAB Fixed Odds.
ASHARANI (RACE 7) Hit the line hard behind Athiri first up with only Hilo and Handle The Truth clocking faster last 600m splits. Asharani not only meets her 1kg better off for the 0.2L margin but also strips fitter second up. Athiri is deep into a preparation. This looks to be a target race for Asharani being a second up winner at her last three preparations. It’s hard to split these mares but that factor shouldn’t be overlooked – that she has been set for this. A lot of her rivals here boast better ratings and peak performances but it looks an afterthought for most, with the majority coming back in trip after busy campaigns. Brenton Avdulla has ridden the five-year-old five times for two wins and narrow miss. $9.50 TAB Fixed Odds.
INANUP (RACE 8) Benchmark 88s don’t come much deeper than this! One failure and Inanup goes back to being ignored by the market. In his last five wins the seven-year-old has jumped $11, $8.50, $7, $9 and $5. Now, that ‘failure’ was in the G3 Show County where he found himself in front. It’s a race that subsequently provided the Epsom quinella. Prior to that the gelding won two on the bounce. Jarrod Austin has freshened him up with The Hunter in mind so expect there to be some improvement but he is a horse that always run well first up. Brock Ryan claims 2kg bringing him down to 59.5kg. This is a 91 rater in an 88 after all. From the perfect draw he can only run well. $17 TAB Fixed Odds.