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Strong Foundation For Future As Racing Returns To Royal Randwick

Racing returns to Royal Randwick for the first time in four weeks this Saturday as the Australian Turf Club joins some famous and long-term supporters for Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation raceday.

Saturday’s card features large fields and wide-open betting, with a total of 124 starters across the nine races, including horses aiming for major races at the Brisbane Racing Carnival.

The Seven News Plate for two year olds over 1400m at Royal Randwick features a number of horses high up in TAB.com.au markets for the 1600m Group 1 JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm next month.

Easy Go Easy Win is at $4.60 on TAB.com.au early markets at Royal Randwick on Saturday, along with Sambro and Lord Cecil ($5 TAB Fixed Odds), Kementari ($6 TAB Fixed Odds) and Padraig ($9.50 TAB Fixed Odds).

Race 3 at Royal Randwick on Saturday – the EML Handicap for three-year olds over 2000m – also features several runners eyeing bigger prizes up north, notably the Queensland Derby over 2400m in a fortnight.

Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller has five runners in Saturday’s race, including early TAB.com.au Fixed Odds favourite Sizzling Bullet ($4.20), also high up in Derby betting.

Stablemates Wu Gok ($7 TAB Fixed Odds), Tumultuous ($11 TAB Fixed Odds) and Monasterio ($11 TAB Fixed Odds) could back up in the Derby if successful, whilst filly Cross Stitch ($11 TAB Fixed Odds) remains in the mix for the Queensland Oaks.

Saturday’s feature race at Royal Randwick is the Listed $150,000 Fujitsu Air Conditioning WJ McKell Cup over 2400m.

Broadside ($2.80 Tab Fixed Odds) for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, and ridden by Tim Clark, heads the market after a strong win at Rosehill Gardens last Saturday.

Allergic ($3.40 TAB Fixed Odds) for Darren Beadman and Godolphin is rated the main danger.

The Royal Randwick track remained a Soft 6 today, but track manager Nevesh Ramdhani is hoping continued good weather will see it further improve by raceday.

“We have had four weeks since a very wet and tough Autumn period to help the track recover and with no more rain we should get to the better side of soft by Saturday,’’ Mr Ramdhani said.

The Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation was formed in 1998 by former Australian Cricket Captain Mark Taylor, Rugby League legend The Late Reg Gasnier, Olympian Raelene Boyle and Triple Brownlow Medallist Bob Skilton.

The Foundation is a non-for-profit organisation committed to financially supporting Mobile home care units for children with cancer and research scholarships for doctors and scientists exploring better ways to treat and overcome cancer.

Other patrons of the foundation include racing journalist and personality Ken Callander, Wallaby great Stirling Mortlock and QLD State of Origin player Mark Coyne.

General admission gates on Saturday open at 10.15am with the first race at 11.25am.

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