Do not let 5. Private investigator‘s last seventh start fool you! His career was excellent. In fact, only Fituese managed a final 600m faster over the entire Kembla Grange meeting last week. He just lost his footing in the middle of the race by Big Parade. There’s a bit of intent to read in Joe Pride backing the four-year-old and putting the blinders in third. Return to Randwick, exit at 1400m and on a track with the juice is tailor made for him. No one missed his first 1200m victory at Randwick, where he clocked exceptionally quick split times to finish Embracer. Respect Chris Waller’s aggressive placement with 11. Atishu given that she was lucky on the mile run earlier in the meeting.
How to play it: Private investigator up for grabs.
Race 6 – 2:40 p.m. DARLEY TEA ROSE Stakes (1400m)
8. Relax rings in the Princess series after dodging the fillies so far, instead running in the Rosebud, a maiden, which she won, and three weeks ago in the Ming dynasty again against the boys. She never threatened, finishing sixth, but the speed out of the race in the intermediate stages made it difficult for the laggards. She had support in betting and Scammer, Head Of State and Dark Rebel have all performed well since. Cards to speed up here too. 1. Four strokes ahead was conservatively ridden in the Furious, pushing the fence late, which was the lower ground at this point in Randwick’s reunion. The 1400m seems to fit and all of her two-year-old form, where she was the dominant filly, was on tracks with the dart.
How to play it: Cool down each way.
Race 7 – 3:15 p.m. MAIN ISSUES FUJITSU GENERAL GEORGE (1600m)
7. Very elegant has shown in past preparations that she is the most vulnerable over 1400m first, so the fact that she ran just behind Mo’unga in the Winx Stakes despite being exposed at the 600m mark and on a good track suggests that the six-year-old came back as well as ever. Down to the second with the soil prick sets in perfectly. In her last 13 starts at G1 level, she has only finished outside the top two twice. Interestingly, however, one of those duds was in the George Main a year ago after winning the Winx Stakes first. She missed a ping, passing fourth, before bouncing back to 2000m. 5. Riodini almost pinched the Chelmsford from the front and what’s stopping them from running another great race here?
How to play it: Verry Elleegant to win.
Race 8 – 3:55 p.m. BOWERMANS COMMERCIAL FURNITURE THE SHORTS (1100m)
4. Masked Crusader had an obvious class advantage over rivals at Caulfield first, but what a comeback it was, running a sizzling 200m final gap to win from the last downhill. He made giant strides during the fall where he won the G1 William Reid and placed second behind 1. Nature strip in TJ Smith Stakes. Late escapades have caused his loss on several occasions in the past, but that should be made up for in that given the likely tempo this crack field of sprinters will generate. If he can hold a place from barrier 2, that’s a bonus; if not, he should still have the last word on arrival. Nature Strip was an arrogant winner of the first Concorde over 1000m while 3. Gytrash had apologies for both of his failures in his last prep and he’s well prepared to finish strong.
How to play it: Masked Crusader to be won.
Race 9 – 4:35 p.m. TAB KINGSTON TOWN Stakes (2000m)
14. It is ideal hasn’t won in 10 starts now, which is the only knock on Metrop’s mare. She picked up with a third slash in the G1 Winx Stakes, typically running big late spreads, and Mo’unga and Think It Over cleared that form benchmark. His second seventh place may have looked underwhelming to the naked eye, but it was caught off guard when Riodini increased the pressure as he turned for home and got caught inside the track. Weight for age, she comes down to a G3 over 2000 m where she only carries 53 kg. So well placed. 4. Crest of the Spirit was first very brave over 2000m with 59kg pursuing a fast speed. It was only fit tough Harpo Marx, with 53 kg on his back, who caught him late. 3. Montefilia is heavily penalized for his G1 wins at weight.
How to play it: It is ideal for winning.
Race 10 – 5.15 p.m. HEINEKEN HCP (1100m)
12. Equation starts its spring in a benchmark company but would be very surprised if it finished the preparation there. The four-year-old was beaten in his debut but has won four on the rebound since then and all in impressive style. Did not try before its recovery, which is curious. Maybe that’s to keep it cool enough for 1100m first. However, James McDonald’s reservation might tell you all you need to know about his early chances. 4. The face is a true 1100m sprinter and will be started first, as is typical of the team. Forget his Arrowfield flop where he ran too much. Little run sprinter 19. Quanitco rocket in the calculations if it does the field. Talented horse.
How to play it: Equation to win.
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