Fierce Impact will step out in Race 5 on June Stakes Day. Photo: Steve Hart

2018 June Stakes Day Preview & Tips

There’s no Group 1 racing in Sydney this weekend, but the Listed June Stakes headlines a strong card at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

All nine races on June Stakes Day have attracted quality fields and there is plenty of value to be taken from a betting perspective.

There’s been plenty of inclement weather around the Randwick area this week and we are set to race on a Heavy track.

Spring On Sale Handicap (1000m)
No Bet

Ten two-year-olds will step out in the first and of those horses, two are on debut.

Of the juveniles with exposed form, the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained King ($6) is seeking a third-consecutive race win and is good enough to fight into the finish of this race. The Witten Tycoon colt dominated a field over 900m at Newcastle on May 8th, before repeating that effort and result last time. The slight step up in trip is something of a query and he’ll need luck from a wide draw.

It’s tough to analyse two-year-old races with debutants at this time of year and I am happy to stay out of this race from a betting perspective.

Highway Handicap (1100m)
No. 2 Territorial

This weekend’s Highway Handicap has drawn eleven country-trained sprinters and there is a case to be made for several horses.

Territorial ($4.20) has steadily built to the task this time and is ready to peak at Randwick on Saturday. The Real Saga gelding took up the running at Albury last time out and was only pipped late by quality galloper Angel’s Boy. There is no horse of his class in this field and Territorial will give them something to chase.

Rumba Queen ($4.50) ran and won earlier this week, but should she remain in the field, she will be  a live threat.

#TheRaces Handicap (1100m)
No. 2 Revenire

Ten horses will step out in the third, including Godolphin colt Revenire ($4). Revenire does face a step up in class here, but he has been performing extremely well this time in and is seeking a third-consecutive win on Saturday following dominant performances at Hawkesbury and Warwick Farm. I like that he has trilled leading into this race and he’ll be tough to beat.

She Knows will also carry winning form into this race and is the $3.90 race favourite at the time of publish. She Knows finished second in the Listed Denise’s Joy Stakes at Scone on May 12th before returning to winning form over 1000m at Randwick last time out. The step up in trip should suit, but she’s been charged with lugging 60.5kgs.

Winter Racing Handicap (2000m)
No. 7 Vaucluse Bay

A small but open field will step out in Race 4 and there is a case to be made for nearly every horse.

Japanese import Hallelujah Boy ($4.60) is yet to claim an elusive win in Australia, but he should be right in the finish of this race once more on Saturday. The Tosen Phantom entire ran fourth in the Provincial Championships Final at Randwick three starts back and has since finished just off the pace in two mid-week races. A step up in trip might be what he needs.

Vaucluse Bay ($4.20) has returned to racing in competitive form this time and will be tough to beat at this course and distance. The Al Maher gelding placed second behind Monasterio at long odds first-up before running third over at mile at Randwick last time out. Josh Parr will take the ride and the horse should find his way right into the finish.

ATC Owner Benefits Card Mile (1600m)
No. 9 Fierce Impact

Nine horses remain in the field for Race 5 following the early scratching of Hallelujah Boy, who is set to take his place in the race prior.

I Am Serious ($3) has returned to racing in smart form this time and should fight into the finish of this race. The Choisir mare clearly needed the run when she only beat one horse home first-up, but responded with a dominant win over 1400m at Rosehill before placing second over 1500m last time out. The wide draw is something of a concern.

Fierce Impact ($4.60) has been excellent since transferring to the care of Matthew Smith and he can continue his winning run in this race. The Deep Impact entire ran third amongst quality company at Warwick Farm first-up before taking out a 1400m race at Randwick a fortnight ago. He’s drawn and weighted ideally and will be hard to beat.

Benchmark 72 Handicap (2000m)
No. 7 Laussel (Each Way)

An open field has been taken for Race 6 and there is plenty of value to be taken from a betting perspective.

Chris Waller will saddle several horses in this field, but Tunero looks a nice price at $6. The Teofilo gelding ran on well to finish third over 1900m last time out and will enjoy the slight increase in trip. Josh Parr will be able to find a position slightly closer from barrier 3.

Laussel ($6.50) has been racing competitively this time and has the ability to win a race of this quality. The Animal Kingdom filly won over 1400m first-up this time and has since finished just off the pace at Sydney metro class. She can take a sit behind the pace from a central draw before calling on a decent turn of foot.

Stayer's Cup (3200m)
No. 1 Destiny's Kiss

A decent field of distance horses will step onto the two mile course in Race 7 on Saturday, including black type performer Destiny’s Kiss ($3.10). Destiny’s Kiss needed the run when he tailed off to finish tenth in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup first-up, but has since finish fifth in the Listed Lord Mayors Cup and won the Listed McKell Cup. He isn’t proven at two miles, but is primed for a big run.

Listed June Stakes (1100m)
No. 1 Jungle Edge (Each Way)

A smart field of sprinters has been taken for this year’s June Stakes and there is plenty of value to be found in the market.

Jungle Edge ($7.50) has been pretty disappointing this time, but he faces a big step back in class into this field and more importantly, finds a wet track. There arguably was not a better wet tracker in Australia last year and with even luck on Saturday, he can find himself right in the finish of this race.

I Thought So ($3.30) will have his second start for Peter & Paul Snowden in this race and looms as the horse to beat. The So You Think gelding was entitled to weaken late first-up but was still unlucky not to win, and he will have conditions to suit at Randwick on Saturday.

Australian Turf Club Sprint (1200m)
No. 2 Noire

The final race on the card has drawn an open field of sprinters and it looms as a great opportunity to take advantage of some late value.

Chris Waller is saddle several horses in this field, but the second-up Noire ($3.50) looks his best chance. Noire was outstanding through four starts last time in and is sure to have taken plenty of benefit from a first-up run for fourth over 1200m three weeks ago.

A horse that is worth consideration at current odds is the Kris Lees-trained Star Reflection ($7.50), who looks ready to produce a big run. The Time Thief mare savaged the line after getting clear at Rosehill Gardens last time out and with even luck, can find herself in the finish of this race.