Champagne Friday has been racing well without finding her way into the winner’s stall, but will get her chance at Mornington this afternoon. The Gallant Guru filly finished second in a pair of 1400m races at Ballarat and Warrnambool upon resuming this time, before a fair performance for fourth at Cranbourne last time out.
Wide Spread Panic returned to the races for a smart second and is primed to break her maiden at Randwick this afternoon. The daughter of Fastnet Rock has only made three competitive appearances since debuting in November, but has shown decent ability and has drawn ideally into this field with James McDonald in the saddle. There is no horse of Tryst’s (horse that she lost to first-up) quality in this field and she’ll be tough to beat.
Canyonero has typically raced in tougher company than he finds at Randwick this afternoon and he is ready to post a maiden race win. The Pierro colt finished third behind Irish Bet in the Inglis Nursery (1000m) on debut in December and was sent to the paddock after failing to fire in his second appearance, but resumed this time for third over 1200m at Rosehill in late May and will take wholesale improvement into this afternoon’s race. He’s drawn ideally and is ready to win.
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Raiden has been reasonably inconsistent this time and does face a step up in class into Race 7 at Randwick today, but he’s capable of a smart performance on his day and looks over the odds at his current price. The Foxwedge gelding resumed for a good win at Warwick Farm in February, but failed to fire in a pair of Provincial Championship qualifiers. He ran on well to finish second over 1100m at Scone last time out and a repeat of that performance would see him right in the finish here.