There is a drop in black type racing right across the country this weekend however there is still plenty of racing to get around at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
It is benchmark 78 after benchmark 78 however we can only find the winner of each race and that’s what we’ve attempted to do below.
Rule The World was off and gone rounding the turn at Canterbury however Frosty Rocks was doing his best work late and closed the gap going through the line. He will appreciate the step up in distance and look for the grey late.
I’m of the opinion that Syd’s Footprints is a talented horse and is very capable of winning a race like this one however I Am Capitan gets the nod as he has the race fitness on his side. He was run over late first up having run the quickest 800m to 200m split. Drawn well and Sam Clenton is riding very well of late.
Sir Elton looks a very smart horse and all things equal he should progress to a better grade of racing than this and can make it 3 from 3 in this.
I’m forgiving Rare Episode for an ordinary run last time out in the heavy track. His form before that was very good and if he can steal some cheap sectionals out in front, he looks a good each way bet at big odds.
It didn’t all go to plan for the U.S import in his first run in Australia first up. The four year old Street Cry mare ran into a heavy track and ran into a dead end at the 200m. She picked back up and hit the line ok and she will strip fitter for the run. Step up to the mile is also a positive.
Fanciful Toff looks well placed again in this grade. The four-year old gelding by Toorak Toff has strung together back to back wins in impressive fashion I don’t think a 2.5kg rise in weight will be enough to stop him winning again.
Dr Drill comes out of a dominant win in a benchmark 84 at Flemington last start and that form should be good enough to see him go close in a race of this quality.
Royal Witness produced a very impressive win at Randwick at her last run last prep which caught the eye. He has had two nice trials leading into this first up assignment and he gets in well at the weights.
Simply Optimistic is clearly a horse on the rise and I’m happy to be with the horse with a lot more upside than others in this race. I loved the way he ran through the line after such a long time away from the track and he will only improve on that run. A little worried about Hugh Bowman on after his break and the wide barrier.
Notation has managed back to back wins at her first two starts this prep. The Fastnet Rock filly was narrowly beaten over the 1400m at Flemington in December so the rise in distance shouldn’t be a problem.
Echo Gem is a tough little front running type out of the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable. She is rock hard fit at the moment which should give her an advantage over a few of these and she drops considerably in weight for her last start second in the heavy going.