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Randwick Tips April 20 - Royal Randwick Saturday best bets and expert tips

Aaron Hamilton in Free Tips 18 Apr 2019
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Randwick Tips - April 20


Race 3 - 1:10PM CELLARBRATIONS FRANK PACKER PLATE (2000 METRES)
I’ve been with Dealmaker a couple of times in his career, but I don’t think he genuinely gets 2000m so I’m happy to oppose him this time. The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained CARIF looks like one of the best bets on the programme and represents great value. The son of So You Think defeated Star Of The Seas comprehensively at Newcastle in class record time over 1850m two starts back and Star Of The Seas has won his last two in a row and also goes around on Saturday where I rate him a top chance. Carif then went to Randwick and looked uncomfortable on the Heavy 10 but still made ground from last to finish 4th behind Angel Of Truth and Madison County on a day where leaders had a clear advantage. Fourth-up over 2000m, Carif should be right at the top of his game, and he should be letting rip with that brilliant turn of foot he showed at Newcastle now that he finds some dry ground again. 

Race 9 - 4:55PM JCDECAUX HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
Following on from the previous tip, STAR OF THE SEAS goes around here and will be hard to beat. He is yet to miss the placings in eight starts and has won four times. He comes into Saturday’s event fifth-up and at absolute peak fitness which gives him an advantage over some talented types that appear to be gearing up for a trip to Brisbane. He drops 3kg on his last start win over Zourkhan who is a wet track specialist, but being back on top of the ground looks an advantage to Star Of The Seas. 


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April 13


Race 2 - 12:05PM THE AGENCY SOUTH PACIFIC CLASSIC (1400 METRES)
KRONE got all the favours and had the drop on WILD PLANET and Classique Legend last start, but I’m expecting Wild Planet to improve the most. He won his maiden first-up last campaign and then beat Ranier second-up in the Poseidon Stakes (1400m). He did it three wide without cover on that occasion too, so I’d like to see Tommy Berry take cover – even if it’s wide – instead of pushing on from the wide gate. Krone is among the dangers, FASIKA has been ultra-impressive in two runs and deserved a crack at this level, and GEM SONG rates high but would need to improve from that effort behind Krone last start.
Result (3rd)

Race 5 - 1:50PM ARROWFIELD 3YO SPRINT (1200 METRES)
I’m a big fan of the progressive CLASSIQUE LEGEND but can’t have him on top because AVANTAGE lines up in opposition. Avantage is the winner of seven of eight starts and suffered her only defeat when runner-up in the Group 1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) where she got back to last and finished strongly along the inside. She brought that New Zealand form to Australia and kicked off with a gusty win over Resin who took the lead half-way down the straight until Avantage fought back and put a length on Resin. She always improves second-up, and with less weight from a good gate, she should prove hard to beat.
Result (3rd)

Race 10 - 5:10PM TAB SAPPHIRE STAKES (1200 METRES)
The word is WINTER BRIDE has come on from her impressive first-up win over SPRIGHT who then finished runner-up behind Sunlight in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m). That pair can fight it out again. INVINCIBELLA maps well as she’s likely to land behind Winter Bride and get carted into the race at the right time. She’s won three times first-up and looms as the danger to that pair. RESIN just ran out of puff late behind Avantage who I have on top earlier in the day, so she must go in here third-up and ready to fire.
Result (3rd)

April 6


Race 1 - 12:10PM WIDDEN KINDERGARTEN STAKES (1100 METRES)
ATHIRI looks hard to beat here and has strong form lines, but her price is a bit poisonous.  She finished 0.7 of a length from Lyre over 1100m and then 1.3 lengths from that filly in the Blue Diamond (1200m), and Lyre finished 3rd in the Golden Slipper. Athiri looked the winner last start over 1200m but peaked on her run late and couldn’t close the gap on Kiamichi who led all the way in the Slipper. That form is the best 2YO sprint form going around, and the drop back to 1100m is perfect for Athiri. The stablemate BIVOUAC looms as the danger and is proven on rain-affected ground.
Result (3rd)

Race 2 - 12:45PM CACTUS IMAGING CARBINE CLUB STAKES (1600 METRES)
I’ve got a lot of time for DEALMAKER and I think he’s found the right race now. Last campaign he had two failed efforts over 2000m. And this time in, Chris Waller took the blinkers off him in the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and he still didn’t hit the line despite travelling well. I think it’s conclusive now that despite his breeding, he doesn’t get 2000m and is best suited around the mile. However, the 2000m run last start would have toughened him up, and with the blinkers back on Saturday and drop back to 1600m, I’m expecting a PB. 
Result (3rd)

Race 10 - 5:50PM OFFICIAL MEMORABILIA P J BELL STAKES (1200 METRES)
I don’t think I’ve ever tipped a horse that finished 32 lengths last at it’s most previous start but I’m doing so with FIESTA. She was thereabouts in the Coolmore Classic (1200m) but wasn’t finishing off strongly and possibly would have finished midfield if she didn’t get absolutely poleaxed which caused her to be pulled up. The drop back to 1200m looks ideal and she handles the wet unlike MIZZY who doesn’t seem at her best on rain-affected ground. 
Result (unplaced)

March 9


Race 1 - 12:30PM WENONA GIRL QUALITY (1200 METRES)
Admittedly, Spright brings strong form to this having finished two lengths from Booker in the Oakleigh Plate (1100m), but I can’t go past WINTER BRIDE who is reportedly travelling better than ever. Whispers from the stable suggest she’s in career best form and her barrier trial at Gold Coast on February 19 gave me Goosebumps. Winter Bride narrowly beat Booker in Melbourne last campaign and must be respected here. 
Result (1st - $7)

Race 9 - 5:40PM THE LUXURY NETWORK RANDWICK CITY STAKES (2000 METRES)
I’m keen to get on ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN after an eye-catching first-up run over 1500m where he worked home best to finish three lengths from Seaway. Second-up last campaign, he finished three lengths from Avilius in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) and that form looks good for a race of this nature. Tommy Berry went on for 4th in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) and a 3rd in the St Leger (2600m) so I like the jockey change from Sam Weatherly to Berry so early in the campaign. I thought he may have come up longer than $10, but those odds are still enticing.
Result (unplaced)


March 2


Race 1 - 12:40PM TAB HIGHWAY PLATE (1600 METRES)
I was hoping to secure a better price for HAAMES who was six lengths off the pace two starts back and then 4.2 lengths 7th last start. On paper his form doesn’t read the best, but he was clearly unlucky last start and only got clear at the 40m mark and started to motor. Blake Shinn replaces apprentice Andrew Adkins and maybe that’s why bookmakers are being safe with his price. He’s ready to peak sixth-up and maps well from barrier 4.
Result (1st - $6.50)

Race 3 - 1:55PM SCHWEPPES SKYLINE STAKES (1200 METRES)
I think CASTELVECCHIO is the best horse in this race, but I don’t think he’s suited staying at 1200m. Yes, he was an impressive winner over this trip on debut and then he stormed home to take out the $2 million Inglis Millenium (1200m), but he’s bred to get longer and has won on natural ability so far. His sire and dam are both Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) winners, so there is no doubt Castelvecchio will excel at the same distance. However, he does possess an explosive turn of foot, and with enough pace on up front, he can finish over the top of the small field. 
Result (3rd)


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