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Randwick Tips February 16 - Royal Randwick Saturday best bets and expert tips

Aaron Hamilton in Free Tips 14 Feb 2019
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Royal Randwick is one of Sydney’s premier racecourses and is home to many prestigious Group 1 races throughout the autumn and spring.

As well as the main track, Randwick Racecourse contains a second track known as Kensington.

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Randwick Tips - February 16


Race 1 - 12:50PM PIERRO PLATE (1100 METRES)
COVERT OPS finished 2nd to Dubious on debut before that galloper won her next start and then finished 2nd to Exhilarates in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m). That form looks quite strong, and I like the way Covert Ops trialled on Monday and now backs-up five days later. It was one of the quickest trials of the morning and the I Am Invincible colt showed great early speed to lead all the way before being eased down late. Brett Prebble is likely to search for the front from barrier 10, and this talented colt will be hard to pass. 

Race 5 - 3:15PM SOUTHERN CROSS STAKES (1200 METRES)
The Hawkes-trained BRUTAL resumes on Saturday and looks like the best bet on the card. He also trialled on Monday and ran the quickest time of the morning, but he did it effortlessly and has taken a ton of improvement since his first trial which was also impressive. The team have been patient with this quality galloper, and I think he’ll demolish this field on Saturday. 


Race 7 - 4:30PM TAB LIGHT FINGERS STAKES (1200 METRES)
Oddly, my third selection for Randwick is the Hawkes-trained SYLVIA’S MOTHER who makes it three selections to be jumping from barrier 10. The Snitzel filly has a clear fitness advantage over all bar Terminology and Autumn with eight of these runners being first-up. A lot of these are gearing up for longer races during the autumn, and while they have class on their side, Sylvia’s Mother has won four from five and also has strong form. She defeated Alassio two starts back and that galloper won next time before finishing 3rd behind Champagne Cuddles and Cool Passion in the Group 2 Breeders Classic. 

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January 26


Race 3 - 2:30PM 2019 MEMBERSHIP HANDICAP (1100 METRES)
This looks like a two-horse battle between STAR FALL and Sylvia’s Mother, and I’m leaning toward the former. Sylvia’s Mother defeated Alassio last start and that form has been franked, but she carried 3kg less than Alassio when running her down. Star Fall has won all three races this time in, and he was impressive winning at Randwick last start when running his final 600m in 0:33.29. He ran two lengths slower than the open class horses in the Summer Sprint where Single Bullet defeated Jungle Edge. Times looks good and he’s still open to improvement at his second start in Sydney.
Result (unplaced)

Race 4 - 3:05PM SUMMER RACING HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
Admittedly, I blackbooked Extreme Bliss last start after she defeated TORYJOY, but with the latter meeting the former better at the weights and being open to more improvement, I’m sticking with Toryjoy. She improved significantly third-up at Kensington to win over 1550m, and she then trialled nicely with Waller trying to get her to settle better. She settled well last start and had a good kick into the straight, but she probably peaked in the final 50m and still has room for improvement. Hugh Bowman takes the ride and will more than likely try and take a sit behind the speed this time with a few others looking to burn across from wide gates.
Result (3rd)


Race 7 - 5:00PM CARRINGTON STAKES (1400 METRES)
FLOW trialled brilliantly heading into his first-up assignment where he went to Doomben and had absolutely no luck when finishing 3.5 lengths from Sold For Song and Snippets Land. That form does look questionable with that pair finishing 12th and 13th in the Magic Millions Cup (1400m), but I’m pretty sure Flow would have given them a hiding if he got a clear run at them. He’s since returned to NSW and put in one of the best trials I’ve seen at Rosehill, and with Bowman going aboard on Saturday, he looks hard to beat. 
Result (2nd)


January 12


Race 4 - 2:40PM 2019 MEMBERSHIP HANDICAP (1500 METRES)
TORYJOY impressed in a recent barrier trial where she went to the line under a strong hold to finish in 3rd place - and her manners were much-improved from last start where she fired up midrace and took control of James McDonald as she went to the front and fought strongly to hold out Tycoon Street who was finishing with a wet sail down the outside. With three runs under her belt this time in, and another soft trial, she’s ready to step up in grade and gets in nicely at the weights with 3kg less than last time. 
Result (2nd)

Race 5 - 3:15PM SUMMER SPRINT (1000 METRES)
If the track stays in the Soft 7 range, and it may with rain predicted on each day leading up to Saturday, JUNGLE EDGE is the horse to beat. If you can forgive his five-length 10th placing in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) on a Good track, his two runs either side of that are clearly good enough to be winning on Saturday. Three starts back he was 2nd to Pierata in the Sydney Stakes (1200m) and last start he won at Ballarat when carrying 8kg more than the runner-up Proud Wolf. Badajoz and co are a step up from the field he met last start, but he also drops back to 1000m and will prove hard to catch on the rain-affected track. 
Result (2nd)

Race 7 - 4:35PM AUSTRALIAN TURF CLUB HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
ORGANZA is unbeaten in three runs over 1400m and now drops back to her pet trip after runs over 1300m, 1500m and two over a mile. She got back last start and started to make ground but had to check off heels and sort of spat the dummy at that point. She wound up strongly late but wasn’t suited by the stop-start nature of the race. This is easier, and she maps to get a soft run along the inside from gate 2. 
Result (3rd)


(Kensington track) - January 5


Race 1 - 12:40PM EVENTS BY ATC HANDICAP (1150 METRES)
The John O’Shea-prepared TWENTYFOUR CARAT impressed with a barrier trial on December 4 and has been scratched on two occasions prior to his debut assignment. Both times he was scratched from running on rain-affected ground, which indicates he may not handle it and they don’t want to waste a good fresh run. The two-year-old I Am Invincible colt has been given another barrier trial to keep him up to the mark, which makes it four trials since November 9. Fitness won’t be an issue and he has some quality about him. 
Result (3rd)

Race 6 - 3:40PM THE AVIARY @ ROYAL RANDWICK HANDICAP (1300 METRES)
Regent’s best form appears to be on rain-affected ground, and with a Good track likely, POETIC CHARMER can make it three in a row. The Your Song gelding led all the way two starts back and then came from well off the pace last time to score. He maps perfectly here and is likely to get the run of the race one out and one back, and with peak fitness on his side, he looks hard to beat. 
Result (2nd)

Race 7 - 4:20PM KENSINGTON HANDICAP (1550 METRES)
Dangerous odds to be taking for GRESHAM but he’s clearly the one to beat with just 49kg on his back. He’s a horse than improves deeper into a preparation and that’s evident by his wins when fourth and fifth-up, as well as his 2nd placing behind Gaulois and 5th placing behind Avilius over 1600m at his eighth and ninth runs last campaign. He comes into Saturday’s assignment with three good runs under his belt, and from up on the speed with the light weight, he’ll prove hard to beat. 
Result (1st - $2.45)





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