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Randwick Tips August 17 - Royal Randwick Saturday best bets and expert tips

Aaron Hamilton in Free Tips 14 Aug 2019
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Royal Randwick Racecourse

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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 (Kensington track) - August 17


Race 1 - 12:00PM TAB HIGHWAY CLASS 3 HANDICAP (1300 METRES)
ZARDORO went in the blackbook on June 15 after being severely held up and flashing home in the final 100m to grab 2nd behind Upper House. Following a seven-week break, Nash Rawiller went aboard and also had traffic problems at the top of the straight as Zardoro flashed late to be beaten half a length. He now steps up to 1300m and can improve second-up. Wide gate is tricky but with a bit of cover, he can finish best out wide. 
Race 5 - 2:20PM EVENTS BY ATC HANDICAP (1550 METRES)
WOLFE trialled nicely on July 30 and then just coasted in another barrier trial on August 5 where he finished 2nd to Goathland. With those two hit-outs under his belt he looks suited first-up over this trip. He was sent into a 1400m race at Randwick first-up without a trial last campaign and was runner-up before winning two in a row over 1900m and 2000m. 
Race 7 - 3:40PM SPRING PREVIEW HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
BANGKOK’s last start win was probably better than it looked and she can make it three in a row. The leaders went 12 lengths below benchmark (BM) to the 600m which was slower than any other race on the day. Leaders were perfectly suited but Bangkok was still able to come from off the speed and clock the best final 600m performance of the day when going 11.1 lengths above BM. She’s a mare in form and is worth sticking with down on 52kg. 

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August 3


Race 1 - 11:45AM 2019 OWNERS AWARDS HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
The David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained ART COLLECTION was blackbooked from the Rosehill barrier trials on July 19 and has found a suitable first-up assignment. The Coolmore-owned Fastnet Rock filly rattled home late in her trial with Nash Rawiller in the saddle, and that performance as well as her previous form was good enough to get the attention of James McDonald who rides on Saturday. Art Collection was runner-up in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) at Flemington on debut and was only three lengths from Loving Gabby when first-up in the Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield. Mandela worries me as he could bounce back from a disappointing run last start, but Art Collection goes on top and should get every chance to finish over the top of them. 
Result (2nd - $2 to Place)

Race 7 - 3:25PM JOCKEYS REUNION HANDICAP (1300 METRES)
GALA MOSHEA put in what was arguably the most eye-catching run of day when she was first-up over 1100m at Rosehill on July 13. The five-year-old mare came from last at the 200m mark and finished 3rd behind Agent Pippa and Deity who held their positions from the 200m and Deity has subsequently franked the form with another 2nd placing. Cranbourne-based trainer Brett Conlon took her north second-up last preparation where she won a BM80 following a 3rd placing in a BM64. Last start was her first run in 50 weeks so I’d expect her to improve significantly second-up this time.
Result (unplaced)

Race 9 - 4:45PM ATC THANK YOU OWNERS HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
With four runs under his belt this time in, the Bjorn Baker-trained DRACHENFELS should be at peak fitness and ready to step up in trip. He’s charged home to go close in his last two starts on Heavy tracks over 1200m, and the step up to 1400m now looks ideal. He ran the quickest final 600m of the race (35.25) last start and was carrying 5.5kg more than the winner Handle The Truth who ran the second quickest final 600m. 
Result (2nd - $1.90 to Place)



July 20


Race 1 - 11:35AM AUSTRALIAN TURF CLUB HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
Any improvement at his second career start should see the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained MANDELA winning this. The Sebring colt is out of the Lonhro mare Lonoree and he looks like a typical Lonhro. He was unlucky to not get the cash on debut over 1200m at Canterbury where the eventual winner went slow early and held on while Mandela cost himself the race by running off the track late. Despite his waywardness, he went six lengths above benchmark (BM) in the last 600m. War Baron went slightly quicker and lines up in opposition again, but Mandela did run off the track and is open to much more improvement. The step up to 1400m looks perfect and his most recent barrier trial was super impressive as he put for lengths on his rivals in the final 150m.
Result (unplaced)

Race 3 - 12:45PM BOOK SPRING HOSPITALITY HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
I’m keen to oppose Sir Elton ($1.85) who is undefeated in three starts, and I’ll be siding with Chris Waller’s mare HAUT BRION HER. Sir Elton likes to lead all the way and has done so in three runs over 1100m. Last start, he was just one of two winners on the day to have not broken BM as he went 1.3 lengths below BM. He now has to carry 1.5kg more over 100m further as he steps up in grade, and those three things are against him. Haut Brion Her on the other hand went 2.3 lengths above All BM and she now drops 4kg as she goes up in grade, and she’s open to so much improvement. 
Result (1st - $3.30)
 
Race 9 - 4:35PM ATC MEMBER TOURS HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
Team Hawkes can finish the day on high when the talented GREYWORM resumes from a spell. He’s unbeaten in two first-up runs and his recent barrier trial was encouraging. He showed his customary early speed to lead the field over 800m at Hawkesbury, and when Bjorn Baker’s Denman gelding, Prime Candidate loomed up to go past him under riding, Greyworm kicked back under his own steam to hold on. Prime Candidate is now slouch having won four from five, and Greyworm impressed most in the trial. Brock Ryan gets the ride and claims 3kg which sees Greyworm get in with a very winnable 57kg. 
Result (scratched)


July 6


Race 2 - 12:05PM TAB HIGHWAY CLASS 3 HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
I AM CAPITAN looks well placed here and just ran out of condition first-up on a Heavy track over 1200m. He went 4.2 lengths below benchmark (BM) when first-up over 1200m last preparation and improved second-up going 1.2 lengths above BM as he dropped back to 1100m. Last start he went 3.7 lengths above BM, and he now drops back to 1000m and expected improvement makes him incredibly hard to beat. He maps to get a perfect trail behind some nice speed here, and I can see him finishing over the top of them at attractive odds.
Result (scratched)

Race 6 - 2:30PM JHB SYNDICATIONS HANDICAP (1800 METRES)
The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-prepared DR DRILL heads north following two impressive runs in Melbourne including a last start victory over One More Try and Masculino who subsequently finished 2nd and 1st respectively at Caulfield last Saturday. They went slow early in that event and Dr Drill had to use a lot of energy from the 1000m to the 200m which saw him peak late and run 11.92 for his final split after running 10.68 and 11.24 for his two previous splits. With four runs under his belt now, he should be at peak fitness and I’d expect him to be much stronger through the line this time. 
Result (2nd - $1.70 to Place)

Race 7 - 3:10PM RANDWICK COMMUNITY DAY HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
The James Cummings-trained DEITY put in an eye-catching run first-up as she went 6.9 lengths above BM, and she can be followed here. The Exceed And Excel filly was narrowly beaten by Spiritual Pursuit and Invictus Salute who had fitness on their sides while Deity knocked up in the final 100m on the testing Heavy track. The booking of jockey Mathew Cahill looked an indication that last start was a warm-up run, and Blake Shinn now goes aboard from barrier 5. Admittedly, she meets Invictus Salute worse at the weights, but over 1000m, de advantage will be minimal while Deity has drawn better and has far more upside.
Result (3rd - $1.60 to Place)

 

June 22


Race 1 - 11:25AM ATC HERITAGE VOLUNTEERS HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
I’m keen to stick with Chris Waller’s Adelaide filly, FUNSTAR, who has plenty of upside and looks a bit special. Her debut performance at Canterbury over 1250m where she went 3.8 lengths above benchmark (BM) was the strongest of the day, and that rated higher that other winners such as Milunka who was narrowly beaten in a BM70 next start and Loveisili who won a BM74 at Warwick Farm next start. Funstar recorded the equal quickest final 200m of the meeting and was only getting warmed up in the final 150m as she put 3.3 lengths on the runner-up. The bigger track will suit as she balanced up and finishes hard late. 
Result (1st - $3.15)

Race 2 - 12:00PM TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
$3.30 is a fair price for IRISH SONGS who was unlucky first-up over 1000m and went into the blackbook before looming as the winner last start over 1100m where he peaked late and had to settle for 3rd. I think there may be a query with a few of these running a strong 1200m on a Heavy track, but with two runs under his belt, Irish Songs has a fitness advantage over a few main rivals. I think he’s a better horse ridden with cover, so I’m hoping Sam Clipperton can settle off the speed and time his run in the straight. 
Result (4th)
 
Race 3 - 12:35PM SCHWEPPES HANDICAP (2000 METRES)
RAQEEQ was unlucky last start as my best bet of the day at Warwick Farm, and he can atone with a touch more luck this time. He did too much work out deep last start and that made the difference as Loveisili finished over the top. His only previous run on a Heavy track was when flashing home from 10th on the bend to grab 3rd place behind Cosmologist, so the Heavy track for a rock-hard-fit galloper looks ideal. 
Result (Unplaced)

Race 6 - 2:30PM MOËT & CHANDON GRAND DAY CELEBRATION HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
The Bjorn Baker-trained CONNEMARA went into the blackbook last start and is a horse I’m keen to attack second-up. Her first-up performance over 1200m on a Heavy track was her best ratings performance to date, and she looks to have come back in great order. Barrier 12 is tricky, but with a bit of luck, she’ll be finishing hard at nice odds. 
Result (2nd - $1.90 place)

June 8


Race 2 - 12:00PM BRADLEY PHOTOGRAPHERS HANDICAP (1800 METRES)
This is a big drop in class for ITZ LILY who was beaten 1.5 lengths in the Group 2 The Roses (2000m) at Doomben last start. She was a bit flat in the finish and I’m not sure she genuinely ran the trip in that class. The drop back to 1800m in this lower rated event looks ideal, and she also carries half a kilogram less. She’s drawn to get a soft run from barrier 5 and looks hard to beat. 
Result (1st - $5.50)

Race 3 - 12:35PM TAB HIGHWAY CLASS 3 HANDICAP (1100 METRES)
MADAME PAULINE was caught three deep without cover just off the speed in her first run this time in, and despite the tough run, she stuck on gamely and was out bobbed by Lifesaver. She improved second-up over a bit further last campaign on a Soft 7, and she now goes from 1000m to 1100m and strikes a Soft 7. She maps to get the gun run just behind the speed and should be challenging late. 
Result (scratched)

Race 8 - 3:50PM RACING TO WIN HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
NEW UNIVERSE was my top selection two weeks ago at $15, but after going back to a distant last he lost all chance. He then went on to produce the quickest final 400m and 200m sectionals for the entire meeting as he flew home down the outside to grab 3rd. Again, the barrier (12) has made things difficult, but he steps up to a mile which should suit better, and with fitness on his side after three runs this time in, he should be ready to peak and charge home again at big odds.
Result (3rd - $2.40 Place)


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