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Randwick Tips September 21 - Royal Randwick Saturday best bets and expert tips

Aaron Hamilton in Free Tips 19 Sep 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 - September 21


Race 4 - 2:05PM DARLEY TEA ROSE STAKES (1400 METRES)
I’m willing to take on Libertini here and it’s not because of what looked a tradesman-like performance last start. She only just got there to defeat Villami who dictated terms out in front with a slow tempo which made it hard for any runner to make ground. With the slow early tempo, Libertini had to dig deep when coming home in 11.28 for the final 600m. Earlier in the day, FUNSTAR was first-up from a spell and sat on a quicker early tempo while carrying 2kg more than Libertini, yet she still clocked a slicker final 200m when finishing off in 11.26. Libertini is untried on a Heavy track and suffered her only defeat on a Soft track, while Funstar ran a very slick final 200m (11.24) when second-up on a Heavy track last preparation. Of course, there are plenty of other chances in the race, but Funstar ticks a lot of boxes and can finish best on the Heavy Randwick track. 
Race 5 - 2:40PM BILL RITCHIE HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
Chris Waller saddles up five in this race, yet James McDonald rides the Jamie Richards-prepared AVANTAGE – that’s a big pointer in itself. She won her only start on a Heavy track when defeating Resin at Rosehill Gardens before finishing 3rd behind Classique Legend and Jonker in a race that rated extremely high – and that pair now line up in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) and are being aimed at The Everest. Despite drawing wide, with a touch of luck early, I can see the mare coming across and slotting in one out and one back and enjoying the perfect trail. 
 Race 6 - 3:15PM BOWERMANS OFFICE FURNITURE SHORTS (1100 METRES)
This is a tough event and it wouldn’t surprise to see any of the 11 entrants win, but the odds are enticing for PIERATA who ran the quickest 600m, 400m and 200m of the entire meeting when charging home for 2nd behind Redzel in the Concorde Stakes (1000m). The extra trip suits and he’s proven in the wet. He just needs a touch of luck from the tricky gate, and if Tommy Berry can bring him into it at the right time, he’s the one to storm over the top of them. 

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September 7


Race 1 - 12:10PM STRAWBERRY HILL STUD HANDICAP (1300 METRES)
I’m a big fan of Funstar and have already backed her to win the Thousand Guineas, so hopefully she heads down that path, but I can’t have her first-up against the Godolphin gelding PANDEMIC. The son of Sepoy was held up early in the straight over 1100m on the Kensington track, but when clear he charged home to record the quickest final 200m of the meeting. Pandemic broke the 1100m track record when going 1:02.07, but then All Too Royal went a whisker faster later on the card when stopping the clock at 1:02.05. Having said that, Pandemic was held up for a while and ran 10.76 for the final 200m in comparison to All Too Royal’s final split of 11.24.
Result (4th)

Race 4 - 2:00PM SYDNEY MARKETS HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Keen to stick with BALLER in this BM78 as he drops back from a 1.9-length 8th placing in the Group 3 Show County (1200m) when first-up. Baller trialled extremely well and recorded time, and at his first run this preparation he loomed to win but just ran out of condition in the final 100m. He’s drawn awkwardly in gate 10 but has the in-form Nash Rawiller in the saddle, and I’m expecting him to improve here, although he probably doesn’t need to to be winning. 
Result (1st - $2.30)
 
Race 6 - 3:10PM FORUM CONCORDE STAKES (1000 METRES)
What a cracking race this will be. The unbeaten Zoustyle takes on top four-year-olds Sunlight and Graff as well as sprinting giants Redzel, Nature Strip and Pierata. I think we’ll see a much-improved NATURE STRIP this campaign, and that’s a scary thought. His first trial with his customary earmuffs was good, but his most recent trial without them was simply outstanding. He settled beautifully behind Redzel and was absolutely climbing over his back in the straight and would have given him windburn if asked to. Their trial was run in 0:58.10 on a Good 4 at Rosehill while Sunlight beat Classique Legend on a Soft 5 at Rosehill in 0:59.23. Sunlight and Nature Strip ran similar final 600ms but Nature Strip clearly did it easier. 
Result (4th)



August 24


Race 3 - 1:15PM THE LUXURY NETWORK UP AND COMING STAKES (1300 METRES)
I’m sticking with the talented LUCICELLO who probably wasn’t suited last time dropping back from 1200m to 1100m in a race that rated high, while she also meets Athiri 1kg better at the weights for having beaten that filly home last start. Superium meets Lucicello better at the weights also, but the latter came from a few lengths off Superium to go past her near the line, and Superium seemed to go a bit backward second-up last campaign despite winning. 
Result (3rd - $1.70 to Place)

Race 5 - 2:25PM DARLEY SILVER SHADOW STAKES (1200 METRES
All the hype is around Libertini who will probably blow them away. However, she’s $1.85 and I think there is a better value option in the race. The Tony McEvoy-trained PRETTY BRAZEN is at $20 the Win and $4.20 to Place, so she represents better each-way value even if she just places. She trialled magnificently in Adelaide and then won accordingly first-up. She then ran the quickest 1050m trial time at Randwick, and for McEvoy to have instructed Luke Currie to rev her up in the trial, she must have needed the hit-out to bring her on. She has a fitness edge over most of these with a trial, a race and another trial under her belt, and with the blinkers going on for the first time, she looks ready to run a big race. Pretty Brazen came home six lengths quicker than Libertini in their respective trials, and that’s a big margin for Libertini to bridge even if she is pushed right out. 
Result (unplaced)

Race 6 - 3:05PM MOSTYN COPPER SHOW COUNTY QUALITY (1200 METRES)
BALLER won a 1000m barrier trial in quick time (0:58.71) and looked like he was going far easier than Dreamforce who carries top weight of 60kg while Baller gets in on the minimum (53kg). He’s unbeaten in two first-up runs, and from the good gate, he maps to get the run of the race one out and one back. This is an open contest, but Baller ticks a lot of boxes and looks over the odds at double figures. 
Result (unplaced)


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. 
Result (2nd - $2.10 to Place)

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. 
Scratched but won Race 6 at $2.50

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. 
Result (2nd - $2.50 to Place)





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