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Randwick Tips 08/04/2023

Our form expert provides Randwick tips for Saturday’s horse racing at Randwick Racecourse and gives his best bets.



Race 4:  No.5  KAYOBI  ($4.40 with Ladbrokes)

The Sam Kavanagh-trained KAYOBI has had a light preparation for this but still looks on target to take the trophy back to Newcastle. Last start, the Maurice gelding came off a lengthy 22-week absence but made light work of his Championships Qualifier at Gosford, arriving in time to pass the post ahead of the 16-strong field with Brenton Avdulla in the saddle. He finished strongly and covered his last 600m, 6.8 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best last-start effort of these qualifiers. Avdulla sticks with him for the grand final and ideally drawn in gate four, he looks the goods for the main prize.



Race 6:  No.5  ARTS  ($7.50 with bet365)

The Edward Cummings trained ARTS has had just three race starts to date and coming from Maiden Class to Group 3 success in that time suggests she can match it with them here. Last start, the Xtravagant filly was sent to the gates a $26 chance and just over two minutes later, had claimed the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes as her own. From last on the turn, she clobbered a strong field, putting more than four lengths on them over the line. She ran her last 600m, 6.4 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field while running the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals as well. Conditions are forecast to be similar with a wet track almost certain to play a part. Hugh Bowman is in charge for the big Group 1 event and a similar performance here should see her take home another trophy. (*A Black Booker from last week)



Race 7:  No.12  HIGH EMOCEAN  ($16 with Ladbrokes)

The Maher & Eustace mare HIGH EMOCEAN has enjoyed a perfect preparation for this and already experienced over the two mile trip, looks a solid winning chance in this year’s Cup. Last start, the Ocean Park mare was third-up when she turned plenty of heads, coming from last to grab fourth spot in the Group 2 Chairman’s Quality, here over 2600m. She ran the fastest final 200m sectional and the extra trip here will benefit her greatly. She won last year’s Bendigo Cup and franked that form by finishing third in the Melbourne Cup behind Gold Trip (who she meets 1kg better here). She drops 5kgs from that last start weight-for-age contest and is a wet-track specialist, having enjoyed five of her seven career wins on the slippery surface. Robbie Dolan takes the reins here and at her peak after three runs back, she looks outstanding value in this event.



Race 10:  No.6  JAL LEI  ($15 with BlueBet)

John O’Shea saddles-up JAL LEI here who ticks enough boxes to suggest he is a little overs for this contest. Last start, the Sebring mare came off a win in the Group 3 Wenona Girl Quality, here over 1200m when she finished a gallant second in the Group 3 Birthday Card over the same trip at Rosehill. She ran a new personal best that day, covering 1200m, 8.8 lengths quicker than benchmark, second best here only to race-favourite, Zapateo (who has drawn the car park in gate 15). Tom Marquand is legged aboard the mare for this assignment and fitter for two runs back, she will give us a bold sight at each-way odds.