Randwick Preview & Best Bets – 20/04/2024

Randwick Preview & Best Bets – 20/04/2024


Randwick Tips for Saturday, April 20

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



Race 7:  No.7  MANAAL

The Michael Freedman-trained MANAAL has missed a top-three finish just once in five starts and looks perfectly placed here to keep her unbeaten record at the track intact. After a solid (but unplaced) effort in the Golden Slipper two starts back, the Tassort filly more than made up for that last start when she arrived just in time take out the Group 1 Inglis Sires’, here over 1400m. The mile trip here looks ideal for her as she likes to settle back in her races. Jason Collett misses out (due to injury) as we see Jamie Kah taking the reins for this assignment. At her peak after four runs this preparation, she looks the testing material in this contest.



Race 10:  No.12  KAZOU

Chris Waller saddles-up KAZOU here after 21 weeks in the paddock and on fresh legs looks a great chance at success on fresh legs. Last start the Zoustar mare ended a short two-start preparation by finishing second in an Open set-weights event at Cranbourne. Prior to that, she won a BM78 over 1200m at this track with Tommy Berry aboard. She goes to the gates off a blistering trial win where she put more than eight lengths on them over 900m which puts her in good stead for this event. James McDonald is back on board, having already steered the mare to victory twice previously. Already a two-time winner when first-up, if she repeats that trial effort here, she should prove hard to beat.



Race 9:  No.12  JIMMYSSTAR

The Ciaron Maher-trained JIMMYSSTAR missed his first podium finish last start but looks all set here to return to the winner’s circle. Coming off a close-up second in the Listed Elms Hcp at Flemington, the Per Incanto gelding had no luck at all when finishing mid-field in the Group 3 Newcastle Stakes (1400m) at Newcastle. The former NZ’er comes to town for his first look at the Randwick track here and draws wide in gate 14 (of 18). The upside is, he has James McDonald as the new pilot and should relish the going with a Good 4 forecast for Saturday. With a little luck at barrier rise, he can settle near mid-field and be running on at the finish here.