Randwick Preview & Best Bets – Saturday August 20

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Randwick Tips 20/08/2022

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



Race 6 :  No. 13  YIYI  ($11 with bet365)

Chris Waller saddles-up half the field here and in amongst them is YIYI who is third-up and looks a solid winning chance. Last start, the No Nay Never gelding caught the eye when he came from near last on the turn and stormed home to grab fifth prize (beaten just over three lengths). He ran his last 600m, 9.8 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best here (and more than four lengths quicker than his stablemate Lord Ardmore, the eventual winner of that race and current race favourite here). He also posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for that race. Already a track and distance winner here and fitter for two runs back, he lines-up a little over the odds here and looks a solid each-way chance to take home the Cup.



Race 4 :  No. 8  CASINO KID  ($7.50 with BlueBet)

Muswellbrook galloper CASINO KID has a solid record at the track and third-up here, he looks a genuine winning chance again. Last start, the Casino Prince gelding was second-up when he took out a BM78 Hcp, here over the mile. He ran a solid last 600m, 7.8 lengths quicker than benchmark, second best here behind Morethannumberone who is seeing the Randwick track for the first time (coming off a QLD campaign). The ‘Kid’ also recorded the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for that race. Sam Clipperton sticks with him here as he maps to settle back in the field, similar tactics to last start. Already a two-time winner at the track and distance, he looks the one to beat.



Race 9 :  No. 14  OPAL RIDGE  ($19 with bet365)

The Luke Pepper-trained OPAL RIDGE looks a promising type after three starts and is not without a chance in this contest. Last start, the Rubick filly was a tragedy beaten when finishing second behind Troach in a two-year-old Hcp over 1100m at Rosehill. Held-up on the fence most of the way home, Kerrin McEvoy finally saw daylight and the filly took lengths off the winner’s margin, going down by just over a length in the end. She ran a new personal best that day, covering the trip, 5.1 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up by 2 lengths. She also posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race. She has drawn wide here, but maps to settle mid-field with cover. Reece Jones has the reins for the first time and with a trouble-free run, she looks well worth an each-way ticket here.