Randwick Tips August 1
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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.
Race 5 - 2:10PM HAPPY CLAPPER SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT BM78 HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
Back to the winner’s circle last start, topweight ZOURHEA will be at her peak for this and looks the one to beat. Third-up after six months in the paddock, the Zoustar mare ran the best overall race sectionals to beat home a BM78 field over 1550m on a heavy Randwick track. She is up 2.5kgs here but will strip even fitter with those three runs behind her now. Jason Collett steered her to that last-start victory and remains aboard for this contest. She is two from three on heavy tracks and maps well in the small field. She looks good value in similar company here and should be hard to hold out.
Race 6 - 2:50PM NSWROA TROPHY BM78 HANDICAP (1800 METRES)
The Bjorn Baker-trained KISS THE BRIDE has improved with every start this preparation and looks ready to chalk-up career win number five. The Savabeel gelding ran the fastest final 800m two starts back to finish third in a BM78 over 1600m when second-up at Randwick off a five-month break. Then last start, he went one better on the Kensington track where he ran the best 800m-400m sectional to finish a close-up second behind Le Lude over 1800m on another heavy track. Beaten just half a length, he spotted the winner a 7kg weight advantage that day. The five-year-old meets a similar field here over the same trip and with those three starts behind him, he will prove hard to hold out.
Race 7 - 3:30PM ATC THANK YOU STABLE STAFF BM88 HANDICAP (1100 METRES)
An absolute tragedy beaten last start, BLACK MAGNUM lines up here looking to avenge his last start loss. The Magnus gelding was fresh off a three-month break and with Tom Sherry aboard, finished a good thing beaten in the end. Sherry kept him on the fence behind the two leaders and pushed for a needle-eye opening which closed on him as quick as it opened, severely hampering him. He lost a ton of momentum in the process, but still finished off to grab fourth prize that day. Trainer Mark Newnham has given Sherry another shot on the five-year-old today and drawn a little wider here, he should avoid any trouble near the fence. He maps to be sitting just behind the speed but possibly one off the fence this time. Should that pattern occur, he will have every opportunity to make up for his unlucky run last start. His resume shows he is a two-time winner when second-up and given the breaks here, he will be hard to beat.
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