Roughies Tips April 4

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Looking for roughies tips to back at big prices on Saturday’s racing? We pick out the best three roughies to back each week.


The Group 1 action continues at Rosehill on Saturday March 28, while in Victoria, the action is at Bendigo.

We have looked through the fields and picked out the best three roughies to back for the day, each-way.

Roughies Tips – April 4

Race Previews:

Randwick Race 8 – 4:35PM TAB T J SMITH STAKES (1200 METRES)
The sprinters tackle the TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick and a sneaky contender at a nice price is TREKKING. The Godophin galloper was a real improver last spring and after claiming the Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield, he ran a bottler in the Everest, producing the best closing 800m sectionals to run 3rd behind Yes Yes Yes, finishing ahead of the likes of Nature Strip in the process. A slight query is that he is first up into this but when resuming last spring, he flew home over the unsuitable 1000m when 8th to Nature Strip at Moonee Valley in the Moir, beaten less than two lengths. He has had two trials in the lead up to this and will be suited by what should be a solid tempo with Nature Strip sure to kick up from the inside in the early stages.

Caulfield Race 5 – 2:55PM Selangor Turf Club Handicap (1100 METRES)
This shapes as a wide-open betting race and one that can fire at the each-way quote is SARTORIAL SPLENDOUR. The John Sadler-trained galloper has had two runs this campaign and wasn’t quite up to them in a hot Rubiton Stakes (1100m), pulling up with issues when last behind Anaheed. He then lined up in the Inglis Dash (1100m) and loomed up at the 200m but tired late when 6th to Excess Funds. At his third run of his last preparation, he rose from a 3rd in a BenchMark 64 to win at Group 3 level at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day over the 1200m in the Red Anchor Stakes (1200m). He is a possible leader in this race, which is sometimes the place to be in early races at Caulfield and with the fitness under his belt he should be in it for a long way.

Randwick Race 10 – 5:50PM DE BORTOLI WINES P J BELL STAKES (1200 METRES)
The final event of the day at Randwick is the P J Bell Stakes and Rubisaki should be hard to beat. However, I am not always sold on younger Victorian horses at their first go in Sydney and the play might be to look elsewhere. AKARI is one that can go close at the each-way quote. The Hawkesbury based galloper has finished out of the placings in her three runs this preparation but has had excuses in all of those and might be suited by the drop back in trip to the 1200m. At her last start, she was a close up 7th in the Kembla Grange Classic (1600m) a race that saw the subsequent Group 1 winner, Shout The Bar finish runner-up. Prior to that she chased hard when again 7th in the Surround Stakes (1400m) behind Probabeel, while at her first run back she got too far out of her ground in a slowly run race behind Flit in the Light Fingers Stakes (1200m). At her last campaign she was a strong winner at Flemington over the 1400m on wet ground at this stage of her preparation, while she also races well at Randwick. She should get a nice run from barrier 4 and represents value at the $19

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