TRAINER Joe Pride has dismissed any stamina concerns about Sikhing Glory for the Aviary @ Randwick Handicap (1200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Sikhing Glory hasn’t missed a place in 10 starts, winning four, but all of those races have been at distances of less than 1200m.
But Pride saw enough in Sikhing Glory’s game third to Tell Me and All Too Royal over 1150m to be confident about the sprinter’s chances at 1200m.
“He is racing this campaign like he would appreciate getting to 1200m,’’ Pride said.
“I was actually going to run him in a 1300m race last week but decided to wait for this race. I’m looking forward to seeing him at 1200m.’’
Sikhing Glory is clashing with a smart field of proven sprinters but he looks good value at $10. “The form around him is so good,’’ Pride said. “He was shaping as a promising horse before he suffered a tendon injury that kept him out for a year.
“It’s hard for them to come back form those injuries but he has return in really good order.’’
Pride also has fifth Cyber Intervention entered for the Autumn Carnival On Sale Handicap (1800m) and third emergency He’s Imposing for the Tab.com.au Handicap (2400m) but is resigned to both missing a start.
The best winning barriers at Royal Randwick for the last three years.
(In order of most wins)
(There is no data for the 1500m start)
TAB BIG BETS
Race 1: Star Fall $2.30-$2.20 with bets of $1,000 at $2.40, $775 at $2.30, $375 at $2.30, $330 at $2.30, $400 at $2.25, $900 at $2.20
Race 2: Hemmerle $2.40-$2.15 with bets of $450 at $2.40, $770 at $2.30, $300 at $2.15, $317 at $2.10
Race 3: Lisdoonvarna $8-$6 including a $5,000 wager at $7.50
Race 5: Single Bullet $2.80-$3-$2.70 including a $495 bet at $3
Race 6: Follow Suit $11-$9.50, Vihari $8-$6
Race 8: Turnberry $4.60-$3.80 including a $550 bet at $4.60
Race 2: 1
Race 3: 1,4,5,10
Race 4: 1,3,6,11
Race 5: 1,3,4,8
Suggested bet: $20
Bet percentage: 31.25%
Race 6: 2,5,9
Race 7: 3,5,6
Race 8: 1,9
Race 9: 3,7,13,17
Suggested bet $20
Bet percentage: 27.77%
Live And Free (race 9) is an easing $4 favourite but that is good value considering he is back in winning form after a stunning effort to win at Randwick two weeks ago. He has taken a while to hit his straps this campaign but there was no fluke about his last-start win. Form apprentice Robbie Dolan’s 3kg claim is vital and brings Live And Free in well at the weights with 58kg, a half less than what he carried to win last start.
Marsupial (race 5) is a son of Winx’s sire Street Cry out of a mare named Koala Bear hence the name. The James Cummings-trained gelding was impressive winning the main event at Randwick on Melbourne Cup Day, running a time of 1.01.9s for the 1100m. Marsupial was way below his best in the Razor Sharp on December 15 but was sent to the trials and looked good when an unhurried two-lengths second to Invincible Star.
Eagle Bay (race 8) hasn’t delivered much at all since he arrived at Chris Waller’s stables from his native New Zealand. That said, his racing pattern is not always conducive to winning frequently but the son of Faltaat has often been the eye-catcher in his races when he is allowed to launch his powerful finish uninterrupted. Eagle Bay begins his third campaign under Waller’s expert management today and does so off two encouraging barrier trials at Warwick Farm in recent weeks.
Collateral (race 9) went up $51 on the TAB Fixed Odds board which is attractive odds about a horse who may be ready to produce the best run of his campaign. The Bjorn Baker-trained seven-year-old has finished towards the tail in his three outings this summer, a far cry from his string of four straight wins in the winter of 2017, but he has been hitting the line. On top of that, his work continues to be solid, he worked solo on the A-Grass on Tuesday over 1400m in 1.40s, quickening up the last 400m in 23.32s and home in 11.66s.
Strome (race 4) is a Gary Portelli-trained mare in the colours of 2011 Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Karuta Queen. Strome was only just under two lengths behind the handy three-year-old Napoleon Solo second-up before a creditable fifth, beaten less than four lengths behind Nicci’s Gold. Strome, a daughter of Smart Missile, worked last Saturday over 1000m in 1.08.18s, final 400m in 23.3s and a last 200m in 11.30s.
THE BEST BET
Hemmerle (race 2) is bursting to win a race and gets his chance here. He was doing his best work on the line when a first-up third to Our Rosemaree in a Rosehill 1400m Highway before being edged out in a thrilling finish by Moobi in a Warwick Farm 1600m Highway. The Randwick 1600m suits and he just needs a touch of luck early from the wide gate. This looks his race.
Asterius (race 9) was confidently backed last start but got a long way back before finishing seventh to Live And Free. The sprinted the final 600m in 34.2s which made it tough for backmarkers like Asterius to make ground. He’s fitter for three runs from a spell and can bounce back here. He’s value around $5.50.
R5: SUMMER SPRINT (1000m)
Michael Freedman (trainer) Frolic: “When she was last in work, she ran really well first-up behind Alizee and then later also ran that good race at Scone. The indications are she is getting back to better form but whether she can ever recapture her two-year-old form remains to be seen.’’
Paul Joice (Sky Racing): “Jungle Edge looks set to lead them up around the 1000m and with the sting expected to be out of the track – he’s the horse to beat. Single Bullet sneaks in on a featherweight of 49kg and powered to victory around this route two starts back. He’s a serious threat. Marsupial won well here three runs back and looked in great shape at a recent Warwick Farm trial. Knockout hope.’’
Glenn Munsie (TAB): “Surely it’s just a matter of how fast Jungle Edge wants to go as only Battle Anthem, who is fresh out of maiden grade, possesses any great speed. Track condition vital here as Jungle Edge is yet to win on a Good rated track from 22 attempts. Saturday can certainly be his day, whatever the track. The fact he controls is the key and he actually hasn’t had many 1000m runs on dry, his last being beaten just over four lengths in a Group 1 at Moonee Valley.’’
Grant Palmer (bookie): “Open race with a few fast-finishing types involved. Single Bullet has a short sharp sprint and should be suited in a genuinely run 1000m. Marsupial has trialled well after failing on softer ground and will be hard to hold out.’’
Blake Johnston (bookie): “Single Bullet looks suited back to 1000m here after a little freshen up. He didn’t have the best of luck last start and can make amends.’’
Verdict: JUNGLE EDGE
R7: MAGIC MILLIONS 3YO GUINEAS (1400m)
Tony Gollan (trainer) Outback Barbie: “In the Vo Rogue, we had to go back from a wide barrier and she had no luck. But we will be able to ride her a lot closer (today). She has been prepared for the 1400m and she worked strongly on Tuesday morning.’’
Paul Joice (Sky Racing): “Outback Barbie looks a good thing in the 3YO Guineas. Mixed it with the best fillies in Sydney during the spring and was unlucky not to win. Only needed to draw a gate here and she’s done that. Boomsara is an under-rated conveyance. Drew wide but never in doubt winning the Vo Rogue in preparation for this. Paquirri looks over the odds. Didn’t have much luck in the Gosford Guineas and that’s good enough form to fill a place in this.’’
Glenn Munsie (TAB): “Nearly half the field comes through the race that was won by Boomsara at Doomben that was disrupted when Granny Red Shoes fell. Outback Barbie on that occasion drew poorly and raced well back before copping interference. Fully expect her to be much more prominent today from barrier two and has to be the one to beat. Best roughie by far Plumaro who will be last but running on.’’
Grant Palmer (bookie): “I simply can’t go past Tony Gollan’s filly Outback Barbie. Put a pen through her last start, she draws perfectly here in barrier two and gets premier jockey James McDonald aboard. Boomsara looks to be the best of the rest.’’
Blake Johnston (bookie): “I like Outback Barbie who was a complete excuse run last start. She maps perfectly and I like the James McDonald engagement.’’
Verdict: OUTBACK BARBIE
R8: MAGIC MILLIONS 2YO CLASSIC (1200m)
James Cummings (trainer) Exhilarates: “On the strength of her last two runs I think we can rely on her to run well again. She’s really flying along and wanting to get to the line. She’s one of the big improvers, her work has been very good and she’s ready to go.’’
Paul Joice (Sky Racing): “Unite And Conquer has to overcome a wide barrier but his aggressive racing style is made to order for the Gold Coast. He can do the early work and still have something left when it counts. Movie Role knuckled down in great fashion to win at Randwick last time out. She appears to be peaking at the right time. Girls Are Ready could provide the fairytale result. She comes here with two dominant city wins under her belt.’’
Glenn Munsie (TAB): “Speed is drawn wide here with Unite And Conquer, Betaima, Czarson, Champagne Jet and possibly Better Reflection all wanting front third of field. Mid to low draws with Dubious, The Odyssey and Girls Are Ready next. Speed is usually always on so strength is the key. Czarson fits that bill with 1200m experience and has impressed me with how he has responded when asked at the back end of his races. Great chance. Better Reflection is gutsy and easily the best of the Queensland runners off a very strong win at Doomben.’’
Grant Palmer (bookie): “Czarson has impressed me in his two career starts to date. If he improves again here, then he looks a great each-way chance. Dubious is also unbeaten in two career starts and maps to get a great run in transit.’’
Blake Johnston (bookie): “Exhilarates is the one to beat for me. She showed a nice turn of foot last start and can make it back to back wins.’’