Royal Randwick Preview: Anzac Day, Thursday 25 April

ROYAL RANDWICK

Track: Good 4

Rail: +9m entire

Weather: Mostly sunny

A trouble free-lead up to the third raceday in a week at Randwick, albeit Monday’s meeting was held on the Kensington track. The rail shifts to +9m on the main track for Anzac Day and they might start to gain access to the far outside fast lanes here for the first time in a while.

RACE 1

Speed map/race shape: Small field for the first over 1400m. Romantic Whisper can lead comfortably here, while it wouldn’t surprise to see Les Amoureux handy.

Advantaged runners: Two debutants in the field of seven, REGENT STREET and THE GOLDEN BEAR. Both have put in pleasing recent trials in decent company and bear a market watch. LEX AMOUREUX is forever close to breaking her maiden and today could be the day. She’s on the week back up from a good Warwick Farm maiden. ROMANTIC WHISPER is also second up off a good run – the form from her first prep has stood up. IVIRA is fit and it wasn’t long ago she was competitive against G1 galloper Mizzy, while UNCLE MO may improve on drier ground.

RACE 2

Speed map/race shape: Too many unknowns to set out a speed map with 10 of the 14 2YO Fillies on debut. But, we expect Our Girl Sniti and Precisely (emergency) to go forward.

Advantaged runners: Expect LIBERTINI to be well found here. She put in a super debut to split the smart Bivouac and Athiri in the Group 3 Kindergarten and this is a sharp drop back in class. She’ll be tough to hold out despite the draw. OUR GIRL SNITI rounded out the trifecta in a Heavy track debut behind Stakes-competitive Wayupinthesky and Badia and will be prominent throughout. Keep a close eye on the Waller debutants BORN TO PLAY and TRACY MAY who have caught the eye in recent trials.

RACE 3

Speed map/race shape: Only five of the 14 on debut in the 2YO Colts and Geldings division. No certainties in the speed map but expect exposed runners Disruptor Jailbreak, Lost Light and Ready To Humble to go forward, plus the Waterhouse & Bott first starter Discharged.

Advantaged runners: Keen to see the debut of RELOADED. The Waller stable have an opinion of this Snitzel colt and McDonald will steer after riding him in both recent trials. The sticky draw is a concern and he will likely go back for cover. He’ll spot DISRUPTOR a start. He was second to Anaheed at his only start in Heavy going, that filly has been Group 1 competitive since. He’s been given time to mature and has trialled well. The likes of INDUSTRIAL and JAILBREAK also have the benefit of a previous preparation and form around smart gallopers so should be in the mix.

RACE 4

Speed map/race shape: Maddison Avenue switches back to the Sydney way of going and can take this up alongside Cuban Belle, with perhaps Vive Marie and Wild Impact handy.

Advantaged runners: Just eight acceptors for the Fillies and Mares mile event and it may not be the highest pressure affair we’ve seen. MADDISON AVENUE is a big show to lead all the way and make it three wins in her last four starts. She’s in the zone. There will be a couple hunting her down though. The filly JULKKIS was scratched from Monday to run here and is also in winning form – the Dundeels are flying. The more experienced LADY EVELYN will also be making her presence felt – she ground away behind Sure Knee first up, who has since nearly won a Melbourne Saturday race. WILD IMPACT is a four-year-old with only one start to his name (a win) and is a market watch, as is the US import UNA FUERZA for Jean Dubois.

RACE 5

Speed map/race shape: Just seven runners in the Anzac Day Cup. White Boots should lead and drag King Tomlola over from Milseain and Hogmanay in a fairly moderate gallop.

Advantaged runners: Three last start winners here, including the likely leader WHITE BOOTS. He’s won two from four this prep, the other runs being respectable placings behind Supernova and Desert Lord. This race may just work out his way. MILSEAIN beat home KING TOMLOLA last time in a leader-dominated affair. That was on a Heavy track though and White Boots is hard to get past on top of the ground, as HOGMANAY found out last time. KARAVALI and GIRL TUESDAY drop back from Group 3 company after a freshen, THE BANDIT was last seen winning the Muswellbrook Cup. Nothing is hopeless here.

RACE 6

Speed map/race shape: Anticipating Above and Beyond will attempt to jump and run from the wider gate to lead with Bare Naked Lady, leaving Reginae and Charretera in the trail.

Advantaged runners: Those settling on speed should be hard to get past in theory here. ABOVE AND BEYOND makes appeal on return after three months off. He’s a jump and run type who has handled similar set ups before. He finished alongside BARE NAKED LADY in the trifecta at Warwick Farm back in December when both were engaged on-speed in a high pressure affair. REGINAE beat that filly in a recent trial then was no match for Kylease first up, but gets the drop on them here and brings handy Spring form. CHARRETERA peeled off Reginae’s back to finish alongside the filly there and can also improve second up. If anything can run on from behind them it is UNGUARDED who will appreciate the drier ground.

RACE 7

Speed map/race shape: Again, just eight acceptors for this BM70 over 1400m. The resuming Wolfe should lead from barrier 7 and control the event from Kosciusko and Something Fast.

Advantaged runners: It is hard not to be impressed by what WOLFE brings to the table. He scored two all-the-way wins in his first prep and has recently trialled well alongside the likes of Happy Clapper! He’ll attempt to emulate those prior wins here. This is a step up for KOSCIUSKO but he does bring a likeable racing style to the event. Wary of LEVEL EIGHT if he can lob in a handy spot. He’s the fit runner who hasn’t been too far away at his last two, and before that was ‘best of the rest’ behind Classique Legend first up. Respect KING HEWITT.

RACE 8

Speed map/race shape: Biggest field of the day in the last and high pressure too. Topweights Nicobelle and Discussions will want to go forward from wide. They’ll have Goldfinch, Lion Couchant, Omar and Puppet Master for company. Advantaged runners: A host of chances in the finale. SOUTHERN LAD is a proven first up sprinter and will appreciate the tempo on up front. He’s only lightly raced and on the up, as is OMAR who may retreat out of the speed battle and take cover. He knows how to find the line. NICOBELLE has proven himself in similar grade but will have to absorb plenty of pressure up front, as will PUPPET MASTER and GOLDFINCH – but on paper they have the numbers to win. DISCUSSIONS does his best work deeper in the prep but can’t be ignored.

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